QUAPAW – The Quapaw Tribe’s Downstream Casino Resort launched its latest innovation recently and presented its first in-house brewed craft beers. The brewery is part of the resort’s Legends Sports Bar and Restaurant.
It is the latest in a series of sustainable, integrated programs that you wouldn’t normally find in a casino resort. But this is Downstream, where the Tribe already created a comprehensive agriculture operation including farming, beekeeping, cattle and bison ranching, meat processing, and custom coffee roasting.
“We don’t rest. We are always looking to innovate and develop new ways to create a unique experience for our guests,” said Quapaw and Downstream Chairman John Berrey. “Plus it’s fun for us and fun for everyone who works here. We’re already starting to think about what comes next.”
Downstream Crafted Brewing Company introduced two craft brews: Craft House Kolsch, and Flat Rock Red. They are available on tap at the Legends Sports Bar, and the DCBC Brewing facility is visible from the Legends Restaurant dining area. Additional craft beers will be introduced later.
“We are excited about our new line of craft beers,” said Downstream Director of Food & Beverage Lucus Setterfield. “It has been a long process of learning and putting it all together, and we now have two certified brewers on staff, plus a fully operational craft brewing system. We are pleased to bring this great new amenity to our guests.”
“This specific product was started just over a year ago whenever we were given the opportunity to expand Legends Restaurant,” Setterfield said.
The project adds some of the things the tribe does agricultural wise.
“It fits with our cattle company, it fits with the bison, it fits with our greenhouses, it fits with those things and continues with that process of being able to tell people what we do here, where the products come from, and that we have control over the products we are putting on the table and feeding to our guests,” Setterfield said.
He said they wanted to do this to make sure they bring something very unique to the area.
“Crafted beer is taking off in a big way and we wanted to be part of that,” he said.
Jason McLeod and Mike Williams, who both work at the sports bar, work as brewmasters and have spent a lot of time learning the process.
The equipment and process is part of Global Beer Co Brewing system which enabled them to take the brewing project from what would normally require a large area and trim it down to a small area.
“All of this is so we can continue to do what we really like to do and that is to educate our guests,” Setterfield said. “We like to be able to talk about the things we do here, to make sure they know that this isn’t just a casino but it’s also a place where you can get something unique.”
Each one of the tanks will house about 260 gallons of beer, about 2,000 pints.
The beer will be available January 21 in any bar in Downstream Casino.
Setterfield said they are looking forward to incorporating the agriculture things we are doing with the beer side.
They will be experimenting with incorporating their own honey they harvest with the beer or the coffee they roast in-house with the beer.
Setterfield was quick to say that it takes a tremendous amount of effort to do the things they do and thanked the Quapaw tribe for supporting the project.
Additionally, Setterfield said that their chef is currently partnering with culinary students at Oklahoma State University who are also interested in working with the beer brewing process. They are also planning to use the craft beer to cook with, using it for things such as beer battered foods.
“Educating this area is a big area of what the Quapaw Tribe and Downstream Casino believes in,” he said.
Coming up on Jan. 21, Downstream will host a “Tap the Craft” promotional event starting at 11 a.m. at Legends Sports Bar, where guests who purchase a DCBC craft beer will receive their choice of a free logo pint glass or logo T-shirt.