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Is Edmond a craft beer wasteland?

by Nick Trougakos Published: June 20, 2013

Sometimes, you’re sitting around your house in the northwest Oklahoma County-Edmond area, it’s like 8:30 in the evening, and you think, “Boy, I wish I could hop off to the bar to try that latest and greatest craft beer that just went on tap.”

Then you realize that that would probably involve traveling as far south as at least NW 23 — if not all the way downtown — and that you have to work tomorrow and it’s not even worth it because it’s too much driving to make it work out.

And then you think, “Come on Edmond!”

That’s exactly what I was thinking last night, so I posed a question on Facebook/Twitter: What’s the best bar/pub/restaurant for craft beer in Edmond?

I could think of a couple suspects off the top of my head — Upper Crust, Old Chicago and Louie’s. Probably Old Chicago would be the best of that bunch, but even then, none of the three has what you would call a kick-ass craft selection.

So surely the loyal Thirsty Beagle Facebook and Twitter followers would come through, their responses cluing me in to several locations I hadn’t considered.

Nope.

Add Edmond’s branch of The Garage to the list. That’s all we got. I could also throw Flatire Burgers in — I scored a Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA there the other day — but still, is that all Edmond has to offer for craft beer??

Sadly for me and other metro-area northerners, it appears the answer is yes.

So here’s my call to all you fine restaurateurs/bar owners/investors out there: There is a market for an expansive craft beer bar in Edmond. We’re looking for it. We need it. Don’t let us northerners down!

And readers, if there’s an existing Edmond bar with a great craft beer selection that I’ve missed, let me know.

Daily Pints

-TapWerks is now hosting a COOP firkin/pint night each third Thursday of the month. Tonight’s offering is a firkin of bourbon-oak-aged tripel that has been aging on oak for at least two months. Sounds delish!

-Some new beers are hitting or have already hit liquor stores shelves this week, including the highly anticipated Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir, Battered Boar Chocolate Cherry Porter, Widmer Citra Blonde, Widmer Alchemy Ale (I reviewed Alchemy in April and liked it), and Redhook Audible Ale. (H/T to the BierGarten)

-Marshall Brewing Co. is inviting you to celebrate citra! The Citra hop, that is. They’ll be pouring the citra-powered Arrowhead Pale Ale at a meet-and-greet and pint night tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Leon’s, 3301 S Peoria Ave., in Tulsa.


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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