Plenty going on in the beer world today. Here’s a rundown:
-Today is the second-last day to vote in the Beer Championship Series Metro-OKC Conference. You can cast your vote right here. Right now Mustang Washita Wheat is out to a huge lead, with Battered Boar Company Man Pale Ale and Bricktown Brewery’s Copperhead Amber Ale battling for second place and the second automatic berth in the 64-beer bracket.
-Speaking of Mustang Washita Wheat, just a reminder of an earlier Thirsty Beagle report that Washita Wheat is now available at the Ford Center. You can find it at Old No. 7 and at sections 119, 309 and 323. The people at Mustang kindly request you pick one up if you’re headed to the Brooks and Dunn concert on Friday.
-In other Mustang Brewing Co. news, Mustang is the official beer sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Oklahoma City Cattle Baron’s Ball. The fundraiser is scheduled for Friday night at 7 at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market. More information is available right here.
-Choc reports that they are putting together the rule sheet for next year’s Brew at Choc’s Home competition. This year’s winner, Smoked Porter, is going fast, Choc says.
-In West Coast beer news, Beernews.org reports today that Sierra Nevada recently earned its first USDA organic certification for its new Estate Homegrown Ale. Here’s an excerpt from the report:
At the heart of the Sierra Nevada story is sustainability. The details are well-documentedon the website but the gist: one of the largest privately-held solar arrays in the country (over 10,000 panels), water conservation measures that are above brewery standards and its own rail spur that reduces its carbon footprint. When Sierra Nevada bought land for that rail spur, it also acquired extra acreage to play with so the brewery decided to grow its own barley and hops. Today, Sierra Nevada grows barley on 35-40 acres and grows Cascade, Chinook and Citra hops on another nine acres.
So it’s fitting that some of these sustainability initiatives will soon culminate in a way that a beer drinker can recognize right on the bottle: USDA Organic Certification.
The Thirsty Beagle can get behind that story!
-VZD’s now has COOP Oktoberfest on tap.
-A new beer hall is coming to downtown Tulsa. It’ll be called Fassler Hall and will be constructed on Elgin between 3rd and 4th.
-Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Aug. 25. That’s the night for Drunk Monk, a celebration of Belgian beer, brought to you by the 51st Street Speakeasy and Byron’s. Invitations are available at Byron’s at 23rd and Broadway.
-And lastly, if you happen to be in the Little Rock, Ark., area next Wednesday, make your way over to Khalil’s Pub and Grill for a Choc beer dinner. It’s G-R-E-A-T to see one of our local breweries expanding its reach into neighboring states. Go Choc! More info is available by calling (501) 224-0224.