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COOP beer, some barrels and a pig

Nick Trougakos Published: June 3, 2011

Coming soon to a liquor store near you! That’s right, it’s COOP Ale Works’ first bottled beer offering, Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout. This bottled version is the 2010 vintage of OAIS aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey oak barrels. COOP’s JD Merryweather tells me these bottles should be on the shelves any time now. One thing to keep in mind: There are only 600 of the 750 ml bottles to be had, so you probably need to act quickly to scoop up a few.

If you miss out on this brew, all is not lost. You can get a crack at the next OAIS release later in the year. There is a 2011 vintage of Oak Aged Imperial Stout aging on Jack Daniel’s barrels right now. (Visual evidence at right.) COOP reports that this version should be ready for release in November. A nice experiment might be to set aside a Templeton OAIS and then bring it out when the Jack Daniel’s version arrives, for comparison purposes. You can thank me later.

In other COOP news, how would you feel if I said the words “beer” and “pork”? If you’re overcome with a warm and happy feeling, then you need to check out a two-day beer dinner event featuring COOP beer. The Tasting Room’s second annual Berkshire Pig COOP Ale Works Dinner is set for June 9, with a pig deconstruction viewing set for June 7. Here’s a write-up from the The Tasting Room:

Chef David Henry’s fondness for pork is showcased in our annual whole pig dinner. David will be preparing a five-course dinner paired with COOP Ale Works’ outstanding craft beers. JD Merryweather will be on hand to tell us about the beers.  Just like last year, those of you fortunate enough to reserve a spot will be invited to the pig “breakdown” Tuesday before the dinner (not for the faint of heart). Make your reservations now. $85 per person. Includes food, beer, tax and gratuity. Reservations Required. Call Lauren at 604-3015.

Beer news and links

 -Mustang Brewing reports that more than 13,000 cases of Mustang have been sold so far this year. That’s 1,000 more than all of 2010.

-Marshall Brewing has added a new tap of Atlas IPA at the Gray Snail in Tulsa. Sundown Wheat already on tap.

-Here’s a story of a guy who sold a prized bottle of beer for $710 to make money to buy diapers.

-Sierra Nevada may set up a brewing outpost in Tennessee after the state modified it’s liquor laws to try to land the brewery’s expansion. What does that mean for Oklahoma? Just goes to show that changing liquor laws — a controversial topic here in the state — is indeed possible.

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