A Jump, Skip, and SO Many Hops Through Tulsa’s Brewery Scene
Tulsa is in the midst of a craft beer renaissance that shows no signs of slowing down. With the constant introductions of new and formidable microbreweries to the scene, it’s becoming increasingly harder to make decisions when it’s drinking time… Welcome to the life of a beer-drinking Tulsan.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list so that you can have an experience that’s attuned to your palate. Want to try them all? We get it. Luckily, there are a few ways you can make your pilgrimage on the ale trail!
Thanks to This Machine Tulsa’s curated E-Bike Tours, you can hit all the best breweries on 6th Street. And don’t worry, they’re electric, so you don’t have to pedal too hard. You can go to https://thismachinetulsa.org/explore/sixth/ to plan your self-guided tour.
If balancing on a bike is too much for you, you can ditch it and take a tour with Pearl Brewery Tours — a bus that runs daily and ensures they do the driving and parking while you get to do the tasting. Head over to https://www.pearlbrewerytours.com/ to find out more… once you read through this list.
Marshall Brewing Co.
We felt it important to mention Marshall Brewing Company first in this article because they’re kind of the hip uncle of all the other breweries in Tulsa. Being the first commercial brewing facility in Oklahoma since World War II, Marshall Brewing Company has stood the test of time, battling through the days where constrictive liquor laws and big beer stood in the way of the rich microbrewery scene we have today. Marshall has been perfecting their craft since 2008, continuing to stick to their flagship beers that put them on the map.
Writer’s Choice: Sundown Wheat | Wheat Ale | 4.7% ABV | 15 IBUs
American Solera’s neon signage that invites you into their vintage-revival, chic interior is the synesthesia of what you’ll find in their beer. The brewery uses an oak barrel aging process (typically a practice used in the making of wine) for their beers. Their beer is aged 6 to 18 months prior to bottling which gives each creation a unique flavor profile. But if that isn’t enough to entice you, American Solera’s reputation precedes them. Named the 2nd Best New Brewery in the World for 2016 and Best New Brewery in the United States for 2016 by RateBeer, this is the place to visit for beer lovers searching for something unique.
Writer’s Choice: Terpy Citra | Double IPA | 8% ABV | 20 IBUs
Prairie Artisan Ales
Prairie Artisan Ales falls nothing short from their namesake. The brewery is passionate about the art of beer making, whether they’re producing “big bold barrel-aged stouts or super crisp and funky farmhouse ales”. Ranked as one of the top 100 brewers in the world by RateBeer, Prairie’s beers are best enjoyed with their equally artisanal entrees in their brewpub located right on Main Street in the Tulsa Arts District, it is a perfect destination for either pre or post concert refreshments.
Writer’s Choice: Bomb! | Stout – Imperial/Double Coffee | 13% ABV | 65 IBUs
Heirloom Rustic Ales
Heirloom Rustic Ales is a fairly new taproom located in a former repair garage in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood－a charming part of town and burgeoning area for tasty craft beer. Heirloom, easily noticeable by their artsy buffalo logo enshrined in a headdress of hops, holds a philosophy of brewing refreshing, simple, and affordable small-batch beers. Their cozy taproom is a great place for more laid back and relaxing outings.
Writer’s Choice: Undertow | Beach IPA | 5.6% ABV
Cabin Boys Brewery
Cabin Boys Brewery has one of the more unique origin stories on this list. Their moniker isn’t some half-baked, quirky name to snatch the nearest craft drinker. Cabin Boys literally started out in a cabin in the woods in Catoosa, Oklahoma. While the fully-fledged brewery can now be found on 7th and Utica in Tulsa (perfectly situated right next to American Solera for a two-for-one experience), there’s still a sense of community and air of easy-goingness that’s reminiscent of the old cabin in this new location. Serving European-influenced beers backed by time spent in Munich, Germany, Cabin Boys is complete with open spaces with plenty of games to enjoy their beer and the people you drink them with.
Writer’s Choice: Prost King | Pilsner | 4.5% ABV | 17 IBUs
Another newer brewery, rising into the scene in 2017, Welltown Brewing Co. is another prototypical example of Tulsa-bred entrepreneurship and innovation. Welltown Brewing was born in a century-old garage in the current Tulsa Arts District. Years later, the refurbished establishment accommodates countless craft beer lovers in a massive, multi-floor space with an elevated outdoor patio boasting a stunning view of downtown Tulsa. The beers are equally as good as the views, as there is always something new and experimental to try.
Writer’s Choice: Cloudy Dreams | NEIPA | 6.1% ABV | 40 IBUs
New Era Fine Fermentations, or for short, NEFF Brewing, is yet another new microbrewery that can be found in between the Blue Dome and East Village districts, some of Tulsa’s most popping areas. Housed in a historic building called “The Dock”, NEFF Brewing functions simultaneously as a restaurant with some delicious food options. The most unique thing about NEFF Brewing? Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012 but still having a love for beer, the owner of the brewery commits to the mantra of “Brewed for Everyone” by maintaining a completely gluten-free beer menu.
Writer’s Choice: Apollo Blonde Ale | 5.5% ABV | 30 IBUs
Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing
Deemed the Best Brewery in Oklahoma in 2018 by Southern Living Magazine, Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing is another craft brew force to be reckoned with. Are you noticing a trend yet about Tulsa’s microbrewery scene? If you’re traveling in or out of Tulsa, Dead Armadillo can be found on tap in the Tulsa Airport in their Tarmac Tavern location if you’re looking for a much more relaxing plane ride. Otherwise, their beer can be enjoyed on tap in their beer garden called the Bone Garden with the Tulsa skyline as a backdrop and strings of lights overhead that illuminate the evening.
Writer’s Choice: Dead Armadillo Amber | Amber Ale | 5.7% ABV | 34 IBUs
With over 50 TVs, delicious coal-fired oven pizza, and of course, a variety of craft brews on tap, there’s no better place to catch the game than at Elgin Park. Even their beers are named in the spirit of sports, such as their ‘Ride the Pine Ale’, ‘Lou Brown Ale’, or a favorite, the ‘Performance Enhancing Pils’. Pro tip? Go on Thursdays after 4 pm for $2 pints of crushable, house-brewed, game-day beer.
Writer’s Choice: Put Me In Kolsch | Kolsch Ale | 4% ABV
Renaissance Brewing Co.
A true neighborhood brewery, Renaissance Brewing Co. gets its namesake from the Renaissance neighborhood in Tulsa. With an inviting taproom that hosts yoga from time-to-time, welcomes canine friends and has brewer’s nights where you can come and learn more about the beers on tap, Renaissance is the perfect place to drink like a local. Even the designs on the cans portray Marvel-ized Tulsa lore (peak the Golden Driller looking like a superhero on the Gamma Ray IPA can)!
Writer’s Choice: Gamma Ray IPA | 6.5% ABV
Nothing’s Left Brewing Company
At Nothing’s Left Brewing Co., you’ll find that it’s very easy to leave nothing left in your pint glass. Located in the heart of Tulsa’s Pearl District, Nothing’s Left has been crafting their brews since 2015, only moving to production the ones that passed the test of beer drinkers at festivals. Simply put, and in Nothing Left’s own words “(They) Brew Awesome Beer”.
Writer’s Choice: Strawberry Blonde | Fruity Wheat | 6.5% ABV
Pearl Beach Brewpub
Pearl Beach Brewpub is perhaps the most unique environment to drink in on this list. As landlocked as Oklahoma may be, this is about the closest you can get to actually feeling like you’re at the beach. The brewpub doesn’t just serve creative and refreshing beers however, they also have a full bar and specialize in handcrafted frozen slushies. With the backdrop of the Tulsa skyline and beach volleyball courts galore, you can enjoy a taste of tropical Tulsa.
Writer’s Choice: ¿Parcha? | Passion Fruit Sour | 5.8% ABV
Broken Arrow Brewing Co.
While Broken Arrow Brewing Company is indeed in Broken Arrow, it’s still close enough to Tulsa! It is a Native American owned and operated microbrewery and the first of its kind in Broken Arrow. Located in what was formerly Broken Arrow Ice Plant and Light & Power Company built-in 1906, the location has been refurbished into a charming drinking spot.
Writer’s Choice: Broken Arrow Brown | Brown Ale | 7.4% ABV | 38 IBU
Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices? Welcome to the life of a beer-drinking Tulsan. Luckily, there are a few ways you can make your pilgrimage on the ale trail! Thanks to This Machine Tulsa’s curated E-Bike Tours, you can hit all the best breweries on 6th Street. And don’t worry, they’re E-bikes, so you really don’t have to pedal that much. You can go to https://thismachinetulsa.org/explore/sixth/ to plan your self-guided tour! If balancing on a bike is too much for you, you can ditch it and take a tour with Pearl Brewery Tours! A bus that runs daily tours and ensures that they do the driving and parking while you get to do the drinking and partying. Head over to https://www.pearlbrewerytours.com/ to find out more!
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