It’s a big-time beer week at TapWerks this week, with three special pint nights in the offing. Things get rolling tonight with a North Coast Brewing Co. pint night featuring Pranqster, Old Rasputin, Scrimshaw and Acme IPA on draft.
That will be followed up on Thursday night with a side-by-side, or vertical, tasting of the 2011 and 2012 Choc Gose on tap.
And then, to take the cake, on Friday, TapWerks will feature a collaboration brew from COOP Ale Works and homebrewer Ross Harper — a re-creation of an ancient Egyptian ale made with chamomile, bread and dates.
Harper, who goes by the brewing handle Angry Scotsman Brewing, gave me a breakdown of the beer:
The beer is a no-hop, no-boil recipe that’s based on what I could read about Egyptian brews. It’s a long mash of a pseudo-bread, consisting of 2-row, maize and wheat, proofed with bakers yeast, baked until the outside is toasty yet the inside still raw enough that the enzymes aren’t killed. We added chopped dates and chamomile to the mash, and let it go for about 4 hours, then drained, cooled and pitched brewers yeast. My original batch has medaled a few times, and this re-brew with COOP is the same recipe.
Sounds fascinating. Get yourself down to TapWerks on Friday to grab a sample of this award-winning brew.
-Speaking of TapWerks, the bar was named to DRAFT Magazine’s list of top 100 beer bars for the sixth straight year. Here’s what the magazine wrote:
It’s as fun to explore this three-story Bricktown bar as it is to excavate the whopping 212-tap list. Grab a seat at the bar or seek out a leather chair in a hidden nook, browse books in the upstairs library, shoot pool and darts, or just follow the noise to find live music, which hits the stage three nights a week.
-COOP Ale Works’ fourth anniversary party/charity fundraiser brought in $6,800 for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
-New Belgium Brewing became 100 percent employee-owned.
-Beer seasons don’t last long. Proof? I feel like we just got finished with Christmas beers and already there’s this: Choc’s spring seasonal, Spring Pilsner, is set to hit liquor store shelves this week. Word on the street is that consumers burned through Choc’s supply of Winter Stout and the brewery moved up release of its spring seasonal to fill the gap. Also, Choc’s Belgian OPA is expected in February.
-Roughtail Brewing may have come up short in its recent Kickstarter project, but at least it has a kick-ass new website.
-The highly anticipated launch of Brewdog in Oklahoma should happen Feb. 2, according to the well-connected @kylewjohnson621.