Oklahoma City is home to a number of excellent breweries, and several of them offer brewery tours. Many of our local bars and pubs carry a great selection of local brews. You can start on either side of town and get a taxi or Uber across the city, if you don’t have a designated driver.
If you start on Memorial on the north edge of the city, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse offers an excellent selection of beers. No, they are not a local joint, but the locals love it. From there, head south to Plaza District. Oak & Ore features one of the city’s largest selections of local beers. The no-nonsense décor makes it possible to focus on what matters — the beer.
Midtown is the next stop. McNellie’s Public House carries approximately 350 beers. Yes, 350, and dozens of those are on tap. The menu is broken down into countries and styles, making it easy to find favorites. The newest taproom in the downtown area, Elk Valley, can also be found here, featuring traditional styles and a tremendous rooftop patio. Just a couple of blocks from Midtown is Bricktown, an area of the city that contains our oldest beer mecca: TapWerks Ale House.
The building itself is remarkable, but so is the beer selection. TapWerks looks and feels like a pub. There is just something reassuring about brass and dark wood when it comes to picking a beer joint. Its menu is nearly as extensive as McNellie’s, and it definitely has more beers on tap, including those locals you need to be trying: Anthem, Black Mesa, COOP, Mustang and Roughtail, to name some of the local favorites.
COOP Ale Works is the pioneer in Oklahoma City craft brewing. Its current taproom is open Wednesday-Saturday, but mark those calendars — you'll soon be able to get your core beer and seasonal fixes just east of Uptown 23rd. Also off the beaten path is the Brewers Union, but having four breweries under one roof makes it worth the trip.