Let’s dig in to (405) Brewing

“Built By Hand” – you’ll find this saying on each bottle. Step into the brewhouse in Norman and find it void of fancy buttons, switches, and pretty stainless. Brewing it taken seriously a form of art. The three vessel brewhouse is comprised of reclaimed and repurposed stainless vessels. Each vessel was rescued from the milk industry graveyards of Wisconsin and repurposed by hand. Bags of grain are opened and mashed by hand. Their process is hands on and labor intensive, and the beer is an expression of creativity.

Project Brewing:

The terms “craft”, “micro”, and “artisan” are associated with some of the greatest American breweries. (405) dabbles (quite successfully) in project brewing. They decided that they don’t want to be tied down to brewing one beer. Although they now have a “flagship” beer in GFS” (Grapefruit Sour), it was never the goal to set one beer ahead of another – you’ve got to give the people what they want! They’ll continue to bring new beers to consumers each year with an emphasis on seasonal flavors. They’ve got a lime tart brewing for OCBF!

(405) follows a simple philosophy (Those easily offended need not read further):

“FDR” – Fuck the Damn Rules

FDR is their approach to brewing beer. They don’t adhere to most  “guidelines” or “styles” commonly affiliated with beer.

FDR, the beer, is a coffee Imperial Stout brewed with four different types of chocolate malts. They incorporate locally roasted Mariposa Coffee extracted french press style.

Oklahoma’s newest craft brewery, Twisted Spike plans first pouring!

Twisted Spike Brewing Company – Oklahoma’s newest beer destination in OKC’s Automobile Alley.

I have a passion for great beer. As a local Beer Evangelist, I have helped dozens of friends start home brewing and have introduced them to a wide variety of beers. Over the past 25 years of home brewing, I have developed many local and national award winning beer recipes. The Twisted Spike beer profile will include a wide variety of American and Belgian styles.

Twisted Spike

We started planning the brewery two years ago, when the outlook for changes to the very restrictive OK alcoholic beverage laws was gaining momentum. Our plan was to be up and running when the laws eventually changed. Legislation like SB424 is exactly what the state needs for the growth of Oklahoma craft beer.

After researching and securing a prime downtown location on 10th St. adjacent to the railroad, we decided to integrate railroad into the theme for the brewery. The inspiration for the brewery name, theme and brand is a railroad spike that was worked by a blacksmith into a bottle opener. There are so many great ways to incorporate historic OKC themes and give the brewery a very local feel. The building’s original brick interior and wood beam ceiling will be exposed as well as its original 1927 facade.

The Twisted Spike Tap Room will have all of our beers including barrel aged and sour beers. Also planned for the tap room are growler fills, special releases, tastings and a private event center. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The opening and roll out of our first beers is planned for late summer. Twisted Spike beers will be distributed to restaurants, bars, and liquor stores statewide.

We are excited to participate in the rapid growth of downtown OKC. Twisted Spike will be a driving force in the Oklahoma craft beer movement, started by some great local Oklahoma breweries. Our mission is to create Oklahoma’s premier craft brewery by producing world class beers and serving them in an inviting social atmosphere. We like to call it the Twisted Spike Total Beer Experience.

See you at the Spike!

Attention: Beer Fans

Dear Beer Fans,


We at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival were just as shocked as many of you at the online processing fees charged by Ticketmaster when purchasing online or via telephone. This is our first year using Ticketmaster, and we are required to use them, per our contract with the Cox Convention Center. Last year, when we moved the festival last minute due to weather, tickets were already sold out, so this issue did not come up. Regardless, Ticketmaster will not change the fees, so we worked hard to get you some options that will avoid the online fees. To that end, you have two options for purchasing tickets that will only charge you a $2.50 facility fee.


Option 1 is going to the box-office at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Box-office hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 p.m. Evening, weekend and holiday hours vary according to event schedules. Cash or credit card accepted, no checks.


Option 2 is going to TapWerks Ale House and purchasing tickets. TapWerks is open 7 days a week from 11am to 2am. Cash or credit card accepted, no checks.


We realize that being able to purchase online is a necessity for some, and a convenience for all. If we could change the fees we certainly would. For future events we will find a cheaper option.


Secondly, we would like to explain the difference between the Saturday VIP session and the other two sessions. The Saturday VIP Session is from 1-4pm on June 18th. The ticket is $50, which is $10 more than the other two sessions. There are numerous reasons for this price difference.


  1. In this session, you will receive a 5oz glass tulip as your commemorative tasting cup. In the other sessions you receive a plastic tasting cup.


  1. We are selling fewer tickets to this session, which means shorter lines for beer, food, and restrooms. The festival hall is less crowded as well. All this means more time to sample and less time waiting to sample.


  1. Samples at this session will be poured by brewers, reps, and employees of the breweries. In other sessions, volunteers will staff booths. This is an opportunity to meet and greet the guys and gals who make festivals like this possible.


  1. There will be some beers poured at this session that will not be poured at other sessions. Some might say these beers are “special.” Others might call them “rare.” We think you will like them.


Lastly, thank you for helping us make this festival great every year. We work very hard to make this a great festival for not only the beer fans, but also the breweries that attend. Without your support, none of this is possible.




The Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival team