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.

  • Where is the Choc?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    I went to the State Fair on Saturday. There’s a lot you can say about the Oklahoma State Fair — it may be one of the greatest displays of humanity in the world. Humanity aside, one thing I always think when I go to the State Fair is, “How did the Oklahoma wine industry get […]

  • Do beer fans really want 3.2 craft beer to succeed?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    I attended the first Heard on Hurd street fest in Edmond on Saturday night, and came away with some interesting observations. First, it was a fun and well-executed event, from my point of view. The biggest concern might have been some long lines at the food trucks. Since I wasn’t picky about which truck I […]

  • Feds approve labels for Elk Valley

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    There haven’t been a ton of new labels approved by federal regulators recently for Oklahoma beermakers. Prairie had three approved last week, but it’s been a slow scene otherwise. This week however, the state’s newest brewer appears ready to get into the game. The feds approved a pair of labels for Elk Valley Brewing Co. […]

  • 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 […]

Nick Trougakos Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:03:04 PM CST Obligatory chilling beer in snow photo... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 27 2015 10:32:12 PM CST @swh113 I've seen different brewers do it differently. I would call up to one them before you head out to be sure of what to expect. Cheers!
Nick Trougakos Sat, Feb. 21 2015 09:09:27 PM CST The new Anthem IPA is on point! So fresh and so clean! #oklahomabeer #craftbeer #ipa LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 20 2015 05:04:25 PM CST Well folks, this is the end. At least for now. Today is my last day at The Oklahoman and NewsOK. I'm moving on to... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Feb. 19 2015 07:22:49 PM CST Love the coffee in this beer! LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 17 2015 02:49:03 PM CST The Red Earth Brewers homebrew club is hosting a cool event tonight at Oak & Ore. Red Earth member Ken Morris --... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 16 2015 02:25:06 PM CST Anthem Brewing Co.'s IPA is set for commercial release -- Oak & Ore is hosting a release party at 5 p.m. Wednesday. LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 13 2015 09:55:20 PM CST RT @oakandore: We are excited to be pouring the very first beer from the newest brewery in Oklahoma, Iron Monk's Milk Stout! LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 11 2015 02:32:19 PM CST Just wanted to pass along the latest label approved by the feds for Prairie Artisan Ales -- an imperial stout... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 06 2015 08:30:22 PM CST Excellent work by Black Mesa Brewing Co. on the ES-ESB! I'm getting great warmth, dark cherry, vanilla, creamy... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Feb. 06 2015 09:43:33 AM CST Excited to try this one -- Black Mesa's ES-ESB. I'm told it will deliver smooth notes of oak and vanilla from the... LINK
Nick Trougakos Thu, Feb. 05 2015 09:16:09 AM CST New blog post: Get the details on the upcoming release of Black Mesa's ES-ESB.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 04 2015 01:54:58 PM CST If you missed this morning's monthly live NewsOK beer chat, here's a link to the transcript.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Wed, Feb. 04 2015 10:21:13 AM CST Live beer chat in 10 minutes on NewsOK. Send your questions in now!
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 03 2015 04:42:31 PM CST Dropping one more reminder: I'll be chatting about beer live tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. on NewsOK. There's... LINK
Nick Trougakos Tue, Feb. 03 2015 11:00:28 AM CST New blog post: New beer news from Elk Valley, Mustang and Huebert/Bricktown Brewery.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 02 2015 02:54:29 PM CST New blog post: Tickets for Mashed In Homebrewers Showcase available now! Plus news on Prairie and Black Mesa.... LINK
Nick Trougakos Mon, Feb. 02 2015 02:26:42 PM CST Wednesday! 10:30 a.m.! Monthly NewsOK beer chat! Be there!
Nick Trougakos Sun, Feb. 01 2015 03:15:26 PM CST Homebrew beer, homemade wine and spent-grain bread (shout out to the Red Earth Brewers for the recipe tip!) --... LINK
Nick Trougakos Fri, Jan. 30 2015 09:43:11 AM CST New blog post: Marshall Brewing in support of Senate Bill 424.... LINK