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.

  • ZooBrew VI beer lineup coming together

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    We’re now less than two weeks away from the annual ZooBrew beer tasting, and the lineup of beers at the Sept. 26 event is taking shape. If you’re looking for tickets, you better act quickly. I’m told there are only about 100 spots left for the event. Attendance will be capped at 850, so you […]

  • Prairie approved for new labels

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Quick post today. Just wanted to pass along three labels that were approved by federal regulators this week for Prairie Artisan Ales. Keep your eyes open for these new releases. I do enjoy a beer made with blackberries, so I’ll be on the lookout for Tulsa Funk, myself.

  • Cutting-room floor: Roughtail Brewing

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    It’s time for the final installment in my cutting-room floor series, featuring leftover nuggets from my interviews with Prairie, Anthem and Roughtail for the LOOKatOKC piece on the state’s craft beer scene. Today, let’s hear from Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli. -On Roughtail’s first building at NE 14 and Broadway: “We had a really cool old […]

  • Roughtail to participate in new Edmond event

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Is Edmond trying to stage its own version of H&8th? Maybe not exactly, but a pretty-cool-sounding community event/street festival is set to debut in Edmond on Sept. 20. That’s when the first Heard on Hurd is set at the corner of Broadway and Hurd. As a bonus to beer lovers out there, Roughtail Brewing Co. […]

  • Cutting-room floor: Anthem Brewing

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Last week I posted some leftover quotes from Prairie Artisan Ale’s Chase Healey — a spin-off from my LOOKatOKC interview with Prairie, Anthem and Roughtail. I’ll follow up today with some extras from my discussion with Anthem Brewing’s Matt Anthony. -On naming his brewery: “Originally it was going to be called The Brothers Stout. My […]

  • Black Mesa eyes first barrel-aged project

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Seems like it’s been a quiet few months for Black Mesa Brewing Co. since the company claimed a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for its ESB back in April. I caught up recently with Black Mesa’s Brad Stumph, and it turns out they haven’t just been resting on their laurels. Stumph confirmed they […]

  • Roughtail bugs out for ZooBrew

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual ZooBrew beer tasting event is fast approaching. Tickets for the sixth edition of the event, set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, are going fast and attendance will be capped at 850 guests. (Tickets are $35 for ZooFriends members; $45 for non-members; and $10 for designated drivers.) Event […]

  • Marshall Brewing plans busy September

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    How about a little update on the state’s latest Oktoberfest news? For starters, I just bottled a batch of homebrew Oktoberfest on Monday night. Because I’m just a simple homebrewer with no ready access to temperature control, I fermented with ale yeast. I’ve done that each of the past three years, with good results each […]

  • Cutting-room floor: Prairie Artisan Ales

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    When you gather enough material to write a roughly 3,000-word feature on three of Oklahoma’s craft brewers, you’re bound to have some stuff you simply cannot fit into the story. That was the case with my recent story on Prairie Artisan Ales, Anthem Brewing and Roughtail Brewing. I transcribed nearly two hours of combined interviews […]

  • Oklahoma brewers take advantage of 3.2-strength beer sales

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    More and more of Oklahoma’s full-strength beermakers are opting to produce and sell so-called low-point beer. They are prohibited by law from selling their full-strength beer directly to the public.

  • Elk Valley to team with Choc on production

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    It’s a tale almost all of Oklahoma’s craft brewers can relate to. You think you’re going to open a craft brewery, but the process invariably takes several months longer than expected. There are stops and starts, changes in plans and unforeseen roadblocks. The latest brewer navigating that bumpy path is Elk Valley Brewing Co. Brewmaster […]

  • COOP to debut lineup of 3.2 cans, enter grocery market

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Hot news for you today beer fans — let’s get right to it: COOP Ale Works plans to introduce a lineup of three 3.2-strength beers to be sold in four packs of 16 oz. cans at grocery and convenience stores in Oklahoma. Let that sink in for a minute. If you’ve frequented the monthly H&8th […]

  • Republic plans beer dinner, new Prairie label approved

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Plenty of odds and ends on the Oklahoma craft beer scene to pass along as we slide into the weekend. -For starters, Republic Gastropub has scheduled a German beer dinner for Aug. 26. The dinner will feature six German beers, four of which will be paired with a four-course, German-inspired menu. The cost is $50 […]

  • Cheers to the craft beer boom in Oklahoma

    By Nick Trougakos, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Craft beer is in the midst of a boom throughout Oklahoma. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the hottest brewers went from day jobs to dream jobs.

  • Roughtail to start growler fills, pint sales at brewery

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Those looking for a chance to take home some Roughtail Brewing Co. beer straight from the brewery are in luck. Roughtail confirms they will soon begin offering growler fills — and pints — of low-point beer at their Midwest City brewhouse. They will become at least the fourth brewer of full-strength beer in Oklahoma to […]

  • Unibroue brewmaster stresses balanced recipes

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Unibroue master brewer Jerry Vietz made a publicity tour through Oklahoma last week, and I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with him at TapWerks during his Oklahoma City swing to talk beer and sample some of his latest creations. The highlight of the night was getting to sample three different versions […]

  • 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 […]

Nick Trougakos Sun, Nov. 23 2014 07:00:04 PM CST RT @BrewersAssoc: Could the U.S. brewing market take 4,500 breweries? - LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Nov. 22 2014 02:32:27 PM CST RT @draftmag: ICYMI: What does it really mean to be a #beer geek, anyway? LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Nov. 22 2014 02:23:56 PM CST RT @craftbeerdotcom: Thanksgiving Beer Pairings: First Course to Final Bite - LINK
Nick Trougakos Sat, Nov. 22 2014 10:54:53 AM CST Need!!!! LINK
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