News filtered out recently over social media* that Oklahoma City’s Anthem Brewing Co. sought approval from regulators for several new beers, so I caught up with Anthem brewmaster Matt Anthony for the lowdown.
Anthony had been brewing his Golden One Belgian ale and filling kegs at the OKCity Brewing Cooperative until last May 31, when an apparent tornado wrecked the brewhouse. But that was when things really started to ramp up for Anthem.
While his beer-making operations were out of commission, Anthony went to work securing a building near downtown and filling it with brewing equipment. And now he’s getting ready to roll out six beers:
-Golden One (Belgian-style blonde ale)
-Arjuna (Belgian-style white ale; formerly known as White Flame)
-Uroboros (Belgian-influenced stout)
-Vega (sour saison)
-Quadrivium (Belgian-style quad)
Anthony reports all six beers will be in cans for year-round consumption, with Golden One, Arjuna and Uroboros hitting shelves first, possibly as early as late February (with the other three to follow in a few months, with periodic special releases planned for 750 ml bottles).
So, the names of these beers have already been passed around Facebook — let’s find out what the beers are all about. For that, I’ll turn the floor over to Anthony:
“Golden One is the Belgian-style blonde ale we launched with, when we got Anthem up and running at the OKCity Brewing Co-op. We were only able to keg then, and I’m really stoked to be able to start getting it out in cans at area liquor stores. Arjuna is a Belgian-style white ale, brewed with coriander and orange peel. This beer was originally going to be called White Flame, but I’ve since renamed it. It’s one of those great any-occasion beers, but it really hits the spot on hot Oklahoma summer days. Uroboros is a Belgian influenced stout. We’ve really geeked out over drinking the pilot batches here at the brewery. It’s 8.5% and aged on oak spirals. The spirals add a nice touch, without having oak be the dominant flavor.
“Then we get into the beers we’re really geeking out about putting into cans. Altaïr is a saison, nice and peppery with some really cool floral notes. Vega is a sour saison, that we make by using Altaïr as its base. Pleasantly tart and wickedly refreshing. We get pretty giddy here at the brewery when we talk about getting to put a sour into cans. Last is Quadrivium, a Belgian-style quad. I obviously love all beers Belgian, especially the abbey beers. So I wanted to brew this quad. It’s a beer you can really take your time with, and maybe even pair with a nice cigar.
“We also have a few special release beers that will be rolling out before the end of spring. One of which is a sour. There will be quite a few special release beers that we’ll roll out every year. That was the plan from the beginning of Anthem, and I’m extremely thankful that I can finally brew and release them. It feels like our first year out we were in beta, and now we’re finally getting to be what I always envisioned for Anthem. It’s going to be a great year with a lot of new beer. And hopefully no more brewery-destroying tornadoes.”
That’s seriously good stuff. Looks like this little state of ours may be on the leading edge when it comes to getting some seriously good beer in cans.
(*H/T to Freddy Lamport at BierGarten Wine & Spirits in Jenks for the find)
Pints and Pins
-Marshall Brewing Co. reports Black Dolphin RIS will be in stores Friday.
-Speaking of Marshall, Siegi’s Sausage Factory and Deli is hosting a four-course Marshall beer dinner at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29. The cost is $55 and reservations are required at (918) 812-2624. Here is the menu: Siegi’s beer bratwurst, Bavarian sauerkraut and onion marmalade, paired with Brewmaster’s Private Reserve Oktoberfest Lager with smooth and rich bread-like sweetness; Smokey Cream of Chicken Soup paired with Old Pavilion Pilsner, a North German-style pilsner featuring a crisp, smooth body and light bitter finish; Marinated Duck Breast and portobello mushroom sauce served with stuffed squash and roasted red bell pepper mash. The main course will be presented with a cask of Atlas India Pale Ale; and New York Cheesecake with blueberry sauce paired with Big Jamoke Porter.
-The Mustang Brewing Co. tasting room, 520 N Meridian, will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. There will be three new beers on tap plus live music from HonkyTonk Stepchild.
-Dead Armadillo Amber cans are either already in, or will be appearing soon in liquor stores.
-Bottles of COOP’s Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout are expected in stores this week as well.