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The Best Lil' Breweries in Oklahoma

Here's Where You Can Enjoy the Malted Flavors of Oklahoma's Craft Beer Movement

Article by Freddy Lamport, Boardwalk Distribution

Photography by Provided

Originally published in OKC City Lifestyle

Not that long ago, the Oklahoma craft beer scene was small and almost nonexistent. Revered pioneers such as Choc Beer Company, Marshall Brewing and COOP helped to pave the way for the explosion of craft breweries we see in Oklahoma today. 

The beers listed below can be found at independent liquor stores and restaurants across Oklahoma. Taprooms are also popping up all over. This form of malted tourism embodies the local craft beer movement: a place to go, bring your dog, chill out and enjoy a cold brew with friends. 

Oklahoma Brewery Spotlights

Dead Armadillo – Tulsa – 2013

Founder and brewmaster Tony Peck launched his brewery with amber and still best-known ale with hints of toasted malt and a smooth finish.

Look for their limited release, Oktoberfest – Dunkelweizen, a dark wheat ale brewed with Hefeweizen yeast.

Taproom: 1004 E. Fourth St., Tulsa

Elk Valley Brewing Co. – Oklahoma City – 2014

John Elkins, owner and brewmaster, created his flagship beer, Magic Juice Double IPA, a Northeast-Style Double IPA, with Idaho 7, Mosaic and Comet Hops, which lend juicy and hazy strong citrus flavors and subtle bitter heat.

Look for the super limited production Pumpeon Imperial pumpkin ale aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Taproom: 1210 N. Hudson Ave., Oklahoma City

Iron Monk Brewery – Stillwater – 2015

Jerod Millirons and Dave Monks founded Iron Monk Brewing Company, bringing the first craft brewery to Stillwater.

Stilly Wheat is their most well-known beer, a crushable Belgian wheat brewed with Gallagher Wheat developed at Oklahoma State. The Nine IPA is the most recent addition. The label design was a contest for OSU design school students and looks as awesome as it tastes. 

Taproom: 519 S. Husband St., Stillwater

Mountain Fork Brewery – Broken Bow – 2015

The water used to make these beers comes from the Mountain Fork River and is the only brewery in southeastern Oklahoma. Three Rivers is an easy-drinking blonde ale that makes you think of its scenic home.

Taproom: 89 N. Lukfata Trail Road, Broken Bow

Nothing’s Left Brewing Co. – Tulsa – 2015

So many breweries have popped up over the last 20 years, so many names are taken. So, Travis Richards, owner and brewmaster, created Nothing’s Left.

Strawberry Blonde is a wheat beer with loads of strawberry puree added.

Taproom: 1502 Sixth St., Tulsa

Prairie Artisan Ales – Krebs – 2012

Founded by Chase Healey in 2012 and acquired by Krebs Brewing Company in 2016, Krebs Brewing Company is home to the state’s oldest brand of beer, Choc.

Prairie was propelled to stardom by a 100-point score from Beer Advocate for Bomb!, their imperial stout aged on coffee, vanilla, chocolate and chilies. Prairie also received the prestigious Top 100 Brewers in the World by RateBeer four years running.

Prairie Brewpub: 223 N. Main St., Tulsa

Prairie 345: 345 E. Choctaw, McAlester

OKC Taproom: 3 NE Eighth St., OKC

Roughtail Brewing Co. – Midwest City – 2012

Co-founders Blaine Stansel and Tony Tielli met through a homebrew club in 2010 and just two years later established Roughtail Brewing Co.

Everything Rhymes with Orange IPA is an Oklahoma favorite with its hazy, juicy and citrusy hops. Their approach to seasonal beers includes the new Acrylic Series. This series of beers range from lagers to double IPAs and is the new vision for Roughtail.

Taproom: 1279 N. Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City

 Stonecloud – Oklahoma City – 2017

Joel Irby, founder and brewmaster, brews a classic style lineup alongside innovative beers. His pedigree from Avery Brewing and Boulder Beer Company helped him become one of the best new brewers in Oklahoma.

Neon Sunshine is a Belgian Wit beer brewed with coriander and orange peel but is unique due to dry hopping with tangerine peel. 

Astrodog IPA is another one of Stonecloud’s most popular beers, promoting a match made in heaven with juicy tropical fruit and resinous pine.

  • Mountain Fork Brewery in Broken Bow offers the easy-drinking Three Rivers Blonde Ale.
  • Roughtail Brewing Co.'s Everything Rhymes with Orange IPA is a favorite hazy IPA.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales' Bomb! gained notoriety for its 100-point score from Beer Advocate.
  • With so many breweries and taprooms popping up all over Oklahoma, it's easy to enjoy the state's craft beers.
  • Iron Monk Brewery is Stillwater's flagship brewery and a local favorite.
  • Stonecloud in Oklahoma City is the metro's hottest new brewery and taproom.
  • With so many breweries and taprooms popping up all over Oklahoma, it's easy to enjoy the state's craft beers.
  • Nothings Left offers up an array of craft beers in Tulsa's beer scene.
  • Fresh ingredients, local flavor and homegrown talent give Oklahoma beers their own flavor profile.
  • Dead Armadillo made its mark with amber but is following up with other seasonal releases.