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Kickstarter beer project update No. 1

by Nick Trougakos Published: January 7, 2013
Happy 2013, y’all!

Let’s get the year kicked off with an update on a recent blog post about Roughtail Brewing. Plenty of news surrounding Roughtail these days. First, the fledgling brewery’s Kickstarter project to fund a canning line is winding down. There are seven days left in the funding drive. To this point, Roughtail has secured pledges from 48 backers totaling $4,060. Not chump change, for sure, but still quite a ways away from the $30,000 goal. You have until 5 p.m. Jan. 14 to get involved.

In other Roughtail news, the brewery recently announced a change of location, from an old-school warehouse-style building just north of downtown to the bustling metropolis of Midwest City. Probably the first commercial brewing operation in Midwest City, no? Why the move? Best to let Roughtail fill you in. Here’s a re-post from the Roughtail blog:

As many of you know our brewery was located in Oklahoma City just north of downtown in an old 1930’s warehouse built by the Santa Fe Railroad. The short story is that we were unable to get the city to sign off on our brewery without major changes to the entire building that would have cost somewhere north of $100,000. This was not the first hurdle we had run into with the building and the city plan review department, but really the last nail in the coffin for the brewery in that place. We will post a blog entry soon about all the hurdles involved in the process of changing the permitted use of an old building, as we feel it is an important lesson to anyone wanting to open up a new business. We tried desperately to make it work, but were stopped at every turn.

With that said we have a new location. We will now be located just outside Oklahoma City at 1279 N Air Depot Blvd. Although this building lacks the cool factor, it makes up for it with ADA compliant features, multiple exits, parking, heating and most importantly a permitted use of manufacturing. For anyone severely depressed about this change you can contact your local OKC councilperson. In the meantime, MWC has been really great so far, and we are still going to be making kick-ass beer.

So there you go. Roughtail had earlier planned to have kegs to market this month; this may push things back a bit.

Daily Pints

-The BCS National Championship game is tonight, and please, for the love of sweet, 7-pound, 8-ounce, tiny infant baby Jesus, let Notre Dame win. I don’t care for Notre Dame, per se, but I am so sick to death of the ESPN-SEC love fest that I may quit watching TV for six months if Alabama wins. Seriously, on the College GameDay Facebook feed last week, they posted this:

Louisville upends the Gators in the Sugar Bowl 33-23 and pulls off the biggest upset in BCS history.

The biggest upset in BCS history??!! What happened to Boise State-OU? As far as Louisville-Florida goes, I know the Big East sucks, but we’re talking about a Florida team that needed a blocked punt returned for a touchdown as the clock expired to avoid overtime against Louisiana-Lafayette. The same Louisiana-Lafayette team that lost by 41 points to an OSU team that was using a freshman back-up quarterback. News flash: SEC greatness is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The teams are all “great” because they only ever beat or lose to other “great” teams. Then they all float around the top of the polls all year and they can’t get knocked down if they lose because, after all, they lost to a “great” team. And I’m sorry, but bowl season didn’t prove anything to me. The SEC’s marquee teams beat a couple mediocre Big 10 teams (they’re all mediocre in the Big 10) and lost to the Big East champ and the ACC runner up. But the SEC is so great!! You can’t escape it!!! OK, tirade over — for today.

-The pint night at McNellie’s OKC tonight is Sam Adams Winter Lager.

-McNellie’s announced late last week it will open a new Tulsa location near 71st and Yale.

-Marshall Brewing provides a wrap on 2012 — did you know 2013 will mark Marshall’s fifth anniversary? In other Marshall news, the brewery recently released a new smartphone app.

-Prairie Artisan Ales recently shared some new label art. Look for Pirate Noir, their Jamaican rum barrel-aged imperial stout, in March, with limited availability in Oklahoma.


by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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