Growler USA Tulsa, OK

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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.

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Sometimes a plan takes time to develop and mature, and for legislation to play nice with your vision. Trae and Jonathan of 405 Brewing in Norman have had some silly ideas that worked out real well lately. A grapefruit sour, Brett style pale ale and coffee stout that just won't quit. I had originally spoken to them way back when they first put out to the public of brewing beers for Oklahoma. It would have been my 2nd podcast ever until my laptop got stolen the very next day and completely lost the audio. Several years later and better practices developed, maybe more them than me, we have a new taproom to come together and meet with friends and enjoy a locally made product. Here's Trae and some of Jonathan of 405 Brewing.

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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 brian@beerisok.com. 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!

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Vortex Alley Brewing

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This is exactly what I predicted when SB424 was being talked about and put into place. Small, neighborhood taprooms in Oklahoma looking to fill a niche market that is growing nationally like wild fire. And we know a lot about wildfires here. Vortex Alley Brewing fits the nano brewery description with a planned 1.5 bbls scale production to serve in downtown Ponca City, OK slated for late summer/fall. Like so many other homebrewers I can't help but imagine they will usher in a new wave of microbreweries unlike anything we've seen in this state before. So, David Thomas and Spencer Boatmun sat down with me to help document why they thought this was the perfect idea to bring their hobby of a combined 33 years amongst their four members you in Oklahoma. 

I can't tell you how much fun it is to invite these people into your life and really communicate about something so passionately like beer. It's a great feeling to see more people get bit by the bug and trying something new. I completely agree with David in respects to how we approach these new ventures. We are constantly learning and you don't know what you don't know so we must be patient and support those who want to bring craft to the spotlight. I ask you to support them through their GoFundMe account, volunteer information or skills because we are paving a path for those behind them as we are cultivating the craft of good beer in Oklahoma.

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Oh boy, this one went a little beyond the Pale Ale so to say. Just about my favorite brewery to date, even outside of Oklahoma, Roughtail has been cranking out "AGGRESSIVE" IPA's and beers for the past 3 years. Jeff 'The Stash' Caillouette is the Business Outreach Specialist that helps get Roughtail beer into all your favorite watering holes. Matt Denham is the head brewer when he's not picking hop pellets out of his beard. We had too good a time catching up personally and discussing all things brewing including the new Adaptation series and an Imperial stout to the lineup.

If you make it through those shenanigans and like to hear more of these types of podcasts just let me know on the Beer is OK Facebook page. These are broadcast on the Stitcher App for free and on iTunes. If you have a second to hit the thumbs up in the Stitcher app and give the podcast a review I'd be ever grateful. It'll keep others aware that we are crafting a community of good beer drinkers in OK.

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Ever since I moved to Tulsa from St. Louis in 2008, Oklahoma's brewing industry left me wanting more. So I went out to find the people behind the breweries, the community behind it and documenting the culture of craft beer. Since then it has evolved nicely and here with this podcast I delve deeper to show how much craft beer improves the people and local economies that create it.  


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