In today’s segment of 5 Questions With… we get ready for this Saturday’s Wild Brew festival with a conversation with Wild Brew co-chairman Kristopher Koepsel. Just a reminder, tickets are available at www.wildbrew.org and can be had until Friday.
1. The Thirsty Beagle: For those readers who may not be familiar with Wild Brew, give a general explanation of what the event is all about.
Kristopher Koepsel: Wild Brew is one of your best opportunities to donate to a great organization, get to taste the largest selection of craft beers under one roof, and to eat food from some of Tulsa’s best restaurants.
2. TTB: What can people expect in terms of the number of beers available, and are there any special or unique beers people should know about?
KK: This is by far the largest selection of craft beers assembled at any event in Oklahoma. In addition to the Wild Brew beer brewed especially for the event by Choc and F.O.A.M., some of the members of F.O.A.M. (Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers) will have some of their craft beers for sampling that are not available in stores.
3. TTB: Let’s talk about the Rye Saison Wild Brew collaboration beer; how does it help to have Choc and FOAM create a beer especially for the event?
KK: This generates a tremendous amount of publicity for the event. The publicity began with the beer launch in early June, which gets everyone thinking about the Wild Brew event. Then once the Wild Brew beer arrives in the local stores, there are signs provided to the stores to help publicize the event. Having the beer made by locals like Choc and F.O.A.M. is great. Both Choc and F.O.A.M. love beer, so each year they produce a great product.
4. TTB: What kind of work does the Sutton Center do? How will proceeds from Wild Brew help?
KK: The Sutton Center conducts avian and conservation oriented field research, which has included the development of reintroduction techniques and captive breeding of endangered species, including the Bald Eagle. In addition, Sutton has produced surveys of bird populations across the world. Another key part of Sutton’s mission is education, and proceeds from Wild Brew will be used to enable Sutton to continue presenting avian- and conservation-oriented education programs throughout the state as well as continuing its field research projects.
5. TTB: What is the deadline to get tickets, and what is the best way for people to go about doing that?
KK: Deadline for getting tickets is 5 p.m. on Friday July 27, 2012. Unfortunately, we are prohibited from selling tickets at the door. Visit the website for more information and to buy tickets.
Thanks Kristopher! If you’re looking for more information about Wild Brew, you can find the beer and restaurant lists on the website.