The Thirsty Beagle: News, news, news!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

News, news, news!

Good day everyone! Hope everyone had a good weekend, and if you had a MLK Day off like me, a good long weekend!

Time to check in on some local beer news and notes...

-The Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma last week had to make the call to postpone the second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit -- it had been scheduled all day Saturday at various venues in the Plaza District. With poor weather looming, that was really the proper call, although everyone -- yours included -- I'm sure was disappointed. Organizers said they are looking at alternative dates, but announced that they would refund all tickets due to the general uncertainty of when the event might be rescheduled.

-405 Brewing, as reported by the Norman Transcript, has eyes on opening it's own tap room by the end of February, thanks to local ordinance and zoning changes approved by the city council. Meanwhile, the same article announces a new Norman start-up brewery, Lazy Circles Brewing, which is just barely getting off the ground and working on licensing requirements.

-Prairie announced recently that they have broken ground on the Oklahoma City brewery in Automobile Alley.

-In case you hadn't noticed, COOP is doing some big things in Texas. The OKC brewery just announced distribution in Abilene, Amarillo and Lubbock. They're expecting package and draft offerings to be available in the new markets by Jan. 25.

-This one sort of snuck up on me, but Learn to Brew has now opened a new location -- this time in Edmond, at 14300 N Lincoln Blvd., Suite 102. This is a relocation of the former May Avenue store. (Blogger's note: An earlier version of this blog incorrectly stated this was a third location for LTB. H/T to reader Corbett Brown for pointing out that discrepancy)

-Renaissance reports they are looking to have their brewery and taproom open by the summer.

-The Root is hosting a Northcoast Brewing Pranqster pint night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring special glassware (but "NO SHAKER PINTS" as they point out on their FB page. Ha!).

-Oak & Ore is hosting a Paradox pint night at 6 p.m. Thursday, featuring Blood Rooted, Osa Frambuesa and Future Knowledge.

-Anthem is hosting a brewery tap room pint night this Thursday at 5 p.m. featuring OK Pils, and a Pappy Burleson (bourbon barrel aged wheat wine ale) bottle release at noon on Saturday.

-Get ready to head to Midwest City on Friday as Roughtail releases Adaptation No. 7 at 4 p.m. This edition of the popular beer includes a blend of Comet, Citra and Mosaic hops along with an addition of Mosaic Lupulin powder.

-Elk Valley has a pair of nifty brewery-only bottle releases coming up. This Saturday, John Elkins will release Blackberry Bruin (a brown ale aged in oak barrels for several months and then aged further with blackberries added) and Plum Le Ferme (the Le Ferme you know and love aged in Chardonnay barrels and Brett-bottle-conditioned). Then, on Jan. 28, Elk Valley will release Coffee Nemesis aged in rum barrels with coconut added and Blanc, a Belgian-wit style beer refermented with wild cultures. Both days are set for noon and both will likely require lining up. Be sure to check the EV FB page for details. Also, both of these releases of course are leading up to Elk Valley's exit (and Mustang's exit, too) from the Meridian Avenue brewery. More details to come on future locales for both companies.

-Nothing's Left will be the featured beer at The Patriarch's pint night this Thursday, with Galaxy Pale Ale and Strawberry Blonde on tap.

-Marshall is hosting a Firkin Friday from noon to 7 p.m. this week featuring Big Jamoke S'Mores -- the classic Big Jamoke porter cask-conditioned and flavored with marshmallows and chocolate.

-McNellie's OKC is hosting another installment of Beer University of Jan. 24. This one features West Coast styles, and promises a wide array of offerings -- not just IPAs. Email to save your spot.

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