The Thirsty Beagle: Angry Scotsman Brewing reveals brewery location

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Angry Scotsman Brewing reveals brewery location

Happy Saturday beer fans!

I'm putting up a special weekend post today to make an exclusive announcement -- I've got some news to share on Angry Scotsman Brewing.

You may remember in my follow-up blog post after Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival that I shared news about Angry Scotsman eyeing a location near downtown Oklahoma City for the build-out of their brewery and taproom.

I'm excited to announce today that ASB founder and brewmaster Ross Harper is now ready to announce the exact location and to share the first rendering/image of the proposed building.

So let's get to it. Angry Scotsman Brewing will be located at 704 W Reno Ave., just west of the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at the intersection of Reno and Lee avenues. Here's the first image of the building:

Harper promised an ample outdoor beer garden space, and you can see that is delivered. The brewery will be a stone's throw (assuming you've got a strong arm) to downtown -- a mere five blocks away from Chesapeake Energy Arena -- and will feature a tremendous view of the OKC skyline to the east.

Harper shared the following thoughts:

"Yesterday, we signed a lease on the future home of Angry Scotsman Brewing. This is a huge, exhilarating step forward for us as we progress to getting the brewery open. We take over the building on July 1, and from there we’ll get the build-out rolling and the tanks in ASAP. 

"In due course, we’ll have one of the largest patios/beer gardens in downtown with great skyline views, and this location puts us just blocks from the Chesapeake Arena, Myriad Gardens, Bricktown, Film Row, and the Farmers Market — not to mention fellow breweries Anthem and Stonecloud. When the final section of the Oklahoma City Boulevard is completed, you'll be able to stroll or bike right by our south door.

"Not only is this a growth moment for ASB to celebrate, it’s also a moment of personal reflection. Taking on responsibility for a commercial lease, investors, and an SBA loan is both exciting and terrifying. Frankly, it’s mainly terrifying. Sometimes I question why I’m choosing the years of extra stress, exhausting work, and financial risk when I could just have bought a boat and kicked back with a homebrew. 

"And the answer always comes down to this: That’s not who I am. I'm driven to bring Angry Scotsman Brewing to market, and to not just succeed with the brewery, but to sustain and give back to the local community while I do it. I can’t do it alone, and I’m fortunate to have the faith, investment, and support of my incredibly patient (she has to be, with me) fiancĂ©e, our extended families, friends, and the OKC craft beer community as a whole. Thank you all. I promise I won’t let you down.

"Here’s to the opportunities ahead!"

I came away from OCBF incredibly impressed by Harper's beers, so I certainly can't wait to see what the future has in store for ASB.

And how great to see the downtown area go from zero full-strength craft breweries a few years ago, to as many as six within the next year?

These are good times, my friends.

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