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Oklahoma City, OK. When Roughtail Brewery Co. begins crafting beer in Oklahoma City over the next few months, it will culminate a quest for owners, Blaine Stansel and Tony Tielli, to find good beers and will turn a home-brewing hobby into a profession.
Since both Stansel and Tielli were twenty-one, they have been seeking and enjoying good quality craft beers. During a trip to Munich in 2007, Stansel says that he discovered his passion for craft beers.“The quality of the beers and the culture around the beers is what intrigued me to start my home brewery.” Then, in 2010 he attended the Great American Beer Festival and from that experience, brewing went from being a passion to an obsession.
Business partner, Tielli, has shared a similar experience in travels to professional craft beer breweries and festivals. He started home brewing about ten years ago. What started out as a brew kit in his one bedroom apartment has grown to taking over his garage at his home in Oklahoma City. Tielli has been very active in the competitive home brewing scene and has won numerous awards from across the country for his unique brews.
Stansel and Tielli met through the Red Earth Brewers, a local home brewing club. When Stansel approached Tielli about starting a brewery in late 2011, it was an opportunity that he couldn’t refuse.
Since that time, the two have been busy writing business plans, obtaining funding, ordering equipment, finding a space and getting their marketing going.
The two settled on the name Roughtail Brewery because it seemed to best describe what they were hoping to accomplish with their beers, which is to craft beers that push the boundaries of taste. The company will launch with three beers, Roughtail IPA, Red Republic Ale and 12th Round Strong Ale. In addition to the year-round blends, they are planning to also launch several seasonal beers throughout the year.
As a part of their business model, they are hoping to one day have the brewery powered 100% by wind energy. They also plan to recycle the grain and water they use. “We love our home and want to make it better, so we are very conscious about the steps we can take within our brewery to help the environment,” Stansel said.