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.

  • Marshall prepares release of new barrel-aged IPA

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Get ready for a new brew from Marshall Brewing Co.: Bound for Glory bourbon barrel-aged Belgian IPA. Marshall’s Wes Alexander describes the beer like this: “Bound for Glory is a barrel aged Belgian IPA. The base for this beer is our This Machine IPA. This Machine features a Belgian yeast strain and Nelson Sauvin and […]

  • Oklahoma brewers step up game for IPA Day

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    One of my favorite holidays — the annual IPA Day — is coming up on Thursday. As usual, TapWerks Ale House is hosting a celebration, and they just shared with me the list of special beers our Oklahoma brewers dreamed up for the event. Let’s take a look: (ABV/IBUs) Marshall -Pineapple Express: Belgian IPA in […]

  • Unibroue brewmaster in OKC tonight

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Beer odds and ends to pass along: -Unibroue Brewmaster Jerry Vietz is in Oklahoma City today and will be at TapWerks tonight for a special event from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a selection of Unibroue beer. -The annual IPA Day is right around the corner — it’s set for Aug. 7. Expect announcements on […]

  • 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 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.

Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:45:42 PM CST Went to Lone Star Beverages. The owner Rick is good people. Brought home this nifty wide-mouth can.
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 29 2014 04:38:54 PM CST New beer from Anthem -- label just approved by feds. Anthem loves them some Emily Sutton! Plus the proceeds from... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Sep. 23 2014 08:03:28 PM CST New dish towel at the Beagle household. Mrs. Beagle really gets home decor. LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Sep. 23 2014 11:41:47 AM CST New blog post: Am I the only one who misses Choc? LINK LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 22 2014 02:40:42 PM CST New blog post: Let's talk a little about 3.2 craft beer -- Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Includes news on... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Sep. 20 2014 12:28:45 PM CST Livin' the good life -- Empire Slice and Oklahoma craft beer on a Saturday afternoon! LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Sep. 19 2014 11:40:05 AM CST New blog post: It's been a long road for Elk Valley, but it appears they're closer to having beer on the market.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Sep. 17 2014 08:14:16 PM CST Nice delivery from Boulevard -- expect to see Collab. No. 4 (Boulevard/Ommegang spiced saison) next week at the... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Sep. 17 2014 07:23:09 PM CST New beer from Goose Island. Huge grapefruit up front. Ample bitterness covers up the malt profile somewhat.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 15 2014 11:24:28 AM CST Just found out about another event not mentioned in today's blog post: Mustang Hoplohoma pint night at The Mule.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 15 2014 11:13:00 AM CST New blog post: Check the beer list for ZooBrew VI. Plus news on Marshall, McNellie's, KRXO Beerfest and Prairie.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Sep. 12 2014 12:17:05 PM CST New blog post: Prairie approved by feds for three new labels. LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Sep. 10 2014 11:42:35 AM CST New blog post: The final installment of my cutting-room floor series features Roughtail's Tony Tielli. See what... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Sep. 09 2014 02:56:11 PM CST New blog post: Is Edmond starting up its own version of H&8th? What we do know is that Roughtail is taking part.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Sep. 09 2014 02:55:21 PM CST Update: The interim Legislative study scheduled for this morning on wine shipments was postponed.
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 08 2014 03:11:31 PM CST Alcohol FYI: Interim Legislative study set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on the issue of allowing wineries to ship... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Sep. 08 2014 11:18:46 AM CST New blog post: Sharing stuff that didn't make the cut from my recent interview with Anthem Brewing's Matt... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Sep. 06 2014 09:12:08 PM CST When Nebraska squeaking out a win against McNeese St. is your conference's best game of the day. #B1G
Nick Trougakos Fri, Sep. 05 2014 11:22:53 AM CST Hey! Please follow my hard-working alter ego @OKLocalEditor for insights on how The Oklahoman comes together every day.
Nick Trougakos Fri, Sep. 05 2014 09:44:30 AM CST New blog post: Get the scoop on the newest beer from Black Mesa Brewing. Plus news on Roughtail, The Brew Shop,... LINK