Tulsa has its Oktoberfest, Wild Brew and First Draft. Choctaw has its Oktoberfest. Oklahoma City has ARTonTAP, Zoo Brew and of course scores of pint nights. Still, something has been missing from the local beer scene, and in Oklahoma City specifically. That something has been an event held solely to celebrate craft beer. Discussions have popped up every so often on the social media landscape that Oklahoma City really lacks a beer festival. Well, that’s all about to change.
The proprietors of Tapwerks and Byron’s Liquor Warehouse are teaming up to host the first Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival — an entire week of special pint nights and beer specials, culminating in a big outdoor festival on Saturday, May 21 in Bricktown.
Here’s what Tapwerks general manager Greg Powell told me about the May 21 event:
“We are inviting all the Oklahoma breweries, as well as having craft beers from around the U.S. The event will feature somewhere around 100 beers, food, live music, etc. We are collaborating with Byron’s on the festival. It will be in the two parking lots between Tapwerks and America’s Pub in Bricktown from noon to 8ish.”
So mark your calendars for the week of May 16-21, and especially May 21, to celebrate our state’s craft beer and craft beer industry. This event is long overdue, beer fans, so let’s get out in force to attend and make it a success.