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SUMMER BREW: Local options for all your beer needs

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Jonathan Stapleton and Trae Carson, owners of 405 Brewing Co. in Norman, Okla.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Breweries seem to hold a special place in the hearts of many people and with the boom of breweries popping up in Oklahoma, more and more people are showing an appreciation for local beer.

Anthem Brewing, Black Mesa, COOP Ale Works, and Roughtail are just a few of the more popular breweries (all which are in the Oklahoma City area).

In 2015, 405 Brewing opened its doors in Norman. Oklahoma natives and owners Jonathan Stapleton and Trae Carson saw a special opportunity in Oklahoma to start their own brewing company.

"People of Oklahoma want great local beer options. The support of the beer community, from the consumers to fellow Oklahoma breweries has made Oklahoma a wonderful place to start a brewery," Carson said.

While Carson and Stapleton both always had a passion for beer, it was not until a bachelor trip in 2007 where they toured different breweries and did beer taste testing that led them to try brewing for the first time.

"My mom got me a gift certificate to Learn To Brew for a brewing class for my birthday. Trae purchased a used set of home-brew equipment from California and we took the knowledge I learned from the class and his equipment and started brewing," Stapleton said.

When deciding where to base their brewery, the choice was easy for them. Both Norman natives, they felt they could gain more support there for their brewing venture.

"The people of Norman are incredibly supportive of the arts and embrace new creative businesses. We are building a big town brewery with an emphasis on community," Carson said.

Staying true to their Oklahoma roots laid down the foundation in which they were able to build their business.

For each of them, the process of brewing is what makes it so special and unique.

"Beer is liquid art. The composition of brewing is centered around our diligence in trust and teamwork. Together, we have the opportunity to explore new ideas and techniques as we create our art," Carson said.

Another fulfilling part of the process is knowing people enjoy what they brew.

"Seeing someone at a bar drinking one of our beers and enjoying it makes me feel good. I love knowing our product is appreciated," Stapleton said.

Their slogan on their website states, "Built by hand by two dudes who love beer," reflects their passion and their desire to make interesting blends and also their dedication to the craft of brewing.

405 brews have already found their way into several different bars in the Oklahoma City area. Tapwerks, Oak and Ore, Whiskey Cake, McNellie's, Skinny Slims, and the Patriarch are just a few who have put 405 brews on tap.

Such beers include their FRD, an imperial stout; Little Heart Breaker, their spring stout; and their 405 Brown, which is medium light in body with flavors of caramel and toffee.

The journey will continue for Carson and Stapleton. In July, 405 will release their grapefruit sour beer and more brews are in the works.

"405 has started to create its own path, but we certainly have projects we are passionate to bring to life. We are committed to exploring our sour lineup along with collaborating on new beers with our brewing friends," Carson said.

So everyone, get yourself a pint of 405 and drink up.

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