It seems like if you blink in Oklahoma these days, you might miss another brewery opening.
The business is just that good, and Tulsa is enjoying its fair share of the growth.
Two breweries opened in the past week, three more are about to open and Tulsa’s oldest brewery, Marshall Brewing Co., is opening a big, new taproom.
There is so much activity in the world of beer that it can be hard to keep track. Ten years ago, there were only two breweries in Oklahoma — Choc Beer Co. in Krebs and Marshall.
Now, the state has nearly 37, and 12 breweries are operating in Tulsa.
So with three more breweries and a taproom opening through October, the Tulsa area is hopping (pun intended). And the beer business is flowing freely with no signs of slowing down.
The common bond that all the brewers have is a passion for great beer and a desire to bring the community together. And it is interesting to see these new breweries take shape. Most of the breweries are rehabbing old buildings, making them come alive again with activity, like Nothing’s Left Brewing Co.
The brewery will open soon and it will be a dream come true for the owners.
“Opening a brewery has been an amazing journey. The people you meet and the love of the craft is apparent at every turn. It also tests you in ways you never imagined, your patience, people skills and personal mettle are tested in every way imaginable, and I wouldn’t change a thing if I did it again,” said Travis Richards, founder and brewmaster for Nothing’s Left Brewing Co.
So check out the new ones, wait for the ones under construction and drink some local beer.
Here are the breweries that have opened recently or will be opening soon.
Broken Arrow Brewing Co.
333 W. Dallas St., Broken Arrow
Opened June 17
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
It’s long been a dream of Austin Ferguson and his partners, Jason Northern and Bud Farris, to open a brewery, and they have been working since 2011 to make it happen.
Broken Arrow Brewing Co. is the first brewery to be built in Broken Arrow. The brewery is located in what was once the Broken Arrow Light and Power Co. and Ice House building that was built in 1906, and it is decorated with memorabilia from its historical roots.
Welltown Brewing Co.
114 W. Archer St.
Opened June 22
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
Welltown is housed in two buildings built in the early 1900s that were believed to have been a market and a burlap sack factory at one time and more recently a bar and tattoo parlor. The buildings have been completely gutted and now have a rooftop bar that overlooks downtown Tulsa. The name Welltown Brewing originated from the ’20s when Tulsa was the oil boom capitol of the world. The brewery is founded by Jeremy Diamond and his father-in-law, Paul Whitham.
Marshall Brewing Co.’s
618 S. Wheeling Ave.
Set to open in August
Current hours: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2-8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Marshall Brewing has been brewing beer for 10 years now. When it started, the laws were such that the brewers couldn’t even sample their own beers.
Now that Oklahoma has joined the rest of the world in updating its alcoholic beverage laws, Marshall plans to open a larger space for a new taproom. The room will actually be the bottom floor of the building just west of its current location. It formerly housed a supply business with some residential apartments on the second floor.
The 3,500-square-foot taproom isn’t the only thing being built for the brewery. Plans also include a 5,000-square-foot outdoor Biergarten, as well as an outdoor food truck park and more on-site parking. The new taproom will have 24 taps and three English hand pumps for cask beer.
Nothing’s Left Brewing Co.
1502 E. Sixth St.
Set to open in August
The owners of Nothing’s Left agreed upon the name of their company because they were looking at all the other brewery names and they joked that there was nothing left for them, so they decided to name their brewery Nothing’s Left Brewing Co. I first spoke to brewmaster Travis Richards in June 2015 about his plans of opening a brewery. He is nearly there. The building used to be an old Texaco that was built about 1954, and with renovations starting last September, the project is nearly done. The location has two large garage doors that will open up on the nice days — as well as lots of patio space.
Nine Band Brewing Co.
Osage Casino, 951 W. 36th St. North
Set to open Aug. 31
Nine Band Brewing Co. is a microbrewery housed inside the new $160 million Osage Casino. The brewery will be more than 4,000 square feet and is a new concept for an Oklahoma casino. Nine Band Brewing Co. will brew its beer for statewide distribution at the casino. Nine Band started in Allen, Texas, by Keith Ashley, a former police officer and firefighter.
The brewery is a part of the project that will bring 1,500 electronic games, 16 table games, a new parking garage and a 141-room hotel with convention space and meeting rooms.
All of the projects should be completed by Aug. 31. An event center will be completed in January 2019.
New Era: Fine Fermentations
321 S. Frankfort Ave.
Set to open Oct. 1
The gluten-free brewery and coffee shop is under construction inside the historic building called The Dock, with plans to open Oct. 1 — when Oklahoma’s alcohol laws will change. Founder Jonathan Neff has nearly 25,000 square feet of space, so he has plenty of room for growth.
Don’t let the gluten-free label scare you. The beers and the covered area of the historic building will create a perfect combination of relaxation and tasty satisfaction.
Hours will come later, but plan on coming early for the coffee and staying late for the beer. Gluten-free food will also be offered.