I must confess, I loathe painting. Let me narrow that down, painting my house is such a pain. Inside and even worse outside with the elements. So much cleanup, trimming, the blue tape of death (has to be worse than government red tape). It is just a pain and I can’t stand it. Now, that being said, if you’re renovating an entire house with the implications of adding a 60 tap craft beer bar then show me where to sign up.
It’s all about motivation and the end goal I suppose. These pioneers have done something that has gone on in other major cities of transforming older, sometimes condemned homes and revitalizing a neighborhood. I’m talking of course about the Patriarch in Edmond, OK. A glorious victorian style home that was remodeled into a bar focusing on craft beer, more importantly Oklahoma craft beers. You won’t find macro beers here as they serve you locally sourced beer in appropriate glassware when possible.
As you enter you’ll see local art scattered amongst the walls and a rustic wooden bar greets you in the main room. About 50 taps await you with intricately designed chalk slats indicating the number, brewery and name of the beer with the ABV and serving size. All done so there is no confusion, just a lot of choices. You can sip and savor your choice outdoors at a wealth of wooden tables and benches in the beer garden adorned with lights. On their outdoor stage most weekends you’ll find live music pairs well with the warming weather, randall infused beers and lawn games. Speaking of games, you can bring your own board game and set up in one of the many rooms upstairs. (I’ve witnessed a pretty intense Settlers of Catan game once.)
Back to painting. As much of pain in the rear that is, there are worse things to deal with in this life. One of those is being diagnosed with Lupus, a disease that affects the immune system and makes you prone to more illnesses. Someone may look healthy at a glance but inside they are constantly in pain.
This Saturday, May 6th, Vanessa House Brewing Co and COOP will be at the Patriarch raising money for awareness that goes to a local Lupus Chapter. COOP will be releasing their Saturday Siren sessionable hoppy lager at the noon whistle and VHBC Broken Tile DIPA will be on tap wrapping up the week long OK craft beer celebration. I’m tagging along as well and be interviewing Brad the GM about Patriarch’s history, setting up my booth and donating a portion of sales that day.
So come out and support a worthy cause with a sporting game of cornhole, drink some special release beers and enjoy life to it’s fullest!