Every 30 minutes at the party, COOP releases another beer. Some are vintages of past years’ releases, Jarolim said. 

click to enlarge Blake Jarolim, brewmaster at Coop Ale Works, in his office at the southwest Oklahoma City plant, 2-10-16. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • Blake Jarolim, brewmaster at Coop Ale Works, in his office at the southwest Oklahoma City plant, 2-10-16.

Throwing an anniversary party for COOP Ale Works is hard, expensive work, but it’s worth every minute and penny.

“We give away beer,” said head brewer Blake Jarolim. “We give up 12 hours before the party to prepare and 12 hours after the party to clean up.”

COOP Ale Works 7th Anniversary Party will be held in two sessions 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 5 at the brewery, 4745 Council Heights Road. Why two sessions?

“At some point, we had responsibility questions about a 12-hour free-for-all,” he said.

There will be a lot of beer poured that day. Every 30 minutes at the party, COOP releases another beer. Some are vintages of past years’ releases, Jarolim said. A few are one-off, special beers just for the party. 

Even as the brewery has expanded its reach, with COOP beer sold in Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas, Jarolim said it is still a small craft operation.

Each can of F5 IPA should taste like the last, but the crew still finds plenty of time to play around with new flavors. Using a pilot system — a souped-up version of what home brewers use — COOP is always turning out small batches of beer to find new recipes.

Creating big-taste, lower-point beers is a particular point of pride for Jarolim. Debuting Briefcase Brown, Negative Split and Spare Rib Pale Ale helped grow the business by introducing local beers to people who might never go to bars or liquor stores.

click to enlarge Spare Rib Pale Ale containers just before filling, on the assembly line at Coop Ale Works, Oklahoma City, 2-10-16. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • Spare Rib Pale Ale containers just before filling, on the assembly line at Coop Ale Works, Oklahoma City, 2-10-16.

“It’s a real challenge to make flavorful beers at that alcohol range,” he said.

Lower-point beers also open up options in the taproom, where customers can pick up crowlers (COOP’s version of growlers) of beers infused with peppermint, habanero, mango, cacao and other flavors on a rotating basis.

Food trucks La Gumbo Ya Ya, Kaiteki Ramen and Twist Gourmet Pretzels will be onsite for those who prefer not to drink on empty stomachs.

The brewery is lucky to have come along when it did in Oklahoma City’s renaissance, Jarolim said.

“I’m very grateful,” he said. “Support from the community means 12 people get to make beer for a living. For me, that’s pretty cool.”

Event proceeds benefit Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Print headline: Tapped in, Coop Ale Works celebrates seven years of beers with a massive anniversary party.

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