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May 19, 2014

Oklahoma brewing companies

TAHLEQUAH — Oklahoma is home to about a dozen craft brewing companies. Here is information on several:

Anthem Brewing Company, 908 S. W. Fourth St., Oklahoma City -  www.anthembrewing.com. Anthem is an Oklahoma craft brewing company, offering beers as individual as the people who drink them. Its mission is to create beers that both excite the senses and pair well with food. Anthem was founded by brewer Matt Anthony, with a burning passion to create Belgian inspired beers that blur the line between the Old World and the New, especially wood aged and sour beers. Our beers are our Anthem to the world.

Battered Boar Brewing Company, 14801 Metro Plaza Blvd., Edmond, www.batteredboar.com - All of our beers are completely natural. We search the world to find the finest ingredients available. We use ingredients from near and far. We are a small batch brewery. All of our beers are bottle conditioned. This means natural carbonation and letting the beer develop in the bottle naturally. The beer knows what to do. Once its in the bottle we leave it alone and let nature take its course. What this means is that you get to enjoy a beer thats not rushed, not pushed through production, not skimped on and not brewed in swimming pool-size batches. You get a beer that is born of passion and necessity. You get a glimpse of our view of the world. Let us challenge your perceptions of just what a beer can be. Beer brewed one batch at a time.

Black Mesa Brewing Company, Oklahoma City, www.blackmesabrewing.com - Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma, which should tell you something about our beer. Our vision from Day One has been to brew world-class beer from the Sooner State. One year later we believe we are giving Oklahomans a selection of beers that they can be proud to share with their friends from around the country and around the world. We currently offer our Blonde and ESB styles year round. And to announce our return to brewing, we will soon offer a special, limited release of our Double ESB followed by a variety of seasonal styles. Black Mesa is not available everywhere, and that is by design. We believe we have created beers that are worth the search. Oklahoma craft beer above all others.

Choc Beer Company, Pete’s Place, Krebs - no information available.

COOP Ale Works, Oklahoma City, coopaleworks.com, We are a craft brewery based in Oklahoma City, dedicated to brewing full flavor beers with the greatest attention to quality. We start by milling grain, mixing it with water, rinsing it and then boiling the wort derived from the grain. During the boil, we add hops to create bitterness – late additions create mostly flavor and aroma. During fermentation, typically 4-14 days, yeast eat sugar in the wort and their byproduct is CO2 and alcohol. The beer is then cooled, conditioned and carbonated before packaging. Some of our beers are aged for up to a year. We send beer out the door in cans, bottles and kegs. The systems for these packages vary from hand bottling and kegging to our computer controlled canning system that’s full of pistons, belts, motors, solenoids and gears.

Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing, Tulsa, www.dabrewing.com - At Dead Armadillo, we are committed to crafting superior beers that meet the highest standards of the industry (or as close as we can get). At the moment, we brew our flagship beer, Amber Ale, with one on the way called Dead Ball Hooligan that will be an English Bitter. Dead Armadillo brewery was established in Spring of 2012, the culmination of centuries of day dreaming, bull sessions and a ton of beer drinking.

Huebert Brewing Company, Oklahoma City, www.heubertbrewing.com - The Huebert Brewing Company is the oldest licensed microbrewery in Oklahoma. We have a love for the World’s many great beer styles, and handcraft each of our recipes using only the finest hops, premium malts, and purest yeast strains. When you grab a handcrafted beer from Huebert Brewing Co. you can rest assured you are getting a wonderful beverage. Huebert started buying different pieces of equipment in 1998, and stored them on a farm in western Oklahoma until he located a building that met the regulatory requirements for the brewery. In 2001, he bought a 6,500 sq. ft. building located in the Capital Hill area and started assembling the equipment he had stored.

One of the first obstacles faced by Huebert were the laws that dated back to the days of prohibition and had not been updated since. Huebert and Kathleen Wilcoxson, state senator, authored a bill that later became a law eliminating or lowering certain fees and taxes for Oklahoma breweries. This law also allowed breweries to sell to liquor wholesalers and the general public. Once the new law was enacted, it opened the door for not only Huebert to start his brewery, but also other brew-pub businesses.

Huebert recently purchased and installed a new bottling line. The new line applies labels front and back, fastens the neck ring and cap at up to 150 bottles per minute. Huebert is very particular about the ingredients he uses in making his beers – buying Hops from Washington and Oregon, barley from Canada, North and South Dakota, and high quality mid-western corn. Huebert’s beers can be found in many liquor stores across Oklahoma.

The Huebert Brewing Company is the oldest licensed microbrewery in Oklahoma. We have a love for the World’s many great beer styles, and handcraft each of our recipes using only the finest hops, premium malts, and purest yeast strains. When you grab a handcrafted beer from Huebert Brewing Co. you can rest assured you are getting a wonderful beverage.

Marshall Brewing Company, 618 S. Wheeling, Tulsa, marshalbrewing.com -  Brewing in Tulsa dates back to the late 1930s with the Ahrens Brewing Company and their Ranger Beer line. The Ahrens Brewing Company opened in May of 1938 as a large scale production brewery which employed more than 30 people at its onset. Their Ranger Beer, Ranger Special Brew, and Ranger Winter Brew were popular among Tulsans of the time; however the brewery experienced only a short existence. They were forced into bankruptcy in February of 1940. The details of what went wrong with the brewery have been lost over time, but it is believed that the Ahrens were put out of business by “unfair” practices from the breweries in Oklahoma City. Additionally, Ahrens Brewing Company conducted operations at a time before Prohibition was repealed in Oklahoma, which occurred in 1959. Therefore, all beer produced by Ahrens was limited to 3.2% alcohol by weight, which was considered “nonintoxicating” until 1995 when the Oklahoma ABLE Commission reported that 70% of all alcohol-related deaths and injuries in Oklahoma were caused by such “nonintoxicating” beer. To this day all “brewpub” operations (i.e. restaurant/breweries) in Oklahoma are limited to producing 3.2% ABW beer.

The mid 1990s saw the return of brewing to Tulsa, but this time in the form of brewpubs and private labeled contract brewing. Both Cherry Street Brewing Company and Tulsa Brewing Company attempted the brewpub model, which consists of operating a restaurant and bar as well as tending to brewing operations. Both were met with early success; however multiple factors caused Tulsans to see the downfall of both brewpubs just at the time they were establishing a loyal following. T-Paul’s Beer Company, whose signature beer was T-Town Red, used the contract brewing and bottling services of aDubuque, Iowa based brewing company to produce its beers. While their attempt at incorporating local appeal with their T-Town beers met initial success, the beer was limited to 3.2% ABW to enable the company to market and sell its beer in grocery and convenience stores. This put the company head-to-head with such brewing behemoths as Anheuiser-Busch, Coors Brewing, and Miller Brewing Company, which at the time was a nearly impossible mountain to climb. The beer was met with predatory distribution practices by the Big Three and the company found it difficult in the long-term to compete and they were unable to garner any sustainable market share.

In 2008 with craft brewing growing faster than any other segment in the alcoholic beverage industry, Marshall Brewing Company ushered in a new era of Tulsa Brewing. Employing a production model, Marshall Brewing Company focuses on hand-crafting full strength ales and lagers. Marshall’s beers have enjoyed early success and have begun to establish a very loyal local following. This success can be attributed to a blend of market timing, brewing expertise, passion, and great products. Hopefully these attributes will prove to be a solid foundation and Marshall Brewing Company will continue to produce products that Tulsans can be proud to call their own

Mustang Brewing Company, Oklahoma City, www.mustangbrewing.com - Mustang Company History: Mustang Brewing Company was created to make great, easy-drinking, craft beers that can be enjoyed year-round. In 2008, after deciding they wanted to get into the beer business, our founders drafted a business plan, sold their house, cashed out their 401k, moved into a rental house, and started learning to brew beer in their garage on a 5 gallon turkey fryer.

On July 13, 2009, we served our first pint of Mustang at James E. McNellie’s Public House in Oklahoma City. Over 200 pints were sold in the first 15 minutes and all nine kegs floated in an hour and a half. Things have been crazy ever since. Mustang beers can now be found in over 1,000 locations throughout Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas with plans to expand to additional states in 2013-2014. In January of 2013, we purchased our own brewery near downtown Oklahoma City, called OKCity Brewing. We’ve come a long way since that turkey fryer...

We hope you are as happy with the final products as we are. It’s no small vision, but at Mustang Brewing Company we believe we are making the world a better place, one beer at a time

Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, prairieales.com - Welcome to the world of Prairie Artisan Ales. A company started by two brothers. We didn’t start it due to a lack of good beer, or whatever people like to say in this part of their website. We wanted to do something that was awesome. We have the talent, and most importantly the years of experience needed to get it done. So we did it. We have funded the company on our own, and only want to work with people that care about beer, super good beer. Our goal is to show people what is possible when you start with “step one.” Located at 1803B S. 49th W. Ave Tulsa, OK 74107, by appointment only. info@prairieales.com, or call 918-949-4318.

Roughtail Brewing Company, Midwest City, roughtailbeer.com - Being rough isn’t about being approachable. Being rough isn’t about everyone liking us. Being rough is about pushing boundaries, envelopes, taste buds. Things that are smooth lack character. Roughtail beer has character, and loads of it. Rough is something you gain from experience. You’re not born with it. Years of developing your tastes lead you to become rough around the edges. Sure the rough-looking old guy on the corner making outlandish comments may not make sense at first, but give him time. Once you’re tired of “The Man” telling you what to buy and how his beer tastes different than the other Man’s beer, come try us, we might start to make sense as well.The day we release a light lager, is the day you should stop drinking our beer. This isn’t for frat guys or sissy girls. Our beer is for people who enjoy beer. If we see you chugging our beer we will forbid you from drinking our beer again. We’ll be the last one to tell you what you like. In fact we hope not everyone likes our beer. Love us or hates us, we hope you respect our beer.

Our brews are inspired by the Germans and Brits, but is distincly American. We are Americans and we will do what Americans do, and that is make freaking strong, aggressive, smack you in your face beer.

Our beer is crafted to be savored. Rough beer is an art not a science. Rough beer can make you forget about “all those other beers”. If you think we are letting up on you let us know, we’ll push you further. Compromise is not in our vocabulary. And just because we’re rough doesn’t mean we’re stupid. We like our home, and we want to make it better. We are 100% wind powered, we recycle our grain and reuse our water. Our state is on the right track and we plan on fighting to keep it that way. We’re just one little spoke in the large wheel of locally made craft products, and whatever your choice we hope you support the movement.

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