A guide to 6th Street beer havens
American Solera’s new brewery location is now open at 1702 E. 6th St.
Since Oklahoma’s antiquated liquor laws got a much-needed facelift in 2018, Tulsa’s craft breweries have been serving up “full-strength” craft beer from the comfort of their own taprooms—a far cry from the illegal speakeasies of the 1920s and watery three-two domestics of the early aughts. Few parts of town have seized the moment quite like 6th Street in the Pearl District, where some of the city’s best and boldest breweries are establishing Tulsa as a first-class beer city. So hitch a Lyft and discover a cluster of crawlable taprooms and breweries unique to Tulsa with our handy guide below.
1702 E. 6th St.
Wide open spaces—that’s what you’ll find at American Solera’s new location. Now a 14,000 square foot brewery with abundant seating and trendy decor, it took a lot of work to get the formerly ramshackle building
“It was rough in here,” founder and brewmaster Chase Healey said. “I mean there were trees growing here. Almost every window was broken out.” Replacing 1,200 individual panels of glass cost almost as much as the building itself, but Healey said it was important to preserve the original look of the building. What stands now is a space that flows as freely as the beer, ideal for your next group gathering.
The big move was something like a new start for American Solera. “We kind of had to coast for about six weeks on beer that we had brewed [at the old location],” Healey said. But now the crafty brewers are ramping production back up, and Healey expects new beers to pop up every week, including American Solera’s third anniversary brew. The Year Three Blend clocks in at 6% ABV and is made with raspberries, cherries and wild yeast—something that is “unique to our area because it’s all the wild yeast that’s in the air,” Healey said.
1717 E. 7th St.
A stone’s throw from American Solera—literally, the two share a parking lot—cozy Cabin Boys awaits. The warehouse-turned-brewery is stylish, woodsy and industrial. It’s big enough to hold all your friends without sacrificing snug vibes, and their beer selection includes robust tap-room exclusives as well as classics you’ll recognize. Origin Stories is one available only at the taproom, and it’s a delectable dark brew to sip and watch the season change from the warmth of the indoors with notes of dark chocolate and toasted raisin bread. Don’t let the color fool you—this guy is light and crisp, and with a 5.4% ABV, it’s easy to grab a second.
Marshall Brewing Company Taproom
1742 E. 6th St.
Tulsa’s brewery pioneers at Marshall have kept beer lovers sated for more than 10 years. But beyond great beer, the folks at Marshall are all about community. “Our goal for the tap room has always been to make this a space that anyone can come and enjoy,” taproom manager Kyle Johnson said. “With the law changes last year, we’re now able to be family friendly as well. … This is somewhere that you can [have] family gatherings and birthday parties and just the communal aspect that people can get together and enjoy a beer in our space.”
Johnson has 24 rotating taps ready to pour you a tall glass, and about 11 are available only at the taproom. One exclusive to keep an eye on is the Big Jamoke porter, named after the B-25 airplane flown by brewmaster and founder Eric Marshall’s grandfather in World War II. This deep mahogany brew comes in at 6.8% ABV and has notes of toffee, fresh roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
Pearl Beach Brew Pub
418 S. Peoria Ave.
Pearl Beach is the closest we can get to the coast in Tulsa. With sand volleyball courts, a patio and a fun casual space inside, this one-of-a-kind taproom has something for everybody. If the weather stamps out your outdoor game plans, the abundant natural light inside is ideal for winter drinking, so no need to brave the chilly air until springtime. Ten taps rotate their house brews, and craft beer from other places around town is also available. Try the Kentucky Common, a light-bodied amber beer that comes in at 5% ABV.
Nothing’s Left Brewing Co.
1502 E. 6th St.
The Nothing’s Left location has lived many lives. Originally a gas station and later a mechanic’s garage, among many other things, Nothing’s Left is a unique space with indoor and outdoor seating. Try their chocolate and peanut butter stout, Deez Nuts, clocking in at 8% ABV. Brewmaster and owner Travis Richards said it’s basically “liquid Reese’s,” so it’s perfect to curb any lingering Halloween cravings. Deez Nuts was revered at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival in Denver last month among more than 4,000 beers, with Denver Post naming it one of the “10 must-drink beers” at the festival.