The story of Roughtail Brewing Co. is common to many of the craft breweries in Oklahoma: two craft beer enthusiasts begin home-brewing together and then have the crazy idea to take their best recipes and run with it. In this case, it was Roughtail founder Blaine Stansel who met brewmaster Tony Tieli at a local brewing club. Soon after, they made the leap to commercial brewing and haven’t looked back. With their distinctive designs and bold flavors, Roughtail has become one of the most recognizable breweries in Oklahoma. If there is a theme to Roughtail’s beer line-up it would be intensity. Their flagship IPA and, even more so, their Hoptometrist Double IPA are full-scale onslaughts of crisp, piney, hoppy bitterness. The Polar Night stout and 12th Round ale are dark, rich, boozy delights. However, for those looking for an easy-going session beer, grab one of their West Coast-style pales for a refreshing draught. Keep an eye out for their limited brews such as the Wee Heavy, a strong, malty Scotch ale, or their coffee-infused imperial stout Coffee Tsar.