It’s a tale almost all of Oklahoma’s craft brewers can relate to.
You think you’re going to open a craft brewery, but the process invariably takes several months longer than expected. There are stops and starts, changes in plans and unforeseen roadblocks.
The latest brewer navigating that bumpy path is Elk Valley Brewing Co.
Brewmaster John Elkins had his first labels approved by federal regulators in the spring, with plans to make his beers at Battered Boar Brewing Co. in northwest Oklahoma City.
Fast forward a few months and the reality of an aggressive production schedule hit home for both brewers. Elkins said it became evident that Elk Valley and Battered Boar simply would not be able to both make as much beer as they wanted.
So Elkins sought a solution, and found it at Choc Beer Co. Within the next few weeks, Elk Valley will begin producing some of its main-line beers at Choc.
While Choc has substantial brewing capacity, due to prior commitments they lack the fermentation space to get the job done for Elk Valley. To remedy that, Elkins has moved three 30-barrel fermenters down to Krebs.
What does it all mean? Oklahoma beer fans could begin seeing Elk Valley beer in stores in the next few months. In the meantime, Elkins said he still plans to produce some one-offs and smaller, special releases at Battered Boar.
Pints and Pins
-The lineup for tonight’s McNellie’s pint night: Peroni in Oklahoma City; Anchor Summer Beer in Tulsa; Founders All Day IPA at Tulsa-South; and Rogue American Amber in Norman.
-Beer fans should expect to see the 2014 edition of Marshall’s Oktoberfest in stores this week.
-This seems to have snuck up a bit, but speaking of Oktoberfest, the annual Choctaw Oktoberfest starts Friday! More info can be had here.