Renaissance Brewing Co., 1147 S. Lewis Ave., launches its newest beer, “The Tulsamerican.” Named after the last WWII B-24 bomber built in Tulsa, the beer is brewed to commemorate the Tulsamerican, the last liberator bomber built at the Douglas factory in Tulsa.

The plane, along with its crew, crashed into the depths of the Adriatic Sea in which it set until its rediscovery in 2010. The beer is a deep, dark, cold fermented, cold lagered, craft product. It has subtle hints of roast from the grains, minimally hopped and high drinkable profile from the lager yeast. The Baltic Porter-style beer comes in at 8.3% alcohol by volume.

The new beer’s launch comes on what would have been the 95th birthday of the Tulsamerican’s last pilot. Eugene Ford. Lt. Ford piloted the Tulsamerican on its last mission, taking the airplane and its crew into combat against the Nazis on Dec. 17, 1944. After suffering severe damage from repeated enemy attacks, Ford was able to get the Tulsamerican back to the coast of Croatia, where American and British rescue crews were stationed. When the Tulsamerican crashed into the Adriatic Sea, Ford and two other airmen lost their lives. Seven of the crew, however, survived due to the heroic efforts of Ford.

The Renaissance Brewery’s latest beer pays tribute to the sacrifice made by Ford and his crew and to the Douglas Aircraft Co. workers in Tulsa who built the Tulsamerican and paid for the airplane through the purchase of war bonds.

The Tulsamerican will be available exclusively in the Renaissance Brewery tap room this summer, with a fall release planned in 16-ounce cans.

Marshall releases summer seasonal

Marshall Brewing Co. has released it’s summer seasonal. Arrowhead Pale Ale comes in at 5.2% abv and is sold in 12-ounce cans and will be available in six-packs.

Arrowhead Pale Ale can be found throughout northeast Oklahoma at liquor stores, convenience stores and grocery stores.

Real Okie Craft Beer Fest

Muskogee will host its fifth annual Real Okie Craft Beer Festival on Friday, May 31. Twenty-two local breweries will be pouring at Hatbox Field, 619 S. 40th St. in Muskogee. The new location allows for growth and protection from inclement weather.

Tickets are $25 for in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $40 and include 30 minutes early access and the VIP lounge. For ticket info, visit

Tom Gilbert