What's your dream? your passion? Can you easily answer it or do you have to think about it? I'm still finding my purpose but there are some that know once it hits them. John Elkins shed off his role as an aircraft mechanic after discovering the "Joys of Homebrewing" as Papazzian so eloquently put it all those years ago. The public has benefited greatly with his simple hop forward pale ale, to the easy drinking saison La Ferme and his complex imperial stout Nemesis with all its barrel and coffee variations. I'm fortunate to have met John before and finally found some time to sit and document this journey he has taken upon himself to do what he loves.
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Dave and Desiree Knott have been serving Tulsa homebrewers needs for the past 12 years. What started as a little hobby some 20 years ago for Dave led into a joke between the two to quit their jobs and open a homebrew store. It seems these days that is all too common for those burned out at their day jobs to invest themselves into a passion. High Gravity offers supplies and kits to make anything fermented from cheese to kombucha. They also offer gifts and even sell Beer is OK products. They've expanded 3 times over and now with an unfriendly nudge are being forced out to a new location down the street. What better incentive to reinvent their store and create a microbrewery! A tasting room is just one of the many feature of the new store. Head over to their donation page and pledge some support for a local store that cares so much for their community.
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I catch up with Keith Dion of Service Brewing and the famous Brew/Drink/Run podcast he co-hosts. Keith is the cellarman at Service Brewing, a veteran owned and operated brewery, but as most places he wears many hats. Keith also writes beer reviews on the BDR blog and has quite a refined palette. I'd trust his reviews certainly over mine. I'll be on their show in the near future discussing some American Solera beers that I sent them. Find them on iTunes or Stitcher, it's a great show discussing beer and how to burn those calories by running it off....but mostly drinking.Add a comment
He's back! And Snobbier than ever!
BeerSnobRob is a local Oklahoma comedian that will most likely perish in a tornado while noodling. At least that's what his Twitter page says. Rob has built a fine career on dick jokes and seeing himself on commercials at the gym and later being recognized by dudes in the sauna. All joking aside, Rob is a beer hunter at heart seeking out anything tolerable to drink in the comedy clubs he frequents.Add a comment
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.
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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.Add a comment