Fresh & Local: COOP

“COOP Ale Works began with a humble home brewer and a simple dream. The idea spread as friends tasted the unique beers, and the popularity of those early batches encouraged a dedicated team of three partners to begin working to make the dream of a local brewery a reality.  Mark Seibold, JD Merryweather and Daniel Mercer spent the next two years traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Central America visiting breweries and sampling local flavors.  The insight gained from entrepreneurs, brewers, biologists, operations personnel and consumers provided an invaluable basis for a serious endeavor into quality commercial brewing.  By integrating this knowledge with the local, regional and national brewing trends, as well as local feedback, the trio planned the birth and growth of the yet unnamed COOP. After nearly 3 years of research, comprising thousands of man hours and dozens of test batches, COOP fashioned its identity as a steadfast professional team that holds closely a passion for bringing quality, local beer to taps and homes in Oklahoma City and beyond.”

About three weeks ago we had the pleasure of being invited to for a tour of COOP’s brewery. When Mark Seibold emailed us we were thrilled, we have a great love for all things local, and as an avid grill master I’m thrilled to find a fresh, local brewing company with a heart for local beer culture. COOP has eight beers in production 6 original recipe beers available year round, check out their beer finder to locate a supplier near you. Also watch for their seasonal ‘Oktoberfest’ and their Territorial Reserve Beers most recently the 2010 Oak-Aged Imperial Stout which is a collaboration between COOP and Templeton Rye Whiskey.

Another amazing aspect of COOP Ale Works is their dedication to the environment, and the process of giving back. I recently talked with Mark again and he outlined their plan to become a zero impact business. Meaning that everything they use get’s recycled or reused in some fashion. Green Couch Design is working on new products right now involving the reuse of their grain bags, a local beef supplier is using the spent grain from their brewing process to feed his cattle, and a bakery has used their spent grain to make bread.

“We would like to get to the point that the only thing we throw away is the dust on the floor…and honestly we want to compost that.”

-Mark Seibold

A great company, and great people, we loved the beer, and the tour. So hat’s off to COOP for being truly Fresh & Local. Visit their website and check out a little more of their history, you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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One Response to “Fresh & Local: COOP”
  1. 03.11.2011

    Mmmm… I could go for a glass of DNR right about now (that said, it’s 6:56AM – I think I might have a problem).

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