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.


  • 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 www.zoofriends.org. 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 Today at 6:56 AM RT @HomebrewAssoc: Happy #Thanksgiving from the AHA! We're very thankful for our loyal members' support & all you #homebrew-ers out their m…
Nick Trougakos Today at 6:56 AM RT @JeffCioletti: Beers that taste like food are fun, but how do you weed out the gimmicks? Read my piece in @allaboutbeer LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Nov. 25 2014 11:12:17 AM CST It's time for the annual release of Marshall Brewing's Big Jamoke Porter. Available today in six-packs!... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Nov. 24 2014 07:57:23 PM CST RT @Cicerone_org: A sign of the times: craft volume exceeds Budweiser LINK LINK
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