Well, wasn’t yesterday interesting? Yesterday was supposed to be an off-day for the blog, but then FestGate broke loose, and I had to spring into action. Now, we return to your regularly scheduled blog content. Today’s topic: Wild Brew.
Choc Beer and the Tulsa-based homebrew club Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) joined up this year to brew the 2011 version of Wild Brew Belgian-style IPA. The brewing took place April 16 at Krebs. I’m told that the 2011 version will be different than the inaugural brew last year. This year’s Wild Brew features different hops, and the beer was dry hopped. It has also been fermented at a different temperature. The beer is expected to be available in 22 oz. bottles in early June.
The beer was created in celebration of the annual Wild Brew beer tasting fundraiser, scheduled this year for July 30 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Exchange Center.
Choc’s Zach Prichard reported that the brewery will continue to brew Wild Brew each year. Choc teamed with Marshall Brewing Co. to create the beer in 2010, and Prichard said he hopes Choc, FOAM and Marshall can team up next year for a three-group collaboration.
As far as I’m concerned, Wild Brew is a beer that needs to be on your to-pick-up list. The Belgian-style IPA is a style that’s not talked about enough. I was lucky enough to sample some of the 2010 version straight out of the fermenter last year. Can’t wait to see the new spin for 2011.
And I’ll have more on the Wild Brew festival as the event draws nearer.
Beer news and links
-Mustang Brewing Co. is a sponsor for Fondue Fandango, an event benefiting the Harn Homestead. The event is Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-4058.
-Reminder: The McNellie’s OKC Pub Run is Saturday. Pre-race registration is now available only at Red Coyote at Classen Curve.
-Marshall Brewing will take part in a Firkin Friday on May 20 at the Empire Bar, 1516 S Peoria Ave., in Tulsa. The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m.
-Also on the Firkin front, Choc will take part in a Firkin Friday at 6 p.m. May 27 at McNellie’s OKC.