The Thirsty Beagle: Oklahoma primed for Mikkeller beer flood

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oklahoma primed for Mikkeller beer flood

Oklahoma beer fans -- specifically fans of Mikkeller -- are about to hit the jackpot.

There's big news coming out of Tulsa, from Provisions Fine Beverage Purveyors. Provisions, Oklahoma's broker for the Shelton Bros. portfolio, has announced they will bring as many as eight new Mikkeller beers into the state in September, including the first Mikkeller cans to hit Oklahoma.

The roll-out will include launch parties in Oklahoma City and Tulsa next month, with several offerings expected in liquor stores and on draft. All this information comes courtesy of Provisions owner Scott Large, who told me that as exciting as September will be, October may be even better:

"October sees the list widen to include some of the most exciting and sought-after beers in the world making their Oklahoma debut," Large said.

Pretty nice, right?

So how about the September beers? Large was kind enough to share some label art. First, we have the Mikkeller/Hill Farmstead/Grass Roots collaboration beer, Wheat is the New Hops. It's an IPA brewed with wheat and aged in Chardonnay barrels. This one is expected in bottles:

The highly sought after Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is due Sept. 1:

 Then there's Mikkeller Better Half IPA:

Two imperial IPAs -- Mikkeller Citra and Mikkeller Simcoe:

Mikkeller Fit Wit is a hoppy witbier:

Mikkeller Keeper is an American pilsner:

And lastly you have Mikkeller SpontanCassis, a sour ale brewed with cassis berries and aged in oak barrels, and Mikkeller SpontanDoubleBlueBerry, a sour ale brewed with blueberries and aged in oak barrels.

I mean, will Oklahoma's liquor stores have enough room on their shelves? I'm sure they will find a way. In the meantime, Large said launch events are being planned for Oak & Ore in the second week of September, and at R-Bar in Tulsa on Sept. 2.

Pints and Pins

-This seems great and all, but then how will I get my shoulders and traps worked out?

-Growler fills and pints from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Brewing.

-Roughtail Taphouse is hosting its first Sunday Funday on Sept. 6, featuring $2 low-point beers and $1.50 hot dogs. Wow!

-Speaking of Roughtail Taphouse, this weekend they are celebrating the year-round release of Hoptometrist by offering up $4 Hoptometrist cans and serving up Hoptometrist through a double randall loaded with hops.

-Oak & Ore has announced a Green Flash Brewing/Alpine Brewing tap invasion and glassware night for September. No additional specific details available at this time.

-The Patriarch is tapping a keg of Evil Twin James Beer at 6 p.m. tonight. This is a Berliner Weissebier brewed with strawberry and olives. Interesting.


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