It’s the question that has dominated the beer offseason: Can Marshall Brewing McNellie’s Pub Ale go for a three-peat in The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series? My friends, we’re about to find out. With college football season drawing near — OSU kicks off in less than 50 days — our thoughts will soon turn to that other BCS, the dreaded Bowl Championship Series. Back in 2008, I came up with my answer to the corrupt and nonsensical football BCS: The Beer Championship Series. The concept is simple. I pit 64 different beers on a bracket and my readers vote their favorites through to decide Oklahoma’s favorite beer. The winner claims the coveted Golden Taphandle Trophy. But first things first; how do we decide which 64 beers get into the bracket? The answer is beer conference action, of course. Starting next week, voting will begin in numerous beer conferences. The conference winners will earn automatic entry into the bracket. Those winners earning the most votes will gain top regional seeds. Once the automatic entries are determined, the Beer Selection Committee will convene to choose at-large competitors to fill out the bracket. Then, as we have traditionally for the past three years, voting in the BCS bracket will begin the first week of November. So hide your kids, hide your wife, and get ready for a beer throwdown to determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer!
Beer news and links
-Today is the beginning of Belgian Beer Week at Republic. They are offering a flight of Belgian beers that includes Stella, Maredsous Blond, Chimay White and Ommegang Abbey Ale. Plus, visitors tonight can receive a specialty Chimay glass with purchase, and a visitors Friday can receive a Duval glass with purchase.
-Tonight is pint night at McNellie’s OKC. Starts at 5 p.m. On tap today is Widmer Hefeweisen.
-Also in McNellie’s news, Friday’s firkin features Mustang’s new Crimson and Cream Ale.
-Marshall is having a beer and cheese class at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sage Culinary Studio Brookside. Call (918) 364-SAGE for tickets or more information.