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.

  • 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 they plan to […]

  • 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 Trougakos 10:29 a.m. Hey beer fans! Thanks for sending in all your questions. Let's get this chat started! Nick Trougakos 10:31 a.m. Wanted to provide a quick update on a topic we covered in last month's chat. I spoke with COOP Ale Works folks about their low-point beers -- turns out distribution roll-out has been a

  • Mustang Brewing seeks growth in 2015

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Several people have asked me over the past couple months about Mustang Brewing Co. and their strategy for getting beer out in the marketplace. The questions, I would argue, have been appropriate — especially for people who feel like they’re not seeing as much Mustang in liquor stores as they used to. In my view, […]

  • New beer expected from Elk Valley

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    After closing out 2014 with the release of several beers in the Oklahoma market, Elk Valley Brewing Co. is gearing up for its first release of 2015. Mashie Scottish Style Ale is a wee heavy that checks in at 8.5 percent ABV. It is due for release in 12 oz. bottles, brewed in Krebs through […]

  • Anthem founder to leave brewery this week

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    UPDATE: Just traded emails with Matt Anthony following the news I broke earlier this afternoon that Anthony will leave Anthem Brewing Co. this week. Anthony said the decision to leave “was an extremely difficult decision to come to on everyone’s part.” “Anthem was, and will always be my baby, birthed from my heart and mind […]

  • Anthem Brewery becomes the latest Oklahoma firm to to produce barrel-aged beer

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The technique ages fermented beer in wooden barrels or casks that previously held spirits or wine.

  • Tulsa homebrew shop, winery, to sell mead

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    In making my usual checks to see what new beers are making their way to Oklahoma, I discovered an interesting drink label recently: I thought to myself, “I wonder if High Gravity is the same thing as the Tulsa homebrew shop by the same name?” So I sent an email off the Desiree Knott, who […]

  • After long wait, (405) Brewing debut appears close

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    I’m always trying to give you guys the latest Oklahoma beer news, so I wanted to pass along some news on the latest federal label approvals. Check this out: That right there is a keg label from (405) Brewing of Norman. If you’re not familiar, (405) has been in the planning and development stage for […]

  • Mustang opens brewery for holiday tastings

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    If you have your Christmas shopping wrapped up — or if you just prefer to avoid Christmas shopping altogether — you can head down to Mustang Brewing Co. on Saturday afternoon for tastings and tours. The brewery will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Mustang Brewing President Tim Schoelen said they will have the […]

  • Pres. Obama given lifetime homebrewing membership

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Fresh off the beer wires, the American Homebrewers Association announced this morning it is extending “special lifetime gift memberships” to President Barack Obama and White House chef Sam Kass. “Both Obama and Kass were instrumental in bringing homebrewing to the most famous house in the world,” the AHA said in a news release. “The AHA […]

  • TapWerks to pour two local special release beers

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    You may have heard a lot — from this space included — about the new string of special-release beers due from Anthem Brewing Co. You can get your first chance to try two of them on Wednesday at TapWerks Ale House. TapWerks will tap kegs of Anthem’s Count Pedro and Festivus at 6 p.m. Wednesday. […]

  • Anthem brew pays tribute to friend of local beer scene

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Anthem Brewing Co. appears set to release a string of new beers. One of those is notable for a couple reasons. Pappy Burleson is a wheat wine ale aged in bourbon barrels that checks in at a whopping 17% ABV. Unless I’m mistaken (which I don’t think has ever happened before), that would […]

  • New labels approved for Willows, Anthem, Prairie

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Happy Friday night, beer fans. Before we dive into the weekend, wanted to pass along images for several new beer labels approved this week by federal regulators. First up, here’s the latest offering from The Willows Family Ales — a tribute to Prairie Artisan Ales founder and brewmaster Chase Healey. Say hello to Blueberry Sour […]

  • Roughtail offers one-off at the Taphouse

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    We’re entering weekend No. 2 of the new Roughtail Taphouse, and already the beer list there is growing. (If you missed it, here’s my post from last week on the Taphouse.) Here’s a beer menu posted to FB today: And here’s a note from Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli: “If anyone’s feeling thirsty this weekend come […]

  • Brewers Association issues year-in-beer report

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Brewers Association (the Colorado-based trade association representing America’s small/independent breweries) on Tuesday issued its annual look back on the year in craft beer. The biggest highlights? More than ever there’s a feeling that craft beer is moving into the mainstream. That and the statistics that 13 states in the U.S. have more than 100 […]

  • TapWerks gets in the Christmas spirit

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    TapWerks Ale House, 121 E Sheridan Ave., is getting into the Christmas spirit this week with its annual Holiday Beer Party. The event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday and will feature the following beers: -St. Bernardus Christmas -Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2014 -Mikkeller To: From -Mikkeller Red White Christmas -Ridgeway Lump of Coal -Ridgeway […]

  • Hoptometrist, Coffee Tsar set for kegs

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The recent return of Roughtail Brewing Co.’s Hoptometrist double IPA — in cans — was a welcome sight for many beer fans. Now those frequenting bars may also expect to also score some of the popular beer. Federal regulators recently approved a keg label for Hoptometrist, in addition to Roughtail’s other new release, Coffee Tsar […]

  • Full-strength bar at Roughtail to open today

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    If you’ve stopped by Roughtail Brewing Co. recently for growler fills or to grab a pint of low-point beer, you may have noticed some renovations and improvements in the tap room at the front of the brewery. The end-goal of those improvements is expected to be realized today as final permitting has been granted for […]

  • Kona Brewing announces Oklahoma distribution

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    News came down from the Big Island today that Kona Brewing Co. is expanding its distribution network into the final nine states that don’t receive its beer — and that includes Oklahoma. Here’s a press release sent out this morning from Kona: Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, December 5, 2014 — The “Liquid Aloha” experience is going […]

  • Roughtail, Anthem plan new beers

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Keep yours eyes open when you frequent your local liquor store this month for new beers coming down the chute from Roughtail Brewing Co. and Anthem Brewing Co. From Roughtail, we have a coffee version of the Rock Tsar Russian Imperial Stout: From Roughtail’s Blaine Stansel: “Coffee Tsar is our Rock Tsar recipe we did […]

Nick Trougakos Sat, Feb. 21 2015 09:09:27 PM CST The new Anthem IPA is on point! So fresh and so clean! #oklahomabeer #craftbeer #ipa LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 20 2015 05:04:25 PM CST Well folks, this is the end. At least for now. Today is my last day at The Oklahoman and NewsOK. I'm moving on to... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Feb. 19 2015 07:22:49 PM CST Love the coffee in this beer! LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 17 2015 02:49:03 PM CST The Red Earth Brewers homebrew club is hosting a cool event tonight at Oak & Ore. Red Earth member Ken Morris --... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 16 2015 02:25:06 PM CST Anthem Brewing Co.'s IPA is set for commercial release -- Oak & Ore is hosting a release party at 5 p.m. Wednesday. LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 13 2015 09:55:20 PM CST RT @oakandore: We are excited to be pouring the very first beer from the newest brewery in Oklahoma, Iron Monk's Milk Stout! LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 11 2015 02:32:19 PM CST Just wanted to pass along the latest label approved by the feds for Prairie Artisan Ales -- an imperial stout... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 06 2015 08:30:22 PM CST Excellent work by Black Mesa Brewing Co. on the ES-ESB! I'm getting great warmth, dark cherry, vanilla, creamy... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 06 2015 09:43:33 AM CST Excited to try this one -- Black Mesa's ES-ESB. I'm told it will deliver smooth notes of oak and vanilla from the... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Feb. 05 2015 09:16:09 AM CST New blog post: Get the details on the upcoming release of Black Mesa's ES-ESB.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 04 2015 01:54:58 PM CST If you missed this morning's monthly live NewsOK beer chat, here's a link to the transcript.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 04 2015 10:21:13 AM CST Live beer chat in 10 minutes on NewsOK. Send your questions in now!
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 03 2015 04:42:31 PM CST Dropping one more reminder: I'll be chatting about beer live tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. on NewsOK. There's... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 03 2015 11:00:28 AM CST New blog post: New beer news from Elk Valley, Mustang and Huebert/Bricktown Brewery.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 02 2015 02:54:29 PM CST New blog post: Tickets for Mashed In Homebrewers Showcase available now! Plus news on Prairie and Black Mesa.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 02 2015 02:26:42 PM CST Wednesday! 10:30 a.m.! Monthly NewsOK beer chat! Be there!
Nick Trougakos Sun, Feb. 01 2015 03:15:26 PM CST Homebrew beer, homemade wine and spent-grain bread (shout out to the Red Earth Brewers for the recipe tip!) --... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Jan. 30 2015 09:43:11 AM CST New blog post: Marshall Brewing in support of Senate Bill 424.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:52:38 PM CST RT @TempestTankard: Because I KNOW you love lagers. New Tempest post: "Let Us Now Praise Famous Lagers." #craftbeer #lager #malthead http:/…
Nick Trougakos Thu, Jan. 29 2015 11:54:53 AM CST New blog post: Choc forms new low-point beer company.... LINK