The Thirsty Beagle: Stone to arrive in Oklahoma this week

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Stone to arrive in Oklahoma this week

If you've been holding your breath since mid-December when it was announced that Stone and New Belgium would be shipping to Oklahoma, you can exhale this week.

According to the Stone Brewing in Oklahoma FB page, packaged offerings of Stone IPA, Delicious IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale will hit the shelves at state stores this Thursday, followed by draft releases across the state starting Monday.

And as a bonus, moderators on the page revealed that Oklahoma will indeed get offerings from Stone's Enjoy By lineup, starting with Enjoy By 4.20.17, which is expected to be available on April 1.

Those beers were not included in the list of initial offerings provided by Stone's in-state distributor, Oklahoma Beer Imports.

So, where can you venture out next week to try the beer on draft?

Here's a working list of Stone release parties:

-5 p.m. Feb. 6 at R-Bar (Tulsa)

-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Roosevelt's (Tulsa)

-7 p.m. Feb. 8 at The Patriarch (Edmond)

-5 p.m. Feb. 8 at McNellie's-South (Tulsa)

Rather short list, no? I've scoured the events pages for most reputable craft beer establishments, and have not been able to find additional listings. I've got a message out to Stone reps, but please chime in in the comments if you know any other official events going on. I fear I may be missing something.

UPDATE! Huge shout-out to blog reader Bryan Grigsby, who alerted me to the fact that a special addition of the Plaza Beer Walk is scheduled for Monday to welcome Stone to Oklahoma. Frankly, I'm not sure how I missed that! Anyway, here is the rundown:

-Stone IPA at 5 p.m. at Empire Slice

-Ruination Double IPA at 6 p.m. at The Mule

-Arrogant Bastard at 7 p.m. at Oak & Ore

-Delicious IPA at 8 p.m. at Saints

I am mucho embarrassed about not spotting that -- so thanks again, Bryan!

As far as New Belgium is concerned, I've got a message out to Oklahoma Beer Imports to see about the release for that brand, but I've not seen any chatter about specific events.

So, what else is going on?

-Big news from American Solera. Chase Healey's brewery on Monday was named No. 2 in the world (and No. 1 in the United States) on RateBeer's annual list of Best New Brewers. Naturally, American Solera was also recognized as the Best New Brewer in Oklahoma. What's more, the Tulsa World reported that Healey will open an additional AS taproom in Tulsa at 18th and Boston.

-Meanwhile, Prairie Artisan Ales, which is owned and brewed by Krebs Brewing, also cleaned up in the RateBeer awards, being named the Top Brewer in Oklahoma and one of the top 100 Brewers in the World. Prairie's Apple Brandy Barrel Noir was named top beer in Oklahoma and also made the list of Top 100 Beers in the World, along with Bomb! and Pirate Bomb! 

-Twisted Spike has a pair of events set for this week. They are hosting their first bottle release -- featuring Twisted Spike IPA and Twisted Stache -- at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The next night, Your Pie Del City is hosting a Twisted Spike Tap Takeover. That is set for 5 p.m. Thursday.

-Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Norman is hosting a 405 Brewing Tap Takeover at 5 p.m. Thursday featuring FDR, Trae PA, Brown and Hybrid.

-Anthem has a brewery-only release set for noon to 9 p.m. Thursday. The beer is Blackberry Farmhouse, a bourbon-barrel-aged dark sour aged on blackberries.

-Oak & Ore is hosting the launch for Vanessa House 5th Keg Brown Ale at 6 p.m. Thursday.

-Marshall is hosting it's weekly Firkin Friday at the brewery from noon to 7 p.m. Friday. This week's offering is Chocolate Rain, a cask-conditioned Munich-style Dunkel infused with Irish whiskey and cocoa nibs.

-COOP is launching 2017 Alpha Hive at noon this Saturday at the brewery and then in Tulsa at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Fassler Hall.

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