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Oklahoma increasing its beer cachet with European imports

Nick Trougakos Published: August 15, 2013

In the past year or so, we’ve seen several notable out-of-state breweries make their way into the Oklahoma market, including Green Flash, Brew Dog and Goose Island.

Word came down from beer insider Freddy Lamport at the BierGarten in Jenks this week that we will see a few more exciting additions to the state within the next few months.

Lamport described the arrival of Samichlaus and Delirium as “amazing additions to OK’s beer selection.”

Samichlaus Classic is an Austrian beer that is brewed once a year only on Dec. 6 and then fermented/lagered for 10 months. Lamport described it as one of the best and highly rated doppelbocks in the world.

Checking in at 14% ABV, it is clearly not your standard doppelbock. Perusing through its Internet-beer-site ratings, you can see the beer engenders quite a bit of discussion and, mostly, praise.

Delirium is a Belgian brewery that produces a range of styles — almost all of which have been lauded with numerous international beer competition awards.

The most popular model from the label is Delirium Tremens, a Belgian strong pale ale that checks in at 8.5% ABV.

Lamport said we may see the beers arrive in Oklahoma in September or October, and that their arrival is a big deal for the state.

“People should be very excited,” he said. “It’s a huge step forward.”