Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Marshall Finds Tulsa Home for His Pint-Sized Brewery

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Marshall Finds Tulsa Home for His Pint-Sized Brewery

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The last time this city had a taste of local production brewing was before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Inside a khaki-colored building on Wheeling Avenue and Sixth Street, Eric Marshall is preparing to bring brewing here again.

Marshall Brewing Co. is not a brew pub or restaurant; its purpose is to produce quality crafted ales and lagers. Marshall, owner and brewmaster, plans to start brewing beer by the end of March and anticipates that his beer will be in liquor stores and bars by the middle of April.

A Tulsa native with a deep affection for the craftsmanship of beer, Marshall knew he wanted to open some type of beer establishment when he apprenticed in multiple craft breweries throughout Germany. Those apprenticeships gave him the opportunity to learn what brewing beer requires, and with that knowledge he decided his best fit was to open a production brewery.

"I wanted to stick with what I was good at and that also seemed to be the model that works best throughout - it gives you more versatility," he said. "People are embracing craft beer, microbrew beer, and so for me it was sort of the right time in terms of that."

For about two years Marshall has been developing the brewery, with the first year dedicated to finding the right building to develop his beloved beer. That became a complicated process for Marshall since the city restricts breweries to buildings that were in medium industrial zones, he said. Since Marshall wanted his brewery to be in Tulsa, that left him with few options. After a frustrating year of failed contacts, Marshall said he was at the point where they were going to construct a building, until they found the dream spot.

"We found this place and it was perfect and when we walked in the first thing I said was 'this is my brewery,'" he said.

The brewery has 7,300 square feet and since Marshall's parents purchased the entire building, there is room for the brewery to expand to an additional 6,000 square feet. …

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