Monday, September 5, 2016
Longtime TapWerks GM joins Choc/Prairie team
Happy Labor Day, beer fans!
In a fitting development, I have some news today on someone who has always worked hard for advancement of the Oklahoma craft beer scene.
Greg Powell, longtime general manager of TapWerks Ale House, last week started a new job with Choc/Prairie.
Powell has been hired away from TapWerks and will head up the team that will run the new Oklahoma City Prairie brewpub set to open next year near Automobile Alley.
Powell has had an exemplary run at TapWerks -- the bar was really THE destination for local craft beer prior to 2010. TapWerks was probably one of the first, if not the first, pub to serve firkins from local brewers.
And of course Powell and his team were the founders of the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, now the state's largest, most significant craft beer fest.
Powell told me he will remain involved with OCBF, but one might still be inclined to wonder what will become of the fest.
And clearly TapWerks will have big shoes to fill. Making that effort is the new GM, Garrett Sullivan, who boasts a wealth of experience in pub management, including with the Bricktown Brewery chain.
In the meantime, Choc is continuing its string of aggressive moves, the latest of which is snagging one of the founding fathers of our current craft beer scene to head up their newest brewpub project.