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CC COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL

With craft brewing becoming a national trend, we’re practically swimming in small-batch suds here in the 918. Thanks to groups like Marshall, Prairie and others, our cups are running over with porters, IPAs and session ales. By Rachel Wright 68 APRIL 2017

The Tulsa craft beer scene is booming, with breweries and taprooms popping up left and right, embraced with open arms by the beer lovers of Green Country. The love for craft brews was apparent in November, when Oklahomans voted to update laws to allow wine and fullstrength beer to be sold in grocery stores and convenience stores — laws that hadn’t been updated since the days of Prohibition, in some cases. Okies have to wait until 2018 for the measure to go into effect, but “the times they are a-changin’,” as is evidenced by the brewmaster pioneers in our hometown. We may be late to the game, but it’s not like Oklahoma brewers are starting at the bottom of the barrel.

Though smaller in size and limited in scope to some of the larger areas in the country, the 918 microbrewery boom here is less about being commercial and more about community with like-minded folks getting together to share a few pints. Beer lovers from nearby “beer snob” states are now even coming to the Sooner State to take our delicious brews back home. “I have a customer who comes into town and buys cases of Prairie to take home for himself and his friends in Colorado,” says Alex Rector, beer manager at Modern Spirits. “That’s something I never would have imagined in my younger years, especially considering that Colorado is one of the most craft beer loving states in the country.”

April 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 4)  

For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for discovering Green Country and locating the perfect place to eat, drink, visit, sho...

April 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 4)  

For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for discovering Green Country and locating the perfect place to eat, drink, visit, sho...