The Thirsty Beagle: Weekend bottle releases set in OKC, Tulsa

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekend bottle releases set in OKC, Tulsa

Happy Friday beer fans!

As we get ready for the weekend, I'm sure quite a few are still digesting the news from yesterday that both Stone and New Belgium will arrive in Oklahoma in February.

The reaction to my blog announcing that news was mixed -- on the whole, people are excited to see a couple big brands come to Oklahoma.

Many people were lukewarm on the beers that will be coming at the outset, while just as many were pumped that Fat Tire would be here.

Some people expressed dismay at my use of the term "flyover state" to describe Oklahoma. I didn't necessarily think that terminology would cause any animosity when I elected to use it, but I can see why some in the craft beer community might have been offended.

For what it's worth, there was no intention to low-ball the quality of the current selection of craft beer in Oklahoma, especially from our local brewers. Do I think the addition of Fat Tire makes Oklahoma a better craft beer state? No. I would still pick any number of tremendous local beers first.

When I wrote flyover state, I was referring to what it means symbolically to have those brands coming to Oklahoma.

At the end of the blog, I wrote this:

"The craft beer culture in Oklahoma is growing, evolving and thriving. There's no reason our producers can't turn out sought-after beer and there's no reason the likes of Stone and New Belgium wouldn't be interested in being here."

I felt like that was me saying, "hey, we're pretty damn good already, so why wouldn't those guys want to be here?"

But, I guess that sentiment did not resonate. Anyway, that's how I feel. Stay tuned for next week when I can offend someone else in the alcohol industry!

As they say, you can't win 'em all.

Speaking of local craft beer, our local brewers have quite a bit going on in the next little while. How about a rundown?

-Elk Valley is releasing a new version of Nemesis tomorrow. Whiskey Barrel Mole Nemesis, with Ancho chiles, cacao nibs and cinnamon is set to drop from the brewery at noon. Bottles will be $10 a pop, but there is a six-bottle limit. And Elk Valley reserves the right to change the limit based on how many are in line, etc. The original Whiskey Barrel Nemesis was tremendous, so expect this to be a hot item as well.

-American Solera is releasing a pair of very interesting-sounding beers at noon tomorrow at the brewery. Holiday Open House is an English barleywine that has been more than two years in the making. It was aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for 18 months and then bottle-conditioned for another 12 months. Also for release will be Old Dishoom, an old ale aged in Sherry barrels with a mix of Brett cultures added.

-Mustang is hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party from 3 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. The party will feature beers made in collaboration with a pair of local homebrew clubs: Blackheart Christmas Stout from the Red Earth Brewers and Christmas Ale from the High Plains Draughters. There will also be complimentary leg lamp cookies.

-If you haven't been out to the recently opened Twisted Spike taproom, they are hosting food trucks today and tomorrow: Wicked Hangry at 4 p.m. today and Blue Donkey Food Truck at noon tomorrow.

-Speaking of food trucks, Marshall is hosting Harden's Hamburgers today at noon.

-405 Brewing is shuffling over to Roosevelt's in Tulsa for an FDR Launch Party at 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

-Anthem is hosting a Festivus Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 23, featuring the new 2016 version of Festivus on tap and prizes for feats of strengths. I'm told there will also be airing of grievances.

-Looking a little further ahead, The Root is hosting a Roughtail Little Blue Pils Pint Night on Jan. 4, featuring some cool co-branded glasses.

-And lastly, Choc/Prairie announced they are hiring for a variety of positions, and will probably be adding even more positions over the next several months. If you're interested in that, click here.


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