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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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
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