One big development was the announcement by Anthem Brewing Co. that they have secured a new brewery building just south of downtown.
I caught up with Anthem brewmaster Matt Anthony recently to ask about the building and his new brewing system, which he trucked in from Chicago; here’s what he had to say:
“To say I’m pumped is the understatement of the year! Seeing the new brewery coming together makes me feel like a kid in a candy store … or a chubby beer loving dude in his dream brewery. The brewhouse is a copper-clad, three-vessel, steam-jacketed 15 bbl Newlands system; steam jacketed mash tun with motorized rakes, brew kettle, and 30 bbl hot liquor tank.
“All the beers are going to be fermented in open-top fermenters. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and even wrote into the business plan three years ago. We already have three 15 bbl open-tops, and just ordered two 30 bbl open-tops that should get here in late June.
“The system came with six 15 bbl conicals, and seven single-wall serving tanks, all from Newlands. We’re going to use the conicals for conditioning after primary fermentation in the open tops. Some of the serving tanks will be used for packaging, and some used for long term aging of our sour beers. We also just ordered two 30 bbl unitanks, so we’re going to be setup with plenty of capacity to get going with all the new beers.
“Our bottling line is scheduled to arrive in early July.
“We’re not sure on exact dates as to when we’ll get to brew the first batch, because that all hangs on the completion of modifications to the building and licensing. Right now it’s looking like early August, but these things are always wildly unpredictable. The building is on SW 4th Street in downtown, with a killer view of the OKC skyline. Thankfully the tasting bill passed, so we’re setting up a tasting area in the brewery in anticipation of when the law goes into effect November 1st.”
And here are some photos of the building. As you’ll see, it appears to be quite a big building.
That is a lot of space for beer! Once Anthony is set up and running I hope to be able to tour the facility and bring some more images of some beer-making action.
-A boatload of new beers are expected into the state this month. Notably, there’s Le Freak from Green Flash and a barleywine collaboration called Class of ’88 from Rogue, North Coast and Deschutes. For more details check the BierGarten FB page.
-Speaking of BierGarten, our man Freddy tipped his fans off to a new offering from Boulevard that sounds highly intriguing. Keep your eyes open for the hop-bomb Mid-Coast IPA (104 IBUs) and Westside Rye Ale. Word is these will be part of a mixer pack to be released soon.
-The 2013 vintage of Wild Brew — a spelt saison — is in stores now.
-Also keep your eyes open for a couple of wine-barrel-related beer offerings from Prairie Artisan Ales; will post more about those soon.