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.

  • 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 […]

  • Alcohol reform on tap for 2015 legislative session?

    BY NICK TROUGAKOS | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Thirsty Beagle Blogger Nick Trougakos chatted with readers on Wednesday about Oklahoma beer. Join Nick's chat at 10:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 9:58 a.m. Good morning! Nick will be logging in at 10:30 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Nick Trougakos 10:28 a.m. Hey Oklahoma beer fans! I'll start answering questions in just a couple minutes. Send along any questions or talking points now! Nick Trougakos 10:30 a.m. Lots going on in the beer world these days. We've got new beers coming down the chute from Roughtail and

  • Anthem plans four times the fun

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    If you’re a big fan of Anthem Brewing Co., you need to clear your schedule on Tuesday night. Anthem is teaming up with McNellie’s, Hudson’s Public House, TapWerks and Skinny Slim’s for a four-bar, four-beer pub crawl beginning at 6 p.m. The crawl will feature a different Anthem beer and a different glass at each […]

  • Black Mesa encourages pints for charity

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    If you’re looking to escape the house this weekend and grab a pint or two, you could do worse than heading out to one of the four McNellie’s pubs. That’s because McNellie’s has teamed up with Black Mesa Brewing Co. starting today to help raise money for charity. For more details, check this press release […]

  • 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 […]

Nick Trougakos Today at 11:54 AM New blog post: Choc forms new low-point beer company.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:28:50 PM CST FYI: I'm now writing a monthly beer column for The Oklahoman Business section. Here's the first edition:... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:22:14 PM CST @stephaniebice Ha, good point.
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 28 2015 04:02:30 PM CST Thanks! “@PhillipsMurrah: Nice work by @THIRSTYBEAGLE: Proposed bill would put OK beermakers on par with wineries LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 28 2015 02:17:16 PM CST New blog post: Stillwater Brewing Co. and their Iron Monk beers join the Oklahoma craft beer scene.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Jan. 27 2015 03:11:58 PM CST New blog post: Here's my story on Senate Bill 424. It may not be what you want hear. Then again, you might think... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:32:33 PM CST I've got a story coming up later this afternoon on Senate Bill 424. Stay tuned...
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:21:23 AM CST New blog post: New beers coming from Choc, Elk Valley. Plus news on McNellie's pint nights, Mustang growler fills... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sun, Jan. 25 2015 05:05:27 PM CST Here's one more piece of legislation filed by Thursday's deadline -- allowing breweries to sell the high-point... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Jan. 24 2015 02:20:55 PM CST Random beer art... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Jan. 24 2015 02:05:02 PM CST Great new beer from Black Mesa! Nice mouthfeel, subtle coffee roast. Look for it in stores around mid-week. LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Jan. 23 2015 08:40:07 AM CST Here's my story on the introduction of Senate Bill 383. I think craft beer fans will find one part especially... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Jan. 22 2015 06:32:01 PM CST Hey Oklahoma hop heads -- please be sure to pick up the Business section of The Oklahoman tomorrow or check... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Jan. 22 2015 11:58:02 AM CST New blog post: Proposed bill would allow Oklahoma liquor stores to chill beer.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 21 2015 08:33:28 PM CST So many bad jump shots!!!!
Nick Trougakos Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:37:35 AM CST New blog post: Anthem eyes February draft release for new IPA; won't abandon Belgian styles.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Jan. 20 2015 08:22:15 PM CST Those Miami uniforms are absolutely the worst. Blech. #Thunder
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jan. 19 2015 05:46:17 PM CST New blog post: Do plans for an Anthem IPA signal a shift in philosophy at the Oklahoma City brewery?... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Jan. 19 2015 01:40:26 PM CST New blog post: Preliminary details released for annual Tulsa Craft Beer Week. Plus news on McNellie's pint... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sun, Jan. 18 2015 08:50:34 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Pair of pics of that Russell Westbrook slam via Getty: LINK