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A Grape Escape

A glass of wine to relax after a long day, or as a nice complement to a meal, is one of life’s simple luxuries. The wine-making process can be a fascinating learning experience at a winery or vineyard, but it’s also a fairly easy and fun pastime to make your own wine at home.  “ kits are a good way to...

Pedal Power

Craft beer enthusiasts who don’t mind putting in a little footwork can visit their favorite Oklahoma City and Tulsa haunts in a unique way – by pedaling through areas close to the cities’ downtowns. Meanwhile, folks in Oklahoma’s capital city who prefer a more comfortable, relaxing option can embark on a 3 ½-hour tour of craft brewpubs by taking a...

A Launchpad for Suds

Brad Stumph, proprietor of a unique business in Oklahoma City, has a mantra that fits what he does for budding brewmasters – Here For Beer. In September, Stumph celebrates his third anniversary as founder-owner of Brewers Union, a craft beer incubator that is the first of its kind in the state and just one of a few in the country. “Craft...

Henna, suds, balloons and jokes

Immerse yourself in exotic culture at India Fest on Aug. 24 at Tulsa’s Expo Square. The event touts authentic food, clothing, henna tattoos, art, music and performances. The same day at Tulsa’s Cox Convention Center, Wild Brew, one of Oklahoma’s premier beer festivals, benefits the Sutton Avian Research Center; ticket holders can enjoy suds and grub from top-notch beer...

Festival Season

Germanfest, hosted by the German-American Society of Tulsa (gastulsa.org), runs May 3-5 at the GAST House. Offerings include authentic performances and music, plus food, drink and kids’ activities. Tulsa International Mayfest (tulsamayfest.org) is back May 17-20, this time in the Arts District. This annual tradition features local and national bands, food vendors and plenty of art for sale. Stick around downtown...

Your Next Neighborhood Spot

Burly and amiable, in a checked shirt and jeans, he looks like the kind of cowboy ladies love. “I was 13 when I started work at my father’s restaurant,” Kent Kistler says. “My brother Brandon and I have been doing it ever since – except for the years Brandon was the lead singer of a heavy metal band. We washed...

Brewing a New Medium

For Tulsa native Karen Eland, coffee is more than a pick-me-up in the morning; it’s part of her unique art. Eland, who resides in Oregon, paints with coffee. Her journey with this unusual medium began several years ago, when she patronized Nordaggio’s Coffee in south Tulsa. “I was painting a watercolor while sitting at the bar, where I could watch the...

Beer ABCs

Brewing Behemoths Oklahoma has a growing number of craft brewers. We talk with four of them about the past, present and future of their brands. Marshall Brewing Quality, Consistency, Tradition As one of the founding fathers of the brewing zeitgeist in Tulsa, Marshall Brewing began in April 2008 by primarily selling kegs until graduating to bottles and six-pack cans in 2009. Since then,...