The mission of Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma is to educate both students and the public about the quality, flavor, and diversity of craft beer, to acknowledge and celebrate the independent and innovative culture of Oklahoma craft brewers, to promote the responsible enjoyment of beer, and to increase the recognition of the Oklahoma State University School of Hospitality & Tourism Management as a leader in hospitality education.
Within recent years, craft breweries have popped up across the state of Oklahoma to the benefit of beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike. In response to the dramatic rise of Oklahoma’s beer culture, the Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma was born. The Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma held its inaugural event in April of 2018 at Oklahoma State University and was modeled after her sister event, the Wine Forum of Oklahoma, which began in 2009. Craft Beer Forum and Wine Forum alternate each year. Each Forum is planned and run by hard-working students within the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. With new ideas, new and returning Oklahoma brewers, friends, and more, Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma will return to host its second event on April 3-4, 2020.
Eric Marshall, founder of Marshall Brewing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, served as the inaugural honorary chair of the Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma. This initial event saw 23 local, regional, and national breweries gather in the North Wing of the Human Sciences Building to salute the 98 students who put on the spectacular show that is the Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma. Chris White from White Labs and Bob Van Mechlen of Chimay Brewery served as Keynote Speakers along with Craft Beer pioneers Elliot Nelson (McNellie’s Group) and Eric Marshall on an unforgettable panel. Other notable highlights included sessions on Spontaneous Fermentation, Craft Beer Mixology, International Beer Styles, Cheese and Beer Pairings, Cooking with Craft Beer, Hop Talk, Detecting Beer Faults, and an introductory session for those getting their feet wet in the world of Craft Beer!