A very boozy weekend
Connoisseurs of libations have their work cut out for them this weekend.
Connoisseurs of libations have their work cut out for them this weekend. Whether you’re an oenophile or a Teutophile, a tequila lover or a craft beer geek, Tulsa has you covered with a handful of events celebrating the devil’s sauce in its various incarnations. Just remember to have your phone charged and your Uber app ready, and drink plenty of water.
Philbrook Wine Experience Weekend
It’s an even-numbered year, which means the beloved biennial fundraiser is back, taking place across two days at Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.
The event kicks off Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. with a trade conference open to both industry professionals and casual vino lovers, and will feature three wine-tasting seminars: a look at the wineries of Santa Barbara, an industry discussion of Oklahoma’s four-tiered distribution system, and a Bottle Shock tasting celebrating the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris Wine Tasting that put Napa Valley on the map. Tickets are $60 for trade members, $90 for non-trade members.
Friday night from 6-9 p.m. is the Grand Wine Tasting presented by Polo Grill, under the tent on the Philbrook lawn, in which renowned vintners from around the world are joined by some of Tulsa’s best restaurants to create an “unparalleled wine tasting experience.” Tickets are $145 for Philbrook members, $175 for non-members.
The Saturday Trade Conference kicks off at 9 a.m. across three locations downtown. Prhyme Steakhouse (111 N. Main St.) will host a blind tasting with sommeliers Noah Bush and TC LeRoy, a tasting of Oregon varietals, and a vintage retrospective comparing Cabernets from Napa Valley and Walla Walla. Meanwhile, Mixco (3rd and Denver) will feature a class on winemaking practices, a discussion of the emerging strength of Central Coast wines, and a varietal focus tasting with Pinot Noirs from six different regions. Concurrently, Topeca Coffee (1229 E. Admiral Blvd.) will hold food and wine pairings, a discussion of the nuances of Napa viticultural areas, and a look at Oklahoma’s connection to California wine culture. Tickets are $60 for trade members, $90 for non-trade members.
Finally the weekend is capped with the grand Vintner Dinner & Auction back at the tent on the Philbrook lawn. A cocktail hour will be followed by dinner & wine with a live auction and an after-party at La Villa Restaurant and the Westby Gardens.
The Brady Tequila Stumble
If you prefer tequila and laughs to wine and hobnobbing, Caz’s Pub will host a stumble through the Brady Arts District on Saturday from 3-10 p.m. The concept is simple: you and your friends form a team, grab a “passport” from either Bar 46, Caz’s Pub or Inner Circle, and follow the map inside as it takes you to participating bars including Soundpony, Yeti, Hunt Club, Classic Cigars, and Zin. Each bar will offer specials on all Jose Cuervo Tradicional and 1800 tequilas, as well Corona and Modelo beer.
For those less interested in seeing double than experiencing another culture’s food and drink traditions, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the German-American Society of Tulsa will host the annual Germanfest on the lawn and in the Great Hall of the GAST Center building (1429 Terrace Dr.). Authentic German entertainment will be provided by the GAST Choir, Folk Dancers and Blaskapelle, along with Polka bands, traditional German fare such as brats and schnitzel, and, of course, German beer. Admission is free and the event is family friendly, so bring the kiddos.
Hop Jam Pub Crawl
To cap off your lost weekend, find some hair-of-the-dog relief with Hanson Brothers Beer and McNellie’s Group at the Hop Jam Pub Crawl on Monday at 7 p.m. The night will celebrate Oklahoma craft beer at McNellie’s Pub, The Dust Bowl and Fassler Hall and act as a sort-of warm up for the Hop Jam Beer & Music Festival on May 22. Featured brewers include Marshall Brewing, Dead Armadillo and Iron Monk. Each bar will offer its own special Hop Jam pint glass, only available that night. The night will conclude with music from finalists in the Hop Jam Opening Band Contest starting at 9 p.m.
So there’s your boozy weekend, Tulsa. Once again, imbibe responsibly, drink plenty of water, and please don’t drive. Cheers!