Scientists generate interest, profits in suds

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 By: Molly M. Fleming Source: The Journal Record
city has been put on more peoples’ tourism maps. While sports fans and Big 12 loyalists know the university, the brewery brings a new crowd.

“There are wine trails, but some of us don’t drink wine. We’re beer people,” she said. “At Iron Monk, you can see it being brewed.

“I think it’s a great experience as much as an awesome place to hang out,” Morrison said.

She said people often try to find experiences that are unique to a community. Only in Stillwater can someone get Stilly Wheat or Exit 174 Rye Pale Ale straight from the tap.

“We promote Stillwater as America’s friendliest college town,” she said. “You definitely get that college-town friendly atmosphere there.

“You don’t feel like you’re sitting in someone’s seat. They’re very accommodating to people,” she said.

The brewery has also worked its way onto its neighboring campus, Oklahoma State University. About 20 different classes tour the brewery each year, ranging from graphic design to microbiology. The brewery even held a can-design competition where the top-three students received scholarships, and a beer was made to fit the winning design. Iron Monk is at alumni events and even sold in the T. Boone Pickens Stadium suites.

That partnership came quicker than expected, Millirons said, but being an OSU grad, he’s excited about it.

But he’s even more proud of being mentioned in the same breath as another Stillwater attraction.

“There was always Eskimo Joe’s (that people had to visit), but now it’s Eskimo Joe’s and the brewery,” he said.

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