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Dusty's Discgolf Daycation

Adventures, Disc GolfDusty GilpinComment

Right before the holidays, I have about a 3 day window when I can get outta town before two months of non-stop printing and stocking the store. Luckily, my good friends, Jason Pawley and Daniel McKinney coaxed me into going on a two night camping trip. We ran down to McAlester to play a few disc golf courses and sleep under the stars. Here's a few highlights from our trip!

Shout out to some of the best dogs around. Gracie and Arrow did great out on the courses and around the campfire. We couldn't have asked for better companions!

Shout out to some of the best dogs around. Gracie and Arrow did great out on the courses and around the campfire. We couldn't have asked for better companions!

Pawley brought along his pup, Arrow, and I brought my dog, Gracie. The courses are very dog friendly, and they did great. Camping just isn't the same if you don't have a few good dogs alongside.

Pawley teeing off at Mekusukey. McKinney and Pawley with the pro disc golf setup. A chump probably missing a putt at Eagle Hill.

Pawley teeing off at Mekusukey. McKinney and Pawley with the pro disc golf setup. A chump probably missing a putt at Eagle Hill.

In three days we played 6 full rounds of disc golf at three different courses, and probably another 18 made up holes around our campsite. On our way to and from McAlester, we pit-stopped at Mekusukey Disc Golf course. In McAlester, we played Buffalo Run and Eagle Hill twice each. All three courses were great, each offering different obstacles and atmospheres. Buffalo Run is an extremely well laid out course and wonderfully manicured. Eagle Hill and Mekusukey are much more technical and in the trees.

McKinney was the real MVP of the campsite. He fixed breakfast each morning and dinner each night. We ate like kings!

McKinney was the real MVP of the campsite. He fixed breakfast each morning and dinner each night. We ate like kings!

Each day we played 2-3 rounds of disc golf, which ends up being around a 10 mile walk each day. By the end of each day, we had hungry bellies and tired puppies. McKinney made sure we ate well, and I made sure we had plenty to drink. By the time 10pm rolled around, we were all howling at the moon.

Each night the stars were incredible, and each morning we were awaken by a beautiful sunrise. The wind died down each night so we could have a big comfort fire.

Each night the stars were incredible, and each morning we were awaken by a beautiful sunrise. The wind died down each night so we could have a big comfort fire.

McKinney and Pawley are both serious supporters of the store and brand. Here are a few shameless product shots to convince you to shop with us soon!

Acorn slipper boots, super soft joggers, and a quilted flannel: the most comfortable way to spend a morning at the campsite or at home.

Acorn slipper boots, super soft joggers, and a quilted flannel: the most comfortable way to spend a morning at the campsite or at home.

Jason Pawley, ladies and gentlemen! A handsome devil, a talented artist, and downright friendly dude. Don't let the Marlboro Man stare fool you, he's all laughs.

Jason Pawley, ladies and gentlemen! A handsome devil, a talented artist, and downright friendly dude. Don't let the Marlboro Man stare fool you, he's all laughs.

Pawley, McKinney, and myself are definitely advocates of our brands motto. "Wear it out." We make sure to get the worth out of our clothes, boots, koozies, and camping gear. Honestly, it all looks better beaten in anyway.

Pawley, McKinney, and myself are definitely advocates of our brands motto. "Wear it out." We make sure to get the worth out of our clothes, boots, koozies, and camping gear. Honestly, it all looks better beaten in anyway.

You won't catch me without a hat on. We've worked hard to curate some of the best hats around.

You won't catch me without a hat on. We've worked hard to curate some of the best hats around.

You never know when creativity might strike you. Jot down those notes and sketch those ideas, even when at the campsite. This motto is one that we apply to daily living, "Be honest in word, work, and deed."

You never know when creativity might strike you. Jot down those notes and sketch those ideas, even when at the campsite. This motto is one that we apply to daily living, "Be honest in word, work, and deed."

A big thanks to Daniel McKinney for snapping a majority of these pictures. He is a good friend of our store and the Plaza District. Get outside, throw some discs, hike a little, and give your dog a hug. If you're doing those things in our apparel, tag us in photos on social media or use the hashtag #TLwearitout.

Until next time, cheers chumps!

Anthem Brewing Factory Tour

Adventures, ART, LocalSteven SilvaComment

Last week, @trudust and myself had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of Oklahoma City’s great local beer-makers. Dusty live-painted the artwork from their seasonal Rye’d or Die IPA to celebrate its re-release.

Yum

Yum

After downing a few beers, Anthem Brewing’s Ben Childers gave us an impromptu, how-it’s-made factory tour of the works.

All Aboard

All Aboard

There are monster silver tanks visible from the taproom floor, but once you slip through the Warehouse door, it’s another ballgame – big bags of hops, bits of cans, and barrels galore.

We also raided the refrigerator room with ready-to-go kegs and cold variety packs. 

Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

The mixing process starts with a recipe, combing through hop varieties and specialty ingredients to be fed into what I can only assume is a giant blender. The mix shoots through pipes running along the ceiling, returns to the main floor,  and ends up in these fat-cat silver tanks for a soak.

The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

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Fun fact: after soaking, hoppy remains are picked up by super-farmers to be used as feed. It’s a symbiotic service – Anthem stays clear of hoppy leftovers, and hogs get free food. I think Ben said they go through something like 5 tons a week. Pigs must be feasting.

Runoff is pumped away, and perfect beer is delivered to the cannery system. The cannery machine was a straight up robot – little arms and and conveyor belts popping the tops onto cans. Lots of smarts, effort, and technology goes into your Friday night buzz. Who knew!


The tour was great, but the really great thing about Anthem has been how engaged they are in the community. They’ve supported and sponsored all kinds of events for us and for other local businesses. No kidding, they chipped in coldies right after this for our humble Retro Game Night.

Drink up!

Drink up!

So thanks to Ben and all the guys at Anthem. Crack open a fresh IPA! Cheers!

 

    

STATE OF THE UNION: Bike the Plaza, Plazafest, Sunset Cassette

STATE OF THE UNION, PLAZA DISTRICT, MUSIC, Local, ART, AdventuresSteven SilvaComment

Yo, September and October are always such busy months. The weather is in its prime, sports happen, and every event known to man is crammed into the calendar-equivalent of a Brooklyn studio apartment. 

With that in mind, here's a look at some of our upcoming events:

9/8 LIVE ON THE PLAZA: Bike the Plaza (7-11 PM)

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Tired of guzzling price hike gas and parking problems? Pedal down to the Plaza Friday night. It'll make bar-hopping that much better. Excellent graphic artist and DJ Aaron Cahill is this month's feature. He'll be performing with the DAMN HAZE. We'll also throw some new stuff on our in-store press. Ride on by!

9/16 State Fair Graffiti Jam (All Day)

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If you're going to elbow your way through the maze of fried food, you might as well stop by and say hi as we paint panels. We've expanded the event again this year, going from 6 artists a few years ago, to 15 last year, to a whopping 18 this year. Each artist will bring their own ideas and unique styles. Take pics and tag us with your favorites. If you're an aspiring painter or arts supporter, check it out! 

9/14 Pencil Pushers (7-10 PM)

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Our free, biweekly drawing hangout sesh is open to all skill levels interested in developing the craft. No curriculum, and our only hard and fast rule is that you respect others. Post up, bring supplies, meet designers, graffiti artists, comic book creators, and casual doodlers. Swap tips, learn about supplies, and scribble away your worries. BYOB. 

9/17 Sunset Cassette: Haniwa & The Ivy (9-11 PM)

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The final show of our summer series anticipates cool weather and dreamy tunes from local bands Haniwa and The Ivy. Listen below for delicious indie-pop vibes.

PS - This show will start later to accommodate the musicians' open house at Tower Theater. We're shooting for something like 9-9:30.

9/30 Plaza District Festival (11 AM - 11 PM)

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30th - this will be a whole day of celebrating local arts, culture, and the revitalization of our little neighborhood. There will be craft tents, three stages of music (headlined by the ever-cool Sports), food trucks, fresh murals, and good times.

Well there you go, now you have plans. Let the good times roll.