The Thirsty Beagle: Oklahoma beer scene buzzing yet again

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oklahoma beer scene buzzing yet again

How about a huge amount of local beer news for your consumption? Let's do this!!!

-Today is the day! Sharknado Marathon and pint night at Roughtail Taphouse.



Here are the specifics: For $8, you get a pint of the special Sharknado beer, called Tibur√≥nado -- a red double IPA with blood orange -- and a pint glass of your choice to keep. The Taphouse will open at 3:45 p.m. and show all three Sharknado movies, starting with "Sharknado" at 4 p.m., "Sharknado 2: The Second One" and 6 p.m., and "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" at 8 p.m. Let me just say this: Get your Twitter game on fleek, because nobody loves Sharknado night like Twitter.

-An interesting beer will be served up during Marshall's Firkin Friday event this week. At 4 p.m. they'll be tapping a firkin of Dry Hopped Oat IPA, featuring Chinook, Citra and Centennial hops. They'll also be open from noon to 7 p.m. for growler fills of Volks Pils, Mosaic Pale, Nelson Pale, English Mild, English Mild (cask) and Lil Belg.

-Big news from Anthem Brewing: Their taproom is now open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for growler fills and merchandise sales. Pretty cool development there, as we move closer to traditional brewery tap rooms in Oklahoma.

-Speaking of Anthem, they are hosting a yoga session at the brewery on Saturday. The bad news? The class filled up within minutes of registration opening. Fear not, though, this is expected to be a regular offering. On a side note, the teacher will be Oklahoma City's own Brooke Alkire. In the beer community, she's known by her Instagram handle, @beeryoga. Give her a follow.

-Thinking of heading out to the Great American Beer Festival this year? Public tickets go on sale July 29. More info available at greatamericanbeerfestival.com.

-Yours truly entered an IPA in the Red Earth Brewers latest homebrew competition, and the results are in! Sadly, however, I did not place in the top two. I haven't received my score sheet yet, but clearly, all the judges are terrible people. Just kidding! Here are the winners:

American Ales:1st - Matt Gore
2nd - Beau Salois

American IPAs:
1st - Beth Conner
2nd - Beau Salois

Specialty IPAs:
1st - Chad Medford
2nd - Bradford Sullivan

Best of Show:
1st - Chad Medford (Belgian IPA)
2nd - Beth Conner
3rd - Matt Gore

Despite its lack of critical success, I'm still a big fan of my IPA, which features four different hops, including a dry-hopping dose of El Dorado. In fact, I was drinking one when I wrote this post:


-Neat hop substitution chart right here for all the homebrewers out there.

-I recently tried Stillwater Stateside Saison and Evil Twin Yin & Yang:



Very impressed with both beers. I remarked to Mrs. Beagle that if I were to make my own saison, I wouldn't mind at all if it tasted just like Stateside. I feel like some saisons smack you over the head with Belgian yeast flavor and become too sweet and fruity, but this beer delivered just the right amount. Yin & Yang? That right there is a dangerous beer. Eminently drinkable and intriguing, but packing a punch at 10% ABV. I could find trouble with that beer as my wingman.

-Some news from Dead Armadillo Brewing: The city of Tulsa has approved a requested zoning change, and they now expect an imminent start to brewing in their Tulsa facility. Can't wait to score some more of their tasty Amber Ale.

-Voting is open for the Gazette's annual Best of OKC contest, and there are a couple beer-centric categories: Best Local Craft Beer (Anthem, Bricktown, COOP, Mustang, Prairie) and Best Beer Selection (McNellie's, Oak & Ore, Republic, TapWerks, The Patriarch). I'm not trying to get all "When I was a kid I walked eight miles to school, in the snow, uphill both ways" with you here, but let me tell you this: When I started this blog, seven of those 10 entities didn't exist. We've come a long way in our beer game, folks.

-Here's the food truck schedule for the rest of the week at The Patriarch:

Wednesday: Flying Pig BBQ
Thursday: M.O.B. Grill
Friday: Big O's BBQ OKC
Saturday (lunch): St. Paddy Cakes
Saturday (dinner): MT Express
Sunday: OKC Street Eats

-COOP Ale Works is pushing the envelope on self-distribution. They're now offering six packs of their 3.2 beer (two Negative Splits, two Spare Ribs and two Briefcase Browns), for sale at the brewery from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

-Bonus point: I just got back from Walt Disney World (again), because apparently going to Walt Disney World only one time in the summer is not enough. Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, but wanted to share this fun picture:


That's an Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA that I enjoyed at Animal Kingdom. And of course when you see a sign like that, you have to take advantage of it. Disney has done a nice job stepping up its food and drink game the last few years, and it's great to a see a local craft beer on tap at the parks.

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