Well, unless you’ve been cooped up these past couple of months spring is practically here, irregardless of COOP Ale Works releasing their rebranded Territorial Reserve, a big, boozy imperial stout and Alpha Hive buzzing out of the brewery in 4 packs. These heavy hitters are perfect for winter which we really haven’t seen yet again in this state, however COOP has been producing something brand new for 2017. I visited the large production brewery that now serves 6 states and infiltrating Texas as we speak and picked the brain of Blake Jarolim, COOP’s head brewer. Formerly a teacher, brewing was just a random hobby that later led to a part time summer gig. We’re hearing these types of stories around Oklahoma more and more where curious interest turns hobby into a career. With more barrel production and 3 new types of releases coming out, COOP is shedding off the F5 moniker just a tad and stretching their market reach ever further.
I can’t thank Blake enough for his time as the brewery was bustling that day with Alpha Hive rolling off the canning line. I sure am anxious about this new hoppy pilsner seasonal coming out soon. If it’s anything like their experimental beer I had in the taproom, it will surely ignite a great upcoming summer with a refreshing beer. Their taproom will be bustling on March 4 for their 8 year anniversary party and raising funds for the Humane Society of OKC. Tickets are going fast for 2 sessions so don’t miss out.
Over on Oklahomacraftbeer.com this past week, I’ve finally built a directory of our local craft breweries along with craft beer bars/restaurants, bottle shops and homebrew suppliers. It is by no means complete and that’s where you come in. Any of your suggestions for craft beer destinations in OK are appreciated and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also while you are there, sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page. You’ll receive an email about once a month of podcasts, news and new merch in the shop.
My next pop up shop will be at the Industry Flea in OKC on March 25th, be sure to join the event on Facebook to see all the new items we have coming. As always please leave us feedback on iTunes/Stitcher/GooglePlay, Like our facebook page Beer is OK and follow me on Twitter @beerisok. All your support helps others learn about the show and keeps me motivated to continue on this journey to help cultivate the OK craft beer industry. Until next time, Cheers!
Oklahoma Craft Beer Podcast