The Thirsty Beagle: Elk Valley, Stonecloud stepping out in July

Monday, July 10, 2017

Elk Valley, Stonecloud stepping out in July

Hello beer fans! Hope everyone is doing great and perhaps enjoying a cold drink to help beat this heat.

I'm settling back into the groove after the annual Beagle Family Disney World Summer Vacation, and there's a ton going on on the local beer scene, so let's get right to it.

For starters, this is a big week, and month, for Elk Valley. Now officially out of the Mustang Brewing building, Elk Valley got some brewing time at Roughtail and we're about to see the results.

On Thursday, Oak & Ore is hosting an Elk Valley Magic Juice Double IPA release at 6 p.m. Elk Valley brewmaster John Elkins told me he's pleased with the way the Northeast-style, double-dry-hopped IPA turned out. Once it drops on Thursday, you can expect broad distribution in bars and liquor stores.

Two weeks after that, Elk Valley will be the featured brewery in the monthly Plaza Beer Walk. That's set to kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at various venues in the Plaza District. I'll have more details as the lineup for that is revealed.

What else?

-Saturday is huge day for Stonecloud Brewing -- they're holding the grand opening of their taproom from noon to 9 p.m. with music, local food trucks, outdoor games and, of course, beer. For me, Stonecloud was a hit at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll bring to the market. And also excited to see another brewery near the city center, naturally.

-Also Saturday, Prairie is celebrating Christmas in July by holding an Ugly Christmas Bike Crawl. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at McNellie's OKC, then move to The Mule at 6:45 p.m., before winding up at The Venue at 8, where there will be live music. Each stop will feature Christmas Bomb! and specialty Christmas kegs at each location, and there'll be prizes for best ugly Christmas outfit.

-Anthem will be the featured brewer at a new series of dinner events hosted at Mary Eddy's. Fork + Bottle is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20. That's a four-course, BBQ-style dinner with beer pairings. The cost is $69 and more info is available here.

-405 Brewing is hosting a fundraiser cornhole tourney at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Bags for Bethesda will benefit Bethesda Inc., a local nonprofit that provides support for childhood victims of sexual assault.

Stay tuned, plenty more to come on the blog this week!

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