Indigenous brewers tackle hops and history with Native craft beer

  • Oklahoma City’s Skydance Brewing. (Abby Housman/TNS)

  • Jake Keyes, center, with tribal leadership as he is sworn in as vice chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. (The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma/TNS)

It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday, and beer drinkers line up out the door of Oklahoma City’s Skydance Brewing. They’ve come to toast the downtown taproom’s one-year anniversary with pints of special-release juicy IPA and snifters of one-off pastry stouts. The tipplers are doing more than just celebrating an occasion—they’re also tacitly acknowledging the place’s Native American heritage.