It's #NationalBeerDay and Oklahoma City is celebrating with craft brew around town. Our breweries have been producing outstanding local beers for more than a decade. So if you're celebrating this national day or you're in town for fun, don’t miss out on these local favorites and award winners.
Black Mesa Endless Skyway Bitter
This is a World Beer Cup gold medal winner, and its name comes from a lyric from Oklahoma’s own Woody Guthrie, giving locals even more reasons to love it. Black Mesa consistently produces remarkably balanced beers, but this is the flagship. Their beers are available on draught all over the city.
COOP Ale Works Native Amber
Native Amber is an excellent introduction to the brewery that pushed the OKC craft brewing industry into high gear in 2009. It’s malty, citrusy and approachable. COOP’s taproom is open for tastings and purchases Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8:00 pm and Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm.
While many examples of this popular style can be bitter bombs, Anthem went for a balanced, enjoyable brew. Pine and citrus come through, thanks in large part to the hops, but the floral notes round out a very quaffable beer. Anthem’s taproom is open for tastings and purchases Monday through Wednesday from noon to 6:00 pm and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 9:00 pm.
Elk Valley Coffee Nemesis
This is one of the city’s newest breweries, and the guys like to call themselves brewers who like beer as much as beer drinkers. In other words, they let the beer speak for itself. The Nemesis is an Imperial Stout that is rich, malty and assertive without being aggressive. The Elk Valley taproom is open Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 8pm.