Flight of the Week from Vanessa House

Last Updated: July 11, 2024By

Beer, that beautiful, life- and fun-giving substance that was obviously given to us by the gods. When it’s hot outside like it is now in Oklahoma, you could reach for water, but no good story ever started with “It was hot one day, so I grabbed a water bottle.” Thus, bringing us to beer, it’s important to go directly to the source for a really good beer. Breweries in Oklahoma are a relatively new experience for us, thanks to some prohibition-style laws that held on tight for way too long. I digress. In my experience with breweries, the best thing about them is that you can try multiple beers all in one swoop. The flight is a long-held tradition of brewery culture that allows you to taste a sampling of 3-6 beers, depending on the brewery. Building the flight is a scientific process that requires finesse and an understanding of beer styles and taste profiles. 

This segment will be referred to as the Eating OKC Flight of the Week. We start with a trip to Norman via Downtown OKC. No, we aren’t actually going to Norman because, like all good things in Norman, they came to Oklahoma City. Vanessa House Beer Company was started by five friends who were first introduced to craft beer at a house on Vanessa Drive in Norman, OK. As you walk into Vanessa House, it’s immediately clear that these guys are the embodiment of geek culture in all its glory. The art and decor all lend to a fun environment that says pull up, play a retro video game, and drink some really good beer brewed by people with a passion for beer. 

Let’s get into the flight. One of the benefits of going to a beer geek haven is when you describe what you want in beer terms, they understand. I asked for the ultimate summer beer flight. I want light and refreshing, I’m not big on IPAs, but I can handle a little hop here and there, and I want something interesting. Luckily, Vanessa House offers four beer flights, and here’s what they recommended: Reg A$$ Cider, 401K Cream Ale, Budget Wedding, and Payment Plan. Let’s get into each of these choices but in my opinion, it was the definition of a well-crafted flight. 

  • Reg A$$ Cider: Smooth, crisp, and a delightful way to cleanse your palate of the sweat that you built up walking in. This is a dry cider made with McIntosh apples carefully flown in all the way from Michigan, so you know it’s good.

  • 401K: Classic cream ale, smooth and fresh like if High Life was made by people who knew what beer was supposed to taste like. This beer has flaked hops, which gives it that light body feel, then has Centennial hops for that floral and citrus nose and taste, finally finished with orange peel so you can crush it all day long.

  • Budget Wedding: 401K with a twist of lime zest and sea salt. So, imagine everything I said above but with lime and salt. If you aren’t thirsty, what’s wrong with you?

  • Payment Plan: Pale lager with some tropical vibes and just a hint of hops, just so you feel the refreshing nature of it. It’s like you are sitting on a beach with waves washing around you with every sip. In the words of Oliver Twist, “Please sir, may I have another?” Great finish to a refreshing flight.

So, there you have it, a flight for the books, more of a staycation of sorts. Go, enjoy, and let us know what you think. 

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