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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

Nick Trougakos Mon, Oct. 13 2014 07:35:13 PM CST Rams' uniforms tonight = Totally awesome. LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Oct. 13 2014 03:27:33 PM CST New blog post: Prairie to open doors Saturday for second anniversary party.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Oct. 13 2014 01:21:45 PM CST New blog post: Release date info on Marshall's El CuCuy and This Machine IPA. Plus news on The Wedge's Local Beer... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Oct. 13 2014 11:17:26 AM CST Latest label from Prairie. Prairie brewmaster Chase Healey told me this summer there would be several Bomb... LINK
Nick Trougakos Sun, Oct. 12 2014 03:59:33 PM CST RT @oakandore: Subway tile and grout in. Specially engineered tap system installation next! #drinklocal #craftbeer LINK
Nick Trougakos Sun, Oct. 12 2014 03:39:53 PM CST It's Weeden time!
Nick Trougakos Sat, Oct. 11 2014 06:57:21 PM CST Terrible!! “@Jake_Trotter: Man, shaky call there.”
Nick Trougakos Sat, Oct. 11 2014 06:52:48 PM CST What's Monken doing these days?? “@KyleWJohnson7: Garman taking a knee might have been Yurcich's best play call of the 2nd half.”
Nick Trougakos Sat, Oct. 11 2014 03:09:33 PM CST Time for the Mason Rudolph era...
Nick Trougakos Sat, Oct. 11 2014 11:02:17 AM CST I wish there was some college football on. LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Oct. 10 2014 02:18:43 PM CST Who wants Marshall's El Cucuy in 12 oz. bottles? How about This Machine IPA in six packs? Check these labels approved today by the feds...
Nick Trougakos Thu, Oct. 09 2014 02:37:34 PM CST Look what's coming back! And in cans, no less! Federal regulators just approved this label... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Oct. 09 2014 09:59:24 AM CST RT @grandadsbar: Looking for good music AND a relaxing smoke-free atmosphere? Look no further please- Friday: @HortonRecordsOK Pilgrim play…
Nick Trougakos Thu, Oct. 09 2014 06:43:56 AM CST RT @TheWillowsAles: 500lbs of blueberries just added to the sour.
Nick Trougakos Wed, Oct. 08 2014 11:58:44 AM CST New blog post: New Anthem beer a tribute to local meteorologist, a boost to charity.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Oct. 07 2014 09:38:18 AM CST Feds approve new label from Prairie... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Oct. 02 2014 06:44:00 PM CST Good to see my parenting is thought of so highly. LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Oct. 01 2014 08:13:27 PM CST Feels like the ESPN baseball broadcast crew is significantly better than the TBS crew from last night.
Nick Trougakos Wed, Oct. 01 2014 05:00:22 PM CST New beer alert!! Roughtail Brewing will debut a new 3.2 Pumpkin Latte Stout at the brewery this weekend -- just... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Oct. 01 2014 11:18:29 AM CST New blog post: Like cornhole, beer and pizza? You will want to sign up for Roughtail's first brewery cornhole... LINK