The Great American Beer Festival is coming up Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Denver. Several Oklahoma brewers will be serving at the festival, and have entered beers for judging. You might remember that in 2009, Choc’s Signature Dubbel beat out 57 other beers in the Belgian-Styly Abbey Ale category to claim gold at GABF. The state was shut out last year; will Oklahoma get back on the podium this year? It won’t be for lack of entries. Here’s a look at the local beers entered in the competition:
-405 Oklahoma Lager
-Company Man Pale Ale
-Coconut Cream Stout
Choc Beer Co.
-Biere de Garde
-Oak Aged Quad
COOP Ale Works
-Gran Sport Porter
Marshall Brewing Co.
-Old Pavilion Pilsner
-McNellie’s Pub Ale
Only half of the Big 12 was in action this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get only half of a Big 12 (Lack of ) Power Poll! Who is most lacking this week? Let’s get to the rankings!
1. Kansas State (1-0, last week — bye): Kansas State’s electrifying 10-7 home win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels is all we have to judge them by.
2. Kansas (2-0, last week — beat Northern Illinois 45-42): It took Kansas four games to total 89 points last season. Compiling 87 points after two games this year has to count for something, right?
3. Texas Tech (1-0, last week — bye): The bye gives everyone another week to relive Tech’s non-memorable win over FCS Texas State.
4. Missouri (1-1, last week — lost to Arizona State 37-30): Not a terrible effort by the Tigers, but last I checked, no one was picking Arizona State to dominate the world this year.
5. Texas (2-0, last week — beat BYU 17-16): I miss Garrett Gilbert already.
6. Baylor (1-0, last week — bye): Baylor can flirt with relevance all it wants, but something tells me the Bears will not be taking relevance home tonight.
7. Texas A&M (1-0, last week — bye): A&M drops a spot in the rankings after having their SEC entrance party defeated by the Baylor Bears.
8. Iowa State (2-0, last week — beat Iowa 44-41 in 3OT): My sentimental pick of the week. Great win against your in-state rival. Unfortunately you get to claim a trophy that almost immediately breaks in two.
9. Oklahoma State (2-0, last week — beat Arizona 37-14): The offense had long stretches of averageness, and still managed 37 points. Not too shabby against a BCS-league team.
10. Oklahoma (1-0, last week — bye): I considered docking the Sooners because they failed to beat anyone over the weekend.
Good Monday morning, beer fans! Here are some odds and ends to take you into the beer week:
-McNellie’s OKC has several happenings this week, starting tonight with Monday Pint Night featuring Harp. Starts at 5 p.m. Buy the beer, keep the glass. On Tuesday, McNellie’s Beer University will feature Award-Winning Beers. This kicks off at 7 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation. Then on Friday, the weekly Firkin Friday will feature a cask from Redbud Brewing at 6 p.m.
-McNellie’s OKC is also offering a special on Guinness this week. St. Patrick’s Day is only like 180 days away, after all.
-Not to be outdone, McNellie’s Tulsa has a pint night tonight at 5 p.m. featuring Belhaven Scottish Stout. Then on Thursday, the weekly Firkin Thursday features a Rauchbier from Marshall Brewing. The firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m.
-Here’s a report from the Red Earth Brewers August meeting, including a homebrew recipe for an imperial bacon porter. Bacon tastes good.
-And speaking of bacon, the Wall Street Journal posted a slideshow about picking a good beer to go with your breakfast. If champagne works for breakfast, why not beer, right?
Marshall Brewing fans rejoice: The brewery’s first ever offering of its Oktoberfest lager in six packs is now on store shelves around Oklahoma.
Visual proof, courtesy of Midtown Liquor in Tulsa:
I’m a day late with this week’s Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll, but surely not a dollar short. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. I know the Big 12 did, with every team winning on the opening weekend of college football. Alas, not all wins are created equal. On with the rankings.
1. Iowa State (1-0, beat Northern Iowa 20-19): It’s never good to barely sneak by a FCS team on your home field. The Cyclones needed a last-minute touchdown to beat the juggernaut known as Northern Iowa.
2. Kansas State (1-0, beat Eastern Kentucky 10-7): Speaking of sneaking by, Kansas State needed a late touchdown to get past Eastern Kentucky in this offensive free-for-all.
3. Kansas (1-0, beat McNeese State 42-24): Big-time win for Kansas. Seriously. Any win is a good one for the Jayhawks.
4. Texas Tech (1-0, beat Texas State 50-10): This game featured a 10-9 Texas State lead at the half. It ended in a rout, but that sure is a sketchy first half for the Red Raiders.
5. Missouri (1-0, beat Miami (Ohio) 17-6): Not exactly an awe-inspiring home debut for the Tigers.
6. Texas (1-0, beat Rice 34-9): In last year’s season opener, Texas beat Rice 34-17, setting the stage for a season of unexpected mediocrity. This year’s score is eerily similar. Is another season of mediocrity on tap? I say yes.
7. Baylor (1-0, beat TCU 50-48): Still not drinking the Baylor Kool-aid all the way. In the end, the Bears beat a mid-major team breaking in a new quarterback, offensive line and cornerbacks. The jury is still out.
8. Texas A&M (1-0, beat SMU 46-14): A&M did about what you would have expected them to do against the Big 12 wannabe Mustangs. They were helped by what can only be described as the worst on-side kick attempt known to mankind.
9. Oklahoma State (1-0, beat Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34): Take away the two pick-sixes, and this game appears like a pretty dominating effort by Oklahoma State. You can’t take them away, though, so it says hear OSU gave up too many points to the Ragin’ Cajuns.
10. Oklahoma (1-0, beat Tulsa 47-14): Cruise control for the Sooners against Tulsa. OU’s biggest problem might be teams gaining on them in the polls with an early off week in play.