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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.

festivals, wine, beer, breweries
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 13, 2017

Quit your whining and drink some wine

Friends drinking wine

Beer is not the only thing you can ferment up to fabulous results, no siree. If you’d like to sample some local fruit of the vine, OKC has you covered. Put A Cork In It Winery describes itself as “the little winery in the heart of Bricktown” and is indeed located on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Put A Cork In It offers a wide variety of wines including reds, whites and sweet wines, as well as tastings, gifts and souvenirs. Also downtown, Waters Edge Winery in Automobile Alley has more than 50 varieties of reds, whites, ports, dessert and fruit-based wines that are sure to please. Waters Edge offers tasting flights as well as bottles, and makes wines from grapes from all over, with an ever-evolving menu. Bottoms up!

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, retail, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Donít quit your wining

Wine Grapes

As you may have guessed, we here at TBL HQ fancy ourselves connoisseurs of all the bacchanalian delights, wine included. While we’ve told you about some of our local “urban” wineries like Waters Edge and Put A Cork In It, did you know our area boasts some more classic style vineyards and labels located nearby making some great juice of the gods? No Napa, no problem around here. Just check out the list below for some great possibilities:

  • Strebel Creek Vineyard in Oklahoma City
  • Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Edmond
  • Native Spirits Winery in Norman
  • StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud
  • Red Hills Winery & Vineyard in Coyle
  • Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Norman
  • Canadian River Vineyards in Lexington
  • Sparks Vineyard and Winery in Sparks
  • Summerside Vineyards Winery & Meadery in Tuttle
  • Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno
  • Legends Vineyeard & Winery in Lindsay
  • Tres Suenos Vineyards and Winery in Luther
  • Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery in Stillwater
  • Farfalla Wines in Yukon

If that’s not enough, our friends at travelok.com have a list of 44 wineries all across the state.

local goods, wine
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, August 18, 2015

Fruit of the vine: urban-style wine

Quit your whining, wine lover, we’ve got you covered too! While we’ve previously told you about just some of the wineries nearby, you might also check out a few of our urban locations where the wine flows like, er, wine…

Put A Cork In It Winery  - Bricktown is the location for this urban winery, right on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Featuring a gift shop, free tastings, event rooms and a great covered patio ready for you to sip a glass of wine on and watch the world wander by, Put A Cork In It makes for a great stop the next time you’re in Bricktown.

Waters Edge Winery – Waters Edge is located in Automobile Alley and features more than 50 different wines and varietals, so they’ve for sure got something to please your palate. They also have a sweet 2nd-level patio that is perfect for parties and a great overall atmosphere for chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool, regardless of whether or not you’ve been shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.

Urban Wineworks – A star in the middle of the Plaza District, Urban Wineworks features fantastic food along with its wines. On Sundays, throw that ironically fashionable totes-awks bow tie ‘round your neck and get ready to shine, bearded one, because your semi-obligatory brunch instagrams get even better with mimosas made from locally-made sparkling wine, huzzah!

local goods, nightlife, restaurants, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Visit Norman

Speaking of colleges, the home of the University of Oklahoma is less than 30 minutes south and makes for a quick escape to a leafy collegiate locale. You can even take the train there from downtown OKC if you want. Whether it’s nightlife you’re after, family fun, learning about weather at the National Weather Center or even hanging out with real-life gamblers, Norman knows when to hold ‘em and fold ‘em, and, as a bonus, never counts its money at the table. The other thing that Norman knows when to hold is its Main Street Christmas Parade, hitting the streets this year on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Also, don’t miss:

  • Dino-mite Museums – Norman has some of the coolest museums in the state, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a family favorite. Taking you through 4 billion years of history, the museum features the world’s largest Apatosauraus and Pentaceratops, among other dinosaurs. Learn about the people that lived in Oklahoma before us and other world cultures, and get your photo taken with the big mammoth.
  • One of the nation’s finest university art museums, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Hopper, Gauguin, Ansel Adams, O’Keefe, Houser, and others, in addition to works and objects by Taos artists and Native American works. Current exhibits include Picasso’s Woman in the Studio (1956), on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum, displayed alongside some of the Fred’s own Picassos from its permanent collection. The best part? Taking in all this culture is easy on the pocketbook: admission is always free!
  • The Norman Music Festival, also free, happens every April in and around downtown Norman on Main Street. 21 stages offered more than 60,000 people music and merriment over three days in 2014. Featuring headliners like The Walkmen, Portugal. The Man, of Montreal, The Octopus Project, British Sea Power and more, it is also a great time to see all your favorite local bands in one spot and purchase all manner of foods and goods from local and national vendors.
  • For the oenophiles out there, Norman boasts three wineries you can tour and taste: Canadian River Winery, Native Spirits Winery, and Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery. All offer wines made from their own Oklahoma-grown grapes. Like Paul wrote to Timothy, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.” Wine: it’s good for you.

For more info about visiting Norman, simply visit the appropriately-named www.visitnorman.com.

arts and culture, college, family-friendly, live music, museums, music, nightlife, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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