The Thirsty Beagle: Republic aims to focus on gastro and pub

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Republic aims to focus on gastro and pub

If you've been to Republic Gastropub on Classen Curve, you know they place a focus on the gastro part of their name, spinning up creative and tasty dishes that elevate the standard pub fare.

But they also like to focus on the pub part, and that's reflected in a series of upcoming beer events.

As you can see from that image, they're hosting a Beer Social tonight at 6. This is part of continuing series of beer social set for the third Tuesday of each month. Tonight's social features holiday favorites including St. Bernardus Christmas, Delerium Noel, Samichlaus Classic and Unibroue La Resolution. The $20 cost includes these flight pours paired with some creative small bite snacks and a full pour of your favorite beer at the end.

Really, for 20 bucks, that's a pretty sound deal.

Now, if you can't make it out tonight, you should mark your calendar for next month. Republic is planning a special event on Jan. 19 -- a four-course COOP Ale Works beer dinner, set for 6 to 8 p.m.

Republic's Mike Folks says the pub's beer dinners are a more formal version of the socials. They typically include four courses, and feature a beer pairing with each course and a farewell pour at the end.

The dinner will run you $50, and you can reserve a seat by emailing to put your name down for the one of the 50 spots available.

While Folks admits that Republic is cuisine-driven, they view the socials and beer dinners as important offerings.

"Our purpose is to highlight the talents of our chef team, but the dinners and socials are in place to feature certain breweries or styles of beer," he said. "Being a gastropub, we are definitely cuisine-driven, but really enjoy teaching and offering our guests quality beer and food pairings."

One thing is for certain: Oklahoma City's beer landscape is ever-evolving, and venues really need to show they care about their beer to maintain customer loyalty. Republic has been active in Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week, and these dinners and socials only help further show the pub's dedication to craft beer.

Pints and Pins

-Speaking of focusing on beer, Slaughter's Hall in Deep Deuce has made efforts recently to pick up its beer game. They've expanded their beer offerings and have started up a nightly Hoppy Hour, featuring select $1.50 COOP cans, among other choices. If you haven't stopped by, but want to, this weekend might be a good bet. The pub will celebrate its one-year anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday with a local tap takeover. More details here:

-The Brew Shop is hosting a beer and wine tasting at 4 p.m. Friday, featuring Healthy Craving Nuts.

1 comment:

  1. Great food and great people with awesome styling and interior. Also great event venues for cheap happy hour drinks. However, the downstairs beer selection is about as standard as it can be while upstairs can be a bit more creative.