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Plans shaping up for third annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival

by Nick Trougakos Published: April 22, 2013
It’s time to get ready for OCBF, people. That’s Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, for the uninitiated, and the date for this year’s event is set for May 18.

The annual festival — now in its third year — will be staged in the parking lot beside TapWerks. Tickets are $35 for either of two sessions, and they are on sale now.

The event marks the end of American Craft Beer Week, and it will end it with a bang, as organizers are promising the biggest festival to date. More than 200 beers are expected from nearly 50 brewers/breweries.

Here is a list of the first confirmed beers:

-Big Sky: Ivan the Terrible, Bier de Noel, Sneaky Pete, Brushtail, Cowboy Coffee, IPA, Scapegoat, Troutslayer, Moose Drool

-Boulvard: Lovechild #3, Rye on Rye, 2011 Imperial Stout, 6th Glass, Dark Truth, Long Strange Tripel, Terra Incognita, 2012 Saison Brett, Tank 7, Coffee Ale, Boss Tom’s, Double Wide, 80 Acre, Wheat

-Caldera: Amber, IPA, Pale

-Crispin: Honey, Saints, Original

-Jolly Pumpkin: Luciernaga, Noel de Calabaza, ES Bam

-Leinenkugel: Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout, Big Eddy Wee Heavy, Big Eddy IPA, Big Eddy Baltic Porter, Summer Shandy, Lemonberry Shandy, Orange Shandy, Berry Weisse, Sunset Wheat

-Laughing Dog: Dogfather Bourbon Barrel, Alpha Dog

And here’s a message from festival organizer and TapWerks general manager Greg Powell:

Plans are underway and the first list of beers is already on my desk! This year will have the largest amount of beers and breweries available for sample yet. We will break the 200 count for total beers representing over 45 breweries! Thanks to some new Oklahoma breweries like Black Mesa, Roughtail and Prairie Artisan Ales, we will also have our largest count of Oklahoma-made beers. Some of the craft breweries that are new to our state are promising some big things as well, including Green Flash, Goose Island and Jolly Pumpkin.

I will keep you updated as new beers are added to the list and other details, like food vendors and bands, are made available.

Daily Pints

-Expected in local liquor stores soon (if not already): Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir; Green Flash Imperial IPA; Green Flash Trippel.

-The weekly Monday pint night at McNellie’s OKC tonight features Dos Equis. Speaking of Dos Equis, have you seen the latest “Most Interesting Man…” commercial? Hilarious.

-The weekly Monday pint night at McNellie’s Tulsa today is Tripel Karmeliet.

-And at McNellie’s Norman, it’s Sam Adams Apline Spring.

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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