The Thirsty Beagle: Tickets available Tuesday for annual Mashed In homebrew showcase

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tickets available Tuesday for annual Mashed In homebrew showcase

One of the coolest beer events in Oklahoma City is fast-approaching, and it's marking a special milestone as well.

The annual Mashed In Homebrewers Showcase is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at TapWerks. The event, which will feature beer samples from up to 40 local homebrewers, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

Perhaps the best thing about Mashed In is that it's free to attend. You'll need to secure a ticket, and only about 300 will be released. Those will be available Tuesday, Feb. 9 at The Brew Shop and Learn to Brew homebrew supply locations, and at TapWerks, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Gail White, owner of The Brew Shop, is the lead organizer for this year's event. She said beer fans should expect a wide selection of high-quality beers.

"We have a lot of creative homebrewers in OKC and I'm expecting some amazing and unusual beers, as well as standard beer styles brewed to BJCP guidelines," she said.

White has been involved with Mashed In since its inception, and for the past three years has headed up organization and planning for the event. She said she's seen it grow over that span.

"We usually are out of the 300 tickets in a matter of days," she said. "I think more people in OKC are enjoying and appreciating good craft beer and are wanting to experience homebrewed beer as well. We have a large homebrewing community in OKC."

For the second year in a row, Mashed In will feature an optional judged competition. Last year, the competition winners were announced at the end of Mashed In, which caused some disappointment when people discovered the winning beer had already run dry.

This year, White said, they will announce the winners mid-way through the event to give visitors a better shot at sampling the winning beers.

Pints and Pins

-You're McNellie's group Monday pint nights: Bridgeport Stumptown Candy Peel IPA in OKC; Abita Amber in Tulsa; Black Mesa Kolsch at Tulsa-South; and Lindeman's Faro at Norman.

-Oak & Ore is holding a Nebraska Brewing Barrel Aged Trio night on Wednesday, Feb. 10. They'll tap kegs of Black Betty (Russian imperial stout aged inn whiskey barrels); Fathead (barley wine ale aged in whiskey barrels); and Melange A Trois (Belgian blond aged in French oak Chardonnay wine barrels). Full disclosure: No glassware with this event, but you can order a flight of all three.

-For the java fans out there, Marshall Brewing's Big Jamoke Coffee will soon see distribution in four-packs. Currently, it's only available on draft.

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