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Roughtail bugs out for ZooBrew

Nick Trougakos Published: September 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 organizer Dana McCrory said a new wrinkle this year will be food offerings from Contemporary Catering, featuring a choice of Irish nachos, pork sliders or onion-fried hamburger sliders. McCrory said the zoo’s Taste of the Wild Catering will be on hand to serve fun foods as well, and the band Banana Seat will perform.

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the event — which is consistently one of the most fun tasting events in the city — is the beer Roughtail Brewing Co. will serve there.

You may remember that Roughtail produced a one-off Bamboo IPA for last year’s ZooBrew. That beer earned rave reviews — at least from me — for its unique and subtle spiciness.

This year, Roughtail will offer up its Polar Night Stout. No big deal about that, you say? What if I told you they will be pouring the beer through a Randall filled with chocolate-covered bugs?

That image was shared by Roughtail’s Blaine Stansel, who said they had considered other options including “python jerky and kopi luwak” before settling on the food-safe chocolate-dipped insects.

The thought process is to use ingredients for the beer that keepers at the zoo may also use to feed animals.

“I would venture to guess that the herpetarium goes through the non-chocolate-covered kind (of insects) quite a bit,” Stansel said.

I’m fairly certain this will be a first in Oklahoma’s beer history. What are you thoughts? Will you try the beer, or does the idea bug you out? (See what I did there?)

If it does indeed give you the creeps, there will be dozens of other beer options there, including some from the city’s local homebrew clubs.


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