The Thirsty Beagle: Magic Hat rolling out in Oklahoma

Monday, March 21, 2016

Magic Hat rolling out in Oklahoma

In a move that sort of snuck up on Oklahoma craft beer observers, Vermont's Magic Hat Brewing Company will soon be widely available in-state -- in fact you may have already seen it pop up at your local bar or liquor store.

Magic Hat is probably best known for its Magic Hat #9 (Not Quite Pale Ale), a sessionable and pleasingly citrusy pale. They've also garnered a rep for the whimsical and philosophical musings you can find printed under their bottle caps.

In Oklahoma, in addition to #9, you'll also be able to find Low Key Session IPA, Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA, and a Spring Fever variety pack featuring #9, Low Key, Single Chair Golden Ale and Mother Lager Euro-Style Lager.

No word yet on seasonals and special releases. It does look like #9 will be available in cans, though.

Yet another good get for Oklahoma's craft beer scene.

So what else is up?

Pints and Pins

-Oak & Ore is hosting a special pouring of Avery Tweak on Tuesday (March 22) evening, the once-a-year, 17.5 percent ABV, bourbon-barrel-aged coffee stout. Only 40 glasses will be poured, and each will come with an Avery pint glass to take home. Pours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the glassware will be released at 5 p.m., and pours begin at 5:30.

-The Patriarch is holding a couple events in the next week or so. First, an Evil Twin Coozie Night is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Then, on March 30, they're holding a Founders Tap Takeover, featuring Nitro Pale Ale, Old Curmudgeon, Mango Magnifico (Blogger's note: Mango appears to be the hot new trend in craft beer), Dirty Bastard, Backwoods Bastard, Dark Penance and Imperial Stout.

-Roughtail's Hoptometrist made Beer Connoisseur Magazine's list of top 41 IPAs. Why 41? I'm not sure, and the Web article won't load for me. Seems they're having some kind of bug on their end. But good for Roughtail all the same. Interesting side story on Hoptometrist: I helped bottle the first ever production batch of Hoptometrist -- I think it was in 2014. It was all very labor-intensive and mostly by hand, and as we worked out the kinks of filling the bottles, we ended up with a dozen or more quality-control bottles -- bad capping, low fill, etc. I got to take four or five bottles home, and enjoyed them all in fairly quick order... except for one! I still have that bottle. This is it right here:

I'm fairly sure Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli would kill me for not drinking this fresh. But now it's kind of turned into an experiment of sorts. What would the beer taste like now? I'm holding out for some kind of special bottle share where I can whip this out and we can all analyze what has become of it (despite the fact Mrs. Beagle keeps telling me that this magical bottle share I've been waiting for where I will unleash all my fantastic saved-up beers that are crowding the fridge won't ever actually happen). Either way, just know this: If you're looking to host some kind of magical bottle share, go ahead and invite me. I may just bring what could be one of the oldest bottles of Hoptometrist in the world!

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