Drink Time: The Bourbon Hunt, Lost Ogle Craft Beer, 9 Days of Gemuetlichkeit
If email inboxes could get drunk from alcohol related news, mine would be wasted right now. I got news about Trapper’s Bourbon Bar Inviting Patrons on The Bourbon Hunt, Anthem Brewing and The Lost Ogle release a new craft beer, and the Choctaw Oktoberfest 2015 “9 Days Of Gemuetlichkeit.”
Bourbon lovers – and those new to the spirit – can now participate in The Bourbon Hunt at Trapper’s Fishcamp & Grill (4300 W Reno, Oklahoma City). The Bourbon Hunt is a tasting experience that navigates patrons through the many varieties of Kentucky Bourbon and American whiskey offered at The Bourbon Bar located inside Trapper’s. Those who join the Hunt will receive a list of The Bourbon Bar’s 100-bottle collection. During each visit, Trapper’s guests can enjoy up to three bourbons and record tasting notes. The restaurant will keep track of customers’ personal tasting adventures and reward them at quarterly milestones:
The Bourbon Bar at Trapper’s opened for business two years ago and continues to add to its extensive and exclusive collection of bourbons. “Trapper’s is known for having the best prime rib in town, so when people ask what goes best with a mouth-watering prime rib, it was a no-brainer, said Scott Snow, Executive Chef at Trapper’s Fishcamp and Grill, “The answer is bourbon.”
The Bourbon Bar serves bourbons ranging from $7-$55 a glass, some of which have been aged for more than two decades. The bar also offers a full menu of classic and handcrafted bourbon cocktails, several of which are crafted with its house-infused strawberry vanilla, cinnamon, apple cinnamon and coffee bourbons. Every October, The Bourbon Bar brings out its barrel-aged Christmas bourbon and serves it with hot wassail for the holidays. With so many bourbons to choose from, many customers opt for one of the bar’s bourbon flights, which soon will include a make your own flight.
[pullquote-right]“We’ll give you a Coke if you want to mix it with our bourbon, but it’s against our beliefs to put any kind of cola in a good bourbon.”[/pullquote-right]Bourbon is an American-made whiskey originating in the 1700s in one of Kentucky’s original counties, Bourbon County. Bourbon is typically enjoyed straight, over ice, diluted with water, mixed with soda water or in cocktails…but never mixed with a soft drink warns Trapper’s Co-Owner Steve Griffin. “We’ll give you a Coke if you want to mix it with our bourbon, but it’s against our beliefs to put any kind of cola in a good bourbon,” said Griffin.
To be true bourbon, Griffin says the spirit should follow six rules. “It has to be made in the U.S.; aged in single-use charred white oak barrels; it has to be at least 51-percent corn; distilled at less than 160-proof and entered into a barrel at below 125-proof; and lastly, it can’t have any additives to change its flavor or color.”
Award-winning Oklahoma City-based craft brewer Anthem Brewing, in a first-ever collaboration with TheLostOgle.com, is celebrating the coming fall season with a full-scale release of a brand new beer. Ogletoberfest, a Vienna-style Okie lager, is now available on tap in Oklahoma City restaurants and bars, with a seasonal release six-pack hitting retail stores later in the month.
Brewed with Munich, Vienna and Pilsner malts, the new beer was lagered for over four weeks. Anthem Brewing president and brewmaster Patrick Lively described the brew, saying, “Ogletoberfest boasts an amber-copper color that leads way to a sweet malty flavor that finishes very clean.”
[pullquote-right]“It doesn’t matter if you live in your mom’s basement or in a trailer next to her mansion, Ogletoberfest is a great autumn beer.”[/pullquote-right]According to Patrick Riley of TheLostOgle.com, Oklahoma City’s most popular and awarded blog on all-things Oklahoma, “It doesn’t matter if you live in your mom’s basement or in a trailer next to her mansion, Ogletoberfest is a great autumn beer.” Riley added, “I hope all the Ogle Moles out there enjoy it.”
Ogletoberfest will be available through November.
Choctaw Oktoberfest 2015, the most authentic festival of its kind in Oklahoma, is set for September 4th through September 12th , 2015 under the Festival Pavilion in beautiful Choctaw Creek Park, 2001 N. Harper Rd. 1/2 mile south of NE 23rd Street in Choctaw.
Sponsored by the City of Choctaw, the Choctaw Chamber, Old Germany Restaurant and many area businesses, the annual Oktoberfest celebration has become a favorite destination for visitors from the multi-state area seeking homemade German food, genuine German beers and wine and of course German music.
[pullquote-right]As a result of the continued growth and success, this year’s festival will feature more tent space, more kitchens, more family activities and more parking.[/pullquote-right]As a result of the continued growth and success, this year’s festival will feature more tent space, more kitchens, more family activities and more parking! The event will be staged under 30,000 square feet of tents and pavilion providing a real German-Fest atmosphere.
The Turek family promises over 30 original German Draught Beers and International Wines to complement the menu of Schweinshaxen (ham hocks), Grilled Chicken, Rippchen (smoked pork chops) and a variety of bratwurst and Schnitzel sandwiches, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad and Apple Strudel – all prepared in the Old Germany Festival Kitchen!
The “Stabbing of the Keg” kickoff ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4th featuring The City of Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross and Mike Turek, proprietor of Old Germany Restaurant.
The largest festival of its kind in Central Oklahoma promises continuous live entertainment for all ages. The entertainment line-up for this year presents The Walburg Boys, The Alpen Musikanten, Alex Meixner and Das ist Lustig, plus special appearances by German Dance Groups along with “The Geoff Scott Band” on the second stage with crossover country, classic rock and pop music.
The nine-day festival will be held on the following dates and times:
2015 Oktoberfest September 4th through September 12th
Friday, Sept. 4th: 5 PM to Midnight Saturday, Sept. 5th: Noon to Midnight
Sunday, Sept. 6th: Noon to Midnight
Monday (Labor Day), Sept. 7th: Noon to Midnight Tuesday, Sept. 8th: 5 PM to Midnight Wednesday, Sept. 9th: 5 PM to Midnight
Thursday, Sept. 10th: 5 PM to Midnight Friday, Sept. 11th: 5 PM to Midnight Saturday, Sept. 12th: Noon to Midnight
BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW Clubs Car Show Saturday 9/12 at 2 p.m.
Admission is $5, Children under 12 admitted Free