Brewer did what just about everybody else in town was doing in the late 1970s — he bought an oil well. The first well was a bust, but the second one did "very well.”
Brewer admits that time after time, much of his career involved luck. He lucked into the nightclubs and he certainly lucked out in the oil boom.
He began consulting with more experienced oilmen and soon gave up the nightclub life. In one day, he said, he took in $600,000 from the Tom Cat well in western Oklahoma. Calls came in from across the country from investors looking to buy any parcels near Brewer's big discovery.
His next deal would be the clincher that would finance his next phase in life — a contract with Oklahoma City to drill on leases at Will Rogers World Airport. Brewer could have kept on going.
It was the early 1980s and fuel prices were supposed to continue climbing without end. But he sold his interests, bought some rigs to work over existing oil wells and continued to prosper after the oil bust hit in 1983.