STATE OF THE ART: The new $150 million Osage Casino will feature beer brewed from Nine Brand Brewery, a two-story, 247,000-square-foot casino and 74,000-square-foot hotel. For meetings and events, the hotel will include one large or three smaller banquet meeting rooms all equipped to host any type of meeting, gathering or event and all with direct elevator access.
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Osage Casinos will open its brand-new, $150-million casino in Tulsa in August 2018, and with it, the casino will welcome a fully operational 4,000-square-foot brewery, featuring locally-brewed beer from Nine Band Brewery.
“We wanted to bring in craft beer brewed on site to offer our clients something they can’t find at any other casino in this region,” said Bryon Bighorse, Osage Casino . “This is a new concept for casinos, and we’re so pleased to offer something different and fun.”
Bighorse said Nine Band Brewery’s offerings are in line with a younger demographic that is beginning to gravitate to the gaming and entertainment options of casinos.
“Nine Band Brewery is a young brewery that will bring craft beer to Oklahoma only found at Osage Casinos,” he said. “We’re so pleased to be the first – and only – distributor of Nine Band beer in Oklahoma.”
This Allen, Texas-based microbrewery will brew its award-winning, specially crafted beer on-site in large vats and a 20-barrel Prospero brewery system. The brewery also will have an adjacent bar for guests to watch aspects of the brewing in progress.
“We are ready to expand our operations to a new 4,000-square-foot brewery inside the new, state-of-the-art Osage Casino in Tulsa,” said Keith Ashley, Nine Band Brewery owner. “We specialize in brewing transitional craft beers, so our offerings will be very palatable to a wide range of beer connoisseurs.”
The casino will open in late August;, however, the brewery will start producing beer in July to prepare. Nine Band Brewery will brew four flavors on site at all times – Nine Band Pale Ale, Hoop Snake Hefeweizen, Blue Lacy Brown Ale and the Triple.
“We want our beer, brewery and processes to be perfect when the doors open,” Ashley said. “We will take the month before to work out all the kinks to make sure we’re producing the highest quality beer we can – one that matches our standards as well as will please the clientele when they meet us for the first time.”
In addition to their own fresh beer made right in the facility, Nine Band Brewery also will have a visitor tap on handle.
“We want to bring in visiting beers for our patrons to taste,” Ashley said. “We want to support other local beers found throughout the Tulsa area as well.”
The new Osage Casino in Tulsa will bring a lot in addition to the full-service brewery to Tulsans. The casino also will feature not only a state-of-the-art gaming floor with high-limit gaming but also a world-class event space, 141-room hotel, sports bar, grill, café and luxurious, resort-style pool for guests. All will be completed for the August 2018 opening, except for the event space which will debut in January 2019.
“This is a $150-million investment in our expansion, which has produced a world-class gaming venue,” Bighorse said. “We are proud to present this new gaming center, complete with a brand-new hotel, to all our guests, and we know it will serve this area well for many years to come.”
The Osage Casino will be a two-story, 247,000-square-foot casino and 74,000 square-foot hotel. For meetings and events, the hotel will include one large or three smaller banquet meeting rooms all equipped to host any type of meeting, gathering or event and all with direct elevator access.
“We are looking forward to hosting groups in these spaces to show off how versatile we are,” Bighorse said. “We will be a great, new option for meetings and events in a space that is flexible, fully staffed and gives views you can’t find anywhere else.”
The high-end amenities are not the only thing that sets this expansion apart, Bighorse said. Instead of adding on to existing casinos, Osage Casinos has built a brand-new facility next to its existing Tulsa casino. Thus, this luxurious, game-changing gaming venue will open without disruption to the current facility. The day the new casino opens, the existing casino will close.
“We are so excited to offer this new, beautiful casino and brewery to our guests,” Bighorse said. “We hope to see everyone out in August to enjoy all the amenities we’ll have to offer.”