Have you noticed the rise in craft beer breweries in Oklahoma City? Over the past decade, multiple breweries including Twisted Spike Brewing Co., Stonecloud Brewing Co., Anthem Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales have entered the market alongside longtime brewmasters such as the Bricktown Brewery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
Our thirst for craft beer is reflective of the national trend. According to the Brewers Association, small and independent craft brewers saw a 5 percent rise in volume of beer sales in 2017 and the number of operating breweries grew by 16 percent. The economic impact is significant. The Brewers Association’s most recent economic impact report showed that craft brewers contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014.