Yeah, it’s a chain, but it’s a local chain, and I love the fact that there are Bricktown Breweries all over town. Not just because I can get craft beer no matter where I’m hanging out, but I sort of became addicted to the menu, which is like Applebee’s and Chili’s and other huge chain bistros would be if they were, you know, good. For one thing, everybody serves buffalo wings, but Bricktown makes them exactly like the original bar in Buffalo, NY that started it all. They don’t just serve chips and salsa, they serve endless chips with salsa, queso, and guac. The artisan burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches are so hipster they practically come with fedoras, but that’s a compliment… everything is sriracha, ciabatta, gruyere and sea salt with all natural black Angus beef. I’m getting hungry just writing about it!
Okay, but it is a brewpub, you say, what about the beer? Well. Bricktown brews what it calls “session beers,” meaning that they like to pair the eating and drinking experience. Most of their brews are light and flavorful and have their own unique character, which I really like. The Blues Berry Ale is my secret fave, a blonde ale which really does taste like fresh blueberries! Usually, however, you’ll find me rocking the Wiley’s One Eyed Wheat, which is light and citrusy and goes with whatever you’re eating (or not eating), or maybe, when my Irish is acting up, the Millie McFadden Red Rye Ale. My peeps who brew at home also tell me that the Bricktown Brown is at least as good as a Newcastle, and while that seems hard to believe, it does give me a mission for the next time I find myself getting my chill back after class. (Full disclosure: I also want to see how it goes with their sea salted caramel covered sweet potato bacon fries.) The service is always friendly and quick, too!