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Plans in works for new Norman craft brewery

by 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?

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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