Barrels and Mash Survey Series: John Elkins

Welcome to the first edition of the Barrels and Mash survey series! We thought it would be fun to to ask some cool people some random questions and take a break from the hard-hitting and award-winning professional journalism that you have come to know and love from us here at Barrels and Mash.

Now that Oklahoma breweries can sell full strength beer directly to the public, chances are that you’ll be seeing more of your favorite local brewers as you visit their respective breweries for pints, growler fills, and brewery-only releases. So, it seemed like a good time to ask some of them a couple of questions so we can get to know them better and maybe arm ourselves with a nice icebreaker or two for when we find ourselves on opposite sides of the bar or wondering around their taprooms.

For this series, we sent 5 Oklahoma brewers the same set of random questions and will be posting them as they come back. Let’s do it!

The Man – John Elkins


The Questions

What’s your name, and where do you brew?
My name is John Elkins. Owner and brewer of Elk Valley Brewing Co. We brew out of the Mustang Brewing facility at 520 N Meridian Ave, OKC.

Do you have any kids? If so, which one is your favorite?
Cynthia and I have a 6 year old little boy Wesley. Yup he’s my favorite!

Which movie is better: Ghost or The Bodyguard?
Did you say pottery?

When not drinking beer, what is your go-to alcoholic beverage?
Usually wine. I like spicy reds.

Look deep into your heart, do you still consider Pluto a planet? Why or Why not?
Yes. Tails won when flipping the coin.

In your opinion, what’s the best beer town in America and why?
I would have to say Denver. It has so many wonderful breweries and culture there. But I haven’t been to many other beer destination towns. 

Do you have any unreasonable fears?
No, not really.

Of all the beers you have brewed, what is your personal favorite?
Wow, so many to choose from. I would have to say Le Ferme. All though I am pretty excited about the new IPA coming out soon.

Of all the actors that have portrayed Batman over the years, which one is YOUR Batman?
Adam West….. OG

What was the first beer you ever brewed?
It was a robust porter in 1999 with my late friend Dave Dillon.

Do you have anything you want to promote?
Lots of special beer releases planned, please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the awesome beers coming.

2 more brewers to go! Next up will be Trae Carson from 405 Brewing. If you have any suggestions on people to survey or questions to ask, feel free to let us know.

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