The Red Dirt Brewhouse - Ardmore, Oklahoma - The New Pub in Town

The Red Dirt Brewhouse

Ardmore, Oklahoma is coming alive with new businesses in the historical downtown section. Located at 24 Mill Street in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is one of the newest and most innovative businesses in southern Oklahoma. It's a gastropub called the Red Dirt Brewhouse. What is a "gastropub", you ask? A gastropub is a bar and restaurant that serves "high end" beer and food, not just your everyday beer or bar food.

The Red Dirt Brewhouse

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The Red Dirt Brewhouse, Ardmore, Oklahoma
The Red Dirt Brewhouse, Ardmore, Oklahoma
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A Childhood Dream

Justin Ramsey and his wife Bobbi, have recently opened the Red Dirt Brewhouse, a Gastro Pub, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Justin’s childhood dream was to rennovate an old building and bring it back to life. He worked as a draftsman for a couple of years and had been looking for a construction project for some time. Ardmore’s historical downtown has been busy lately with quite a few buildings being rennovated and increasing the downtown activity. They agreed that the historical downtown area would be a great place for Justin to do a rennovation on one of the older buildings and bring in a new business to Ardmore.

Justin Ramsey - Owner
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Why a Brewery?

It wasn’t long before Justin found the building he wanted to rennovate but didn’t really have an idea of what type of business he wanted to go into. He and Bobbi took a look at what business were occupying downtown and felt that Ardmore was lacking a good pub. There are a few “bars” in this area, but that is not what they were after. What they wanted to create was a family friendly place, where you can go drink a great beer, eat some wonderful food and just have a good time.

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History of the Building

The building was previously owned by the Berryhill family, as a tin shop. The Berryhill family has been well known in the Ardmore area since 1896. This building has housed 4 generations of tin smiths. Justin and Bobbi wanted to keep an older, historic atmosphere in their pub and Justin wanted to include some his family history too. Much of the lumber that Justin and Bobbi used for the bar area, came from the W.M. Cameron Lumberyard in Snyder, Oklahoma. The lumber yard was built in 1905 and Justin’s grandfather, Dan Ramsey, bought it in late 1980, after is had closed down and used it for storage. He also came across some antique ice-room door latches and used those for handles on the cabinets in the bar area. There are many more details around the pub where antiques have been used to keep the historic feel. The logo for the brewhouse is actually the Ramsey family brand.

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Atmosphere

When you walk in your find a warm and friendly atmosphere. From high-top tables and chairs and bar seating, to cushy couches and tables, their place is very relaxing and comfortable. There are several wall mounted tvs as well, so you can catch your favorite game. It is some place that makes you want to sit back, relax and drink a good beer while chatting with friends or family. We go there to just drink a beer, eat a great meal and have even celebrated hubby's birthday there.

Outdoor Stage

They have created a stage outside, complete with seating and heaters. Week-ends they will have local bands for entertainment. They also have shuffleboard and darts on the outside deck. Wednesday and Thursday nights they will have acoustic live performers on a smaller stage inside. There is sofa seating where you can sit back, relax, drink a great beer and enjoy yourself. They are open Wednesday thru Friday from 3:00pm until 11:00pm and on Saturdays from 11:00pm to 11:00pm.

Smothered Bratzel

Smothered Bratzel
Smothered Bratzel | Source

Food

Their food is awesome! Hubby and I have eaten there often and have always been impressed with the food! From the normal to something a little different, their food has a lot of variety. The appetizers range from your normal like chips and queso or pub nachos to pretzels with dipping sauces and a smothered bratzel which is a pretzel, toasted and covered with melted swiss fondue topped with bratwurst and green onions and a spicy jalapeno mustard sauce.

Their sandwiches and burgers include things like the Blackened Rib-Eye sandwich and their Brat Burgers, which there are three of! They offer the Plain Jane Burger all the way to their On Fire Burger that is blackened, seasoned ground chuck with chipotle may, roasted green chilies, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, lettuce and tomoto. Be brave if you eat this one!

Among the special entrees is grilled catfish and a smothered, grilled chicken breast that is to die for! Their 12 oz rib-eye steak is one of the best I have ever eaten. Their head cook has spent many years working for one of the best steak houses around and let me tell you, he knows how to cook a steak, just the way you order it!

Their wait staff is great too. They have always been friendly and check on you often.


Beer on Tap
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Beers

The Red Dirt Brewhouse focuses on regional craft beer. They have 23 on tap craft beers as well as bottled domestic beers. Their beers come from smaller, individual brewers from around the country with an emphasis on Oklahoma breweries.

Beers on Tap

Pale Lager

Pabst Blue Ribbon Wisconsin 5.0%

Pale Ale

Sierra Vevada Pale Ale California 5.6%

Redbud Pale Ale Oklahoma 5.4%

Wheat

Mustang Washita Wheat Oklahoma 5.3%

Abita Purple Haze Louisiana 4.2%

White Ale

Coc Last Laugh Oklahoma 5.0%

Blonde Ale

BlackMesa Blonde Ale Oklahoma 5.5%

Mustang Golden Ale Oklahoma 5.3%

Bitter

McNellie’s Pub Ale Oklahoma 5.0%

Extra Special Bitter

Redhook ESB Washington 5.5%

IPA

Great Divide Titan IPA Colorado 6.8%

Coop F5 IPA Oklahoma 7.2%

Amber Ale and Lager

Mustang Route 66 Oklahoma 5.0%

Abita Amber Louisiana 4.5%

Porter

COOP Gran Sport Porter Oklahoma 5.4%

Seasonal

Choctoberfest Oklahoma 4.0%

Sam Adams Octoberfest Massachusetts 5.3%

Stout

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro Colorado 5.2%

Cider and Fruit Beer

Ace Pear Cider California 5.0%

Angry Orchard Apple Cider Ohio 5.0%

Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard Tank 7 Missouri 8.5%

Belgian Ale

Coop DNR Oklahoma 10.0%

Anthem Golden One Oklahoma 7.0%

Wine on Tap Coming Soon

Well Water

Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Michelob Ultra, Corona

I really like the fact that you can get “Flights” which are sample trays of beers. This way you can sample the beers and find your favorite!

Summary

If you ever get the chance to stop in, I feel that you will NOT be disappointed! By the number of people I have seen there each time we go, they are a big hit. In my personal opinon the Red Dirt Brewhouse has the best beer selection in Southern Oklahoma. Their food is excellent and the atmosphere is awesome! I think this is one of the premium places to visit in Ardmore. I would definitely give the Red Dirt Brewhouse a 5 star rating!

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sgbrown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I love places with history to them and the fact that hubby's nephew incorporated so much of the history into making his pub makes it so special. I would love for you to make it to Ardmore some day and if you do, I will take you to lunch here!


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Knowing the history of a favorite spot adds even more to the ambience. This sounds like a lovely, enjoyable place to go.

Now, I just need to get to Ardmore!!!

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Vespa! If you ever get down this way, be sure and let me know. I would love to treat you to a beer and bratzel! Thank you for stopping by, I always enjoy hearing from you! :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

If we get down to Oklahoma we will definitely check this place out! I love the history you share about the building. I'd have a pint of Sam Adams Oktoberfest and a bratzel. My mouth waters just thinking about it!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Peg! I would be happy for you to link to my hub! I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you ever find time to stop in Ardmore, let me know and I will buy you a beer there! That would be great fun. Thank you for your kind words and link. I look forward to reading your "in progress" hub! Have a wonderful day!!! :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a great read this is, Sgbrown. I'm delighted to find your hub about The Red Dirt Brewhouse. I hope one day to be able to visit this interesting place. Loved the pics and the old building.

Hope you won't mind if I link this article to my "in progress" series called The Pub. It seems to fit the scene with "high end food and beer". Loved it!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jools! It truly was a labor of love and they did most of the work themselves. The owner is actually my husband's nephew and we are very proud of him! He has done a wonderful job and business is booming! Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Looks like an amazing pub and this has clearly been a labour of love but what a great achievement. There are a number of 'free houses' as they are called in the UK (basically not under the management of one of the many huge brewery companies) like this one, not all of them survive but the better ones always win through. The owners here have gone to a lot of trouble and the choice of ales is certainly very impressive.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Will do Peggy! It would be fun to meet in person. Thanks and have a great night! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

It would be fun to meet in person. The same holds true if you come down this way! Conroe is just north of Houston...so let me know when you are coming this way for a visit. Happy New Year!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! If your travels ever bring you to Ardmore, you had better let me know! I would love to buy your meal there and get a chance to visit with you! Thank you for all your kind comments and votes! I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great sounding restaurant and pub. If our travels ever take us to Ardmore, Oklahoma, we will be sure and stop in to the Red Dirt Brewhouse for a meal. Great photos and descriptions! Up, useful and interesting votes.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi bravewarrior! It really is a great place. I should have mentioned some of their menu/appetizer options. I think I will go back in and do that. I know they have a killer rib-eye! Thanks for the idea! :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Sheila, looks like a nice place for dinner or a relaxing afternoon. What are some of their menu/appetizer options?


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Mhatter99! It really is a great place, I think you would like it. Ardmore is very different from San Franciso, I am excited to have this place. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated! :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Sound like you made a great discovery. Thank you for sharing.

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