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Countdown: 1 week to go until Tulsa Craft Beer Week

Nick Trougakos Published: April 8, 2013
We’re officially only one week away from the start of the inaugural Tulsa Craft Beer Week. Organizers over there have put together a great lineup of events, including the centerpiece event — an outdoor beer-tasting festival at BierGarten Wine and Spirits.

The bulk of activities through the week will take place at R-Bar, 3421 S Peoria Ave., and McNellie’s, 409 E First St.

Here’s a quick rundown:

Monday, April 15

-Choc Beer Dinner at R-Bar (Tickets $50)***

-COOP Firkin/Pint Night at McNellie’s

Tuesday, April 16

-Great Divide Tap Takeover at R-Bar

-Marshall Firkin Crawl at McNellie’s locations (A different firkin at each of the Mcnellie’s group locations, with each one only opening after the other is floated)

-COOP Five-Course Beer Dinner at Hey Mambo, 114 N Boston Ave. (Tickets $55/person, $100/couple)

Wednesday, April 17

-Green Flash West Coast IPA Pint Night at R-Bar (With exclusive glass)

-Choc event at McNellie’s

Thursday, April 18

-Local Tap Takeover at R-Bar

-Prairie Artisan Ales Dinner at McNellie’s (Tickets $50, reservation required by emailing

Friday, April 19

-Outdoor Festival at R-Bar featuring special firkins (Tickets $25)

-Prairie Tap Takeover at McNellie’s

Saturday, April 20

-Grand-finale outdoor festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot next to The BierGarten, 807 East A St. The festival is sponsored by the Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers. Proceeds from the event will go to FOAM. Tickets will be $25 each with a free ticket given to designated drivers. There will be a free glass handed out after the event. The glass will be sponsored by The BierGarten and Boulevard Brewing. The festival will include beer from Choc, Marshall, COOP, Mustang, Prairie, Boulevard, Great Divide and FOAM. Food will be provided at an additional cost by Billy Sims BBQ. Organizers want to remind potential festival-goers that there will be NO ticket sales the day of the event. All tickets must be purchased in advance at, where you can also find additional information about all the events.

***I just got an update on the menu for the four-course Choc dinner at R-Bar on Monday, and man, does it sound good! Check it out:

-Course 1: Roasted cauliflower and saffron soup with sunflower seeds and Moroccan creme fraiche, with Choc Spring Pilsner

-Course 2: Bacon-wrapped dates and arugula salad with smoked almonds, neufchâtel, honey and balsamic, with Choc 1919

-Course 3: Spiced rack of lamb served with a caper and raisin relish, rosemary roasted fingerlings, baby carrots and lamb jus, with Choc Oklahoma Pale Ale

-Course 4: Cinnamon oranges with vanilla and honey yogurt and candied pecans, with Choc Biere De Garde

Wow. Organizers recommend you check the event website regularly this week for more details to be added as menus and beer lineups are finalized.

Daily Pints

-The pint night at McNellie’s OKC tonight is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

-At McNellie’s Tulsa, it’s Sam Adams Alpine Spring

-At McNellie’s Norman, it’s Boulevard Tank 7

-Speaking of McNellie’s OKC, they scheduled their next Beer University for April 23. The event will feature a guided tasting of roughly 18 Oklahoma beers. The cost is $25; reservations can be made by emailing

-Free Kindle beer book on brewing ancient recipes right here.