The Thirsty Beagle: Elk Valley finds new home in Midtown

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Elk Valley finds new home in Midtown

Some really exciting news broke today (there's a lot of beer news going around, but more on that later) when it was revealed that Elk Valley Brewing will have a new home, and in Midtown no less.

As reported by The Oklahoman business writer Steve Lackmeyer, Elk Valley will be an anchor tenant in an ongoing redevelopment of the former Uptown Theater at 1212 N Hudson Ave.

Elk Valley founder and brewmaster John Elkins told the newspaper he plans to open his brewery and taproom by mid-2018.

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It will be the culmination of a rather circuitous journey for Elkins, who started out homebrewing in his garage in his spare time while he worked as an airplane mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base.

From there, he founded Elk Valley and then gypsy brewed at Battered Boar and Krebs Brewing before moving into his current home at the Mustang brewery on N Meridian. There, Elkins has turned out a string of acclaimed beers -- Nemesis, Le Ferme and the more recent year-round Elk Valley IPA to name a few.

"It's been a long and rocky journey with all the moves," Elkins told me today. "I finally get to call this one home. I can't ask for a better community to be a part of."

With both Elk Valley and Mustang expected to move out their brewery this year, Elkins will have at least one more stop before landing in Midtown. He's expected to pick up his brewing at the Leadslingers Distillery in Moore (they're also building out a brewhouse there) while construction moves along at his own brewery.

Full disclosure here: I'm personally very happy for Elkins. I was lucky enough to get to brew with him and try many of his homebrews before he went pro. The man can make a beer, right?

And it's another example in a growing list of talented homebrewers who have found success in the pro ranks.

So, cheers to this new development, which will be a tremendous addition to the Oklahoma City beer scene.

How about that other beer news?

-If you missed my post from earlier today, then you missed the news that Ballast Point Brewing will make entry into the Oklahoma market starting in May. After scoring the accounts for Stone and New Belgium earlier this year, distributor Oklahoma Beer Imports has landed another big fish by bringing the California-based Ballast Point into the state. So, what beers will be brought in? This afternoon I scored the list of initial offerings: Big Eye IPA, Bonito Blonde, California Amber, California Kolsch, Manta Ray Double IPA, Red Velvet, Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin and Victory at Sea.

-There's a new brewery-in-planning in Tulsa. Welltown Brewing is working on a downtown Tulsa location and eyeing a fall 2017 opening. You can find out more here.

-If you're a fan of Stone's Enjoy By series, be on the lookout for the first offering in that series to hit Oklahoma. We are expected to be on the list for Enjoy By 04.20.17. It should start arriving in stores within the next couple weeks.

-Anthem is hosting a pair of interesting-looking in-brewery beer dinners in April, featuring "8-10 courses of bar fare-inspired plates with beer pairings." Beer Club Night One and Beer Club Night Two will be April 3 and 4, respectively. Tickets are $75. More info available here.

-Iron Monk has some news: Their newly canned Chocolate Habanero Stout should be making its way to liquor stores this week. Also, they're hosting a St. Patrick's Day party on Friday. Details here.

-McNellie's OKC and TapWerks are hosting their traditional St. Patrick's Day events on Friday. WSKY Lounge is hosting an Irish Breakfast with drink specials on Friday as well. The Root is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Variety show Friday night. Also, Saints, Slaughter's Hall, Pub W and Skinny Slim's are offering specials. Apologies to any establishment that I missed.

-Marshall is putting on a special St. Patrick's Day Double Firkin on Friday, featuring Donnybrook Porter (cask-conditioned Big Jamoke infused with Jameson soaked oak) and Irish Coffee Stout (Black Dolphin infused with Irish coffee). The taproom will be open noon to 7 p.m., but make note that the firkin beers will only be available starting at 4 p.m.

-The Patriarch is hosting a National Corn Dog Day fundraiser on Saturday to benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer's Research. The event will feature corn dogs, naturally, as well as tater tots and beer donated by Roughtail. More info here.

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