The Thirsty Beagle: The Brew Shop nears needed expansion

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Brew Shop nears needed expansion

If you've ever gone to The Brew Shop on a Saturday, you know that things can get a little cramped when you've got three or four customers in line to check out and another three our four milling about shopping for ingredients and homebrew equipment.

That problem soon will be a thing of the past. Brew Shop proprietor Gail White is preparing a move down the street to a storefront with three to four times more space.

The Brew Shop is currently located at 3624 N Pennsylvania Ave. The new home will be just down the street, at 2916 N Pennsylvania. The shop will be immediately north of Rococo restaurant and right next to Modern Liquor. Part of White's new store will be in what used to be a tanning salon.

The main retail space has been vacant and run down for many years, but it's been transformed into an open, inviting space that White hopes will convey the feel of a modern auto garage.

You can't see it in this photo below, but the main check-out counter is fashioned out of specially poured concrete and will feature space for two check-out lines and for customers to visit and catch up.

The new shop will have loads more room for storage than the current set-up and will include separate spaces for tastings, meetings and brewing demonstrations.

White said she has been eyeing a move to a bigger spot for quite some time, but waiting for the right place and the right time has been the challenge. Now, the moving date is approaching quickly, with only some finishing touches and clean-up needed at the new store.

She said she expects to start moving products into the new space in as little as two weeks. A grand-opening celebration will be scheduled later once the new shop is settled and up and running.

If you're thinking of diving into homebrewing of beer or ciders, or winenmaking, be sure to pay White a visit at the old or new shop. She helped me get my start in homebrewing and can steer you down the right path, too.

Pints and Pins

-The Mustang Brewing and Local Craft Beer Block Party and Chili Cook-Off that was postponed due to rain has been rescheduled for June 13 at Mustang. More info here.

-COOP Ale Works is opening up its brewery on Saturday, June 20 for tours and tastings. The event is set for 1 to 5 p.m., with tours at 2 and 3 p.m.

-If you just can't wait to go check out the brewery, the Red Earth Brewers homebrew club is hosting its monthly meeting at COOP on June 18. Club meetings are open to all members and those who think they might want to join. More info here.

-Boulevard Brewing announced that its Collaboration No. 5 beer, Tropical Pale Ale, will be brewed with Cigar City. This is due for a September release.

-Anthem Brewing posted some pics on social media concerning their IPA going into cans. Keep your eyes peeled for those beauties hitting Oklahoma liquor stores soon.

-TapWerks is getting ready to celebrate its 20th birthday -- so close to being legal! Keep a watch on their social media channels for upcoming events and special one-offs.

-Speaking of TapWerks, they now have 405 Brewing Brown on tap. It's great to see another Oklahoma brewer start to flex its muscles!

1 comment:

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