The Thirsty Beagle: It's Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week Eve!

Friday, June 10, 2016

It's Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week Eve!

The countdown is on for the week of the year in Oklahoma City craft beer.

We're officially one day away from the start of Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week 2016. There's a huge number of events going down, but let me hit you with some of the highlights.

We start things off tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the LOCAL/S&B Burgers/Hillbilly's Block Party. They're shutting down NW 9 from the train tracks to Broadway for a full-on street party. Further north, Republic is hosting a COOP Tap Takeover at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Oak & Ore kicks off a week of events with a Prairie Beer Brunch, while Packard's holds it own beer brunch, featuring COOP.

I'm especially excited about Monday night. That's because in May, I got together with Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli to brew a Roughtail/Thirsty Beagle collaboration beer. We did a dry-hopped double black IPA featuring a Citra and Comet hop blend, and aged it on raspberries and Anaheim, ancho and habanero peppers. This is essentially the exact type of beer I would brew at home -- except I was able to do it with the expertise of a real-deal brewer in a real-deal brewery. So, score, right?

Only 10 gallons of the beer was made. Roughtail is going to serve up one keg at their taphouse on Monday night, starting at 6 p.m., and then you should be able to find the other keg at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. Of course, that's one keg for three sessions, so your best bet if you want to try the beer is to hit up Roughtail on Monday.

I'll be out at Roughtail that night, so feel free to stop by to try the beer, and I'd be happy to chat you up about OKC Craft Beer Week, beer in general, alcohol legislation, Toronto sports teams -- really just about anything.

Also on Monday, TapWerks kicks off it's full week of events with a Roughtail Adaptation 4 tapping, Pub W up on Memorial Road will release the new Prairie Paradise, and McNellie's-OKC will begin a full week of offering 25 percent off Oklahoma drafts.

On Tuesday, The Wedge Deep Deuce will hold one of its famous local beer parties, and TapWerks will debut the first public offering of Elk Valley Chardonnay-barrel-aged apricot Le Ferme.

Wednesday sees Oak & Ore get in on the Elk Valley Le Ferme act, while TapWerks will offer a three-year Marshall Black Dolphin vertical, The Patriarch will showcase COOP alongside a showing of "The Big Lebowski" and Slaughter's Hall will hold an Anthem Pint Night.

Thursday brings us another great vertical from TapWerks -- a four-year selection of COOP's Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout. Then we also have a trio of Anthem events (at The Bluegarten, The Patriarch and Republic) and a 405 Simple Tart release at McNellie's-OKC.

On Friday, we get the first public session of the sixth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival (tickets still available at www.oklahomacraftbeerfestival.com), plus an Anthem vintage barrel-aged beer night at TapWerks.

The fun only continues on Saturday. We've got two more OCBF sessions (VIP and public No. 2) and an absolutely epic Deep Deuce pub crawl, featuring Anthem at Aloft; COOP at Anchor Down; Iron Monk at Urban Johnnie's; Black Mesa at The Wedge; Prairie at Slaughter's Hall; and COOP at Leaf and Bean. That starts at 2 p.m., so if you're not going to OCBF on Saturday, it doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a great time with some nice local beers.

Finally, Oak & Ore will bring things home on Sunday with a Founders Father's Day Recovery Brunch at 11 a.m., featuring a great selection of Founders beer and a even free bacon for dads.

I also want to give a quick shout out to The Oklahoman and the Gazette for their coverage of OKC Craft Beer Week. I spoke to the Gazette's Greg Elwell for his story in this week's edition -- you can see that article right here.

Hope everyone has a great week -- Cheers!

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