Craft beer festival season is fully upon us and in this show we showcase 2 of them coming up in early June. Hair of the Dog is in its 2nd year as the folks of STASH Goods in Norman will have 8 Oklahoma craft breweries attend with over 500 in attendance. Tapwerks will be running their 6th annual OK craft beer festival at the Cox Convention Center in OKC. I talk with Greg about his involvement with Tapwerks and organizing a well known and busy festival that will now span 2 days.
Oklahoma craft beer is continuing to grow and thrive regardless of our antiquated laws. I spoke with Mark Wilkerson, Director of Parks & Rec in the city of Muskogee and chair of the event. They held the inaugural event in 2015 with a great turnout of over 500 people that helped benefit the Friends of Honor Heights Park. For tickets visit their Facebook page or friendsofhonorheightspark.org
It's Tulsa Craft Beer Week and I hosted my first live podcast. We had a great turnout, gave away some awesome quadruple branded mason jar glassware and had a fun time talking about the future of craft beer in Oklahoma. If you missed it, well, here is the edited version for your listening enjoyment.
The stories behind the beer, the brewery and the passionate brewer is why we are gathered here today. There's no question Oklahoma craft beer has come out of the shadows. What really makes it shine is the community behind it. Besides being a social and economic center, breweries can help build the foundation of a strong community. Thanks to institutions like Marshall Brewing that have paved the way for new developing breweries like the three we’re about to talk to today, we have a unique opportunity to meet those who make the beer we hold dear. Not something you can do in every local retail store. While we are no Ashville yet, Tulsa is budding into a beer city, so let’s meet the future right now...
Oklahoma liquor store shelves and floors are getting a bit fuller these days with more out of state options. Destihl is the latest to drop with their line of Belgian style beers and widely popular Wild Sour series. I had the pleasure to speak with Jeremy, resident graphic artist and brewery representative about their vast range of beers that include sours, barrel aged and impressive medal winning imperial stouts. Look for them to be hitting stores soon and watch for all the events coming up for Tulsa Craft Beer Week from May 14-22.
I went back to the basics and talked with Evan and David of the home brew store Learn to Brew located in Moore and Oklahoma City. We tackled a bunch of topics from new technology, style guidelines and how the hobby has advanced since they've opened.
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