Be sure to pick up a copy of The Oklahoman on Wednesday to see my article on the creation of Choc’s Gratzer beer. I was able to visit Krebs on Gratzer brew day, interview all the key players and snap some photos. I think the piece turned out nicely.
Here’s an excerpt:
KREBS — If you want to revive a rare Polish beer that has been commercially extinct for nearly 20 years, it helps to have the right people on your brew team.
It’s that serendipity that set Choc Beer Co. down the path to recreating a traditional Gratzer beer — once the national beer of Poland, now a relic last commercially brewed in 1994.
“There were a whole bunch of things that had to come together to make it happen,” Choc Brewmaster Michael Lalli said.
Most importantly was Lalli’s friendship with William Shawn Scott, the aforementioned homebrewer who adopted the Krebs brewery as a second beer-brewing home and whose knowledge and contacts made the project fly.
You can check out the full story and photos in Wednesday’s Food Section, or you can click this here link to read it online right now.