What does it take to make the leap from brewing in the garage to owning a brewery?
A little money, a lot of passion, and two years of hard work.
Blaine Stansel and Tony Tielli are the movers behind Roughtail Brewing, Oklahoma’s latest addition to its growing craft beer scene. On Monday night, Tapwerks hosted Roughtail’s debut party, showcasing three new beers to the world: Roughtail IPA, Red Republic, and 12th Round.
I went to the debut along with my friends Justin and Alisha. Here’s what we thought of what they had on offer. Continue reading
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Tagged 12th round, beer, blaine stansel, breweries, brewing, craft beer, ipa, okc, red republic, roughtail, tony tielli
Coffee Slingers is serious about their coffee.
I was told once that Slingers has the best barista training program of any coffee shop in the OKC area. This is probably true; they served me one of my top 3 favorite cups of coffee ever when I visited the other day. The quality makes it worth an occasional jaunt down to OKC for me. Continue reading
What do baristas do when they’re not brewing coffee? Brew more coffee, apparently. The Thursday Night Pourdown is a pretty cool part of the OKC metro coffee scene. Once a month, these caffeinated gladiators enter the arena and do battle against each other for the best latte art. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard of a pub crawl, that time-honored tradition of alcoholic excess.
You may not have heard of the Caffeine Crawl. That’s about to change. Continue reading
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Tagged cafe evoke, caffeine crawl, coffee, coffee slingers, cuppies and joe, elemental, elemental coffee roasters, evoke, oklahoma city, roasters, slingers, syrup breakfast boutique, t urban teahouse, the lab
John and Joie play.
I dislike the Rolling Stones.
That being said, John and Joie Johnson of North Meets South may be the only people who could make me like a Stones song.
On Monday night, I drove down to the Deli in Norman to see North Meets South in concert. They played for two hours on the little stage, performing songs ranging from Waylon and Willie’s “Good Hearted Woman” to Adele’s “Someone Like You”.
As they finished with “Folsom Prison Blues”, a white-haired man standing by the bar spoke up. “You guys can’t finish with Folsom Prison,” he said. “I’m from Reno. You don’t go to prison in California for killing a man in Reno. Play something else.” The rest of the bar began to chant.
“One more song. One more song. One more song.”
John strapped his guitar back on and we began to cheer as North Meets South burst into a rollicking rendition of “Paint It Black” to end the evening. Continue reading
This is the Purusha flight I ordered from Elemental.
“Calling all coffee fanatics! Tomorrow at 2-3pm we’ll be serving a Purusha flight. Pour over, Aeropress, French press and espresso, only 3.25”
I saw this tweet from Elemental Coffee on Saturday night the 15th. I’d been hoping to get to OKC so I could review Spokies, and this gave me a chance to kill two birds with one stone. At 2:15 that Sunday, I rolled up to Elemental. Continue reading
Guthrie’s not the first town to pop into your head when you think of coffee. Bluegrass? Yes. Antiques? Yes. Coffee? Not so much. Until now, that is.
When Trey and Mallory Woods decided to open a coffee shop, they went to live in the Pacific Northwest, learning how to brew and roast coffee in perhaps the most caffeinated area of the country. Then they came back to Oklahoma and spent two years building their shop out of a reclaimed garage. They opened for the first time a week ago. Continue reading
When I heard Spicy Pickle in Edmond was shutting down, I wasn’t too happy.
Spicy Pickle was a sandwich and pizza shop in Edmond’s Spring Creek shopping plaza. It was a great place to get a quick bite to eat, and one of my favorite spots for a small dinner or a lunch.
Thankfully, its replacement Top That! is a great restaurant in its own right.
Top That! has a nice clean design aesthetic.
Editor’s note: Sorry I missed my updates this week — I got food poisoning over the weekend, which threw out the entire schedule.
Today was National Stout Day.
I first learned about my new favorite holiday last week, when Tapwerks began to tweet about this most glorious of days. A whole day. Devoted to my favorite type of beer.
Today I went down to Bricktown for my first visit to Tapwerks. It was fairly busy when I went there. I’m not sure how busy it is normally, but there were a fair few people there tonight. Continue reading
There are vineyards in Oklahoma.
Perhaps I should have expected it, but I was thoroughly surprised when I found this out. The only grapes I knew of in connection with our state were the Grapes of Wrath.
A few weeks ago, my uncle got married. When he and his fiance were looking for a venue, my parents suggested Clauren Ridge. I’ve been there a couple of times now, and was very impressed by what I saw. If you’re hosting an event, you should definitely check them out. Continue reading