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Last Laugh Brewed by the Choc Beer Company in Krebs, Oklahoma

Last Laugh  Brewed by the Choc Beer Company in Krebs, Oklahoma
Last Laugh is described on the bottle as an "American Wheat Ale". Last Laugh shares a lot of commonalities with Witbiers. The soft malt character captures the delicate, soft, powdery texture of pilsner-based Witbiers along with a citrusy, cotton candy, confectionate sweetness. The sugars seem to evaporate in a cloud of vapor, leaving light peppery, acidic, and hop skeletons behind. Phenolics of white pepper, tartness, and plastic linger behind along with assertive hop bitterness and flavor (these I did not expect). Fruity with the citrus rinds of oranges and lemons, the beer remains drinkable and refreshing throughout. The hop flavor and bitterness were pleasant surprises and make me think of Three Floyds Gumballhead. - Beer Review from Beer Advocate

Last Laugh  Brewed by the Choc Beer Company in Krebs, Oklahoma

History of Choc Beer
Meet Oklahoma's oldest handcrafted beer.

Restaurateur Pete Prichard, born Pietro Piegari in San Gregorio Magno in the Campania region of southern Italy on June 29, 1895, gained a reputation as "Pete." On March 3, 1903, Prichard and his family joined his father in Krebs, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory of the United States. Like many immigrant families, the Piegari family had financial difficulties. It was not unusual for children to work or "hustle" to make money. Although Pete went to school, he quit after the fourth grade, finishing what amounted to approximately one-and-one-half years of education. He periodically had been working in the mines, as children were a valuable asset for assistance in reaching spots inaccessible to adult miners. He continued to work the mines until 1916, when his leg was crushed in a mining accident.
Choc Beer Company in Krebs, Oklahoma1919 Choc Beer

Unable to labor in the mines, Pete Prichard began selling "choc," or Choctaw beer, to the miners and their families. Pete's Choc led to trouble during Prohibition. He was convicted, not once but twice, for breaking the federal Prohibition Act.

Prohibition was repealed in the 1933, but home brewed beverages were still illegal because they didn't bear the proper liquor stamps. Nevertheless, homemade Choc and wine continued to be available to regular customers at Pete's, a restaurant owned by Prichard in Krebs, Okla. Those customers happen to include JFK and high-powered Oklahoma politicians.

Finally, in 1995, through tireless efforts on the part of Joe Prichard, the grandson of the founder, Pete's Place reintroduced Choc beer as part of the restaurant's tradition and a "legal" brew for customers.

Choc Beer Company and Pete's Place
120 SW 8th St
PO Box 66
Krebs, Oklahoma, 74554-0066
Phone: (918) 423-2042

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