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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pabst Blue Ribbon Wisconsin 5.0%
Sierra Vevada Pale Ale California 5.6%
Redbud Pale Ale Oklahoma 5.4%
Mustang Washita Wheat Oklahoma 5.3%
Abita Purple Haze Louisiana 4.2%
Coc Last Laugh Oklahoma 5.0%
BlackMesa Blonde Ale Oklahoma 5.5%
Mustang Golden Ale Oklahoma 5.3%
McNellie’s Pub Ale Oklahoma 5.0%
Extra Special Bitter
Redhook ESB Washington 5.5%
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%
COOP Gran Sport Porter Oklahoma 5.4%
Choctoberfest Oklahoma 4.0%
Sam Adams Octoberfest Massachusetts 5.3%
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%
Boulevard Tank 7 Missouri 8.5%
Coop DNR Oklahoma 10.0%
Anthem Golden One Oklahoma 7.0%
Wine on Tap Coming Soon
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!
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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The Red Dirt Brewhouse, Ardmore, Oklahoma
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