Craft beer is booming! Over the past few years, the number of microbreweries in the US has grown. Currently, there are over 3,000 microbreweries that you can visit across the country—up 20% in just the last two years. And some of the best are right here in Oklahoma City. So, if you're a connoisseur of the craft beer, or know someone who is and you'd like to tag along, check out one of these great spots this weekend:
Located in an old Bricktown candy factory, this brewery started in 1992 as a microbrewery restaurant. This traditional American brewpub offers its own handcrafted beer along with other locally crafted beers. The menu features excellent dishes made with local ingredients. And if you’re interested in how the beers are made and the types of grains and ingredients used in each, Bricktown Brewery offers tours to small groups by appointment.
At Belle Isle Restaurant and Brewing Company, you can visit their 2nd-floor brewpub and enjoy local OKC handcrafted ales and lagers. You can even take home a growler of your favorite brew. Happy hour runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Belle Isle features live music every Friday and Saturday.
TapWerks is the oldest tap house in Oklahoma and prides itself on their selection of ales. This old world-style pub laden with rich woods and a lively atmosphere features two floors, with more than 106 taps per floor and more than 100 bottled beers! The menu pairs perfectly with their beers, of course, and they offer a library, pool tables, shuffleboard, darts and a jukebox. The first floor is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, while the second floor is open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. They also offer pub trivia weekly and live local music.
At McNellie's Public House you can “Drink the Beer, Keep the Glass.” It's a true Irish pub, modeled on the local public houses frequented in Dublin. Fresh food is served in a family-friendly atmosphere and a large selection of beer is available, bottled and on draught. They also have a great selection of single-malt scotches.
Know of another great microbrewery or brewpub in the area? Please, let us know!