Like we need any more evidence, right? But here you have it: A study by a team of researchers shows people who practice moderate alcohol consumption have a longer life expectancy than those who have never had a drink. Cheers to that! You can read the full story at this link.
Today marks the start of competition in the 24th and final conference in the Beer Championship Series. Up for your consideration is the Belgium Conference. As with all of our other conferences, the top two beers here will earn automatic entry into the 64-beer bracket, where they will compete for the title of Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Cast your vote now!
Tonight’s second Thirsty Beagle Beer of the Night is Choc’s Smoked Porter.
Smoked Porter is the winner of the first Brew at Choc’s Home homebrew contest. I got to spend a day at the Choc brewery back in March on beer judging day, so it’s pretty cool to get a chance to taste the winner five months later. Now, in terms of the beer, I’ve not enjoyed too many smoked porters, so maybe I’m a little bit of a novice on the beer type, but hot damn this thing is smoky. I feel like I’m drinking a camp fire, but in a good way. It’s smoky, slightly sweet and very smooth. Two beagle paws up.
Tonight’s Thirsty Beagle Beer of the Night is Mustang Washita Wheat.
Speaking of Mustang, you can be one of the first to try the new Harvest Lager at Saturday’s Beer Fest in Moore. Check the previous post on my blog for more info.
Great event coming up tomorrow in Moore: The sixth annual Beer Fest to benefit the American Red Cross.
Here’s a little informational blurb I pulled from the Web:
Beer Fest VI is an annual not-for-profit beer tasting charity event sponsored by the American Red Cross, KRXO 107.7fm, Trinity Trikes, and the Oklahoma Brewer’s Association. Net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the American Red Cross. This event is being hosted by Trinity Trikes located at 200 SE 19th Street in Moore, just two blocks east off of I-35 at exit #116. This is a family friendly event as there will be activities for the entire family. Adults 21+ only allowed in beer tasting area. A ticket will allow one person to sample beer from all of the beer vendors present. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. Purchase your tickets now while supplies last.
You can get tickets — for a mere $15, plus tax – at Learn to Brew, 2307 S I-35 Frontage Road in Moore. More information is available at this link.
1. Leinenkugel Original: 35 percent
2. Goose Island Honkers Ale: 29 percent
3. Goose Island 312: 13 percent
4. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy: 10 percent
4. Stevens Point Belgian White: 10 percent
6. Stevens Point Amber Classic: 3 percent
So Leinenkugel Original and Goose Island Honkers Ale advance to the coveted 64-beer bracket. That means 46 beers have earned entry into the bracket by your vote. Only two more will be voted into the bracket, and they will come from next week’s Belgium Conference. After that, the Beer Selection Committee will fill the remaining 16 slots. And then, it’s on to the madness, where your votes will determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer.
We’ve got a tie in the Great Lakes Conference of the Beer Championship Series. Right now Goose Island Honkers Ale and Leinenkugel Original are deadlocked in the race for conference champion. Today is the last day to vote, so surf on over and have your say. Cheers!
Congrats to Tim, Gary and the whole Mustang crew! Every award for a local beer company is one more step up in Oklahoma’s beer respectability level. Here’s a little more on the award:
The World Beer Championships were founded in 1994 by the Beverage Testing Institute. It is America’s oldest international beer competition and is open to all commercially produced beers from around the world. The medal-based competition awards its honors based on a blind tasting methodology using a 100-point quality rating scale. Brewing’s Washita Wheat was rated 86 points and “highly recommended.” More than 3,300 beers were entered in the category. Washita Wheat uses Oklahoma-grown red wheat in the recipe. The brew is the first from Mustang’s new brewmaster, Gary Shellman, who has been a home brewer for 21 years. For more information about Mustang Brewing Co.’s products, go to www.mustangbrewing.com. — The Oklahoman.
What has men in high socks, bratwurst, accordion music and beer all over it? Why, it’s Choctaw’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, and it’s coming up faster than you think. This year’s event is set for Sept. 8-11 at Choctaw Creek Park. Our good friends at Old Germany Restaurant are all over this deal. You can find more information at this link. In addition, organizers are looking for volunteers for the event. In exchange, you get a T-shirt and free beer and pizza after tear-down on Sept. 12. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can get right to the registration form here. The Thirsty Beagle will bring you more info on Oktoberfest as the date nears.
(with thanks to JD Merryweather’s Twitter post.)
Ahhhhhh, the power of the Beagle! I have great news to report, beer fans. Not too long after I posted this report about Zoo Brew and ARTonTAP being scheduled on the same night, word has come down from the Zoo Friends organization that Zoo Brew has been moved. The new date for Zoo Brew is Oct. 15. Here’s a comment posted by Michael Myers of Zoo Friends:
The Zoo Brew event has been moved to Friday October 15th to give all fans of great brews the chance to attend both events. Look for more information to be released soon at http://www.zoofriends.org or http://www.okczoo.com.
No, thank you, Michael. So now we have the excellent ARTonTAP beer tasting at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Oct. 8 and Zoo Brew at the Oklahoma City Zoo exactly one week later. Problem solved.