People & Places: Wild Brew beer-tasting event July 28 to benefit Sutton Avian Research Center
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, July 19, 2012
7/19/12 at 7:13 AM
Here comes Wild Brew. Tulsa's premier beer-tasting festival will be held July 28 at Expo Square's Central Park Hall with proceeds benefiting Sutton Avian Research Center.
Everything gets under way at a patron hour from 4 to 5 p.m. with exclusive beer and food pairings. General admission begins at 5 p.m.
Guests will sample more than 100 premium beers from around the world as well as food from some of Tulsa's best restaurants as the Mid-Life Crisis Band provides music.
Proceeds from the event will help support conservation, education and research on endangered, rare and neglected species of birds and their habitats.
"Wild Brew is not only Sutton's biggest annual fundraiser, but it also helps us engage with the community," said Steve Sherrod, executive director of the Sutton Center. "With more than 100 beers to taste, there is sure to be something for everyone. We appreciate your support for the environmental work of the Sutton Avian Research Center."
Choc Beer Company and the Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers have joined forces for the second consecutive year to brew the 2012 Wild Brew Collaboration beer. The limited-release Belgian-style rye saison is available in corked, 750 ml bottles at liquor stores throughout Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
Becky Dixon and Patrick Keagan are honorary event chairs. Haley Downing and Kris Koepsel are event co-chairs.
Sponsors for Wild Brew 2012 include: Tulsa World, IdeaStudio, Shamrock Communications - Z104.5 The Edge & 94.1 The Sound, JD Young and one2one Marketing, John Steele Zink Foundation, Paragon Films, Chapman Foundations Management, Tim Jessel, Oklahoma Magazine, Filters4Me.com, Marty Houston, Urban Tulsa Weekly, V Tulsa Magazine, and Adams Hall Wealth Advisors.
Among the participating restaurants are Back Alley Blues & BBQ, Archer Market, The Phoenix, Kilkenny's Irish Pub, Panera Bread, Hey Mambo!, Fassler Hall, Chalkboard, Joe Momma's Pizza, Charlie Mitchell's Modern Pub, Polo Grill, R Bar & Grill, The Brook Restaurant, Bodean Restaurant and Market, Baker Street Pub, In the Raw, Baja Jack's Burrito Shack, The Tavern on Brady, Leon's, Los Cabos, Oliveto Italian Bistro, Waterfront Grill, Baxter's Interurban Grill, Café Ole, Caz's Chowhouse, Council Creek, Mexicali Border, Albert G's BBQ, Dilly Deli, El Guapo, McNellie's, Yokozuna, Rib Crib, Dave & Buster's, Chili's, Platt College, and Expo Square Food and Beverage Services.
The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center was founded in 1983 with the mission of finding conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville. Since 1997 it has been a part of the Oklahoma Biological Survey in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.
Early-bird general admission tickets are $60. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets purchased after July 22 will be $65. Patron-level tickets start at $150.
To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit tulsaworld.com/wildbrew or call 918-633-1308.
Original Print Headline: Wild Brew beer-tasting set for July 28
Wild Brew chairs Haley Downing (left) and Kris Koepsel join honorary chairs Becky Dixon and Patrick Keagan and Hillary Parkhurst, Sutton Avian Research Center development director, as they get ready for Wild Brew on July 28. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World