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Plans in works for new Norman craft brewery

Nick Trougakos Published: March 12, 2013
We’ve all seen the stats: The number of craft breweries in the U.S. is now well over 2,000, with hundreds more in the planning or start-up phases. So it’s natural we would see some of those new breweries continue to pop up in Oklahoma.

The most recent to announce plans will be a production brewery in Norman, and they call themselves (405) Brewing Co.

I reached out to (405) Brewing recently to get the scoop on their plans, and here’s what I learned from brewery co-founder Jonathan Stapleton:

-They have a building secured in north Norman

-They have been in the planning stages since 2007

-They expect to have their brewhouse set up around May

-They expect their flagship beer to be something along the lines of a brown ale

-They are looking to be branded as a “Local, Artisan, Memorable” experience that will “intertwine the visual art world with the liquid arts”

-(405) Brewing aims to embody a dedication to the local/Norman community through volunteering, membership of local art boards and the Norman chamber

Good luck to (405) as they enter what is becoming a crowded Oklahoma craft beer scene!

Daily Pints

-New stats out today from the Brewers Association: The American craft beer industry set a new record for exports in 2012 — craft beer export volume increased by a whopping 72 percent compared to 2011, with a value estimated at $49.1 million.

-Expect a new round of releases from Prairie Artisan Ales on Friday, including Funky Galaxy (galaxy-hopped black farmhouse ale), Gold (sour bottle-conditioned golden ale) , Merica (American farmhouse ale) and Prairie Somewhere (sour farmhouse ale).

-Churches around the country are reaching out to craft beer lovers, with a “What Would Jesus Brew?” theme. An equally good question? What Should I Brew… this weekend?