The Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit will combine tastings, panel discussions and a keynote address from Damon Scott of the national Brewers Association in a two-day event: Aug. 4 at Stonecloud Brewing Company, and Aug. 5 at Tower Theatre.
Shea Gillock, the new executive director of the Craft Beer Association of Oklahoma, said there would be more than 20 breweries pouring on Saturday.
“The Saturday tasting will feature beers from a large group of home brewers who were selected by the Brew Shop, as well as breweries in planning,” Gillock says.
The in-planning breweries include Angry Scotsman, Cabin Boys, Skydance, OK Cider Co. and Chef Christine Dowd’s new company, Cider Lab. Dowd is the owner of Aunt Pittypat’s Catering and the former chef/owner of Trattoria il Centro in downtown. At the recent craft brewing festival, she debuted several new ciders, including Unicorn Tears (apple cider fermented on cherries) and Lovejoy Apple Cider, made with Colorado sage.
“The Friday event is for ticket-holders,” Gillock says, “but we will sell tickets at the door at Stonecloud that night – so if you don’t have a ticket then, you can still get in. The Stonecloud staff will be offering the first public brewery tours at the Friday party. There will also be registration packets, lanyards and a swag bag.”
The established breweries will participate in tasting sessions/panel discussions throughout Saturday, and each session will include three to five samples of the beers. The sessions cover stouts, seasonals, sours, IPAs, strong ales and barrel-aged beers, among other styles.
Friday night’s party is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Stonecloud Brewing Company, 1012 NW 1st, Ste. 101. Saturday’s first session at Tower Theatre begins at 9:30 a.m., and the final session is at 3:45 p.m. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 at oklahomacraftbeersummit.com or in person at UrBun, 431 NW 23rd, adjacent to Tower Theatre. Cheers!
To stay posted about other events in the metro, sign up for our free email newsletter here.