The newest beer from Mustang Brewing Co. will be available tonight and tomorrow at a pair of events in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, respectively.
Mustang’s Brandy’s Imperial Sundae — a vanilla-infused, 9.1% imperial porter, will be offered as the featured beer at tonight’s Firkin Thursday at McNellie’s Tulsa.
The beer will then be poured Friday night for the McNellie’s OKC Firkin Friday.
If you can’t make it out for either night, fear not, the beer is set to be released in a limited number of bottles at the start of next week.
The 17th annual Mesta Festa is set for this weekend, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Perle Mesta Park, to be exact. The event this year will feature beer and wine tastings, including beer from Belle Isle Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Anthem Brewing, COOP Ale Works, Choc Beer and Bricktown Brewery. You can get all the details and specifics by reading the press release below:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City’s historic party in the park celebrates one of the most unique neighborhoods in the state. Featuring local micro-breweries, a winery and food vendors, live music, children’s activities, local celebrities, and a chili cook-off, the 17th annual Mesta Festa takes place at Perle Mesta Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.
Cathi Jo Reznecheck, Mesta Festa chairwoman, said the event is one of two public events held annually to raise funds for the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. Funds raised through event sponsorships and donations are used to enhance the neighborhood’s parks, street lights and sidewalks, preserving the beauty and tradition of one of the city’s first neighborhoods, she said.
“We challenge ourselves each year to build upon the success of previous years,” said Reznecheck. We’ve learned families really enjoy spending an afternoon at the park. Mesta Festa includes something for everyone in the family, so it’s a natural choice for a family looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon.”
Founded in 1902, Mesta Park is named after Perle Mesta. Heralded as “the hostess with the mostest,” Perle is the daughter of Bill Skirvin and played an integral role as a socialite in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C., said neighborhood resident and committee member Harry Meister.
“I like to think of Mesta Festa as the largest and most fun block party in Oklahoma,” said Meister. “The main difference between a typical block party and ours is anyone can attend Mesta Festa. We have folks across the state and region join us each year to enjoy live music and a cold beer in the park.”
Reznecheck said nearly 1,000 people attend the event each year. She credits the event’s success to the many neighborhood citizens who volunteer their time to organize the event and to the community organizations who donate their time and services as well.
Mesta Festa takes places Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, located near the intersection of NW 18th Street and Shartel Avenue. For a $12 donation, individuals at least 21 years of age may participate in special beer-tasting of select local micro-breweries. The day’s live music performances and children’s activities are open to the public. Local food vendors will have specialty food available for purchase, and a certain portion of their proceeds also are donated to Mesta Festa Neighborhood Association.
Description of activities:
Beer- and Wine-Tastings – For a $12 donation, individuals at least 21 years old may sample the special brews. Local micro-breweries participating in the day include: Belle Isle Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Anthem Brewing, COOP Ale Works, Choc Beer, Bricktown Brewery. Local pubs providing beer are Blue Note Lounge, Grandad’s Bar, The Winking Lizard and others. The Plaza District’s Urban Wineworks also joins the party adding a wine-tasting component to festivities.
Live Music – Five bands from ACM@UCO will keep the party in the park going all day. Local band Temporary Saints will close-out the music for the day.
Food Vendors – Several local food vendors will have specialty dishes available for purchase, including the soon-to-open restaurant Pizza 23 located on NW 23rd Street between Dewey and Lee. Uptown23 plans to serve free snow cones for attendees, while supplies last.
Michael Persons Memorial Chili Cook-off – Chili connoisseurs can enter their creations in three categories: Most Unusual, Hottest and Best in Show. Registration for the event is $5 per entry and takes place at noon on event day. Winners are selected through crowd voting.
Children’s Activities – Organized by Wilson Elementary PTA, the children’s activities area includes hands-on experiments presented by Science Museum Oklahoma as well as appearances by the Thunder Girls and OKC Barons Ice Girls. Pick-up street hockey games will be presented by representatives from the OKC Barons.
Mesta Festa activities:
Noon – Registration for Michael Persons Memorial Chili Cook-off
1 to 1:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder Girls available for photos and autographs
2 to 4 p.m. – Oklahoma City Barons street hockey and Barons Ice Girls
3:30 p.m. – Chili Cook-off winners announced (tentative time)
All-day activities – Beer- and wine-tastings, local food vendors, hands-on science experiments with Science Museum Oklahoma.
About Mesta Park
Mesta Park is a thriving historic community in the heart of Oklahoma City. Founded in 1902, the neighborhood’s homes present many examples of classic architecture from the early 20th century. Bordered by Western Avenue on the west and Walker Avenue on the east, Mesta Park spans from 16th Street north to 22nd then includes a small peninsula stretching east of 22nd to Robinson Street. Mesta Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Historic Preservation District by the City of Oklahoma City. The Mesta Park Neighborhood Association hosts two public events annually – Mesta Festa and the Mesta Park Home Tour. For more information, visit www.MestaPark.org.
Got this news today courtesy of Biergarten Wine & Spirits in Jenks: BrewDog Brewing will enter the Oklahoma market in December of January. Here are the reported first offerings:
I had planned to do a blog post today letting you know all about ZooBrew IV and how you could go about getting tickets, etc., etc., but lo and behold, as of this morning, ZooBrew IV is officially sold out at 850 tickets!
That’s great news for the Oklahoma City Zoo, as proceeds from ZooBrew benefit the zoo’s museum. And of course, it means you can expect to rub elbows with a lot of beer fans next Friday (Sept. 28) at the event. For those of you who have tickets, here are some things you can look forward to this year:
-The event location has been moved this year to the Lakeside Pavilion; trams will be provided to transport guests through the zoo and to the pavilion.
-Food offerings this year will include a selection of $3 offerings: sliders and onion rings; bratwurst and kettle chips; or strawberry funnel crepes.
-Free food will include chicken wings, cheese and crackers, chips and dips and fresh veggies and dip.
-Total tickets for sale were bumped up to 850 this year, from 750 last year.
-You can expect about 60 or more beer and cider offerings this year. Here’s the beer list, which will include as-yet unspecified offerings from Huebert’s, Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery:
Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat
Boulevard Pale Ale
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
Boulevard Bully Porter
Boulevard Amber Ale
La Fin Du Monde
Don De Dieu
Blanche De Chambly
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Pyramid Snow Cap
Rogue Yellow Snow
Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager
Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner
Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale
Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale
COOP Horny Toad
COOP Native Amber
COOP Zeppelin Wheat
COOP Grand Sport Porter
COOP F5 IPA
Mustang Washita Wheat
Mustang Golden Ale
Mustang Harvest Lager
Mustang Route 66 Lager
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Angry Orchard Ginger
Twisted Tea Original
Twisted Tea Raspberry
Twisted Tea Half & Half
Shiner Wild Hare
Bridgeport Witch Hunt
Abita Restoration Ale
Flying Dog Wildeman
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin
Asahi Super Dry
Coopers Sparkling Ale
Great Divide Titan
Point Belgian White
Sea Dog Blueberry
San Miguel Light
Ever think to yourself, “Man, I could use a giant Choc stein!” Well, you sir, are in luck. Check out what’s available at the weekly TapWerks pint night today:
You may be aware that McNellie’s Tulsa is hosting its annual Harvest Beer Festival on Saturday, but did you know that McNellie’s OKC is getting into the festival act as well?
McNellie’s OKC has scheduled its inaugural Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 29. They’re shutting down Walker Avenue next to the pub, putting up a huge tent and serving beer from Warsteiner, Ayinger, Sam Adams, Paulaner, Shiner, Boulevard, Left Hand, Mustang and Spaten.
The outdoor festivities will kick off at noon, but the pub will open at 10 a.m. if you’re inclined to start the party a little earlier. McNellie’s has booked a polka band for the evening entertainment, and if you’re looking for lunch outside, the Mutts truck will be on hand.
There’s a very interesting thing happening on the Oklahoma craft beer scene right now. A new craft brewery — Roughtail Brewing — is forming, and they’re keeping everyone in the loop as they move along in the process. Based on my experience covering the craft beer scene since 2008, this is a somewhat unique, and completely welcome, approach. No offense meant to any of our existing brewers, but craft brewers tend to run relatively close-to-the-vest-type operations. Nothing wrong with that, as there certainly is something to be said for making sure things are just right before you release information publicly. At the same time, it certainly is illuminating to see the access Roughtail is providing as they continue their set-up. They started a blog to tell their story and just today posted several images showing how they’re working through the logo design process. Again, it’s not revolutionary to share your story with the public, but it is nice to see someone so willing to do it, especially when it comes to highlighting the bumps and bruises any start-up faces along the way. Interested in trying their beer? Roughtail reports they plan to have beer in the market by the turn of the calendar.
TapWerks Ale House in Bricktown has advanced to the finals in CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars contest, and final voting is going on right now. You can surf on over here to cast your vote. Voting ends Thursday. The top three bars overall and the top three in each of the five regions in the contest will be recognized.
I don’t think the headline for this blog post is an exaggeration in any way. After all, did you see this photo of what TapWerks has in store tonight:
So get yourself down to TapWerks tonight if you want any of the 18 (!) glasses featured.
-Reservation slots are almost full for a trio of Mustang Brewing beer dinners/food pairings next week. More details right here.
-McNellie’s OKC has scheduled a Unibroue Beer Dinner for Sept. 25. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
-McNellie’s Tulsa is hosting its third annual Harvest Beer Festival on Sept. 22. Looks like a nice lineup of beer is in store.
-Pete’s Place/Choc has scheduled an Oktoberfest beer dinner for 7 p.m. Sept. 28. The cost is $45 and reservations can be made by calling (918) 423-2042.
-Marshall Brewing is sponsoring an Oktoberfest Celebration at Fassler Hall on Oct. 5-6. Prost!
-TapWerks is offering a couple football-related specials this fall: 10 hot wings and a 22 oz. Boulevard Wheat for $10 during all NFL games, and $2 Miller Lights and half off wings and nachos during Monday Night Football.
-COOP’s JD Merryweather is a candidate in an Oklahoma City photo contest. I’m not really sure what this is about, but go ahead and vote beer!
-The famous/infamous Freddy at the Biergarten in Jenks reports the latest offering from Leinenkugel is in liquor stores now — Lemon Berry Shandy. (On a side note, I had a fling with Summer Shandy once upon a time. It came on strong and flamed out fast. Take that for what it’s worth.)