Nick Trougakos
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.

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  • Just how many brewers do we have in Oklahoma?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    I posted a snippet of Oklahoma beer trivia on my Facebook page yesterday, and it started something of a mini-conversation on the interwebs. Here’s what I posted: “Random Oklahoma beer trivia: Did you know there are only 10 strong beer brewers officially licensed with ABLE to operate a brewery in Oklahoma? Six of those are […]

  • Notes from an IPA tasting

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    I got together with some very important people last weekend, so I decided to break out a selection of IPAs from my recent summer vacation/road trip beer haul for a mini-IPA tasting session. Here was the lineup: -Westbrook IPA -21st Amendment Back in Black -Terrapin Hopsecutioner -Straight to Ale Monkeynaut -Cigar City Jai Alai -Uinta […]

  • Nice plans on deck at TapWerks

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    If you perhaps haven’t been down to TapWerks since the extravaganza that was Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week, this may be a good time to make plans to swing by. Festivities start tonight with the monthly third Thursday COOP Ale Works night. Tonight’s beer will be a watermelon sour that will be tapped at 6 […]

  • Session IPAs: Yay or nay?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Over the years, we have seen many beers trends arrive. Some tail off, some keep going strong. Several years ago, the big deal was aging on oak. Then oak chips and spirals weren’t good enough, it had to be oak barrels. Then the barrel-aged craze really took flight, with whiskey barrels. Then whiskey barrels were […]

  • Dispatches from the road: Georgia

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    There’s generally not anything too exciting about driving non-stop for 16 hours — especially after you’ve pretty much exhausted and wiped yourself out with nine nights in hotels and a full week battling the sun and massive, teenaged South American tour groups at Disney World. What you need in such a circumstance is a way […]

  • Dispatches from the road: Disney World

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Word to the wise: If ever you find yourself at a Walt Disney World park or resort and think you’ll try the “amber ale” they have on tap — don’t. In my many years visiting Disney World — and studying the Disney beer scene — I’ve come to an almost certain conclusion: Disney has Anheuser-Busch […]

  • Dispatches from the road: Birmingham

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    I remember writing a blog post a few years ago where I took a couple shots at the state of Alabama because they had just passed legislation to relax rules on the strength of their beer. Those poor saps in Alabama, I opined, just now catching up with the rest of country. Well, look who’s […]

  • Dispatches from the road: Little Rock

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The annual Beagle Family summer road trip/Disney World vacation is officially in the books, so how about a week’s worth of posts to recap my beer journey across America? The trip started with a one-night stop in Little Rock to check out the city’s River Market District, a sort of Bricktown-like area along the Arkansas […]

  • Anthem, Prairie set for Sierra Nevada festival in Denver

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Representatives from Oklahoma City’s Anthem Brewing Co. and Tulsa’s Prairie Artisan Ales will be in Denver in July to pour beer at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America. Nearly 700 brewers from across the country have signed up to take part in one of the seven regional events in the tour, according to Sierra Nevada. […]

  • Date set for ZooBrew VI

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Mark your calendar for one of my favorite beer events, the annual ZooBrew beer tasting as the Oklahoma City Zoo. This year’s event, ZooBrew VI, will be Friday, Sept. 26, at the zoo. Tickets are set to go on sale in August at www.zoofriends.org. Last year, tickets for ZooFriends members were $30, while general admission […]

  • Anthem plans relase party for latest beer

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Anthem Brewing Co. and TapWerks Ale House are teaming up for a release party for Anthem’s latest beer, Uroboros, a Belgian influenced stout. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. Uroboros is an 8.5 percent stout brewed with Belgian candi syrup and aged on oak spirals. It will be available on tap only initially. […]

  • Black Mesa plans release of new beer

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Black Mesa Brewing Co. announced today that its latest beer, Alexander Supertramp Dobbelbock, is set to appear in Oklahoma liquor stores as early as Friday. To mark the occasion, Black Mesa has planned a launch party and other events. Check out the press release they issued today: Oklahoma City-based brewer Black Mesa Brewing Co. is […]

  • News abounds on Oklahoma beer scene

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    This is shaping up to be a pretty newsy week for Oklahoma beer. For starters, Marshall Brewing has a tour/tasting scheduled for Saturday, featuring the popular summer seasonal Arrowhead Pale Ale. Is it just me, or is this year’s Arrowhead tasting a little more malty than in years past? Maybe my hop threshold is too […]

  • New beers expected from Choc, Prairie

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Federal regulators have approved labels for two new beers from Choc and Prairie. From Choc, we have Double OPA: Choc President Zach Prichard tells me this beer will likely hit stores mid-June. And from Prairie we have Apricot Funk: It’s a sour ale aged on apricots. No word yet on availability date, but I’m looking […]

  • Looking back at Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Sometimes I think about how the inaugural Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week turned out, and it kind of blows my mind. The idea for the week was planted in 2013, actually, not long after the fine beer people over in Tulsa announced plans for their first craft beer week. It never really got past the […]

  • Black Mesa announces next release

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Hello Oklahoma beer fans, long time no talk. I’m excited to get back to work on the blog. I spent the previous week recovering and decompressing after Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week, and the last several days taking care of Mrs. Beagle after half of one of her kidneys was lopped off (she’s recovering nicely […]

  • Updated Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival beer list

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    Some additions have been made to the beer list for the fourth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival.

  • Choc, FOAM plan interesting 2014 Wild Brew beer

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    Curious what Choc Beer Co. and the FOAM homebrew club are brewing up for this year’s Wild Brew festival?

  • Elk Valley Brewing approved for first labels

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    It’s the “now-this-is-for-real” moment that so many fledgling brewers hope to see: Having your first beer labels approved for sale by federal regulators.

  • OKC Craft Beer Week Countdown: Day 6

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, May 9, 2014

    We’re coming down the homestretch of our look-ahead to Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week.




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Nick Trougakos Tue, Jul. 22 2014 11:23:52 AM CST New blog post: Yesterday's FB post raises this question: Just how many brewers do we have in Oklahoma?... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jul. 21 2014 04:55:46 PM CST Random Oklahoma beer trivia: Did you know there are only 10 strong beer brewers officially licensed with ABLE to... LINK
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Nick Trougakos Fri, Jul. 18 2014 12:28:09 PM CST New blog post: Notes from a recent IPA tasting. Which Utah beer impressed? Plus news on Mustang, Dead Armadillo,... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Jul. 17 2014 12:14:28 PM CST New blog post: TapWerks plans COOP night tonight, Belgian pint glass week next week, IPA Day celebration next... LINK
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Nick Trougakos Mon, Jul. 14 2014 03:13:14 PM CST New blog post: TTB readers debate the pros and cons of session IPAs. Plus news on McNellie's pint nights and... LINK
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Nick Trougakos Thu, Jul. 10 2014 04:55:15 PM CST The vacation wrap-up comes to an end with the pursuit of interstate liquor stores. Plus news on Mustang's 5-year... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jul. 09 2014 03:05:29 PM CST New blog post: A dirty little secret lurks within the beer scene at Walt Disney World. Plus news on Choc and The... LINK
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Nick Trougakos Tue, Jul. 08 2014 03:58:30 PM CST New blog post: The beer road trip takes me to Birmingham, where the beer scene just about knocked my socks off.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jul. 07 2014 07:29:09 PM CST Breaking into the vacation beer haul... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jul. 07 2014 03:05:00 PM CST Back from vacation with a vengeance: Read my first post recapping my cross-country beer adventure, and get more... LINK