This has been on my radar for some time now and I have to say I am rather excited about it. Ever since I took the plunge on this venture/journey/insert buzzword, I have always had the intent on praising the quality of craft beer created in Oklahoma. Now, as I am risking a lot going full time as an entrepreneur, I decided it is time to branch out and educate others about our grand state. Enter the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference taking place this August 3-6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Loaded down with speakers, beer education classes, tastings and of course several brewery tours; Milwaukee will have a tremendous amount to offer this summer as I expand my knowledge of the beer world.
My 'Beerlosophy' of All Who Wander Are Looking For Beer fits right in as I aim to learn more about the industry, try some rare beers and connect with other bloggers. The goal is to become an all around improved reporter and journalist and provide you the readers more quality content. Our state is growing and more imbibers must be informed of our hard working breweries and delectable beverages they craft.
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By: Lauren Klansek
Well hey there! I’m back with more words!
I wrote last time about how I love the craft beer community. I’m learning I don’t just love the craft beer; I love the mindset of progression and collaboration, and I keep finding evidence of it all over the city!
So let’s talk about Beer Yoga. I first encountered beer yoga working at Sun King Brewery in Indiana. I thought it was a fun, weird idea and nothing more; now I am convinced this kind of collaboration can influence the quality and direction of our community. “Golly Lauren how is that going to happen?” Well, hitch a ride on the information train where you’ll learn about a vision straight from the mind of someone helping form the backbone of Oklahoma City’s unique community.
Hialee Howard and Lisa Laughlin Taylor are Co-owners of the Yoga Box in Oklahoma City and visionaries not only for their studio, but for the city’s community. Now, I am not flexible, nor does my upper body strength allow me to execute the pose pictured above. I, however, felt I should have the full yoga experience before trying to convince you to put on your stretchy pants and go get yourself a beer. The puddle of sweat on my mat was full of conviction to do cardio more often, and the conversation after class was full of insight and dreams for the future. First, some background on Hialee.
Hialee moved to Edmond from Ada to attend college when she was 18. Her love for learning about the body and its biochemistry led her to study dietetics and to foster a passion for prepping and cooking meals. At the Yoga Box, Hialee utilizes a full kitchen to make balanced meals using only fresh and unprocessed ingredients. Having minimal knowledge and infinite curiosity about food, I am stoked that Hialee found a way to combine her love for body mechanics, health, and now beer. Friends, this woman is the real deal, she peels and roasts her own red peppers, which may qualify her for sainthood.
SO what does the Yoga Box and Hialee and a roasted red pepper have to do with craft beer?
Well, when Hialee and her business partner Lisa opened Yoga Box, Lisa had this wild idea to do a class series called “Basics and Beer.” I’m crazy about this idea because anyone can learn in a judgment-free zone, and their reward for trying something new? Quality beer.
Initially, they partnered with Belle Isle Brewery and eventually expanded their partnership to several Oklahoma breweries such as Black Mesa Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Anthem Brewing Company, and Prairie Artisan Ales. The Yoga Box has teamed up with almost every local brewery that has donated beer and promoted the event. Then, they take it a step further, bringing Vinyasa and brews together through monthly classes at COOP Ale Works!
And there it is, the reason I’m crazy about craft breweries, and why I think you should be too. It’s not just willingness to support something new, but something completely outside their scope. In New Zealand, Founders Brewery supports events like family fun days and the food truck community. I see breweries fearlessly supporting corners of their community they would never be expected to support, they’re just that cool.
Hialee and I also talked about the future of the Craft Beer-Yoga relationship, “I really like where we’re going... having a community of fellowship where we can hang out, have a beer, talk, I hope the craft beer community continues to support that and participate in it.” This is exactly what happens at beer yoga on Saturdays. People come together, practice their bending, breathing, and then their beering. The crowd hangs out after the class just to chat and drink quality brews. As the person serving the beer, I have the privilege of observing the interactions, “We’re all about community here, we like to build a strong community, everybody knows each other here, everybody talks to each other, it’s not like you just come to yoga and then leave, you have friends beside you and it’s amazing.” Hialee’s own words describe the scene best. People interact as friends rather than strangers, and I watch the building blocks of a strong community stack up, one yogi at a time.
You don’t have to love yoga to love the bonds being formed all over Oklahoma City.
You don’t have to love craft beer to love what craft beer is bringing to Oklahoma City.
You just have to be willing to step out of your habits and let yourself be surprised.
Whether you go for the beer or the stretch, you’ll be happy you went.
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Hialee paid high compliments to the local food scene, and the strides taken to bring quality food to several parts of town! Specifically Empire Slice House, Hialee names pizza as her favorite food, which I think we can all relate with on some level.
When I asked about her favorite beer: “My favorite beer since I can remember drinking craft beer is F5.”
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Wait, it's already February? Ugh, and I'm another year older and time is rushing by. However, it's not without accomplishing some more podcasts and nailing down a new gig. As of January I will be the Oklahoma correspondent for Southwest Brewing News, a bi-monthly newspaper covering brewery, home brew and regional craft beer news. Established in 1992, they have 6 other publications that cover the rest of the U.S. and 3 provinces in Canada. It's a grand network of writers that appreciate craft beer and promote their regions. I first learned about them after picking up a FREE issue at High Gravity home brew supplies. I've also seen copies at Mustang/Elk Valley tap room. It is a great publication for sponsors and a resource for those traveling through the southwest with a full map and directory.
My goal is to bring more eyes and most importantly more bodies to this fine state to enjoy the taprooms and quality beer bars that have sprung up these past few years. We are all crafting a community of educated and responsible imbibers of quality craft beer and while I will do my best to bring light to the latest news I am always in need of your intel. Below are some links where you will be able to read my upcoming articles and how you may contact me with news, beer releases, events and anything else we need to broadcast to the craft beer community. Thanks as always for your continued support and Crafting a Community.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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It's encouraging to see what these new alcohol laws are inspiring in Oklahoma. Like myself people find their way to Tulsa through various opportunities and tend to grow some roots. Dan is no exception after being transferred to Oklahoma for his job in the frakking industry. After a couple transitions and a failing market he turned beer and decided it was time for something new. Naturally I think most of us would have this dream of just doing away with our day job and working around a beverage that brings people together. Growler USA's mission is to be the local pub where you can find locally sourced beer and represent quality craft from around the U.S. from draft. Basically, fresh from the brewery to your glass. Speaking of which, they strive to pour each style of beer into their respective "proper" glassware which we don't see enough of.
Along with the beer there is plenty of pub grub to nosh on while enjoying a flight. Sauces are made in house and sometimes with local beer. They are experimenting with lunch specials and events like pint nights. A major bonus is you can always see the menu of beer from their 6 large screens above the bar powered by Untappd. I can only imagine how busy this place will be once they can officially fill a growler. I implore you to visit and be active in your local government so we can all enjoy the benefits of Growler USA.Add a comment