Sooner State Craft Beer Summit
The annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit took place for its second time last weekend, August 4th-5th, in Oklahoma City. The summit was first held in 2016 to attract the attention of lawmakers in order to promote legal changes to Oklahoma’s craft beer industry. The summit which was hosted by the Craft Brewer’s Association of Oklahoma, Inc. (CBAO) is dedicated to educating and creating awareness among legislators, regulators, and the general public about issues facing the craft brewing industry of Oklahoma. In addition to serving Oklahoma craft brewers the event also allows home brewers and the general public to attend. Over 200+ attendees enjoyed craft beer together at the event which was held at the Tower Theatre in the historic Uptown district of Oklahoma City on Saturday.
The event was first held to celebrate last year’s passage of Oklahoma Senate Bill 424 on June 6, 2016 which has allowed brewers to now serve all beers, both high and low-point, directly to the public out of their breweries.
A welcome reception was hosted by the newly opened Stonecloud Brewing in Oklahoma City the Friday evening leading up to the summit. The head brewer Joel Irby opened the brewery just three weeks prior to the event and was happy to host.
His beautiful taproom, in a restored historic buildingnknown as the ‘Sunshine Building’, was serving over ten beers including a delicious brett pale ale aptly named “Straight Juice Bro”, a barrel aged imperial stout with coconut jokingly named “Touching Cloth”, and a grapefruit IPA named “Astrodog”. Joel, a Stillwater, OK native, previously worked in the professional brewing industry for 9 years in Colorado and it definitely shows in his beers and the build out of his brewery.
A keynote address to the summit was given by Damon Scott of the BrewersAssociation in Boulder, CO during which it was mentioned that the Oklahoma craft beer industry is still seeing some major growth where other states have seen a slower growth over the course of the year. After the keynote, the summit hosted multiple talks in the form of expert
question/answer panels in which industry members were invited to answer questions posed by brewers, homebrewers, and the general public along with beer tastings in between sessions. Members of larger Oklahoma breweries such as COOP, Prairie Artisan Ales, and Marshall Brewing and other smaller breweries such as Renaissance, Twisted Spike, and more sat on the panels and answered many questions about beer quality control, hops, and malt.
The event also served as a chance for established Oklahoma breweries, brand new Oklahoma breweries, and breweries still in planning to have a booth and serve beers to attendees.
A few of the attendees pouring beer at the event included:
Breweries in Planning
Frenzy Brewing from Edmond, OK
Skydance Brewing from Oklahoma City, OK
Lazy Circles Brewing from Norman, OK
Angry Scotsman from Oklahoma City, OK
American Solera from Tulsa, OK
Prairie Artisan Ales from Krebs, OK
Roughtail Brewing from Oklahoma City, OK
Anthem Brewing from Oklahoma City, OK
COOP Aleworks from Oklahoma City, OK