I had a chance to go out and tour COOP Ale Works’ news 15,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse this afternoon. I just put the finishing touches on a write-up for The Oklahoman’s Business section for tomorrow, but because you’re a loyal blog reader, I’ll let you read it right here first. Check below the story for some photos I snapped during the tour. And remember, you can see the brewery for yourself on Saturday when COOP opens up shop for an open house and fifth-anniversary celebration.
Oklahoma City beer brewer COOP Ale Works unveiled a new state-of-the-art brewery building Tuesday, promising an increase in production and an expansion of its lineup of canned beers.
The building at 4745 Council Heights Road in far southwest Oklahoma City gives COOP nearly 15,000 square feet of space, with the possibility for an additional 10,000 square feet in expansion space, brewery officials said. COOP’s previous and first home was a 5,200-square-foot building near NW 51 and Western Avenue.
The increased space features a fully automated, 30-barrel brewing system that COOP leaders call the most technologically advanced system in the state. One barrel is equivalent to approximately 31 gallons of beer, meaning COOP will be able to produce several hundred gallons of beer in each batch.
The beermaker’s previous brewhouse featured only a seven-barrel system.
The increased production will allow COOP’s team of six full-time and two part-time employees to roll out canned offerings of all six of its core beer products; currently only three of COOP’s year-round beers are available at liquor stores.
COOP co-founder JD Merryweather said the full lineup of cans should be available in stores in the summer.
COOP also announced plans to distribute out of state, starting with shipments to Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas in the summer and Texas in the fall.
Brewery co-founder Daniel Mercer said the company has signed a seven-year lease for the building, with an option for two two-year extensions. Mercer said they may stay at the brewery building for the full 11 years, but may also seek a new, larger location closer to the city center if sales volumes and company growth dictate the need for additional expansion.
The brewery, which is located near Council Road and State Highway 152, will be open to the public from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday for an open house and to celebrate COOP’s fifth anniversary.