Craft beer

If you're tuned into the world of beer, you may be aware of sour beers — a loosely defined style that has been made for centuries but is gaining fresh appreciation in today's craft beer renaissance. Brewers make these beers by deliberately adding bacteria and, sometimes, wild yeast to the brew, then letting them age slowly. It sounds weird, but sours can be delicious — tart and earthy, and redolent of things like leather, fruit and wood.

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 million headquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

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Local brewers and restaurants have a host of events planned nightly this week for Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week.  KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll has details.

You can find out more about Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week on Twitter @OKCCBW and view the full schedule here. 

Black Mesa Brewing Company

In addition to the homes and schools that sustained damage during this past tornado season, several area businesses, both large and small, took a hit.  The craft beer community was not immune, but like everyone else, is recovering.  Mustang Brewing Company, established in 2009, just opened its new tasting room and goes back into full-scale production in 2014.  A newer brand, Black Mesa Brewing Company, is also rising from the wreckage to continue quenching the thirst of craft beer enthusiasts in Oklahoma.