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  • Marshall announces support for SB 424

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    I wrote earlier this week about Senate Bill 424 — the bill that would allow breweries to sell beer to the public on brewery premises. Now Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Co. — the brewery that was instrumental in the passage of the beer sampling bill two sessions ago — has announced its support for SB...

  • Choc forms new low-point beer company

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Interesting news out of Krebs this week as Choc Beer Co. has confirmed they are forming a new low-point beer brand, Born Free Craft Beer. Choc Beer President Zach Prichard said the Born Free line will have “a completely separate identity” from Choc. “It’s not a spin-off,” Prichard said in an...

  • Next Oklahoma brewery set to join the fray

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    I blogged some time ago about the discrepancy between the number of beer companies and the number of operational breweries in the state. When looking over the list of breweries, one name particularly stood out to me: Stillwater Brewing Co. It stood out because I couldn’t find any information...

  • So you were wondering about Senate Bill 424...

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    You may have heard over the weekend about the introduction of Senate Bill 424 — the bill that would allow brewers to sell their high-point beer to consumers on-premise. The bill has been the subject of much debate, but I think I’ve pinned down a solid understanding of what it all means. Below,...

  • New beers on the way from Choc, Elk Valley

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma beer scene is in the news right now due to at least a couple pieces of interesting beer-related legislation proposed for the upcoming session. But that doesn’t mean all the state’s brewers are sitting around twiddling their thumbs. The work of brewing beer continues and Choc and Elk...

  • Proposed bill would allow refrigeration in liquor stores

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The start of the 2015 legislative session is roughly a week away, and there doesn’t appear to be any sweeping alcohol reform bills on the table at this point. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing on the table. A metro-area state senator has proposed legislation that would impact Oklahoma’s...

  • Anthem excited about 'slight change in direction'

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    I blogged on Monday about the unveiling of a new IPA from Anthem Brewing Co., and last night was able to catch up with Anthem brewmaster Patrick Lively to get some details about the beer. The main question for me, which I posed in Monday’s blog, was did the introduction of an IPA signify a […]

  • Anthem changes course with IPA

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    During the summer, I interviewed former Anthem Brewing Co. brewmaster Matt Anthony at length about his company and his plans for the future. My story from the interview appeared in the August issue of LOOK AT OKC. It highlighted Anthony’s rise from aspiring homebrewer to up-and-coming commercial...

  • Dates announced for Tulsa Craft Beer Week

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Dates have been announced for several upcoming beer events, including the third annual Tulsa Craft Beer Week. Organizers said the “week” will be April 23 to May 2. Here’s a press release from organizers to fill you in on some details: Tulsa Craft Beer Week began as a simple dream and a...

  • Black Mesa set for release of new coffee stout

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Following the successful debut last year of its Red Badger Stout, Black Mesa Brewing Co. is set to release its next coffee beer. Ethiopian Ardi Stout, a collaboration with Oklahoma City’s Elemental Coffee Roasters, is set for release as soon as this weekend potentially. I’ll let Black Mesa’s Brad...

  • Date announced for 5th Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    A date has been set for the fifth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. The 2015 version of the state’s preeminent outdoor beer tasting will be Saturday, May 16. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale April 1. The festival once again is being hosted and staged by TapWerks Ale House. Organizers said...

  • Who will drive Oklahoma alcohol reform?

    BY NICK TROUGAKOS | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Thirsty Beagle Blogger Nick Trougakos chatted with readers on Wednesday about Oklahoma beer. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 10:00 a.m. Morning! Thirsty Beagle blogger Nick Trougakos will be logging in at 10:30 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Nick...

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