-Marshall Oktoberfest (52 percent) def. COOP F5 IPA (48 percent)
-Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA (78 percent) def. Samuel Smith Organic Ale (22 percent)
-Marshall Arrowhead Pale Ale (71 percent) def. Choc Signature Dubbel (29 percent)
-Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (61 percent) def. Battered Boar 405 Oklahoma Lager (39 percent)
-Redbud Pale Ale (64 percent) def. Belle Isle Flanagan’s Amber Ale (36 percent)
-Battered Boar Company Man Pale Ale (53 percent) def. Hoegaarden (47 percent)
-Choc 1919 (51 percent) def. Orval Trappiste Ale (49 percent)
-Spaten Optimator (57 percent) def. COOP Zeppelin German Wheat (43 percent)
The second round will continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and the Sweet 16 field will be complete by the end of the day.
We’ve moved along to the second round of the TapWerks Beer Championship Series. In four days of voting last week, we knocked 32 beers out of the bracket. Those that are left will have to earn their keep, because we have some tough match-ups in store. Which beer will win the title of Oklahoma’s favorite beer and claim the coveted Golden Taphandle Trophy? Your vote will decide.
Now let’s get on to the voting. Remember, you can vote for any one beer up to 10 times per day. Voting will close at 9 p.m.
The Thirsty Beagle was able to attend the International Stout Day celebration last night at TapWerks, and if you couldn’t make it, you missed out on some excellent beer and food. First, it’s always nice to have a gathering of the state’s craft brewers, and that’s just what we had last night. Choc, Marshall and Redbud each contributed a cask of special stout beer, while COOP came up with three casks for the night. I was able to sample a beer from each brewer. I especially liked Choc’s offering, which was a milk-chocolate-infused version of their new Winter Stout seasonal. The sweetness of the milk chocolate — must brewers typically use dark chocolate or raw chocolate nibs when they add the ingredient to their brews — was nicely offset by the dryness and hops in the beer. The other offerings were great as well. For dinner, I grabbed the stout-braised pulled pork sliders. Holy. Cow. They were good. TapWerks general manager Greg Powell told me that after International IPA Day in August, some of the IPA-infused items would be added to his full-time menu. If there’s anything right in this world we live in, the stout pulled pork sliders should be added to the menu as well. Man, they were good. I’m not sure what’s next on the International Beer Day calendar — Hefe Day? Bock Day? — but whatever it is, you need to try and take advantage of it when it comes around.
Beer news and notes
-We rolled through the first round of the fourth annual TapWerks Beer Championship Series this week. The field of 64 beers has been chopped in half. Voting will resume Monday, where we’ll see who will advance to the Sweet 16. You can check the bracket and vote at www.NewsOK.com/beer-championship-series.
-Speaking of the BCS, mark your calendar for a special pint night at TapWerks on Wednesday, Nov. 16. We’ll honor last year’s champion, Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale, and announce this year’s winner of the coveted Golden Taphandle Trophy.
-McNellie’s OKC’s weekly Firkin Friday today features a Cherry Zeppelin Wheat from COOP Ale Works. The firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m.
-Mustang Brewing Co.’s Harvest Lager will be the featured beer at the McNellie’s OKC pint night on Monday.
The first round of the TapWerks Beer Championship Series came to a close this evening. We’ve now cut the field in half, from 64 beers down to 32. Let’s take a look at Thursday’s winners:
-Marshall Oktoberfest (56 percent) def. COOP Oktoberfest (44 percent)
-Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA (65 percent) def. Choc Spring IPA (35 percent)
-Choc Signature Dubbel (70 percent) def. Belle Isle Powerhouse Porter (30 percent)
-Battered Boar 405 Oklahoma Lager (57 percent) def. Shiner Bock (43 percent)
-Belle Isle Flanagan’s Amber Ale (57 percent) def. Cooper’s Lager (43 percent)
-Battered Boar Company Man Pale Ale (55 percent) def. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (45 percent)
-Orval Trappiste Ale (51 percent) def. New Belgium Mothership Wit (49 percent)
-COOP Zeppelin German Wheat (65 percent) def. Sapporo (35 percent)
Here is the updated bracket. Voting in the second round will kick off Monday, so surf over to The Thirsty Beagle blog and have your say to help determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer.
We’ve come to the final day of voting in round one of the TapWerks Beer Championship Series. Twenty-four beers have advanced so far, and today, eight more will join them in the second round. Who will survive and advance? Your vote will decide. Remember, you may vote up to 10 times per day for any given beer. Let’s go!
We had a great day of voting today in the TapWerks Beer Championship Series — the best of the competition so far. And unlike in yesterday’s results, Oklahoma beers rallied today. Here are the results:
-Redbud Cuvee One (60 percent) def. Fuller’s ESB (40 percent)
-Marshall Big Jamoke (51 percent) def. Bricktown Wiley One-Eyed Wheat (49 percent)
-Mustang Golden Ale (68 percent) def. Coors Original (32 percent)
-COOP Native Amber (52 percent) def. Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale (48 percent)
-Anchor Steam Beer (55 percent) def. Mustang Pawnee Pale (45 percent)
-Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale (70.5 percent) def. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale (29.5 percent)
-Redbud Cuvee Two (54 percent) def. Pacifico Lager (46 percent)
-Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (69 percent) def. Bricktown Deep Deuce Bluesberry Ale (31 percent)
Here is the updated bracket. We’ll close out round one with eight more match-ups tomorrow at 9 a.m.
An International Stout Day celebration is planned for 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at TapWerks, and The Thirsty Beagle has secured the final beer list and food menu. It will be some kind of challenge trying to decide what to drink and eat — everything looks great! Take a look for yourself:
-COOP: Three firkins of Jack Daniels barrel-aged Imperial Stout. One that is straight barrel-aged stout, one that has raspberries added to it, and another that has cherry lambic added.
-Redbud: One firkin of Arbor (Redbud’s new chocolate imperial stout) blended with a 13% barrel-aged barleywine.
-Choc: A firkin of their new Winter Stout infused with chocolate.
-Marshall: A keg of their Big Jamoke Porter blended with something special. It will be a surprise.
-Battered Boar: Bottles of Coconut Cream Stout.
-Guinness beef stew
-Murphy’s stout chili
-Belhaven stout fish and chips
-Old Rasputin braised pulled pork sliders with stout BBQ sauce
-Chili cheeseburger with the Murphy’s chili and shredded cheddar
-Rogue Chocolate Stout cupcakes with stout mocha ganache icing
Welcome to day three of the first round of the TapWerks Beer Championship Series. Already 16 beers have been sent packing, and 16 have survived and advanced. In the next two days, your votes will pick 16 more first-round winners. Here’s how the bracket looks after two days of voting. Now let’s get on with today’s next eight first-round match-ups.
Results are in for the second day of voting in round one of the TapWerks Beer Championship Series, and it was a rough day for Oklahoma beer. In-state beers that found themselves on the short end were Choctoberfest, Mustang Washita Wheat and Bricktown 46-Star Oklahoma Amber Ale. Waving the state flag proudly were Choc’s flagship beer, 1919, and Redbud Pale Ale. Here are the results:
-Spaten Oktoberfest (61 percent) def. Mustang Washita Wheat (39 percent)
-Goose Island 312 (52.5 percent) def. Pilsner Urquell (47.5 percent)
-Duvel (67 percent) def. Choctoberest (33 percent)
-Guinness (59 percent) def. Abita Turbodog (41 percent)
-Redbud Pale Ale (62 percent) def. Left Hand Sawtooth Ale (38 percent)
-Hoegaarden (60 percent) def. Bricktown 46-Star Oklahoma Amber Ale (40 percent)
-Choc 1919 (80 percent) def. Moosehead (20 percent)
-Spaten Optimator (67 percent) def. Boulevard Wheat Beer (33 percent)
Here is the updated bracket. Round one voting resumes at 9 a.m. Cheers!
Welcome to the second day of voting in the fourth annual TapWerks Beer Championship Series. Eight beers advanced to the second round after voting yesterday. You can see the up-to-date bracket by clicking here.
Now on to the next set of match-ups. Voting closes at 9 p.m., and remember, a maximum of 1o votes per beer, per person, per day.