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News abounds on Oklahoma beer scene

by Nick Trougakos Published: June 3, 2014

This is shaping up to be a pretty newsy week for Oklahoma beer.

For starters, Marshall Brewing has a tour/tasting scheduled for Saturday, featuring the popular summer seasonal Arrowhead Pale Ale.

Is it just me, or is this year’s Arrowhead tasting a little more malty than in years past? Maybe my hop threshold is too high now? Anyway, tours are noon to 4 p.m. at the brewery. In addition, Marshall has cooked up a couple special versions of Arrowhead, including:

-Arrowhead Pale Ale with fresh peaches and dried apricots

-Arrowhead Pale Ale with Galangal, Kaffir lime leaf, and lemongrass

Both sound like winners.

-In other news, Mustang Brewing announced this week that they have hired Bricktown Brewery brewmaster Mark Carter away to join the Mustang team. From their FB page:

“Please join us in welcoming Mark Carter to the Mustang Brewing Co. team! Mark will lead day-to-day operations of the new brewhouse. He spent the past 13 years brewing for Bricktown Brewery. We are excited to have him on board!”

-Prairie Artisan Ales announced they will begin distribution in Brazil. Plans appear to include distribution of Bomb!, Birra, Funky Gold Mosaic and Prairie Ale.

-Dead Armadillo recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary, and in lieu of a big celebration or anniversary beer, they said to keep your eyes peeled for big news within the week. Do we see a new brewhouse on the horizon?

-Prairie is working up a new beer called Prairie Table — a 4% “Hop Burst Pale Ale.”

-TapWerks announced a few additions to its tap lineup: Anchor IPA and Summer Beer, Full Sail Brewing Session and Anderson Valley Summer Solstice.

-Mustang has scheduled a brewery tour/tasting for Friday, June 13.

-And lastly, I got a chance for an early sample of Boulevard’s latest version of Love Child — Love Child No. 4.

The American wild ale is brewed with Brett and Lacto and aged in whiskey and wine barrels. It hits with a tart punch. I didn’t have the chance to jot down tasting notes or form any kind of scientific analysis of the beer, but I can say this: I’m not a generally a sour fan, but I found this beer quite enjoyable. It’s expected to ship out this week, so look for it in stores soon.

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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