The Thirsty Beagle: Busy times at hand for state's craft beer scene

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Busy times at hand for state's craft beer scene

It may be the dog days of summer, but you can't take the dog out of Oklahoma's craft beer scene.

(Wait, does that make any sense?)

Either way, there sure is a lot going on in the next little while. Allow me to enlighten you.

-The Yes on 792 campaign is holding a formal launch on Wednesday, with events scheduled in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City event is set for 9:30 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center and will feature speakers from the Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Grape Industry Council and representatives from the state's grocery and convenience store lobbies. The Tulsa event, featuring a similar lineup of speakers, will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Brookside Reasor's store, 3915 S Peoria Ave.

-An event that everyone is super-excited about -- the Plaza Beer Walk -- is set to debut on Wednesday in the Plaza District, featuring Lagunitas beers. Here's the rundown: 5 p.m. at Empire (Lagunitas Pils); 6 p.m. at Saints (Lucky 13); 7 p.m. at The Mule (IPA); and 8 p.m. at Oak & Ore (Aunt Sally). You can collect a ticket at each stop by purchasing the featured beer, then trade in all four tickets at Oak & Ore for a limited-edition Lagunitas glass. Remember to walk responsibly, folks -- if you act a fool and get this event derailed, the beer-loving masses will not be happy.

-Mustang Brewing is celebrating its seventh anniversary, with a craft beer block party at their brewery from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and there will be live music, food trucks and games, and beers from Mustang and Elk Valley. Plus, Mustang is promising to unveil "renderings of our new location and a big announcement on future plans." I will effort to get some additional information on that.

-If it's almost August, that means it's almost time for the annual TapWerks IPA Day celebration. This year's event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, featuring IPAs from all your favorite local beermakers, special IPA-inspired food items and special glassware. I'll try to dig up info on the specific beers that will be available. I'm hopeful TapWerks will bring back the hourly flights they did last year -- I thought that was a great way to make sure you could try all the beers you wanted.

-The Patriarch is celebrating IPA Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, and they have an awesome night lined up. They will feature four one-off Roughtail IPAs and pair those with a screening of "Top Gun" as part of the Beer Cinema series. Whaaaa? They'll start pouring the Roughtail IPA flight at 5 p.m., with the movie starting at 6. I feel the need, the need for hops.

-The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is bringing back one of the cooler beer events on the calendar. Their Oklahoma Born & Brewed tasting event is set for Aug. 19, and will feature Oklahoma beers paired wth a selection of small-plate offerings. Tickets are $65, and can be had at www.oklahomahof.com/oklahoma-born-brewed.

-The newest venture for Prairie founder Chase Healey is nearing its formal go-date. A launch party for American Solera is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Prairie brewhouse, 1803 S 49th W. Ave. They are promising several beers on tap and special bottle releases of Foeder Gold (oak-aged sour golden ale); Money Blend (farmhouse ale aged 18 months in oak casks); and Foeder Cerise (sour golden ale aged in oak tanks with cherries -- limit four per person).

-And lastly, the annual Wild Brew tasting festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 27. More info on that right here.

Whew! That's a lot of stuff -- and we're not even mentioning that Senate Bill 424 (probably) goes into effect Aug. 25, and probably every Oklahoma brewer worth his weight in PBW will be planning something cool to celebrate that occasion. Stay tuned!

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