For Immediate Release

(Tulsa, OK., April 9, 2018) - The inaugural Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma was hosted by Oklahoma State University's School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the College of Human Sciences Saturday, April 7, 2018. More than 250 attended the educational portion of the seminar, while 400 guests attended the Pint-n-Bite Grand Tasting as the culmination of the forum. The Craft Beer Forum is a student-led, experential learning opportunity inspired by The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management's long-standing Wine Forum. The event kicked off with a standing room only Keynote Address featuring panelists Luc Van Mechelen of Manneken Brussel Imports, Dr. Chris White of White Labs Inc., Elliot Nelson of the McNellie's Group, and Honorary Chair - Eric Marshall. The discussion encompassed anecdotal analysis of the beer industry and its growth in American stretching back forty years and concluded with a toast of Chimay Cinq au Cents led by the face of Chimay in America - Luc "Bobo" Van Mechelen. Attendees then broke for one of three luncheons including the Wine vs. Beer pairing luncheon where 150 guests were

treated to a 3-course meal prepared by the chefs and students of The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Each course featured an expertly paired wine and beer as guests voted a winner at the end of each course. The afternoon featured concurrent seminars designed to appeal to Beginner, Imtermediate and Advanced craft beer consumers. For example, Dr. Tyrrel, OSU Regents Professor & Head of Department for Microbology and Molecular Genetics, led an advanced panel discussion focused on Spontaneous Fermentation. Greg Powell of Prairie Artisan Ales co-hosted a seminar on the basics of Tasting Beer alongside Aaron Post of the Valkyrie Tulsa. "The Craft Beer Forum discussion began in 2014 when then OSU Clinical Professor, Philippe Garmy floated the idea of a companion event for the successful Wine Forum. Four years later the idea not only became a reality, but a momumental success as the Craft Beer Forum attracted world-class talent to present an all encompassing cirriculum to attendees," explained Marshall Brewing Director of Sales and Craft Beer Forum Educational Chair, Wes Alexander. "The real story here, however, is that this student-led event promises to develop tomorrow's leaders in the beverage industry." Those attending the Pint-n-Bite Grand Tasting were treated to culinary delights from local chefs such as Ben Alexander of The Tavern, Tulsa, OK and beer from a wide range of regional breweries including Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City, MO. The Craft Beer Forum is a biennial event with the next occurence planned for 2020. To learn more about OSU's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management please visit:  



Wes Alexander

Marshall Brewing Co.

Ph.: 918-740-1434