Final results are in for the Organic Conference of the Beer Championship Series. Here are the standings:
1. Samuel Smith Organic Ale: 36 percent
2. New Belgium Mothership Wit: 32 percent
3. Samuel Smith Organic Lager: 14 percent
4. Lakefront Organic ESB: 11 percent
5. Pinkus Organic Hefe: 7 percent
So Samuel Smith Organic Ale and New Belgium Mothership Wit advance to the 64-beer bracket and enter the field for a chance to be crowned Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Next week we move on to the Southwest Conference, so tune in Monday for a new set of competitors. Cheers!
Had a great time last night at the Marshall Brewing Sundown Wheat pint night at Old Chicago in Edmond. A lot of other people also did, apparently, since they ran out of Sundown Wheat. This was good because it shows a lot of people enjoyed a fine Oklahoma-made beer, and bad because there was, you know, no more Sundown Wheat. Either way, I got to chat up Marshall brewmaster Eric Marshall and learned some interesting things I thought I’d pass along to my readers:
-The brewery is bringing in four more fermenter tanks to help increase brewing capacity.
-This increase in capacity should help the brewery move closer to the much-anticipated release of Sundown Wheat and Atlas IPA in 12 oz. bottles, and possibly set them up for expansion beyond Oklahoma’s borders.
-Speaking of Sundown Wheat, a few weeks ago the Thirsty Beagle and Mrs. Beagle were enjoying a 22 oz. bottle at Hideaway when the sharp-nosed Mrs. Beagle detected a slight difference in the taste. Turns out, Marshall recently tweaked the malt in its Sundown Wheat recipe in an effort to improve the beer. Eric said the response to the change has been very positive. He said the change in malt allows some of the more subtle spices in the beer to come through, which I can confirm to be true.
-Marshall will again put out its Oktoberfest this year in September, and after that will bring back a batch of the Big Jamoke porter.
-And lastly, a new beer is in testing at the brewery right now, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy about the details. You can expect to see it later this year.
Marshall Brewing Co. announced today that it is ramping up its presence in the Oklahoma City market. The latest expansion includes tap handles at all OKC metro-area Old Chicago restaurants. And to celebrate this development, Marshall and Old Chicago are hosting a pair of pint nights:
-7 p.m. Wednesday at Old Chicago-Edmond.
-7 p.m. July 28 at Old Chicago-south OKC.
Attendees to either pint night can get a free pint glass with the purchase of a Sundown Wheat, and brewmaster Eric Marshall is confirmed to be at the Edmond event.
It’s a Beer Championship Series conference that would make “Food Inc.” proud: The Organic Conference. Voting is now open, so have your say and help decide which two beers will earn automatic entry into the 64-beer bracket, and have a chance to claim the title of Oklahoma’s favorite beer.
The final of the World Cup is this weekend. Do I need to remind everyone that I picked Spain to win it all when I made my picks back in December? My prognosticating greatness aside, in the spirit of the match between Spain and the Netherlands, the good people at CraftBeer.com posted this match-up of traditional Spanish and Dutch breakfast foods paired with appropriate craft beers. Who will win the match-up? They give the edge to Spain, and I can’t disagree with their analysis. Who’ll win this weekend? I’m sticking with my pick; it’ll be a 2-1 Spain win.
The final results are in for the Midwest Conference of the Beer Championship Series. For the first time in conference action, we have a tie for the top spot. Sharing the conference title are Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale and Boulevard Wheat Beer. Both beers are now automatically qualified for the 64-beer bracket to determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Here are the final standings:
1. Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale: 23 percent
1. Boulevard Wheat Beer: 23 percent
3. Boulevard Pale Ale: 18 percent
4. Big Sky Trout Slayer Ale: 13.5 percent
5. Boulevard The Sixth Glass: 9 percent
5. Schlafly Pale Ale: 9 percent
7. Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale: 4.5 percent
Voting will continue Monday in the Organic Conference. Cheers!
Voting is winding down in the Midwest Conference of the Beer Championship Series. Right now, Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale is in the lead, but it’s any beer’s race.
You can cast your vote right here.
This just in: LEBRON JAMES!!! Just wanted to pass that along, in case you hadn’t heard anything about, you know, Lebron James. Am I the only one being worn a little slick by Lebron James? Look, I’m a huge NBA fan, a big-time Toronto Raptors fan and I’ll even admit to feeling mildly excited when I was at the Ford Center for game 3 of the Lakers-Thunder playoff game. But love of basketball aside, I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE LEBRON JAMES! In fact, I’m ready for the entire NBA free agency season to be over. Do I need to remind everyone why this free agency round has been so painful for me? Of course I do. Being a Raptors fans, I have these reasons:
1. Chris Bosh announced he will leave the Raptors and sign with Miami, thus making the Raptors weaker and a conference opponent stronger.
2. It’s unclear if Bosh will be part of a sign-and-trade between the Raptors and Miami. If they don’t work out a sign-and-trade, the Raptors will lose the franchise’s leading all-time scorer and rebounder and get nothing but a little cap space in return. If they do work out a deal, the most the Raptors could get would be Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley and some draft picks. I’m brimming with excitement about that. Oh wait, no I’m not.
3. The Raptors just offered Linas Freakin’ Kleiza $20 million over four years, apparently in an effort to set the record for most Euro-cast-offs on a team over a five-year period.
4. The Knicks added Amare Stoudemire, the Bulls added Carlos Boozer and the Celtics resigned all their stars. Did I mention the Raptors will likely lose Bosh for nothing?
5. With Bosh joining Wade in Miami, it may lead Lebron to join Miami, creating possibly one of the most dominant teams in history in the Eastern Conference next season.
So, yeah. It’s been a blast of a free-agent season for this Toronto fan. Let’s just hope with Lebron’s announcement tonight the whole thing comes to a merciful end.
Local beer fans in the Oklahoma City area have a lot to look forward to today. Marshall, COOP and Mustang have events planned for tonight.
-COOP is sampling Horny Toad Cerveza and 6 tonight at Musashi’s.
-Marshall is holding an Atlas IPA pint night at the Midwest City Old Chicago.
-Mustang is kicking off its summer tour from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the south OKC Old Chicago.
Hello beer fans! Here’s hoping everyone had a safe a exciting Fourth of July weekend. Now we hit the dog days of summer, and what better way to pass the time than voting in the Beer Championship Series? Today voting starts in the Midwest Conference: