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Oklahoma Craft brewer hoists one for industrial redevelopment
Stonecloud Brewing Co. is hiring taproom bartenders, and they will have to know more than how to pull a tap and draw a beer.
Owner Joel Irby sees the position as an "ambassador" not only for Stonecloud — opening imminent at 1012 NW 1 in the old Sunshine Laundry-Cleaners — but for brewing and craft beer in general.
It wouldn't hurt if they know something about infill real estate development, if Irby's spirited promotion of microbreweries at the Mayor's Development Roundtable was meant as an example.
"Breweries have long had a history of being early movers into what have traditionally been blighted areas in cities," Irby said in his presentation at Cox Convention Center, where the Oklahoma City Craft Beer Festival wraps up Saturday. "There's a certain adventurous spirit at most breweries, and obviously, the need for relatively cheap industrial space doesn't hurt, either."