Nick Trougakos
Local News 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 bureau of the Associated Press.

  • Battered Boar primed to get back in the market

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    If you’ve noticed a little more activity on social media in the past week or so from Battered Boar Brewing Co., that’s not by accident. If you have started to see some new Battered Boar beer on liquor store shelves — not just a few leftover stragglers — you should be prepared to see a […]

  • New beer release set for Choc

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    UPDATED! I blogged a while back about wishing that Choc would return to production on some of its Signature Series beers. While that is not exactly what appears to be happening, there is a positive development in the offing if you’re a Choc fan. Federal regulators recently approved a label for Choc Signature Series Whiskey […]

  • New Oklahoma City bar aims for sophisticated beer service

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    It’s the latest example of the growing sophistication of Oklahoma City’s burgeoning craft beer scene and it’s the focus of Oak & Ore founder and owner Micah Andrews.

  • Marshall to start low-point growler fills

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Marshall Brewing Co. announced today it is jumping on the low-point growler train and will offer up a pale ale by growler and pint at the brewery starting Nov. 14. Here’s a press release sent out by Marshall, including pricing information: TULSA — Marshall Brewing Company, 618 S. Wheeling, announces a new era for the […]

  • Homebrew kit gets hobby back on track

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Call it the curse of familiarity. I’ve been homebrewing almost three years now. Certainly not long enough to call myself some sort of expert, but long enough to have the process memorized and to brew without looking at an instruction sheet or guidebook. Along the way, I graduated from extract, to brew-in-a-bag all-grain, to full-volume […]

  • Special stouts, food on tap for International Stout Day

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    TapWerks Ale House is finalizing plans for the annual International Stout Day celebration — set for Nov. 6 — and it looks like they’ll have quite the interesting lineup of beers. Below is a list of what is confirmed, provided by TapWerks. TapWerks general manager Greg Powell said there may still be a few surprises […]

  • OKBio BrewFest features solid beer list

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    One of the metro-area’s faster-growing beer tasting events is coming up soon, and it features quite the solid list of beer vendors. The 2014 version of OKBio BrewFest is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The event was moved to the ballpark to allow for more space after […]

  • Marshall ready for release of El CuCuy four-packs

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Marshall Brewing Co. announced today that 12-ounce bottles of the black IPA El CuCuy were on the bottling line at the brewery ahead of an imminent release to state liquor stores. El CuCuy previously has been sold seasonally in 22-ounce bombers. The brewery released this statement: “It was time for El CuCuy to transition to […]

  • Oklahoma City brewery unveils low-point canned beers

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    COOP will debut cans of Spare Rib Pale Ale, Negative Split Belgian-style table beer and Briefcase Brown on Friday

  • COOP unveils three new low-point cans

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    COOP Ale Works will soon make a full-force entrance into the state’s low-point beer market, and the brewery on Tuesday unveiled the three canned beers it will use to accomplish that. COOP will debut cans of Spare Rib Pale Ale, Negative Split Belgian-style table beer and Briefcase Brown at Friday night’s H&8th Night Market and […]

  • Edmond council gives green light to craft beer bar

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Edmond City Council on Monday night gave final approval for a new craft beer bar in downtown Edmond. Following a 4-1 vote from the council, owners of the Patriarch Craft Beer House & Lawn now are eying a March opening for the bar, which will be housed in a 100-plus-year-old house at 9 E […]

  • COOP preps for release of new low-point beers

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    COOP Ale Works gained federal label approval for four beers recently, and of significance is that two of the labels are for canned beers expected to be released in the grocery/convenience store market in the coming months. Here’s your first look at COOP Briefcase Brown and Negative Split: I’ll have much more information on these […]

  • Prairie preps for 2nd anniversary party

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    If you’re already planning to be in the Tulsa area this weekend — say for the Tulsa Oktoberfest — why not add one more event to your list: Prairie Artisan Ales’ second anniversary party. The Tulsa brewery, 1803B S 49th W Ave., will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday for the celebration. Included […]

  • Marshall eyes El CuCuy, This Machine release dates

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    I shared some label art on Facebook late last week concerning 12 oz. bottles of Marshall Brewing’s El CuCuy Black IPA and This Machine Belgian IPA. I had a chance to follow up with Marshall’s Wes Alexander this morning to pin down some information on release dates for the two beers. Alexander confirms the beers […]

  • New Anthem beer a tribute to meteorologist

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The guys at Anthem Brewing Co. certainly do love them some Emily Sutton. And Sutton, the morning meteorologist for KFOR, is apparently something of a beer fan. This much came to light back in May at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, where Anthem poured a one-off beer named after Sutton. Now Anthem has taken the […]

  • Roughtail plans brewery cornhole tourney

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    When I learned that Roughtail Brewing planned to host a cornhole tournament at its brewery, I immediately thought I needed to ask why they had decided to do that. It didn’t take me long to realize that asking why they are hosting the tourney is the wrong question altogether. The better question is, why would […]

  • Craft beer on tap at Tulsa State Fair, other locales

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The annual Tulsa State Fair begins today, and craft beer fans in attendance will not be left wanting. Marshall Brewing Co.’s Wes Alexander reached out to let me know about craft options at the fair: “The fair organizers are very craft beer friendly and offer Marshall a booth selling four draft beers in the Made […]

  • Where is the Choc?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    I went to the State Fair on Saturday. There’s a lot you can say about the Oklahoma State Fair — it may be one of the greatest displays of humanity in the world. Humanity aside, one thing I always think when I go to the State Fair is, “How did the Oklahoma wine industry get […]

  • Do beer fans really want 3.2 craft beer to succeed?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    I attended the first Heard on Hurd street fest in Edmond on Saturday night, and came away with some interesting observations. First, it was a fun and well-executed event, from my point of view. The biggest concern might have been some long lines at the food trucks. Since I wasn’t picky about which truck I […]

  • Feds approve labels for Elk Valley

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    There haven’t been a ton of new labels approved by federal regulators recently for Oklahoma beermakers. Prairie had three approved last week, but it’s been a slow scene otherwise. This week however, the state’s newest brewer appears ready to get into the game. The feds approved a pair of labels for Elk Valley Brewing Co. […]

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Nick Trougakos Fri, Nov. 21 2014 05:05:36 PM CST Look what hit the floor at my local grocery store today! #coop #lowpoint #oklahomabeer LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Nov. 18 2014 03:14:04 PM CST New blog post: More than you probably ever new about Battered Boar Brewing Co.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Nov. 17 2014 04:55:28 PM CST Update to an earlier post: Choc's new Whiskey Barrel Quad will be sold in single 12 oz. bottles. Expect a... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Nov. 17 2014 12:47:48 PM CST New blog post: Choc's been sitting on its latest release for 18 months.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Nov. 13 2014 09:21:22 AM CST Here's my story/video on Oak & Ore, the new craft beer bar set to open in the Plaza District. Excited for this... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Nov. 12 2014 03:03:49 PM CST Check the Business section of The Oklahoman/NewsOK tomorrow for a story I wrote about the tap system at the... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Nov. 11 2014 02:49:04 PM CST New blog post: Marshall to offer growler fills, pints at brewery -- featuring new pale ale.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Nov. 08 2014 08:58:03 PM CST I don't think I'll be able to recover from Gus Johnson's Ron Jeremy reference. 😂😂😂 #oops #imeantronburgandy
Nick Trougakos Sat, Nov. 08 2014 12:36:50 PM CST I'm not gonna lie, I thought I'd get more bull testicle. LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Nov. 07 2014 09:06:40 PM CST Too many walking boots... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Nov. 06 2014 11:38:32 AM CST International Stout Day today! As usual, the place to be tonight is TapWerks Ale House. Here's a look at what... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Nov. 03 2014 02:44:09 PM CST New blog post: Extract homebrew kit provides a nice boost. Plus news on GABF 2015, Mustang, McNellie's and... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Oct. 31 2014 08:05:35 PM CST Save me a seat! @WesKinetic @TapWerks
Nick Trougakos Fri, Oct. 31 2014 06:52:19 PM CST Congrats to Natessa Harp! You're the winner of a pair of tix for OKBio Brewfest! LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Oct. 31 2014 11:22:35 AM CST New blog post: TapWerks Ale House plans special beers, food for annual celebration of stouts.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Oct. 31 2014 09:25:25 AM CST Here's your chance to win a free pair of tickets to the third annual OKBio Brewfest on Nov. 6! Just like this... LINK