The Thirsty Beagle: Elk Valley re-launch to feature rare beer

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elk Valley re-launch to feature rare beer

I wrote earlier this week about the Angry Scotsman debut event coming up at the OK City Brewing Co-op, but as we all know, that is not the first event on tap this month at the co-op.

This Saturday the spotlight belongs to Elk Valley, as they celebrate the re-launch of the brewhouse on N Meridian.

The festivities are set to kick off at 11 a.m. and continue to 9 p.m., and Elk Valley is promising some fresh batches of Magic Juice, Pale Ale, Coffee Nemesis and Cheap Sunglasses.

There also was a cryptic mention on the FB event page about cracking open "something special," and I can confirm that this is indeed something very special.

Elk Valley will tap a limited supply of Wyld Pumpeon -- a 2015 batch of Pumpion that has been aged with Brett. That is set for 4 p.m., although you may be able to score a sip of this beer a little earlier if your table tennis skills are up to snuff.

Saturday's event will include a ping pong tourney set to begin at 3 p.m. (or 2:30 p.m. if more than 20 people sign up) with the winner of the tourney getting the first pour of Wyld Pumpeon. How awesome is that?

In addition to ping pong, there will be a food truck (Fat Sosa) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., games, music, mini-tours and raffles for glassware, beer, growlers and some yet-to-be-determined prizes.

Sounds like a pretty solid time.

In related/unrelated news, Elk Valley filed for label approval for a new beer recently. You can see below a keg label for Firefly Crew. This is a witbier brewed with coriander and lemon peel, and you should expect to see it in the market in about a month, give or take:

There's also new beer news from another of the co-op partners, Vanessa House. They filed for label approval for a new barleywine, Rent's Due:

Seems like an interesting take on a barleywine -- it's a little on the low side for both ABV and IBUs, per BJCP style guidelines (although still within the appropriate limits). Perhaps we're talking about a more sessionable barleywine, if there is such a thing? The release date for this beer has not been set, per Vanessa House reps.

And then, there's even more new beer news! COOP has filed for label approval for the next in its DNR Cask-It Series line: Tequila Barrel Aged DNR.

As someone who has embraced tequila and homemade crafty margaritas in the past year, I'm especially intrigued by the way DNR and tequila will intermingle in this one. Look for a release date on this a little closer to the end of the month.

So what else is going on?

-The Root is hosting a Boulevard Hibiscus Gose Pint Night at 5 p.m. today.

-The 14th annual ARTonTAP beer tasting hosted by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is set for Friday night at 7. More details here.

-STASH in Norman is hosting its Hair of the Dog Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Friday. You can get more info on that here.

-The 2017 OKCtoberfest is set for Friday and Saturday at the OKC Farmers Market. All the details on that are here.

-Roughtail is releasing Adaptation 10.2 (Citra) and 10.3 (Mosaic) at noon on Friday.

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