The Thirsty Beagle: Renaissance Brewing set for public release

Friday, July 15, 2016

Renaissance Brewing set for public release

I like to joke that when anyone tells me they'll open a brewery in a certain month, you should automatically tack on five months to that plan.

There's a definite level of truth to the quip, because opening a brewery in Oklahoma involves a long and winding road littered with many hoops to jump through and much red tape to tear down.

It almost always takes longer than you think.

Glenn Hall knows that story all too well.

Hall, a longtime homebrewer and former IT professional in Tulsa, started the wheels in motion on his plan for Renaissance Brewing Co. nearly five years ago.

Tonight, his beer will go on sale to the public for the first time.

Renaissance is holding a Beer Release and Pint Night from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dead Armadillo Brewery, 1004 E 4th St., in Tulsa.

Hall said he sees tonight's release -- where they'll serve up pints of Renaissance Gold German Style Golden Ale and Renaissance Indian Wheat German Style Hefeweizen -- as another step in a long journey.

"I’ve kind of prepared for it all along," Hall said Friday morning. "I’ve always had a long-term vision. I see 10 years in advance.

"I’m patient and I knew it wasn’t easy, especially here in Oklahoma."

The work will continue for Hall and his brewing partner, successful homebrewer Kelsey Schumacher, as they work on construction of their Tulsa brewery building at 1147 S Lewis Ave. -- what Hall describes as a "hyperlocal" neighborhood brewery.

They are erecting steel on the building now, and Hall said he expects that in August they will begin interior work, including electrical and plumbing. The plan calls for Renaissance to transition its brewing operations into the new facility from Dead Armadillo, where they are gypsy brewing now, sometime early next year.

In the meantime, craft beer fans can try Renaissance tonight, and also at 5 p.m. Tuesday at The Fur Shop in Tulsa, and then at noon Saturday, July 23 at Oak & Ore.

The beers are being produced in kegs only now, but Hall said he expects all four of their brands to be released in four-pack, 16 oz. cans within the next two to three months.

He said he hopes to have his brewery building, complete with a tap room, event space and a pair of upstairs apartments -- a B&B, or Bed & Beer -- ready to go by summer 2017.

Hall said getting his beer out to the public in bars in Oklahoma City and Tulsa ahead of his brewery opening is "a bonus."

"We’re not there yet," he said. "My vision is getting our facility completely finished, that’s really when it’s all going to come together."

When all is said and done, it'll likely be closer to a six-year process from beginning to brewery for Hall.

"It’s not for the faint of heart," he said. "You’ve got to be dedicated. You’ve got to really love it."

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