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Pints of Passion

Osage Casino offers very approachable beers from Nine Band Brewing with an on-site brewery that’s more than 4,000 square feet.

Donna Leahey
Marc Rains
November 28, 2018

Osage Casino is bright, new, and exciting. Stepping in through the main doors, the lights, bells and music call you deeper inside with the lure of games and prizes. The enormous space begs to be explored, and exploring is thirsty work. Fortunately for you, Nine Band Brewing Co. has a pint of fresh, delicious craft brew on tap ready to quench your thirst, and it’s right there inside the casino.

Nine Band Brewing is a microbrewery based in Allen, Texas, and named after the Nine Band Armadillo. Osage Casino CEO Byron Bighorse coordinated with Nine Band Brewing owner Keith Ashley to set up the microbrewery in Tulsa’s Osage Casino.

Nine Band’s sleek, shining 40-barrel fermentation tanks are visible through a pair of glass doors, highlighted with colored lights against a background of the whitest, glossiest subway tiles you’ve probably ever seen. You may not be able to tell what’s brewing in there, but you’re pretty sure it’s got to be something special to look that magical. The bar arches out into the casino, with five screens and a wall of illuminated kegs behind it all.

The regular flavors at Nine Band run the gamut from a pale ale to a rich, dark stout. (Photo: Marc Rains)
The regular flavors at Nine Band run the gamut from a pale ale to a rich, dark stout. (Photo: Marc Rains)

“We have 10 flavors on draft,” says Ryan Smart, brewmaster for Osage Casino Nine Band Brewing. “We have three visiting draft beers. And we have really good pricing. Our pints are $3.”

Smart knows his beer. He easily discusses hefeweizen and kolsch, hops and barley and yeast. It’s no less than you’d expect from someone titled brewmaster. “We focus on beer for individuals,” he says. “The majority of our beers are very approachable. We have something for everybody. We have beers that range from 4.2 to 10.6 [in beer alcohol content]. Our barley wine — Toad Choker Barley wine — is a 10.6. We do not use any adjuncts. We naturally carbonate so we have smaller bubbles.”

Nine Band takes pride in the authenticity of their brews. “We’re very traditional in flavor. Style specific. Our kolsch is a very German kolsch.”

The regular flavors at Nine Band run the gamut from a pale ale to a rich, dark stout. The eponymous Nine Band Pale Ale is “hop forward with malt balance.” It has a hint of spice and a nice, fragrant scent. The golden Badge Honey Blonde has “less hops, it’s on the lighter side with a sweet honey finish.” The Hoop Snake Hefeweizen “is one of our most dynamic beers with the flavor of banana and cloves.” It’s a creamy, tart ale with a unique flavor combination. The Hellwind IPA is a balanced ale described as dry hopped. “Dry hopped means we add the hops during in addition to the brewing. It’s a very approachable beer.” The Cactus Cat Kolsch is a take on a classic German ale. It’s light and crisp with malty notes. The Blue Lacy Brown Ale has a strong malt presence. It’s a balanced ale, with honey malt and hints of toasty flavor. Nine Band 28th State goes dark with it. This stout is made with dark browned malt which creates a chocolatey flavor with hints of oatmeal. It’s creamy, full-bodied, and delicious. If you love a good stout, be sure to give this one a try.

No pub is complete without bar food, and with the quality of Nine Band’s beer game, you know they bring the bar food. If you’re feeling sophisticated, there’s the imported cheese board with a trio of cheeses accompanied by olives, crackers and dried fruit. The hummus and toasted pita is a roasted garlic hummus with toasted pita bread along with pine nuts and virgin olive oil. If you like traditional, you can order smoked chicken stuffed potato skins with pulled smoked chicken and cheddar Jack cheese, topped with caramelized onions and bacon. Or if you want sweet and savory, you should definitely try the candied applewood bacon, which is extra thick slices of bacon decadently covered with maple brown sugar and slow-roasted.

Tours are available of that sleek, shiny, glossy brewery. For group tours, you can contact Osage Casino’s banquet manager Kaitlin Richards at 918-947-5071 or sales@osagecasinos.com.    

Nine Band Brewing Co.
Osage Casino and Hotel
951 W. 36th St. N. | Tulsa
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-Midnight