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Prairie Artisan Ales plots downtown Oklahoma City brewery

Tusla-based Prairie Artisan Ales has plans to open a new brewery and tap room in Oklahoma City in Spring 2017. [Photo provided]

Tusla-based Prairie Artisan Ales has plans to open a new brewery and tap room in Oklahoma City in Spring 2017. [Photo provided]

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.

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.

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<p>An old warehouse at 3 NE 8 in Oklahoma City is set to become a mixed use development featuring Prairie Artisan Ales as a tenant in 2017. [Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman]</p>

An old warehouse at 3 NE 8 in Oklahoma City is set to become a mixed use development featuring Prairie Artisan Ales as a tenant in 2017. [Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman]

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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