Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bricktown to Get First Brew Pub

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bricktown to Get First Brew Pub

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By Betty Jane Harvey

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Oklahoma's first brew pub is planned to open around the first two weeks of October, a month after legislation goes into effect that allows establishments of this sort in the state.

A building at One N. Oklahoma Ave. has been undergoing renovations during the last six weeks to house the Bricktown Brewery Restaurant and Pub.

Oklahoma lawmakers this year enacted legislation to pave the way for brew pub restaurants like the Bricktown Brewery. House Bill 2196, effective Sept. 1, allows restaurants to brew their own 3.2 beer for customers to drink on the premises. Brew pubs, or "microbreweries," are legal in at least 21 states.

Under the new law, a brew pub is required to be licensed at an annual $150 fee, and operators are forbidden from manufacturing more than 5,000 barrels of beer a year. Owners are required to keep records of all beer sales to consumers, no matter whether the beer was purchased from beverage suppliers or manufactured on the premises.

Plans for a brewery in Oklahoma City were already under way when the Oklahoma House of Representatives first defeated the bill in March. It was later revived during the session, passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

The Bricktown pub will fill the first floor of the twoory building which formerly housed warehouse operations for the Bunte Division of American Candy Co. Contents for the beer including the hopps and barley are to be stored in the basement area.

Built in 1901 as the Oklahoma Wholesale Grocers building, it was one of the first structures in the area known as Bricktown. The structure of the building is considered somewhat fragile and extra care is to be taken during the renovation work to preserve the original structure.

Renovations to the 18,000-squareot building include work on the 6,000-squareot first floor and in the basement, which is the same size. …

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