OKCityCard Featured Partner: Roughtail Brewing Co.

Our featured partner this week is Roughtail Brewing Co.’s co-founder and owner, Blaine Stansel. A native of Norman, Stansel’s passion for local craft brewing was inspired by a trip to Germany and a desire to create great local beer for Oklahoma. 

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Roughtail Brewing Beer Offerings
A few of Roughtail’s offerings

How did you become passionate about craft beer?

I had two pivotal moments in my journey towards great beer. The first was a trip to Munich where I discovered Shiner Bock was not in fact a bock, and that there was a whole world of beers I was missing out on. The funny part is that I could have found most of those beers I had in Munich in local liquor stores at the time, but I thought that I had to start home brewing for some reason. I actually always had a desire to home brew. I even had one of those Mr. Beer gadgets during college. I never made anything that was decent though. My next big revelation was going to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver. I never was big into IPA’s, but after attending and touring some of the Colorado breweries I really wanted to open one while I continued to home brew. You’ve got to remember at the time in 2010 COOP had just started, I don’t think F5 was out yet, and there was a whole lot of west coast breweries shipping beer out here.

Roughtail Brewing's Owner Blaine Stansel
Blaine Stansel at the brewery

Roughtail hosts lots of events, including those in partnership with other local businesses such as Coffee Slingers Roasters. Do you have any favorite upcoming events?

The Craft Brewer’s Association of Oklahoma hosted the 1st Annual Strong Ale Fest on March 10th, and they had lots of one-off beers you are not able to get anywhere else. All beers are over 8% at the event, but we don’t strictly limit them to ales, and we welcome lagers as well. It was held adjacent to Anthem Brewing and included food trucks. 

Our 5th Anniversary Party is coming up on April 7th. We’re doing a different release each hour starting at 12PM and ending at 8PM. It’s free to get in, there will be live music and a food truck or two.

You’ve mentioned that your favorite beer style is the Double IPA. Can you tell us about your brew “HOPTOMETRIST?”

I wouldn’t say my favorite style is a double IPA necessarily. Maybe in my younger years it was, but right now I’m really digging Hazy IPA’s. They are not near as bitter and have a some oats and wheat that round the beer out and tons of aroma hops. I still love Hoptometrist though. It’s a west coast double IPA. We’ve tweaked this recipe a little over the years too, depending on what new hops we can get our hands on, so we can keep it up-to-date date and in line with what our customers prefer.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

OKCityCard is a great way for us to get our name out there and support an organization that does such fantastic things around the city. Also with all the great business that are already on there we wouldn’t want to be left off!

Roughtail Brewing Taphouse
The Taphouse

In your experience, how is brewing both a science and an art? Why do you think locally-crafted beer is important for our community?

There’s a bunch of both involved, especially in a small operation such as ourselves. On the science-end there is a lot of biology used, since the yeast is a living organism, and has dietary requirements and living condition requirements. Also we have to make sure we keep bacteria out of the beer so we have specific sanitation procedures. We also use a lot of chemistry, especially during the brewing process and the cleaning and sanitation as well. The larger you grow the more you lean towards the science end of the spectrum and away from art end. So a Budweiser is going to be almost all science at this point.

Where you get more into art is creating new recipes and trying new techniques. We tend to do a lot of that as well. We are constantly doing new batches. We just started releasing barrel aged beers and we have some new sour beers that should be ready in the near future. Those beers specifically are art-heavy and you aren’t sure when they will be ready to sell, but you’ll know it when you taste it.

Roughtail Brewing Tour
Roughtail offers 1-hour tours that are $5 per person (21+ only) and include 4 samples of beer.  Give them a call and ask about their tour schedule!

Roughtail Brewing Co. is located at 1279 N Air Depot Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73110. You can reach them at 405.771.6517 and on their website at www.roughtailbeer.com. Roughtail offers 10% off non-alcoholic items for purchase with your OKCityCard.

 

This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, OKCityCard Friends!

Check out this week’s featured OKCityCard Partners below:

Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club

Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club, located at 4361 NW 50th St #400, OKC, “provides people of all ages and cultures the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the art of dancing.” They provide instruction in forms including West Coast Swing, Country and Western, numerous Ballroom styles, and Square Dancing. The Club offers a buy 1 month of West Coast Swing lessons, get 1 month free deal with your OKCityCard. 

OKC Swing Dance Club

On A Whim

Ranked the 7th largest woman-owned business in the state of Oklahoma by the Journal Record, On A Whim offers high-end gifts, decor, and fashion in OKC’s Classen Curve district. Show them your OKCityCard and receive 10% off clothing. Their shop is located at 5850 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

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Unpluggits Playstudio

Unpluggits Paint & Play, located at 575 Enterprise Dr # 110, Edmond, OK 73013, is a ceramic and craft painting studio and indoor playground for all ages designed with families in mind. They offer 2-for-1 or 50% off Paint ‘n Play admission. 

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Iron Star Urban Barbeque

Are you in the mood for BBQ this weekend? Iron Star specializes in “fine dining with true smokehouse flavor.” Take your OKCityCard to 3700 N Shartel Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 and get 10% off (limit two guests per card). 

Iron Star BBQ

OKCityCard Featured Partner: Framin’ Gallery

This week, Allied Arts features OKCityCard partner Framin’ Gallery, a family-owned custom picture framing store in Edmond. Owners Kelly and Sherrye are known for high-quality work on services including painting preservation, vacuum mounting, and archival techniques, and have been honored with numerous accolades.

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Sherrye shared some insight with us into her family’s business:

How did you become inspired to open a custom picture framing store?

Kelly has been an artist and art teacher and we have always enjoyed the creative aspects of completing the works of art.

Can you tell us about some of your favorite custom work you have done for clients?

Over the years we have framed bowling balls, jerseys, turkey beards, military uniforms, tea cups, swords, fans and lots of needlework, prints and photos.  I think the ones we enjoy designing the most are the more creative and unusual objects.

Your shop has been open for more than 30 years. To what do you attribute its success?

Always give your best, try to solve their problem of how to display their work or object and use quality supplies to do it.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

We are involved in the arts and always enjoy supporting all aspects of the industry.

What do the arts mean to you? Why are they important for our community?

The arts are the base for developing lifelong activities and cultural growth for everyone.

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Sherrye has been a member and president twice of the Professional Picture Framing Association (PPFA) (1983-Present)

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Framin’ Gallery is located at 416 W 15th St, Edmond, OK 73013. You can reach them at 405.341.0922 and on their website at www.framin-gallery.com. The shop offers $15 off a custom framing order with your OKCityCard.

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Art Classes: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, Friends! Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn something new, or are you looking for fun, new ways to plan the months ahead? From painting to poetry and sculpture to jewelry-making, partners offer a wide variety of art classes for every age and every interest year-round! Below are links to a few great offerings. 

The Conservatory for Classical Art (10% off classes and workshops)

Edmond Fine Arts Institute (10% off classes and camps)

Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc. (10% off annual student tuition)

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (20% off tuition for the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute for adults)

The Paint Mill (10% off any open studio or class)

Conservatory for Classical Art

Conservatory for Classical Art Student Work

 

Welcome, 2018 OKCityCard Partners!

Hi, Friends of the Arts!

This week, we are thrilled to introduce and welcome our 2018 OKCityCard partners. Take a look at our website, OKCityCard.com, for a detailed discount list at more than 400 partner locations. You will see a lot of your favorites as well as some great new additions:

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2018 partners are located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, Moore, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, Shawnee, Cushing, Chandler, Newcastle and more and include popular restaurants, museums, shops, services, attractions, arts events, hotels, galleries and classes.

Check out the list and website links of our BRAND NEW partners below. We’ll learn more about their businesses throughout the year. 

A1 Pet Emporium – Purchase any 12 cans and get a 13th free
Biff’s Crossfit – Membership Startup Fee waived
Biff’s Fitness Center – Membership Startup Fee waived
Cain’s Ballroom – $2 box office fee waived (up to 2 tickets per visit)
Howard Brothers Florist – 15% off
Junction Coffee – Buy one drink, get one 1/2 off
Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club – Buy one month of West Coast Swing lessons, get one month free
Painted Door – 15% off
Patrono Italian Restaurant – 10% off
Perch’d – 10% off
Roughtail Brewing Co. – 10% off
Scottie’s Deli OKC – Free cookie with purchase of entrée
Strebel Creek Winery & Gift Shop – 10% off
The Paint Mill – 10% off any open studio or class and $50 off birthday parties
Urbane Home & Lifestyle – 10% off retail purchase price
VELOCITY – 500 free business cards with your first order

Need to renew your OKCityCard to enjoy discounts this year? Click HERE to donate $50 to Allied Arts and receive your card by mail. Thank you for your support of the arts!

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Happy Turkey Day to our OKCityCard holders and partners! Check out some ideas below for enjoying some time off with family and friends and preparing for the holidays this week:

Small Business Saturday

The latest Allied Arts Blog post has laid out a perfect plan for celebrating local businesses on Small Business Saturday this November 25th. The post details promotions taking place at these OKCityCard partner businesses in Downtown OKC’s Auto Alley:

Belle Kitchen – Deep Deuce                          Sara Sara Cupcakes 

[Artspace] at Untitled and [Hive]               Pierre Pierre Crêperie

Bow & Arrow Boutique                                Metropolitan School of Dance

Waters Edge Winery                                     Shop Good

Schlegel Bicycles                                            Packard’s New American Kitchen

Scott Cleaners

Need to get some winter coats cleaned? Or, maybe that Thanksgiving tablecloth after the holiday? Scott Cleaners offers 15% off laundry, dry cleaning or household items with your OKCityCard! Make sure to display your card upon drop-off.

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New Leaf Florist

It is not too late to grab a flower arrangement for the Thanksgiving table! New Leaf is open from 9:00AM-5:30PM on Wednesday, November 22nd. They offer 10% off with your OKCityCard. 

 

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MMR Prime Steakhouse

MMR is a fine dining restaurant located at 63rd St and May in OKC specializing in high quality meats, fine wines, and craft cocktails. They offer one free Truffles Frites appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hello, Friends of the Arts!

Check out this week’s featured OKCityCard Partners below:

Red Earth Art Center

Start your holiday gift-buying with beautiful ornaments made by tribal groups throughout Oklahoma from Red Earth Art Center. Red Earth is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in downtown OKC and offers an OKCityCard discount of 10% off select merchandise.

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Tucker’s Onion Burgers

Tucker’s now has peppermint milkshakes available! Visit Tucker’s at any of the four locations below with your OKCityCard and get 10% off (limit 2 guests per card). 

324 NW 23rd St – Oklahoma City 

5740 N Classen Blvd, Ste 3 – Oklahoma City

15001 N May Ave, Ste C – Oklahoma City

2166 NW 24th Ave – Norman

Tucker's Peppermint Milkshake

Midwest Fine Art

Check out the beautiful artwork offered by Midwest Fine Art AT THIS LINK. Midwest has an OKCityCard discount of 10% off purchase of any painting in the gallery. Check out their gallery in Tulsa at 1135 N. Denver. 

Midwest Fine Art

Burger King

Did you know that Burger King is an OKCityCard partner? Your card is valid at 14 different locations, all found HERE. They offer a buy 1, get 1 free Whopper Sandwich. 

Burger King

This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, all!

Our OKCityCard Partners are gearing up for a fun, festive, and promotion-filled holiday season. Keep up-to-date on info for shops, services, restaurants, and performances all season long by following this blog, @OKCityCard on Twitter, and @AlliedArtsOKC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will keep you informed!

Check out this week’s featured partners below:

Naifeh Fine Jewelry

The Casady Square shop, which features a wide array of fine jewelry and timepieces, offers a discount of 15% off in-stock fashion jewelry or watches this year with your OKCityCard. Also, did you know that their website features an Education Section on gemstones, metal, and diamonds? Check it out. 

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Canterbury Voices

Upcoming Canterbury Voices concerts include a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on December 3rd and “Mosaic” on March 9th, a concert that will feature music from the Reformation along with contemporary and Latin American repertoire. Canterbury offers 50% off up to 4 tickets per card per visit on select performances and seating areas with your OKCityCard. Call 405-232-SING for info on using your OKCityCard to purchase tickets. 

Canterbury Voices

Barre3

Have you ever tried a Barre3 exercise experience? Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. There is no experience required to attend class, and there are numerous benefits to the workout. 

Barre3 offers an OKCityCard discount of 15% off a 5-class package at the metro area locations below:

5800 N Classen, Blvd, Ste. 2, OKC

1189 E 15th, Ste. 124, Edmond

801 N Hudson Ave, OKC

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The Howell Gallery

Artist Kelli Folsom will be at Howell Gallery at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 11/11 to present her “Chasing Light” series of Oklahoma landscape paintings. Howell Gallery offers an OKCityCard discount of 10% off all fine art purchases. 

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Pie Junkie

The ever-popular pie shop is sold out for Thanksgiving orders, but watch their Facebook and Instagram pages @piejunkieokc to see how you could still score dessert for the holiday. As always, Pie Junkie offers an OKCityCard 2017 discount of 10% off regular-priced slices and drinks. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, OKCityCard holders!

You can find this week’s featured OKCityCard partners below:

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Check out “The Wonderful Music of Oz” November 3rd and 4th! Pick up tickets before 5:00 on Friday at 424 Colcord Dr, Ste. B in OKC to redeem your OKCityCard discount. They offer 50% off up to 4 tickets per card per visit on select performances and seating areas. 

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Rococo Restaurant

Dine at the “little island of fine dining” known for “East Coast style fresh seafood, killer pastas and a huge variety of favorites from the New England area.” Rococo offers free cookies (bite sized savory appetizers) with the purchase of two entrées when you show your OKCityCard. 

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Oklahoma WONDERTORIUM

Oklahoma WONDERTORIUM believes that play is important for a child’s learning processes and they are committed to providing a safe, clean, and engaging environment to help children grow. The museum offers buy 1 general admission, get 1 free with your OKCityCard. 

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Oklahoma City Energy FC

Pick up your gear for tomorrow’s game! The Energy’s shop offers 10% off merchandise store-wide with your OKCityCard. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, Friends! 

Check out some of our favorite partner discounts and events featured this week:

Packard’s New American Kitchen

Known for putting “inventive, artisanal spins on classic American fare,” Packard’s is a great place to go any time of the year for seasonally-inspired cuisine. 

 

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Head over this weekend and check out their autumn menu. You can get 15% off two lunch entrées with your OKCityCard. 

Edmond Fine Arts Institute

There are spaces still available for Edmond Fine Arts Institute’s Fall Break Camp October 19th, 20th, and 23rd. Call 405-340-4481 to register and let them know that you have an OKCityCard! They offer 10% off classes with your card. You can view the class schedule HERE.

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Science Museum Oklahoma

Hanging out with your kids on Fall Break? Take them to the Science Museum! The Allied Arts Member Agency offers buy 1 general admission, get 1 free with your OKCityCard. Find more information about their incredible exhibits HERE.  

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OCU Men’s & Women’s Basketball

It is basketball season at Oklahoma City University! Check out the 6-time national champions in action – the teams offer 2-for-1 or 50% off admission to regular season home games with your OKCityCard. You can find the game schedules HERE

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