The Thirsty Beagle: One week to Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit

Saturday, July 29, 2017

One week to Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit

We're officially one week away from the second Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit, and organizers have lined up an impressive two days of events for attendees.

With early bird pricing expired, tickets are fairly steep at $75. But the promised lineup of tastings, panels and speeches looks to be a value well worth the expense.

Let's take a look at what's on the schedule.

-Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Friday with a pre-party at Stonecloud Brewing. Summit ticket holders can pick up their registration packets, get a voucher for a free Stonecloud beer, and tour the brewery to learn more about the revitalization of the historic Sunshine Laundry building.

-On Saturday, registration opens at 9 a.m. at the Summit's home, the newly renovated Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City's Uptown District.

-There's no delay in getting into a full day of beer tastings. A Breakfast & Stout Beer Tasting is set for 9:30 a.m., featuring beers from Anthem, Twisted Spike and 405 Brewing. Remember to pace yourself!

-At 10 a.m., there's a beer quality panel featuring discussion on issues of beer quality and integrity as the number of breweries in Oklahoma climbs. This panel features a couple of Oklahoma craft beer heavy hitters as Prairie's Michael Lalli (the godfather of Oklahoma brewmasters) and Marshall Brewing founder Eric Marshall will take part.

-Another tasting session is set for 10:45 a.m., this one featuring session beers from Iron Monk, Renaissance and Bricktown Brewery.

-The State of the Brewnion -- an address by leaders of the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma -- is set for 11 a.m. This will feature talking points including post-Senate Bill 424 Oklahoma, modernization of local liquor laws and the outlook for local breweries.

-That discussion will give way to the day's third tasting, this one featuring strong ales. You can sample beers from Marshall, Twisted Spike, Anthem and Vanessa House.

-At noon, attendees can gather for the day's keynote address, featuring Damon Scott, technical brewing projects coordinator for the Brewers Association. Scott's speech is entitled "Craft Brewing Trends Across the United States."

-Scott address will be followed by catered lunch from Hideaway Pizza, accompanied by Marshall Brewing's Hideaway '57 Ale, which has been brewed specially for Hideaway restaurants.

-Attendees will want to get their palates ready for the post-lunch schedule, because it kicks off with a draft systems demonstration from BrewTru Beverage Services and a sour beer tasting featuring offerings from Prairie, Vanessa House and American Solera.

-At this point, things start to really get fun. At 1:30 p.m., and continuing until the Summit closes at 4 p.m., the tasting floor will be open. The floor will feature a collection of homebrewers, breweries-in-planning and pro brewers. You can see a full roster here.

-Yours truly will get involved at 2 p.m. as I moderate a Hops Panel and IPA tasting. The panel will feature folks from Roughtail, Anthem and 405 Brewing, as well as special guest Matt Hollingberry from Hollingberry & Son Hops. The featured beers for the tasting will be provided by Roughtail, American Solera, Bricktown Brewery, Twisted Spike and Elk Valley.

-The last scheduled event of the day is set for 3 p.m. It'll be a Malt Panel and barrel-aged beer tasting. Speakers include brewers from Iron Monk, Twisted Spike and Renaissance, and beer will be from Prairie, Elk Valley and Twisted Spike.

So, is all that worth $75? I would say yes. Tickets are still available, so act quickly if you want to take part in the festivities for this highly anticipated event.

And, if you have any questions you'd like me to ask the panelists on the Hop Panel, shoot them my way and I'll try to fit them in to the discussion.

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