The Thirsty Beagle: Oak & Ore claims top award, preps for anniversary

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oak & Ore claims top award, preps for anniversary

A hearty congratulations is due to Oak & Ore after the Plaza District spot recently was recognized as the top craft beer bar in the state by readers of CraftBeer.com.

Oak & Ore scored the top honor for Oklahoma in the website's annual ranking of Great American Beer Bars.

You can see the whole list here, and search for Oklahoma to find the mention of Oak & Ore. Votes were collected in November and December, with more than 7,000 votes cast in all.

Oak & Ore obviously is being rewarded for its beer-centric focus, and has made quite the climb in its two years in business.

And that segues nicely into the next bit of news for O&O: They are getting ready to celebrate their second anniversary with a week of special tappings, culminating with a party on March 25.

Here's the scoop from a press release issued by the bar:

Special beer tappings and customer appreciation promotions will be held throughout the week of March 19.

The official two-year anniversary party will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, featuring a flurry of special release beers being tapped each hour. All 36 taps will be filled exclusively with Oklahoma craft beer. There will be hourly drawings for door prizes, and attendees who purchase an Oklahoma craft beer will be entered to win a limited-edition Oak & Ore anniversary T-shirt.

Beginning Sunday, March 19 through Saturday, March 25, kids 12 and younger can eat free from the kids menu and customers can get a 20 percent discount on food from the regular menu with a Keep It Local card. The restaurant will also be officially debuting several new menu items.

That the anniversary plans coincide with the Great American Beer Bar title means a lot to Oak & Ore owner Micah Andrews.

“We’ve really focused our efforts this year not just on continuing to grow our business, but also by trying to contribute positively in this city and this state that we love,” said Andrews. “While 2015 was all about settling in and working towards being our best operationally, our second year gave us an opportunity to be more involved in our community, both in the Plaza District and the local craft beer culture. We were honored to help create an outlet for the public and local craft brewers to make known to legislators and state officials about important issues facing Oklahoma craft breweries. We were able to be more actively involved in causes in and around our neighborhood like Plaza Beer Walk benefiting local schools. It feels great to see that our customers appreciate and encourage those efforts, along with enjoying the quality of service we work to provide.”

You can bet there will be some worthwhile offerings to score during this celebration.

Meanwhile, you might want to put a visit to Oak & Ore on your list a little earlier -- like this Thursday -- as the bar hosts Rahr & Sons as that brewery celebrates its first year in Oklahoma. There will be eight beers on tap, special co-branded glassware and visits from Rahr & Sons beermakers. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

So, what else is going on?

-If you just cannot wait for your Rahr & Sons one-year-in-Oklahoma fix, head to The Patriarch today (Tuesday) as they are hosting a Rahr night at 5 p.m. This one also includes commemorative glassware with the purchase of Rahr beer.

-Roughtail announced Monday that they now have a 32 oz. crowler machine, and they sort of half-cryptically announced you can stop by this weekend to have it filled with double-dry-hopped Everything Rhymes With Orange. Double-dry-hopped ERWO? I mean, that calls for like a national holiday or something. I checked in with Roughtail's Blaine Stansel, and can report that DDHERWO will be available on draft and for fills of crowlers or 32 oz. growlers only.

-Twisted Spike will be putting its Dirty Blonde Sanchez through the infusinator with clementine oranges this week. The fun begins at 4 p.m. today at the brewery.

-Anthem is hosting a brewery bottle release at 5 p.m. Thursday for its 2017 Babalon, a sour ale aged in wine barrels with cherries and raspberries added. The beer will be available in bottles with no limits, and on draft, however there will be no growlers.

-I got out to COOP's eighth anniversary party on Saturday and had a great time. The peach Alpha Hive, the older variants of TR Stout and the 2015 barleywine were tremendous. Plus, COOP's new taproom looks great. (If I could nit-pick, I'd say I could use a little more natural light in there, but that's just a minor gripe. I'm sure they'll have no problem knocking some holes in the walls to help me out.) Anyway, good to see the progress and continued success over there. Keep it up guys!

-Dead Armadillo recently announced they are beginning a barrel-aging program, just FYI.

-Couple items of note from up in Stillwater: Iron Monk is hosting a brewery St. Patrick's Day party on March 17, and they also announced they have canned their chocolate habanero stout. As an amateur connoisseur of pepper beers and someone who tried a one-off Iron Monk habanero stout a couple years back, I'm giving this a premature enthusiastic two thumbs up!

-Lastly, get your car gassed up for a trip down to Krebs this Saturday as Prairie will release a pair of beers: Okie Paradise and Bromance. From the Prairie FB page:

Okie Paradise is our imperial brown ale, Okie, that has aged in whiskey barrels for two years that has been blended with our rum barrel aged stout, Pirate Paradise. We finished this beer with toasted coconut and vanilla. 2,500 bottles // 6 bottle limit // $12 each

Bromance is an imperial brown ale that has been aged for two years in whiskey barrels. Sales of this beer benefit local charity Shared Blessings (http://sharedblessings.tv/). 400 bottles // 2 bottle limit // $12 each

1 comment:

  1. Obviously the voters for that award have never actually visited Oak & Ore....or service wasn't one of the qualifications. There are only two establishments in Oklahoma City with worse service than O&O: McNellies and the Pump. O&O is not far behind!

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