That's right, you heard me. It's easier than ever to volunteer and enjoy a beer tasting, festival or Oktoberfest in the greater Tulsa area. Oklahoma has progressed nicely with venues offering unique and delectable events throughout the year that puts local beer especially on the grand pedestal it deserves. Like you dear reader I have attended my fair share of attending and imbibing these brews over the years. After a couple years I befriended many in the industry like breweries and distributors and realized many times they need volunteers to help pour beer.
Summer is the busiest times for local breweries as events occur almost every other week and full staff is hard to support. Responsible volunteers often enjoy beer as they hand out samples to patrons, enjoy free meals and exclusive merchandise as well. The trifecta of those are rare but you typically enjoy it more as you represent your local brewery and make your friends jealous. OK, that may be exaggerating but after I have worked for several distributors and breweries it has given me a better idea of what they go through to make their small business flourish. It's the best way for the brewery to be in front of the consumer and they won't forget an outstanding volunteer. I've enjoyed a good amount of after parties and bottle shares thus growing my appreciation for these men and women that are building a great brand for this state of Oklahoma. So with that said please view some upcoming events and watch out for volunteer opportunities. You can thank me later with a beer.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Bailey Gordon of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Jim Cowan of the Oklahoma Craft Brewers Guild. The 2nd Annual OK Born & Brewed takes place at the Gaylord Pickens Museum with a limited attendance of around 300 people at $65/ person. We discuss the rise of craft in our state, the benefits your dollar will make to the future of Oklahoma's history and how the guild helps support our local craft beer.
(Photo courtesy of Baker Rowan Creative)
Oklahoma Born & Brewed – Exclusive Craft Beer Event on Aug. 19
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Second Century Board is excitedly planning the second annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed – the only Oklahoma craft beer and small plate pairing event of its kind – to be held on Fri., Aug. 19 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum in MidtownOklahoma City.
Oklahoma Born & Brewed will provide guests with a unique tasting experience that is completely born and brewed right here in Oklahoma. From established craft brewers to breweries in planning, makers will bring old favorites and new small batch brews to give guests an exclusive sampling. Unique small plates will be paired with each beer, created by Kam’s Kookery.
With the feel of a casual cocktail party, the event will encourage guests to mix, mingle and taste the pairings at their leisure. Breweries featured include (405) Brewing Co., Anthem Brewing Co., Black Mesa Brewing Co., Bricktown Brewery, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley Brewing Co., Garryowen Brewing Company, Iron Monk Brewing Company, Kolibri Ale Works, Marshall Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales, Renaissance Brewing Co., Roughtail Brewing Company and Vanessa House Brewing Company.
All proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Craft Brewers Guild. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the 4 th floor of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City.
“Last year, Oklahoma Born & Brewed was a great success thanks to the help and participation of our sponsors, Board and everyone who attended. We have been working ever since to make sure this year’s event is even better,” said Matt McCombs, Oklahoma Born & Brewed chairman. “We look forward to partnering again with the Craft Brewer’s Guild to feature some of Oklahoma’s best local breweries, including breweries in the works that do not yet have products available in stores. We are excited to make this an annual tradition and encourage everyone to buy tickets soon as we are expecting to sell out again this year.”
The Second Century Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to preserving Oklahoma’s heritage for its second century. The board supports the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by hosting an annual fundraiser, volunteering and raising awareness of the organization’s mission among young professionals. The Second Century Board works to introduce a new generation of Oklahomans to the people who have shaped our heritage as well as those who are currently making history in our Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $250 to $5,000.
Individual tickets may be purchased for $65 each. Visit OklahomaHOF.com/oklahoma-born- brewed for more information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame preserves Oklahoma’s history by telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. Honoring those who have contributed to our state’s rich heritage, the organization recognizes notable and lesser known accomplished Oklahomans with the state’s highest honor.
Through each of its programs and the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is dedicated to instilling pride in our state by to telling the stories of extraordinary people.