The Thirsty Beagle: Picking some of my OKC Craft Beer Week highlights

Friday, May 5, 2017

Picking some of my OKC Craft Beer Week highlights

Happy Friday everyone!

We're less than a week away from the start of OKC Craft Beer Week, so this is as good a time as any to do a little more of a deep dive into a few of the events that are planned.

(No disrespect to any events not mentioned here -- with more than 30 events on the official calendar, I can't write about all of them!)

So what are some highlights for me?

-Let's start with opening night, Thursday, May 11, when I'll visit Elk Valley at 6 p.m. to unveil a collaboration beer with brewmaster John Elkins. We'll pour the only keg of a special one-off, tart, dry-hopped farmhouse ale. Elkins and I will also sit down for a live interview about the history of Elk Valley and his plans for his new Midtown brewery and taproom. If you can't make it on Thursday but have a question you'd like me to ask during the interview, send it my way. I'm happy to accept reader questions, and we'll also open the floor for guest questions at the brewery.

-Naturally I have to mention the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. This is set for three session spread over Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. Last I heard, tickets are available for all three, but spots for the Saturday afternoon VIP session are running low.

-Twisted Spike is working extra hard for its first full-fledged OKC Craft Beer Week, with events lined out each night of the week, both on-site and off. A highlight for me is the Black Snake Flight Night set for Saturday, May 20, featuring four different variants of the imperial stout.

-On that same day, you won't go wrong by heading a little east in Automobile Alley -- over to 9th Street -- for the Oklahoma Craft Beer Week Block Party. The outdoor party will feature local brewers, local shops, music and food and drink specials. Plus it's a pet-friendly event. A great way to start putting a wrap on OKC Craft Beer Week. (If you really want to get fancy on the 20th, you can hop from the block party to Twisted Spike and then up to Edmond for Heard on Hurd, where Anthem, COOP and Roughtail will be pouring their low-point offerings.)

-I have to highlight COOP as well, as they have set up some really cool events throughout the week, headlined by a Barrel-Aged Night at Oak & Ore; a Double Pint Night at The Root; a seafood boil at Whole Foods; and a craft beer dinner with the Loaded Bowl.

-Meanwhile, Anthem is hosting several events, including a beer and donut pairing, and Roughtail is getting into the act with a tie-dye night where you can make your own Roughtail T-shirt.

Like I mentioned earlier, there are plenty more events going on throughout the week, so check the events page on my website. Hope to see you out and about!

So, what else is going on?

-Roughtail is releasing a couple new on-tap offerings a 4 p.m. today at the brewery. These are Peachy Cheeks (hoppy peach wheat ale); and apricot ERWO (very limited amount). In addition, they'll have fresh cans of regular ERWO for sale. And, they've also announced the addition of a cold-brew coffee to their taproom lineup. Polar Morning is a nitro cold-brew coffee made in collaboration with Cooper Tap Roasting Co. of Enid. More specifics on all that here.

-Twisted Spike is opening today at 2 p.m. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Twisted Spike Crew infused with lime. Then, on Sunday, the brewery is hosting a beer and oyster pairing at 2 p.m. with Sea Gypsy Osyter Co. More details here.

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