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Beer scene rallies for tornado relief

Nick Trougakos Published: May 28, 2013
I swear it was just yesterday that I was driving down I-35, heading for Roughtail Brewing to pick up my free wort for the brewery’s wort transformation project.

But no, that wasn’t yesterday. That was May 19. One second I was at the brewhouse, the next I was tearing up I-35 — wort in tow — trying to beat the storm home. Fortunately for me, I did beat it home, and even more fortunately, the storm missed my neighborhood.

The next week was a blur. Because my main job before beer blogging is being a newspaper editor, it meant long hours at The Oklahoman and a whole lot of work. Of course, long hours and extra work are no big deal compared to what many Oklahomans have been through in the past week.

We’ve all seen the numbers of injuries and damaged or destroyed houses. It’s heavy stuff and the response from the community to rally and support the victims and survivors has been great. It’s been a response shared by the beer community, as well.

Here’s a little run-down of how the beer world can and did get involved:

-You can patronize any of the three McNellie’s locations — Oklahoma City, Tulsa or Norman — this month. The bars are donating 100 percent of proceeds from all Oklahoma craft beer sold through the end of the month to the American Red Cross for tornado recovery assistance.

-You can stop by TapWerks Ale House on Thursday night for the bar’s Tornado Relief Auction. Here’s something I lifted right off their Facebook page:

Tornado Relief Party
Thursday, May 30th
6-9pm at TapWerks Ale House

Live music from several Oklahoma musicians, free food, and auction.
We will be auctioning off gift cards from several Bricktown restaurants and…

6 different “Brewer for a Day” packages from some of your favorite Oklahoma breweries.
COOP Ale Works, Marshall Brewing, Anthem Brewing, Choc Brewing, Roughtail Brewing, and Black Mesa Brewing have agreed to donate a package that will allow the winning bidder to come in and brew either a special one-off brew, or assist in the brewing of a production beer.


Also, I’m fairly certain I saw somewhere that Mustang joined in on the Brewer for a Day auction as well, although don’t hold me to that. Either way, sounds like a really fun event, and it’s great to see our local beer peeps doing some great stuff for the cause.

That would include Mustang, which opened its warehouse for donations and by all reports filled the place up, and Grandad’s Bar, which has held several special events and directed a good chunk of proceeds toward tornado relief.

I’d love to catch everyone up on more beer news that came out during the past week — hopefully I’ll get to all that later this week.

In the meantime, if you know of a beer event or beer/bar-related relief effort, feel free to pass it along to me in the comments, and I’ll be sure to share it with as many people as I can.


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