The Thirsty Beagle: Prairie, Elk Valley score at RateBeer Best Awards

Monday, February 1, 2016

Prairie, Elk Valley score at RateBeer Best Awards

The online beer-rating site RateBeer held its first awards ceremony over the weekend in California, and Prairie Artisan Ales was the big Oklahoma winner.

The RateBeer Best Awards compiled user reviews and ratings from the RateBeer site in 2015 to come up with award winners in several categories.

In the biggest honor for an Oklahoma brewery, Prairie was named one of the world's top 100 breweries.

Prairie, not surprisingly, was also named top brewer in Oklahoma. The Tulsa brewery also took the honor for best beer in Oklahoma, with Prairie Bomb!

Bomb! and its off-shoot Pirate Bomb! also cracked the list for top 100 beers in the world.

Prairie wasn't the only winner, according to RateBeer users.

Elk Valley Brewing Co. was named Oklahoma's top new brewer, as brewmaster John Elkins continues to solidify his role as the Bill Braski of Oklahoma beermakers.

Other state winners were Pete's Place for Best Brewpub; Midtown Liquor for Best Bottle Shop; and Republic Gastropub for Best Bar.

Pints and Pins

-If you're looking to sample a wide array of Prairie beers, mark your calendar for Feb. 12. That's the date for the PrairieWerks beer event at TapWerks. This is a ticketed event featuring 25 vintage and rare Prairie beers. The $10 ticket cost gets you into the event and a commemorative tasting glass. Beers will be available for purchase in 4 oz. pours. More info and tickets are available here.

-The owner/brewmaster of Cedar Creek Brewery will be in Tulsa for a meet-and-greet on Thursday. The event is set for 6 p.m. at the original McNellie's.

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