Adam Marshall, vice president and lead counsel for Marshall Brewing Co., has received the 2019 Champion of Oklahoma Craft Award from the Craft Brewers Association.

And rightfully so.

Brothers Eric and Adam Marshall founded Marshall Brewing Co. in 2007, when there were no other breweries in Tulsa. It has now grown into a full-production craft brewery, taproom and biergarten at 618 S. Wheeling Ave.

They were dealing with numerous roadblocks then, what seems like a long time ago. Legally, they couldn’t even taste their beer at the brewery. We now have a flourishing craft beer industry due, in part, to Adam Marshall’s advocacy and his work to help change laws that enabled breweries to sell beers at their taprooms. Change has even made its way into grocery and convenience stores.

Over the past 12 years, Marshall has worked behind the scenes to create a fair system for craft brewers in Oklahoma. His dedicated and professional representation in the legislative arena has significantly helped craft brewers to start up, obtain distribution and enjoy the new franchise laws and operate taprooms.

“Before we had the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma, I was doing everything I can, along with my brother, to go down and advocate for the craft beer industry. And so now the role is anytime there is a law or some draft of a law that directly relates to a craft brewer, I am usually the one on behalf of the craft brewers that takes a look at it and as a board member of the CBAO. I just feel like it’s my job. In a lot of ways, I am just trying to pay it forward for what people like Joe Prichard (Choc Beer Co.) and Rick Huebert (Huebert’s Brewing Co.) did for me,” Marshall said.

This is the second year for the award to be presented. Oklahoma state Sen. Stephanie Bice was the first recipient. She was instrumental in changing the alcohol laws in our state and advocating for breweries. Marshall was presented with the award last week at Oklahoma’s craft beer summit in Oklahoma City.

“I love this business. I love the industry. I love the fact that now you can take a taproom crawl in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa, and a couple of years ago, you really couldn’t do that.

“Marshall is a family business. It has been a pleasure to work alongside my brother with a shared vision and passion in the craft beer industry in Oklahoma. I am very proud of Adam for his dedication to our entire industry and tireless work with our friends in the Oklahoma Legislature,” brewmaster Eric Marshall said.

“We have a full-fledged industry that contributes a lot of excise tax to the state and to look around and say, ‘Hey, as far as craft brewing and family manufacturing goes in Oklahoma, I left the place better than I found it,’ ” Adam Marshall said.

Adam’s full-time job is a practicing attorney for the Barrow Grimm law firm.

The Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma Inc. (CBAO) is a 501(c)6 trade association dedicated to educating and creating awareness among legislators, regulators and the public of the issues facing the craft brewing industry in Oklahoma and to promoting a healthy economic environment in Oklahoma that enables public choices in the marketplace for the consumer and opportunity and access to the marketplace by Oklahoma breweries.

Tom Gilbert


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Tom joined the Tulsa World in 1988 after being an intern and graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. He lived in Saudi Arabia before graduating from Broken Arrow High School. He is married to Karen Gilbert and his three grown children.