Category: Food & Drink | Issue: November 2020
Owasso's First Micro Brewery Woodfire Pizza Lunch Menu Available 11am-4pm Brewery Bingo Mondays 6:30pm Cornhole Tournament Tuesdays 6:30pm Bike Night Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm, live music, bike parking, patio seating Live Music Fridays & Saturdays 8pm-11pm, upstairs (21 and up) Downstairs is all ages and upstairs is 21 and up only. Upstairs is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night.
Located in the Mowery Building on Main Street in Owasso, Emersumnice Brewery is Owasso’s first on-site microbrewery and pub, offering patrons a variety of menu items and original brews, with something for the casual and serious adult beverage aficionados. Even the name– Emersumnice – is a play on words, Eldridge said, as it’s pronounced to sound like “’Em are some nice (beers).” “We could have easily been the Owasso Brewery, but the name is a conversation piece, a curiosity,” he said. Former Tulsa native Eldridge joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard at age 17 when he was still in high school. After graduating, he made a career out of the military, serving for more than 30 years, as well as being a full-time employee of the Army National Guard for 27. “About 15 years ago, brewing was kind of a hobby for me, like it is for a lot of people, but as I’m in the military, I’m a real stickler for details – always taking notes, always trying to make things better,” he said. “So, each time I deployed to Iraq, I would come back with a bigger brewery system. In 2010 I was deployed to Iraq and roomed with Frank Montgomery, the other brewer here at Emersumnice.” “We started out basically like every other home brewer starts out, with a turkey fryer in the garage. That deployment we both built a 20-gallon three-vessel system that’s digitally operated,” he said. “ Jump forward to 2017, I lost some friends and thought to myself it was time for a change.” “One of the guys I was stationed with was another entrepreneur, and he suggested I just open my own brewery,” he said. “After that, I sat down and over the next couple of weeks, came up with a business plan, and almost two years to the day later, we opened up.” Emersumnice offers eight different original beers on tap for the most discriminating beer connoisseurs. “All the beer recipes are my own – they’re recipes that I’ve worked with Frank to develop,” he said. “Of these, one of our customer favorites is the Blonde Moment Ale, which is a cream ale and a great beginner beer that’s light-bodied with a full flavor, citrus notes, and a smooth finish. As much as Emersumnice is a brewery, it also boasts delectable menu items from appetizers to salads, lunch specials, and more. “When people come in here, I like to think of it as a date night at a brew-pub for them,” Eldridge said. “We have pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, but also sophisticated items – a Caprese salad, a tomahawk pork chop, Cajun pasta – there’s a little bit of everything, and I should mention we have our own woodfire oven. You’ve never had a pizza until you’ve had it baked in a woodfire oven, and sometimes, we’ll even cook other menu items but finish them in the (woodfire) oven so they can get that unique quality to them.” Acoustic music is played 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other nightly events include Brewery Bingo on Mondays, Cornhole League on Tuesdays, Bike Night on Wednesdays, with live music. Plans are currently being made to introduce Trivia Night on Thursdays. Emersumnice Brewery is located at 102 S. Main Street (suite E) in Owasso. For more information, contact Donnie at the brewery at 918-330-3973.