Good news, beer fans: Tickets for the fourth annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival are now on sale.
The festival, set for May 17, has improved each year, and lead organizer Greg Powell said more enhancements are on tap this year. Here’s a rundown on the plans for this year’s event from Powell:
Proceeds from the event benefit the Oklahoma Craft Brewers Guild. This year we will change the set-up a bit to allow for a smoother flow of traffic and a better experience for the beer fans. We will have one large tent in the front half with all of the local brewers and some of the smaller brokers underneath. They will each have their own booth space more like a convention set up. This will make it much more organized, and easier to get large signage posted that lists each brewer’s offerings. The brokers with multiple craft beer brands who need a lot of space will still be in trailers, but we will line them up differently in the back lot to allow guests to approach the trailer from all sides. This way there is more table space to spread out and serve more people faster.
We will still have the food trucks, and we will do a smaller music set-up to optimize the beer-drinking experience. There will be a small stage playing local acoustic acts for the guests sitting down enjoying the food. One of the biggest complaints from past years is that the music is too loud, and makes it hard for people to discuss the beer amongst their friends and with the brewers. This will eliminate that but still offer music for those who come out more for the atmosphere and camaraderie than the beers.
As far as the beer goes, this will be the sexiest lineup of beers yet. The Oklahoma breweries are really showing off this year with some beers that will certainly impress the most avid craft beer drinker. We will have beers from breweries around the country that aren’t normally available to us, as well as some aged offerings from the TapWerks cellar.
The bottom line is that we have listened to our fans and hope this is the best OCBF yet. Our goal is to make this one of the premier beer tasting events in the south. We have always felt, and continue to feel that Oklahomans deserve an event on par with the best beer festivals in the country.
Thanks, Greg. The event will have two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. You can get your tickets by clicking here.