Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s Beer Sprocket fest. The event, which benefits several charities through the Rotary Club of East Oklahoma County, is set for 4 to 9 p.m. at Choctaw Creek Park.
You can buy tickets by going to www.oldgermany.com. In addition, festival organizers announced this morning that walk-up admission will also be allowed.
Tickets are $50 and in addition to beer samples, you get a choice of food samples from several metro-area restaurants and live music.
If you go to Beer Sprocket tomorrow or the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival next weekend, you’ll have the chance to try an old friend with a new name. That’s because Mustang Brewing is turning its popular Winter Lager into a year-round offering and rebranding it as Mustang Route 66 American Lager.
Mustang President Tim Schoelen said, “Our Winter Lager recipe was a big hit. So much so that we are releasing it as a year-round brew.” Schoelen said the Winter Lager recipe was created as a traditional amber to give Mustang the option to re-brand it should it become a hit.
Schoelen describes Route 66 as “a traditional, American, amber lager brewed with four types of barley, Hallertauer and Willamette hops. It is filtered, and has a crisp, malty, Yuengling-esque finish. 5.0% ABV and 18 IBUs.”
He said the beer will be available in kegs starting July 1 and will be brewed 100 percent in Oklahoma. Twelve-ounce bottles are expected in early 2013.
The Thirsty Beagle has also learned that the switch to Route 66 will not be the end of the line for Winter Lager. A new, spiced-up version of Winter Lager can be expected around December, Schoelen said.
One more update on special offerings up for grabs at this year’s Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; this one’s from Choc Beer Co.
Choc will roll out a keg of it’s 2012 Signature Oak Aged Quad. The beer will be released in bottles later this year, so this is a little preview of what’s the come.
The Thirsty Beagle has secured the rundown on special offerings COOP Ale Works and Marshall Brewing will bring to the second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival on May 19:
-Hoppy Brown Ale (firkin)
-Orange Blossom IPA (pin)
-Sour Ale (pin)
-Belgian Dark Ale
Can’t wait to try the Orange Blossom IPA, or the Belgian Dark Ale, for that matter, which I’m told will be a sweet, strong beer.
I wrote up a little something for today’s newspaper and for NewsOK on the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. You can see the story and brewery list on page 3D of today’s Life section of The Oklahoman, or you can go to this link right here to read up and see the video I shot with TapWerks general manager and festival organizer Greg Powell.
Our second new local beer today is from Marshall Brewing Co. Meet Klaus Hefeweizen.
Here’s what Marshall has to say about Klaus:
Klaus is a German-style Hefeweizen named for the patriarch of Brewmaster Eric Marshall’s host family while studying and apprenticing in Germany. A creamy head offers aromas of banana and bubblegum created by the traditional German ale yeast used during fermentation. This yeast is left in the beer to both provide flavor and the cloudiness typical of a German-style wheat beer. Following the aroma, Klaus features a medium body and a light sweetness on the palate to create a refreshing and effervescent session beer.
Important note on Klaus: The beer will have extremely limited availability. You can find it in Oklahoma City only this Friday at McNellie’s OKC’s Firkin Friday. Other than that, it will be on tap at Fassler Hall, 304 S Elgin, Tulsa, starting Wednesday.
Got a couple new beers from Oklahoma craft breweries to tell you about today. First off is COOP Ale Work’s Territorial Reserve Wild Wheat Wine Ale.
Here’s how COOP describes the beer:
Our inaugural 2012 Wild Wheat Wine Ale has a floral and rustic foundation that began with generous additions of both malted and unmalted wheat. We then added local alfalfa honey and fermented this brew with wild yeast.
This is a truly distinctive beer with an earthy backdrop leading to warming notes of tropical fruit and rich tartness.
COOP will release about 1,500 bottles as early as tomorrow, and will hold a bottle signing on Thursday evening at BierGarten Wine and Spirits, 807 East A St., Jenks.
The second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival is a mere 12 days away. To get ready, check out my video interview with TapWerks general manager Greg Powell.
After being derailed by the threat of tornadoes and other severe weather back in April, the time has finally arrived for the annual Beer Sprocket festival. The fest is planned for 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw Creek Park.
You can find my earlier coverage of Beer Sprocket right here, here and here. It looks like tickets are still available, with proceeds benefiting charity. Attendees will have the chance to sample more than 100 beers and food from several metro-area restaurants.