“We are excited about the transition because Mustang understands the challenges startup breweries face,” Stumph said. “We believe they will provide the business savvy needed to give the cooperative a stable platform. For Black Mesa, this means that we are able to dedicate 100 percent of the efforts of our nano-brewery to developing and brewing great beer.”
Former OKCity Brewing owner Sibyl Kang said the timing was right for the sale.
“I have enjoyed learning the craft brewing business and want to see it continue to grow,” Kang said. “I believe everything happens for a reason, and when the opportunity presented itself, we knew it was the right thing to do at the right time. I think Mustang will be able to take it to the next level and continue what has been started.”
OKCity was formed with Redbud Brewing Co. as its chief tenant. In August, Redbud brewmaster Chase Healey announced he was leaving the company. Healey resurfaced recently when he was named brewmaster at Prairie Artisan Ales, which started operations in Oklahoma this summer.
At the time of Healey’s departure, Kang said Redbud planned to hire a new brewmaster and continue production.
Mustang marketing and promotions manager Eric Pennell said Redbud will remain a part of the cooperative and continue to be distributed throughout Oklahoma, although it has not been determined who will brew the beer.
Schoelen said he plans to add fermenters and tanks to accommodate Mustang’s growth and the growth of the other brewers at the cooperative.
He said other brewers could be added to the roster if existing ones transition out.
A sale price for the transaction was not disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement. Oklahoma County property records show the building previously sold in August 2011 for $170,000.