Oklahoma Craft Beer Week finished up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue enjoying craft beer in Oklahoma. There are lots of events and even some new apps to try.
The Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma has offered an Oklahoma Craft Beer Trail Passport, which lets you keep track of all 51 breweries on the trail, get maps and information, and win prizes.
Bandwango, a destination experience engine, helped CBAO create a mobile-friendly passport to reward craft beer fans as they explore taprooms across the state.
“This was the piece that was missing for us after we launched the Oklahoma Craft Beer Trail with the Department of Agriculture last summer,” said CBAO Executive Director Tabbi Burwell.
“Giving beer fans the tools, whether they are Oklahomans or tourists, to explore our Oklahoma’s quickly growing brewery scene will continue to support tourism and draws business to our small, independently owned breweries.”
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The digital passport requires a one-time setup to capture the user’s information. After that, users can start checking in at each brewery once they are within 0.2 miles of the brewery. By signing up for the passport and visiting breweries along the trail, users can earn prizes.
Passholders checking in to 30 breweries will earn a trail sticker; 40 breweries earns a trail-themed tie-dye koozie; the reward for completing the 51-brewery trail is a Oklahoma Craft Beer Trail pint glass. Breweries will get information about who visited their taprooms via the digital passport.
Get started by going to explore.craftbeerok.org or any participating taproom to scan the QR code found on coasters and posters throughout the state.
Beer Hop, another app to help discover craft breweries in the state, hit the app store from developers Josh DeLozier, John Gignac, and John Knight.
“We wanted to launch the Beer Hop app because we’re craft beer fans and want to help other Oklahomans easily find and follow all 75-plus breweries from the palm of their hand. It’s easy to use; can be continuously updated with new events, images and festivals; and is available 24/7/365,” DeLozier said.
The free app listing all the Oklahoma breweries with notifications about events took about three months to develop with the help of local breweries.
“Every brewery we talked to was excited, which makes us excited, as well,” DeLozier said. “Oklahoma breweries can sign up for a monthly subscription and showcase their beers, weekly events, brewery photos, social media accounts and more. We want these breweries to thrive and look forward to promoting them on our iOS and Android app.”
Discovery Lab, 3123 S. Riverside Drive, hosts an after-hours event for adult kids. Educators will demonstrate weather experiments for guests as they interact with exhibits and explore the museum.
This ticketed 21-and-older event, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 9, will offer a variety of beers from Dead Armadillo Craft Brewery and food from Ruth’s Chicken (gluten-free) and V’Fresco Food Truck. Guests will receive two drink tickets, and additional drinks will be available for purchase.
Channel 2’s Meteorologist Brandon Wholey will explain the importance of being prepared for all seasons of weather.
Cost for members: $30 ($55 per couple) and nonmembers: $35 ($65 per couple). A valid driver’s license or ID must be presented at the door. To register, go to bit.ly/3wgngjA.
Still need to make plans or find a gift for Father’s Day weekend? The second annual Oklahoma Brewers Fest — Saturday, June 18, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in OKC — the only brewer-led festival in the state.
Fathers should be happy with 50 Oklahoma breweries, unlimited samples and new beer releases just for the event, which also features live music, local vendors, a photo booth, T-shirt printing on site, large-scale beer pong, dizzy bat and corn hole. Session One starts at 11 a.m., and Session Two starts at 4 p.m.
Brewers Fest tickets start at $50, and designated driver tickets are $10. A limited amount of VIP tickets, $65, include a commemorative glass taster and one hour early admission with VIP entrance. Go to craftbeerok.org/brewers-fest.
Oklahoma’s oldest craft beer festival Wild Brew is back to raise money for Sutton Avian Research Center’s wildlife conservation education efforts.
The event, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Cox Business Center, offers hundreds of craft beers, food from local restaurants, live entertainment, a silent auction and even photo opportunities with a bald eagle.
Wild Brew tickets are $65 with more options and packages available at wildbrew.org. Patron tickets are $165, with a 10% early bird discount on patron packages through June 15.
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