The Thirsty Beagle: Twisted Spike stepping out on the town

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Twisted Spike stepping out on the town

Exciting times are on the horizon for Oklahoma City's newest brewery.

Twisted Spike, already winning over fans with its railroad-influenced Automobile Alley taproom, is taking its show on the road for an exciting event this week.

Twisted Spike will be the featured brewery for the January edition of the Plaza Beer Walk, which is set for this Wednesday.

The lineup goes like this:

10th Street Pale Ale at Empire Slice
Crew Kolsch at The Mule
Dirty Blonde at Saints
Golden Spike and Holy Beer at Oak & Ore

Bonus reminder: A portion of Twisted Spike purchases that night will be donated to Gatewood Elementary School, and donation boxes for school supplies will be set up at participating venues. More details are available here.

What else is in the news...

-There's a new brewery on its way to Ponca City, of all places! Vortex Alley Brewing is in the early licensing and permitting phase, and is working on brewery construction. They have a GoFundMe page set up right here.

-Sierra Nevada announced a recall of some of its bottled beers, included some distributed in Oklahoma. More details here, but they said there was a flaw in bottling that could have caused small chips of glass to fall into the bottles.

-Oak & Ore is hosting a Destihl night today (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. featuring six different beers. Details available on the O&O FB page.

-The Root is hosting a Tallgrass Brewing pint night Thursday evening featuring the latest addition to the Buffalo Sweat lineup. The headliner is King Buffalo (10.5% ABV imperial stout with notes of coffee, chocolate and booze). Buffalo Sweat and Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat will also be available. There will be special co-branded glassware and representatives from Tallgrass on hand, plus live music and food trucks.

-Reminder that this Saturday is the second of two straight Elk Valley weekend beer releases. This time, it's Rum Barrel Coconut Coffee Nemesis. The beer will be available in four-packs of cans. Plans to also release Blanc, a Belgian wit-style beer, on Saturday have been pushed back now following the announcement that Elk Valley will remain in Mustang's Meridian Avenue brewery until March.

-Next Monday's McNellie's pint nights are Sierra Nevada Sidecar at OKC; Lagunitas Brown Shugga at Norman; Roughtail Little Blue Pils at Tulsa; and Elgin Park Oatmeal Stout at Tulsa-South.

-Vanessa House is getting ready to release its second beer -- 5th Keg Imperial Milk Brown Ale. The release is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Oak & Ore.

-Anthem is releasing a new brewery-only beer from noon to 9 Feb. 2. Blackberry Farmhouse is a bourbon-barrel-aged dark sour beer aged on blackberries for a month. It will be available for on-premise consumption and growler fills only.

-TapWerks is promising some kind of Founders Brewing event on Feb. 2, although it's not clear at this time what the beer lineup entails.

-COOP is hosting a pair of Alpha Hive release parties -- one in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa. This year's Alpha Hive will debut at noon Feb. 4 at the OKC brewery, and they will follow up with an event at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Fassler Hall-Tulsa.

-The Patriarch will host a Founders Frootwood (cherry ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels) release at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

-Iron Monk is hosting a brewery painting session from Wine & Palette on Feb. 12 that will feature a painting class, brewery tour, pint glass and flight of beer. The cost is $50 and as of this writing there were still about 30 seats left. Iron Monk has also introduced a new beer (I believe brewery- and draft-only) called Kinda Pretty Sour (spiced Berliner weisse).

But wait, there's more! While I'm sharing all kinds of beer news, how about passing along some beer labels submitted by local brewers recently to the federal government?

(Disclaimer: These labels are public documents but their posting by federal regulators does not guarantee they will ever be created and/or distributed. They are often, however, a good indication of what brewers may be planning.)

First, we have the brother (cousin? Nephew?) of Roughtail's Polar Night Stout -- Polar Eclipse Imperial Stout:

Here's something from Iron Monk -- a wheat IPA in cans:

Looks like we have the first packaged offering from Nothing' Left:

And lastly, take this one with a grain of salt -- I can't keep track of all the Prairie beers coming out of Krebs this days, so this may or may not have already been released and shared:


  1. I don't know how I missed the your mention of our brewery, Vortex Alley Brewing but thank you for the mention, it's very appreciated.

    David Thomas

    1. Construction on the trap room is looking great. Can't wait to hang out with a great beer.