• craft beer,  Oklahoma

    Five great places to drink craft beer in Oklahoma City

    There are a lot of great reasons to visit Oklahoma City.  Many visitors think about dining at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, exploring the history at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, or watching the NCAA’s Women’s College World Series at the OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.  There are countless other things people think about when they consider visiting OKC (see a full list here). When people think about destinations to visit for craft beer, Oklahoma City probably isn’t on that list.  However, considering recent changes in the state’s beer laws and the growth of breweries in the city, Oklahoma City should be on beer drinkers’ list…

  • craft beer,  Oklahoma

    A pint at Anthem Brewing in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Transitioning from an 8th grade U.S. history teacher to become a brewmaster isn’t usually in the cards for most people, but it’s the path Patrick Lively took.  Lively came on board at Anthem Brewing Company in 2014 after founder and brewmaster Matt Anthony left the company (read more about the brewery’s early history).  Patrick spent five years working at COOP Ale Works before coming to Anthem, which had just relocated to its current location on S.W. 4th Street following a 2013 tornado that destroyed the brewery’s previous co-operative location on North Meridian Avenue that it shared with OKCity Brewing, Redbud Brewing, and Black Mesa Brewing. Like many breweries, Anthem is in…

  • craft beer,  Oklahoma

    A pint at Twisted Spike Brewing in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Since 2016, Oklahoma has taken strides to modernize its beer and liquor laws.  One of the biggest changes was the state allowing breweries to sell beer on premise that was above 3.2 alcohol-by-weight.  The change in the law motivated Bruce Sanchez to finally open his own brewery after 25-plus years as a homebrewer.  So on December 10, 2016, Twisted Spike Brewing Company opened its doors. Like many home brewers who realized their dream of opening a brewery, Bruce has a technical background that prepared him for his current undertaking. He worked for 25 years as a software engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He also won a handful of…

  • ballparks,  Oklahoma

    My night with the Oklahoma City Dodgers – July 4, 2017

    There are a lot of pluses and minuses to regularly visiting Minor League Baseball stadiums.  The biggest minus for me is that I only starting blogging about my ballpark visits consistently five years ago.  So I haven’t blogged about all the stadiums I’ve visited over the years.  However, that is also a plus because it gives me incentive to re-visit and blog about those parks. Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is one that I originally visited in 2009 while in graduate school at Oklahoma State University, but I hadn’t started blogging about my stadium visits at that time.  So when planning my summer road trip to visit my wife’s family in Oklahoma,…