The Thirsty Beagle: Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit sets ambitious course

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit sets ambitious course

About this time last year, Oklahoma's craft beer community gathered at Oak & Ore for the first Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit.

The event was billed as a way to bring craft beer and the state's alcohol laws into the spotlight ahead of what promised to be an interesting legislative session.

You know how it went from there -- we packed enough legislative drama into one year to keep any political junkie entertained, got an alcohol law reform state question passed and enacted legislation to boost the viability of the craft beer business.

So naturally this is a perfect time to reprise last year's summit, and organizers are going big this go round.

The second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit is set for 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at various venues in Oklahoma City's Plaza District.

You can see the full schedule of events here, but it's easy to say that an impressive line-up of speakers, breakout sessions and beer tastings has been lined up.

The summit will include a keynote address from Bernardo Alatorre, head production manager at Avery Brewing, and the State of the Brewnion address featuring leading players on the Oklahoma craft beer scene.

Several interesting breakouts are planned, including one that yours truly will moderate (Grains & Hops, 10 a.m. at the District House, featuring reps from COOP, Roughtail, Marshall and Forty Six Grain Co.).

The event will also feature a tour of Stonecloud Brewing; tastings of sours, saisons, stouts and hoppy beers; and a glassware and bottle trading session.

You might be cautious of sticker shock if you're looking to register. The fee for the day is $75, although that price is all-inclusive and you get access to all the tastings, tours and breakouts, a T-shirt, glassware and lunch provided by Hideaway Pizza.

It's actually a solid value, in my opinion, and if it makes you feel better, the summit is the chief annual fundraiser for the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma.

It promises to be an informative day, and will offer you the chance to rub elbows with some of your favorite state beermakers while learning a thing or two (or three!) about our craft beer industry.

You can learn more about the summit by clicking here.

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