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American Craft Beer Week firkin lineup promises great options

Nick Trougakos Published: May 2, 2013
We all know TapWerks is hosting the third annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival on May 18, but you should also know that the bar is hosting a series of pint nights and firkins leading up to the festival to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.

I’ve been tracking down information on the beer lineup for the week, and now am passing it along to you.

-On Monday, May 13, the firkin will be provided by Anthem Brewing. It will be a farmhouse ale brewed with a hint of smoked malt, tart cherries and aged on Hungarian oak spirals, brewmaster Matt Anthony said. Anthony also told me he has “something pretty exciting” that he will reveal that night.

-On  Tuesday, May 14, the firkin will feature Choc’s Rosemary Biere de Garde. Choc Beer President Zach Prichard described the beer as “one of (brewmaster) Michael (Lalli’s) favorites. This beer was part of Tulsa Craft Beer Week.  It was such a success that we want to share it with OKC.”

-On Wednesday, May 15, Roughtail Brewing will provide the firkin. It will be an oaked imperial black rye ale. Brewmaster Tony Tielli said the beer will be “an American-style rye ale, about 9% abv, firmly bitter with spicy rye undertones, complimented by a touch of roast, and opaque black. It will ferment on American oak soaked in rye whisky for an added rye touch.”

-The firkin on Thursday, May 16 is coming from COOP Ale Works. It will be a strawberry-banana cream ale, TapWerks General Manager Greg Powell said. The beer was brewed in a 10-gallon batch and started fermentation with 14 pounds of strawberries and 6 pounds of bananas.

-And as I reported earlier, the Friday, May 17, beer menu will feature a special Sam Adams Pint Night with a special food menu, and individual pours and flights from the Barrel Room Series — 13th Hour Stout, Stony Brook Red and New World Tripel.

Daily Pints

-Hope you’re not nostalgic about the name of COOP Ale Works’ German wheat beer. Going forward, COOP has changed the name of Zeppelin German Wheat to Elevator. COOP found out the original name may have ended up getting them in trouble in some copyright circles, and wanted to avoid the plight that Choc faced when it was sued by a Minnesota root beer maker over the 1919 brand. Elevator is a nod to the grain elevators that hold Oklahoma’s wheat harvests.

-Check out this recipe from Ales Kitchen being featured on!

-The weekly Thursday pint night at TapWerks tonight is a nod to Cinco de Mayo — Dos Equis.

-Plenty of new beers showing up on store shelves this week, or coming soon:

1. Choc Summer Blonde Ale

2. Green Flash Saison Diego

3. Mendocino Brewing Honey Amber Rose

4. Left Hand Good Juju

5. Tallgrass Ethos IPA

6. Theakston Old Peculiar

7. Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

8. Blue Moon Seasonal Sampler packs


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