Prairie Artisan Ales plots downtown Oklahoma City brewery
Tulsa-based Prairie Artisan Ales will start brewing beer in Oklahoma City as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of an old warehouse near Automobile Alley.
Developers Brandon Lodge, Cale Coulter and Patrick Murnan purchased the old warehouse at 3 NE 8 earlier this year for $1.2 million. The building has been used as storage space for years.
Prairie Artisan Ales will be an anchor tenant in the building, inhabiting 4,000 square-feet that will include a brewery, tap room and creative art space.
Lodge envisions the renovated warehouse space with an urban feel with a restaurant and other attractions.
"What we are trying to create is a place where people want to stay, come in and eat, go have a beer at Prairie, and hang out," Lodge said.
The revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City, as well as the new streetcar system the city is building, were selling points for Prairie to open its new brewery in the area, said Zach Prichard, owner of Prairie Artisan Ales.
“There's a ton of potential down there and so much going on,” Prichard said. “It was important for us to be in Oklahoma City, but we also really wanted to be grounded there and feel like we are a part of the community.”
The brewing company plans to offer free space for artists in the community to work out of the building, as well as for artists working with the brewery.
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The 17,000-square-foot, 1940s-era warehouse has high ceilings, which make it perfect for a brewery, and the new space will give the brewery a place to develop innovative new beers, Prichard said.
The development group is working with the London-based architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on plans for the warehouse buildings.
The firm has overseen work on several significant downtown Oklahoma City projects over the past several years, including Level Urban Apartments in Deep Deuce and the restoration of the Rock Island Plow Building in Bricktown.
Lodge said he hopes to have work completed on the building and Prairie moved in by spring 2017.