I had a chance this week to catch up with TapWerks general manager and Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival organizer Greg Powell, and he had some exciting news to pass along.
Topping that list of news is that we should expect an announcement soon on a date for the fourth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. The fest has only gotten better each of its first three years, and Powell says we should expect No. 4 to be the biggest and best to date.
A couple possible highlights to look for: An increased presence for food at the fest and a total beer list that could top 250.
In other news, Powell said next Thursday’s (Jan. 16) COOP Ale Works night will feature a four-year vertical of Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout, with 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on draft. Only a limited amount of 2010 is available, so those will be served in 4 oz. pours, Powell said. A flight of 2011-13 will also be offered.
A couple Thursdays after that, on Jan. 30, TapWerks will host a Green Flash Tap Takeover Pint Night, with 10 Green Flash beers on draft. Sounds like a good time to head down to Bricktown.
Pints and Pins
-The third annual Mashed In Homebrewer’s Showcase is quickly approaching, and organizers announced yesterday that tickets will be available starting the last week of January. While tickets for the Feb. 16 event, hosted by TapWerks, are free, only a limited amount will be offered, and they must be picked up at TapWerks, The Brew Shop or the two Learn to Brew locations. Mashed In will feature samples from as many as 40 accomplished local homebrewers.
-Speaking of homebrewers, registration is coming up for the 2014 National Homebrew Competition.
-Good read here on the first American Trappist brewery.
-Here’s an interesting comparison of the cost of kits vs. buying individual ingredients.