Oklahoma is quickly becoming a leader in the nation-wide movement of small breweries producing beers with greater complexity, strength and variety. Restaurants and bars around the state have been greatly supportive of this new industry, which means you can find many different spots to try a fresh Oklahoma brew. If you haven’t had an Oklahoma-brewed craft beer yet, you’re in for a delicious and wide-ranging flavor journey.
With a dozen or so local breweries and more opening with greater frequency, now is a perfect time to branch out and try something new and exciting. Sample a light, refreshing Belgian-style summer ale or a strong imperial stout; an intense, aromatic pale ale or a smooth, well-balanced amber, all made right here in the Sooner State. Inspired by the plateaus of Black Mesa, the northern prairies, local sports teams and more, these breweries wear their state pride on their sleeves.
With larger, established breweries like COOP, Marshall and Prairie or up-and-comers like Dead Armadillo and Black Mesa, there are plenty of beers to try. While a great approach is to work through a favorite brewery’s core line-up of year-round offerings, make sure to keep an eye out for the many seasonal and limited brews that come out throughout the year. Many bars and restaurants host tasting events, and more and more breweries are offering brewery tours and a taproom for special tastings.
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To describe Oklahoma’s craft beer scene as “thriving” would be an understatement. World-class microbreweries have been popping up in every corner of the state during the last decade, releasing award-winning beers to national and international acclaim. Inspired by the styles of the moment and traditions of the past, Oklahoma’s bold and innovative brewmasters have carved out a unique place in a crowded field—and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Take a tour of some of the state’s most buzzed-about breweries and see what’s on tap in the Sooner State.