I wrote yesterday about how Anthem Brewing is preparing to make its long-awaited return to brewing after the May 31 storms. There is also news to pass along from one of the other former OKCity Brewing Co-op members, Mustang Brewing Co.
Mustang President Tim Schoelen confirmed this week that the final pieces of Mustang’s new brewhouse are expected to ship this week, and they plan to be operational as early as next month.
“We are as excited — if not more — than when we originally launched the company!” Schoelen said. “This means we should be operational by March. It’s been a long wait since losing the OKCity brewhouse May 31. We are ready to be brewing in Oklahoma City again soon!”
Schoelen said the company will celebrate the opening of the brewhouse by releasing three new beers:
-Rocket Fuel: An imperial pale ale. 9.0% ABV. 75 IBUs. Brewed with four hops, including a rotating variety of Australian hops that will be changed seasonally.
-Hoplahoma: A red IPA. 7.5% ABV. 60 IBUs. Brewed with a touch of roasted barley and all U.S. hops.
-Farmhouse DoppelHopper: DoppelHopper was the first new beer we brewed at OKCity after the purchase. It was released for a short time, but never really got a chance to pull through in the market. This version will be an imperial farmhouse IPA. We tweaked the yeast and hops a bit to give it a cool, Belgiany character.
Here are some label concepts that Schoelen passed along:
Schoelen said each of the beers will be released initially in kegs, then in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles as demand grows.
“Kegs for Rocket Fuel and DoppelHopper will hit the OK market in March,” Schoelen said. “Hoplahoma will release in May. Every drop of these beers will be brewed in our Oklahoma City facility. We will begin transitioning all of our other brews to Oklahoma starting in June.”
You read that right: Schoelen said Mustang will no longer rely on out-of-state brewing contracts for its beer production. As part of that change, he said Mustang will transition away from canned beers for the time being.
“Once we transition all brewing to OK, we will streamline our packaging options to bottles (12 oz. and 22 oz.) or kegs. Cans may be re-introduced later as demand warrants,” Schoelen said.
Pints and Pins
-I mentioned in a recent post that Choc will introduce a new Red OPA. Here’s the label for that beer:
-McNellie’s OKC is seeking volunteers for its St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17. If you’re interested, email Lisa@McNellies.com.