Wild Brew turns 21 years old this year.

It is hard to imagine what it was like when it started more than two decades ago, having a beer festival without all of our great local breweries that we have now.

This year, Wild Brew will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Cox Business Center.

Wild Brew has teamed up with Dead Armadillo Brewing Co. to make this year’s collaboration brew, Wild Brew IPA.

Dead Armadillo hasn’t looked back since its first Wild Brew in 2012.

“Our very first event as a brewery was back in 2012; we weren’t even open yet. We made a whole bunch of homebrew, went there (Wild Brew) and they let us have a booth and people went crazy for it. Beer was finally coming up in Oklahoma,” said Tony Peck, founder and brewmaster for Dead Armadillo.

“Now, we are actually able to brew the Wild Brew beer. We came up with this light-bodied IPA. It has a lot of late-addition hops; we used all Mandarina Bavaria hops in it. They are a pretty easy going hop for the most part. It gives off a lot of sweetness and some citrus flavors. It should be great, a very crushable summer beer but still catches the hop heads,” he said.

Wild Brew IPA comes in at 5.9% alcohol by volume. It will be packaged in 12-ounce six-packs and will be available in early to mid-July across Oklahoma in all liquor stores and at Wild Brew and Dead Armadillo’s taproom, 1004 E. Fourth St.

Wild Brew co-chairs Kyle Riggs and Sam Dagnall knew that Dead Armadillo would be a good fit for this year’s Wild Brew beer.

“We wanted to find a brewery in Tulsa that is known as a staple. I think it was pretty easy to look around; everybody knows them. They’re huge. They are the reason we are where we are in the city when it comes to breweries. We definitely wanted to have the opportunity to do it with them. We reached out and they immediately said ‘yes.’ We are pretty excited with what they have come up with. It is going to be a great beer,” Dagnall said.

The early taste flavor is great, Riggs said.

“I think it is going to be a great summer beer, great for the event. I am looking forward to the co-marketing co-branding with Dead Armadillo and Wild Brew. I think they are an outstanding partner for the event,” Riggs said.

Bartlesville’s George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center is the sole beneficiary of Wild Brew. It is best known for helping get the bald eagle off the endangered species list. Now, it is working on getting two other species off the list — the Attwater’s Prairie-chicken and the Masked Bobwhite. The center is working to help restore the birds’ dwindling populations.

“It is not all about the beer and the food, which is a plus, but it is going to a good cause. I think it is important in this day and age we are seeing what we have done to this planet, and they are doing what they can to bring some of the species back that we have almost wiped out,” Dagnall said.

General admission tickets for Wild Brew are $65. It includes a 5 p.m. admission and all the beer and food. Tickets purchased after Aug. 15 will be available for pickup at will call on the event day.

Individual patron tickets are $165, includes 4 p.m. admission, a commemorative beer stein and all the perks of the patrons-only area.

Corporate sponsorships are still available as well. For information and to purchase tickets, go to wildbrew.org.

Tom Gilbert



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Tom joined the Tulsa World in 1988 after being an intern and graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. He lived in Saudi Arabia before graduating from Broken Arrow High School. He is married to Karen Gilbert and his three grown children.