25 Jun What the Ale: Twisted Spike Brewery, tap room

By TOM GILBERT Chief Photographer | Courtesy the Tulsa World

A new commercial brewery and tap room is coming to Oklahoma City. Twisted Spike Brewery has plans to brew in a building at 1 NW 10th St. The 7,500-square-foot 1927 building will be renovated, including paint removal from the bricks. The area is known as Automobile Alley.

“We started planning the brewery two years ago, when the outlook for changes to the very restrictive Oklahoma alcoholic beverage laws were beginning to move in a positive direction,” Twisted Spike brewmaster Bruce Sanchez said. “We wanted to be up and running when the laws eventually changed.

The permits have been filed, and Sanchez is waiting for approval to get in and start working on the location to get his beer brewing.

“Ever since I began to brew beer, I have had a great passion for great beer. While traveling for my day job, as an electrical engineer for the FAA, I experienced the craft beer revolution that was happening all over the country,” he said. “As a local beer evangelist, I have helped dozens of friends start brewing and introduced them to a wide variety of beers.”

Sanchez has 23 years of brewing experience, and he has won awards at many national and local beer competitions. Those beers will be in his portfolio when he begins production at Twisted Spike.

Sanchez plans on having a separate tap room with a separate owner to allow them to serve strong beer, including barrel-aged and “sour” beers, that will be produced at the next-door brewery named for the adjacent railroad.

“There are so many great ways to incorporate historic OKC themes and give the brewery a very local feeling,” he said. “We’re going to continue to push the craft beer movement that has already been started by some great local Oklahoma breweries.”

Watch for more info on the opening of Twisted Spike Brewery at tulsaworld.com/whattheale.

Tom Gilbert 918-581-8349