You may have noticed that the craft brewery business in Oklahoma is booming. Several breweries opened their doors just days before the pandemic hit and as Oklahomans typically do, you supported them. Now as we finish the first quarter of 2021, new and established breweries are creating inviting taprooms just in time for summer.
Here are a few breweries coming to the state to put on your radar:
- Lost Street Brewing Co.
If you’ve traveled in to Durant lately you might have seen some new life to a rather old building in the downtown area. The Dewald family has made Lost Street Brewing Co. a family affair as they’ve transformed an abandoned bakery building from 1926 into the future site of Durant’s newest and only brewery. The space includes open air seating where you can see full production happening on the brewing side, 16 different craft beers on tap, a larger merchandise area, outdoor beer garden and a huge event space next to the taproom. The family envisions weddings, a farmer’s market and other events beyond their own in that space. Lost Street Brewing should open this April.
You can find them at 109 Lost Street, Durant
- Fair-Weather Friend
Fair-Weather Friend (FWF) is the culmination of 10 years of passion, commitment and hard work. Owners Adrienne and Reed decided more than 10 years ago that they wanted to open a brewery and have spent their careers working their way up to learn the business. One thing you’ll notice when you walk in to FWF is that they have a love for art. Reed went to school for graphic design and Adrienne started out in metals and painting and their backgrounds in art and design are really the backbone of FWF.
Fair-Weather Friend is a small, on premise concept that gives the owners the flexibility to be super creative, play with ingredients so they can produce super fun, exciting beers and ciders. Their creative beverages will be enhanced by an artisan approach to wood fired pizzas as well as the playful aesthetic of their modern and colorful taproom. Bonus – FWF will have an amazing outdoor space as well.
From the pandemic to the ice store and snowpocalypse, they’re just excited to be opening their doors in early May.
You can find them at 314 N Klein Ave., Oklahoma City
- Equity Brewing Co.
Equity Brewing Company is the first (but hopefully not the last!) all women owned brewery in Oklahoma and they’re much more than a brewery but a place for education, community and collaboration. Of course, they also pride ourselves on making some damn good beer! Plans are shaping up to open their doors open mid-May so that that can start working directly with the community to create sustainable change through several of their beer projects. Apparel is already for sale online and occasionally they have pop up events to sample their beer – if you’re lucky enough to snag one.
You can find them at 109 E. Tonhawa St. Suite 120, Norman
- Cross Timbers Brewing Co.
Brewing out of Brewers Union in Oklahoma City for the last two years, Cross Timbers Brewing Co. originally started from their home in 2010. Fast forward to 2017, Matt and Brenton decided to try it professionally after a few bad weeks in their 9-5 jobs. Friends since first grade, they now look forward to waking up and doing what they love – making beer. Both of these brewers are currently remodeling their new space and expect to open in July or August.
You can find them at 1900 Linwood Blvd., Oklahoma, City
- Skydance Brewing Co.
Oklahoma City’s Skydance Brewery already has a large presence in the state with their Native American themed (and owned) craft beers winning over craft beer fans out of the Brewers Union. But, they’re about to get more centralized as their new location continues to take shape in OKC’s historic Automobile Alley. Skydance owner Jake Keyes knows location means everything and looks forward to working with the surrounding established breweries in the area and attracting the locals and visitors in the district. Once Skydance opens, you will see Keyes rich Native heritage come to life as he celebrates his tribe and others. The taproom will be a place for indigenous artists to showcase their art and a place for guests to gain a better understanding about the sovereign tribal nations. The 2000 sq. ft. space will include a separate lounge area with soft seating and an upstairs mezzanine for general seating or private parties. Bonus – Another great patio with views of downtown can be found inside Skydance as well.
You can find them at 1 NE 7th St., Oklahoma City