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Black Mesa set for return this week

by Nick Trougakos Published: October 16, 2013

I reported on the blog a few weeks ago that Black Mesa Brewing — displaced from the OKCity Brewing Cooperative after the May 31 storms — was back at it, brewing at O’Fallon Brewing in Missouri.

Now Black Mesa’s Brad Stumph reports that their beers — Blonde and ESB — are with distributors and are set to be delivered to bars and restaurants this week.

To coincide with the re-launch, Black Mesa has rolled out a new website. Here’s a press release from Black Mesa to give you more info.:

After a four-month absence, Oklahoma craft brewery Black Mesa Brewing Co. is back and kegs are ready to be tapped in Oklahoma bars and restaurants.

Black Mesa’s brewing operations were sidelined on May 31, after a tornado destroyed the OKCityBrewing Cooperative, which was home to Black Mesa and two other breweries.

“We are partnering with the O’Fallon Brewery near St. Louis, Mo., while our brewing facility in Oklahoma is being rebuilt” said Brad Stumph, partner, Black Mesa. “We chose the O’Fallon Brewery after visits and interviews with several potential partner breweries.

Stumph and Black Mesa head brewer Chris Sanders frequent St. Louis and have complete control of brew sessions, ensuring that fans will receive the exact same Black Mesa beers they have come to love.

Black Mesa currently offers two beers: Black Mesa Blonde (an American-style blonde) and Black Mesa ESB (a British-style ale).

Black Mesa will release a Double ESB in 750 ml bottles in December. This will be the first Black Mesa offering in a bottle, available for purchase in liquor stores.

“We wanted to have a little fun with the situation,” Stumph said. “The Double ESB uses the same ingredients as our ESB, but has double the ABV. It’s our statement that Black Mesa is coming back twice as strong.”

Black Mesa Brewing Co. launched in August 2012 and is named after the highest point in Oklahoma. For more information, including a list of locations where Black Mesa is served, visit BlackMesaBrewing.com.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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