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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Brewfest 2018

2018 BrewFest

To say the craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has taken off the last couple of years would be an understatement. Recent changes to the state’s liquor laws have done nothing but turbo charge the creation of great breweries, wineries and distilleries in the metro. Brewfest, an annual showcase of Oklahoma breweries, is a great chance to sample the newest stuff from your favorite brewers.

Brewfest is put on by the OKBio Association to help raise awareness of the state’s diverse bioscience industry. This year’s event is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $35 and includes a mug, t-shirt, unlimited samples and free parking. You can get your tickets here. Of course you must be 21 to enter.

One of the best aspects of Brewfest is that attendance is limited to 500. That means you have plenty of face-to-face opportunities with the people who are making the great beers and spirits in Oklahoma. You can pick their brains on their process, what is on the horizon or even what foods they think their beers pair best with.

While it is called Brewfest don’t be scared away if you are not a fan of beer. A handful of local wineries and distillers will also be in attendance. At last count, more than 30 local breweries, distillers and wineries will be on hand.

So on November 8, sample some amazing local beers, wines and spirits while supporting the state’s burgeoning bioscience community. You can learn more about the event here and more about the biosciences here.

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Changes in the liquor laws

Friends enjoying beer

On October 1, a whole bunch of new liquor laws went into effect that loosened restrictions on where and how you can buy your favorite suds. Frankly, the amount of changes can make your head spin. Here is what you need to know:

  • The headliner that everyone has been talking about is that wine and beer can be “full strength” or 6 percent like our neighbors down south.
  • Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ANY day of the week.
  • Liquor stores can sell chilled beer and chilled wine (if you’re into that).
  • Liquor stores can sell other items other than just alcohol – think mixers and snacks – but it has to be under 20 percent of sales.
  • Small breweries can crank their production 65,000 barrels instead of the measly 25,000 they were capped at previously.
  • Breweries can now operate their taprooms until 2 a.m. instead of closing the doors at 9 p.m. which means you no longer have to miss out on your football!
  • Some really great news for those of you who enjoy spiked grape juice, wineries can now ship directly 30 nine-liter cases per person.
  • An owner can now own two entire liquor stores instead of one.
  • Small wineries (15,000 gallons annually) can now ship and sell directly to restaurants and retailers rather than a wholesaler if they would like to.
  • You can now drink your choice of alcohol at movie theaters as long as they have the appropriate license.
  • Good news, advertising happy hours and specials is now legal.
  • SB 211 allows counties to hold elections to see if liquor stores can be open on Sundays.
  • Finally, clerks selling high-point beer and wine at grocery stores now have to be at least 18 instead of 16; however, to work at a liquor store you still need to be 21 for selling the hard stuff.
beer, nightlife, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bottoms up

Friends enjoying beer

Oklahoma has undergone a recent renaissance of craft breweries finding their niche in OKC. This can be traced to a new wave of favorable legislation allowing breweries to sell their beer directly to customers at the breweries’ location, and an upcoming extension (October) of sale hours until 2 a.m. rather than closing at 9 p.m. Some of the nationally known local breweries include Coop Ale Works, Anthem Brewing Company, Black Mesa Brewing Company and Prairie Artisan Ales. Coop, Anthem, Prairie and Twisted Spike Brewery each have local taprooms located throughout OKC.

Oklahoma brewers have been working in unison to keep the momentum going in establishing The Brewers Union taproom in west OKC, where you can sample a wide variety of the beers brewed at the facility. Among the up-and-coming brewers associated in the Union’s taproom are Elk Valley Brewing, Vanessa House Beer Co. and Angry Scotsman Brewing, all three of which have their own future local taprooms “on tap” and in development.

Further options of both widely popular local and national brews in OKC can be experienced at Bricktown Brewery, Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery, McNellie’s Pub House, Fassler Hall, TapWerks and others.

beer, breweries, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Best of 2017

Riversport Rapids

Each year, we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2017 was a big year for our city and the groundwork was laid for several projects and initiatives that could shape our metro for decades to come.

  • Tinker Turns 75- Tinker Air Force Base is a major driver of the OKC economy and this year it turned the big 7-5.
  • Innovation District- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking, centered around a proposed innovation district, took huge strides towards reality.
  • Craft Beer Explosion- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Various Venues- With the opening of several new venues, live music had a big year in OKC.
  • Infrastructure Investment- This fall OKC residents voted yes on a landmark infrastructure package that will invest more than $1 billion in our roads, bridges and public safety.
  • A River’s Rise- Check out our new storytelling feature on the rise of the Oklahoma River.
Tinker, beer, community, Innovation District, live music, music, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What we’re thankful for

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Since 2017 was such a big year for our community, and this is the week of giving thanks, we thought we would share some of the things we are thankful for.

  • A River’s Rise: The Oklahoma River continues to be an unexpected gem in the heart of downtown.
  • MAPS 3: The landmark initiative continues to make huge strides as we see more and more projects take shape.
  • The citizens: This year the citizens of OKC approved a $1.2 billion infrastructure investment to improve their community.
  • The Thunder: This year marks a decade of Thundering Up in OKC.
  • Innovation: Oklahoma City took the first steps in creating an innovation district based on the results of a Brookings/Project for Public Spaces study on OKC.
  • Beer: Recent changes in state law have resulted in an explosion of craft breweries in the metro.
  • Live music: The opening of several new venues have brought the live music scene in Oklahoma City to another level.
  • Tinker: This year marked the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
Innovation District, live music, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder, Tinker, beer, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Brewfest

2017 Brew Fest

One of our favorite trends in Oklahoma City is how many craft breweries are popping up around town. It is getting to the point that keeping up with the latest great suds is getting difficult. The good news is we know of an event where you can try out products from all the local breweries as well as local wineries and distilleries.

The Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s annual BrewFest will take place Nov. 9 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tickets are $35 and get you a mug, t-shirt (if you are one of the first 300 registered), free parking and, best of all, unlimited samples of local beer, wine and spirits. This year’s event will have nearly 30 local purveyors of tasty beer and spirits.

beer, breweries, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft beer explosion

Friends drinking beer

With so much brewing in the OKC, it’s kind of hard not having a beer jubil-double-E every now and then. Fall for your favorite fermentables at taprooms and restaurants all over town. Like to get your craft beer straight from the brewer’s fermenter? Some of our favorite spots include Anthem Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley/Mustang, Roughtail and Twisted Spike. Want food while you imbibe (pro tip: usually not a bad idea.)? Restaurants like Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery brew their own awesome stuff on-site, and many of our local establishments pride themselves on their local craft beer selection, like McNellie’s, Urban Johnnie, Republic Gastropub and more. Due in part to OKCitians’ thirst as well as a recent change in Oklahoma law, even more brewery taprooms have been announced. There’s certainly no dearth of excellent craft beer in Oklahoma City, so get out there and enjoy (responsibly)!

beer, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Home-brewing happiness

Friends drinking beer

As the number of homebrewers showing off the fruits of their fermenters at the recent Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival at the Cox Center can attest, homebrewing is becoming quite the hobby in OKC. If you think you may want to give it a try but are intimidated by the terminology and process, don’t be! The easiest thing to do is go talk to some experts. Greater OKC Chamber member The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Penn, would be a great choice to hit up to de-mystify the process. After all, the famous Reinheitsgebot, or “German Beer Purity Law,” restricts beer to only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. That’s really all you need (and a few easy-to-obtain pieces of equipment). If you want to get creative, Oklahoma’s wealth of agricultural products make brewing with locally sourced ingredients, like fruit and honey, even more interesting if you so desire. Why not give it a shot? After all, beer is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

beer, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

running, water sports, beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers Market District

Farmers Market

Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.

Located in the southwest portion of downtown, the centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams, Sr. played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations, the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché, but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more, making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll.  You can read more about the district in a past issue of VeloCity.

beer, Farmers Market District, nightlife, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best of 2016

Riversport Rapids

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie–to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • With or without a paddle- Maybe no place in OKC had a bigger 2016 than the Oklahoma River. The opening of the RIVERSPORT Rapids gave citizens and visitors an experience you can’t find anywhere else, whitewater rafting in a metropolitan downtown.
  • Let’s hear it for the beer- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Area of innovation- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking centered around a proposed innovation district took huge strides towards reality.
  • Making a mark on aviation history- Our city and state have played an underrated role in the evolution of aviation. From early pioneers like Wiley Post to astronauts like Shannon Lucid, the Sooner State has been on the forefront of aerospace innovation.
Oklahoma River, water sports, aviation, beer, entrepreneur, history, Innovation District, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Give thanks for locally brewed beer

Friends Cheersing

Turkey turkey turkey, can’t you see, sometimes your tryptophan just hypnotizes me. However, if you’re among the sort whose holiday family dinners typically incite imbibing a beer or two rather than a nap (no judging, we feel ya), consider checking out some of OKC’s fantastic locally-produced beer at a brewery or restaurant near you. Here are just some of the options:

ANTHEM BREWING COMPANY, LLC [MORE]
Breweries
908 SW 4th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109-1012
Phone: (405) 604-0446
Website | Map | More Info

COOP ALE WORKS [MORE]
Breweries
4745 Council Heights Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
Phone: (405) 842-2667
Website | Map | More Info

BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWING CO. [MORE]
Restaurants
50 Penn Place
1900 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 840-1911
Map | More Info

BRICKTOWN BREWERY [MORE]
Restaurants
1 N. Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 232-2739
Website | Map | More Info

And don’t forget about the “’Miracle on the Canal’ Festive, Pop-Up Bar” coming to downtown in December. Speaking of Downtown in December…

local goods, restaurants, beer, breweries
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boats and rows

Regatta Festival

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes over the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Race and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants compete for the best time. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss. Events are held in different categories including collegiate, masters and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

But the fun isn’t just limited to participants. In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

beer, family-friendly, festivals, food, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let’s hear it for the beer

Oklahoma Beers

To the editorial staff here at TBL, beer is dear! We’ve told you about some of our favorite local breweries in the past, and since then, even more have come up on the scene. Let’s focus on some of the existing and coming-soon-to-you brewery taprooms in OKC. These are great places to taste and sample, learn more about the brewery’s beers, enjoy the company of fellow beer lovers and even hang out and enjoy some live music and /or food trucks and games in some cases. Check them out!

  • Anthem Brewing Company at 908 SW 4th St. in Oklahoma City
  • COOP Ale Works at 4745 Council Heights Rd. in Oklahoma City
  • Roughtail Brewing Company at 1279 N. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City
  • Mustang Brewing Company / Elk Valley Brewing Company at 520 N. Meridian Ave. in Oklahoma City
  • Twisted Spike at 1. NW 10th St. in Oklahoma City (opening soon)

In addition to others that will surely be forthcoming, public plans have been announced for Stone Cloud Brewery at the old “Sunshine Cleaners” building near Film Row at 1000 NW 1st St., and a Prairie Artisan Ales taproom at 3 NE 8th St. Wahoo!

We’ve barley begun to tell you about the great maltitude of OKC craft beer that’s available for you to drink in, so get out there and hops to it!

beer, breweries
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKBio Brewfest

2016 OKBio BrewFest

Want to experience more of the great brews, wines and spirits you have been reading about? Make your plans now to check out the Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s BrewFest, Nov. 10th at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Sample all you want and then some for only $35, and the first 300 registrants get a BrewFest t-shirt! Free shirts and fantastic samples? We’re in. We’ll see you there!

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Block party in b-town

Irish flag (220399586)

No silent alarm here – we’re sounding the laudatory bell for the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Conveniently, the 27th annual event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, so after the O’City parade, check out loads of live music, imbibe some green beer (as well as some awesome naturally-colored local craft beer!) and have some tasty eats from area food trucks right there at Reno and Oklahoma Avenue. The party lasts until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy that day ‘o the year when everyone’s Irish.

Performers:
3 p.m. – Rocky Kanaga
4 p.m. – Empire Grey
5 p.m. – Denver Duncan
6 p.m. – Bowlsey
7 p.m. – Squad Live
9 p.m. – Josh Sallee
10 p.m. – My So-Called Band

More info: http://www.bricktownokc.com/

beer, Bricktown, food, holiday, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Drink through the decades at your very own OKC time-traveling pub crawl

De Lorean-1.jpg
CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=662006

On St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, this is one of those times where “stereotype threat” actually works in your favor. But even if you’re not, check this out: Did you know that you can virtually travel through time simply by visiting and imbibing at several of our area establishments? Whether it’s in honor of St. Patrick or just in honor of St. Regulus (you know, a regular day), and whether you’re a history lover and/or a lush, you’re in luck, regardless of genetics. But hey, leave the DeLorean at home, time-traveling tipplers – consider a limo or a taxi or some sort of ride-sharing arrangement (please see some suggestions to that end below).

  • ‘20s – ‘30s – 51st Street Speakeasy
  • ‘30s – ‘40s – WSKY
  • ‘50s – ‘60s – R&J’s Supper Club
  • ‘70s – Rockford
  • ‘80’s – Flashback Retropub
  • Modern – RePUBlic Gastropub
  • Bring it back full circle (modern with a classy retro touch) - Sidecar

Your friendly TBL staff was trying to think of a ‘90s place, but the best we could think of is maybe hitting up a bar that hasn’t changed much for 20 years, and we wouldn’t want you (or the fine folks at the bar, for that matter) to accidentally take that in the pejorative. So, unintentional backhanded compliments aside, one thing you could do to get your ‘90s fix in a truly excellent way would be to go to the next My So-Called Band show (who happen to be headlining the Bricktown Block Party above)!

BACKSTAGE LIMO, LLC [MORE]

Limousine Services
201 Windover Cove
Midwest City, OK 73130
Phone: (405) 590-2452
Website | Map | MyList | More Info

KINGS WORLDWIDE TRANSPORTATION[MORE]

Limousine Services
4801 NW 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Phone: (405) 733-5466
Website | Map | MyList | More Info

VIP LIMOUSINE [MORE]

Limousine Services
2600 Lynnwood Circle
Norman, OK 73072
Phone: (405) 752-5466
Website | Map | MyList | More Info

AIRPORT EXPRESS, INC. [MORE]

Airport Transportation Services
4225 SW 44th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
Phone: (405) 681-3311
Website | Map | MyList | More Info

beer, holiday, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Farmers Market District

Nestled in the southern part of downtown you will find the Farmers Market District. Although many would classify the district as up and coming, the area can trace its history back nearly a century.

The centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams Sr., played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations. the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll. You can read more about the district in the latest issue of VeloCity.

beer, Farmers Market District, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Best of 2015

Happy trails to you 2015. While the past year was a banner one for Oklahoma City we think 2016 might top it. There is so much to look forward to as the MAPS 3 projects will continue to take shape, cranes will once again dot the downtown as new towers begin to change the skyline, new music venues will open, new retail will hit the market and who knows? Maybe we will even celebrate the Thunder with a championship parade come June.

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie-to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • Oklahoma Standard- The bombing that happened in downtown Oklahoma City in 1995 forever changed not only our city but country. While it has had a lasting impact the citizens of OKC have not let it define our community. That was never more apparent than this year when we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the Oklahoma Standard campaign.
  • Make Our History Less of a Mystery- From Native American culture to the Land Run saying our region has a unique history would be an understatement. Luckily OKC has a handful of world-class museums that tell our story.
  • deadCENTER Film Festival- We love nothing more than showing off a side of OKC newcomers might not expect. The annual deadCENTER Film Festival is a perfect example of this.
  • Music is in our DNA- Spend any time here and you start to realize OKC can be a bit eclectic. We are little bit country and little bit rock ‘n’ roll (as the kids would say). Nothing exemplifies that more than the musicians who have called Oklahoma home. From the father of folk music to jazz legends, hippie rockers and country superstars, Oklahoma boosts a diverse music scene.
  • Mmm-Beer- Oklahoma City is home to a craft beer scene with breweries taking hope national (and sometimes international) awards.
Thunder, beer, film, history, live music, MAPS, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mmm, beer.

The microbrewery scene is hot hot hot in OKC, which means tons tons tons of cold brews to enjoy. Here are just a few of our favorites from each of the OKC-area breweries:

405 Brewing – Straight outta Norman and perhaps the newest brewery around these days, the quality of beer belies their new-kid-on-the-block status. We particularly enjoyed the Little Heart Breaker, a fantastic smooth stout, and have heard good things about the FDR. We’re also on the lookout for the Grapefruit Sour!

Anthem – We like everything we’ve had the pleasure of putting to our lips from Anthem, but especially the Arjuna, a Belgian-style wit with lots of tasty complexity, and the rich, luxurious Uroboros stout. Also the Upper 90 (American Pale Ale) is a must if you’re at the OKC Energy match.

Battered Boar – Good gourdy! TBL staff proclaim the Pumpkin Ale worthy of drinking more often than just around Halloween. We’re also anxiously awaiting the chance to try the Coconut Cream Stout.

Black Mesa – You can’t go wrong with the Blonde, but we also really like the ESB – this is a must-try for its ability to mix smoothness and bitterness into one tasty, frosty glass. A great thirst-quencher for both hot and cold days.

COOP – Lots of great tastes to be had from COOP, but we like the Elevator Wheat and the Horny Toad, as well as the F5 IPA. Of course, the DNR is legendary and a must-drink (if you’re not driving). COOP also has a selection of “3.2” beers that are cold and ready to go at the grocery store, so you’ve got no more excuses for that Natty!

Elk Valley – One of the newer breweries to hit the scene (along with 405), Elk Valley made us want more with their Mashie (a Scottish Wee Heavy with lots of great toffee and malt flavors) and the Nemesis Imperial Stout (hey, we like stouts, OK?) .

Huebert – They make the legendary Rock-Hard Root Beer. That’s right. You can thank us later. Next on our To-Drink List: Rock Hard Orange Cream.

Mustang – The Washita Wheat (made with Oklahoma Red wheat) is our everyday go-to choice, but we also particularly enjoy the Rocket Fuel, a strong mélange of hoppy malty goodness, and the grassy, slightly citrusy Farmhouse Ale. We only wish the Session ’33 would return to the grocery store shelves (hint, hint!).

Roughtail – the 12th Round is fantastic, a hoppy yet smooth-drinking strong ale, and the Polar Night will send you to bed a happy stout lover. Speaking of stouts, the Coffee Tsar is a must-drink if you can find it for you dark beer fans.

Don’t see your favorite? Hey, give us a break you craft beer aficionado you—new ones are seemingly popping up every day, so let us know what we are missing!

beer, local goods, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Science of Brewing

Beer and science. At first glance, those are two words that don’t seem to go together. But leave it to the fine folks at OKBio to find a way to merge the two. When you think about it, brewing is really all about science: it’s just chemical reactions.

At this point you are probably wondering what this rambling is all about (no we haven’t enjoyed a beer or three while writing this). This is all about the 3rd annual Brewfest this Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. You can learn all about the science of brewing beer by sampling more than 15 local breweries for just $25. If that wasn’t enough to sell you then you also get a free mug, t-shirt and live entertainment from Oklahoma’s own Hosty Duo.

Not big on adult beverages? No sweat, you won’t be left out. You can enjoy the Designated Driver deal for just $15. All the fun, all the free swag, but with non-alcoholic drinks.

So see you Thursday as we sample local breweries (or not), listen to some great music and hang out with some interesting scientists and entrepreneurs.

beer, bioscience
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brewing Up Some Scientific Fun

Oklahoma City is known for its booming biotech industry and the region’s craft beer prowess is growing. So why not combine the two for a day at the 2nd annual OKBio BrewFest? Since there’s quite a bit of science going into that pint of beer, we think it’s a perfect pairing.  Head over to the Harn Homestead and learn the bioscience of beer from the experts while sampling handcrafted brews and enjoying great music, food and networking. This year’s event will feature 11 local breweries, a local wine shop and a Guthrie distillery. Click here to see a list. The cost to attend is $25. All proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Bioscience Institute.

networking, beer, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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