We all know that three Oklahoma brewers were knocked out of commission by the storms on May 31 last year — Mustang, Black Mesa and Anthem brewing companies.
When the OK City Brewing Co-op was damaged, it left all three to ponder how they would continue their beer-making operations.
Mustang and Black Mesa opted to rely on existing and new partnerships with other breweries to continue to produce beer. Anthem Brewing went on something of a hiatus, though.
While Anthem brewmaster Matt Anthony may not have been selling beer in the interim, he certainly was busy. Anthony moved in to a new building near downtown and has outfitted it with an impressive array of brewing equipment. Recently I interviewed Anthony and shared the scoop on several new beers he plans to sell. It now appears Anthem is on the verge of re-entering the market.
Anthony recently received label approval from federal regulators for a pair of his beers: Golden One, a Belgian-style blonde ale, and Uroboros, a Belgian-influenced stout. Here are the labels:
Of interest also is that a keg label for Golden One has been approved, so you should expect to see that on tap at your favorite beer joint.
Usually once a beer reaches this level of label approval, it can be anywhere from a couple weeks to a month before we see it in stores. So I would expect we’ll see Anthem in the liquor stores pretty soon.
Pints and Pins
-Your McNellie’s Monday pint nights: Angry Orchard in Oklahoma City; Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat in Norman; Sam Smith Taddy Porter in Tulsa; and Lindeman’s Framboise at Tulsa-South.
-Reminder: The countdown is on — only four days until the TapWerks Prairie Artisan Ales tap takeover on Thursday.