“We began brewing production-sized batches again in September at the O'Fallon Brewery outside St. Louis,” he said. “Just now, at the end of this week, our first batches — post-tornado — will be finishing up. At the time of the tornado we were on track to brew 750 barrels this year.”
So after I learned that there is science behind the brewing of beer, I had one more question for Stumph: Why does the local beer industry seem to be exploding, not only in Oklahoma but nationwide?
“The number one answer to that is just flavor,” Stumph said.
“There's just so much more flavor in craft beer. And it's certainly spurred by the local-born movement. Everyone wants to eat and drink something that was locally made and prepared.”
That's a big reason why Black Mesa will be sharing its newly brewed beers at the Oct. 29 OKBio BrewFest.
“Our whole focus is just to try to grow the craft beer audience in Oklahoma,” he said.
Jim Stafford is a communications specialist with i2E Inc. in Oklahoma City.
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Drink in local flavor
Brad Stumph will bring some of his Black Mesa Brewing Co. product to the upcoming OKBio BrewFest, which will be Oct. 29 at the Harn Homestead in Oklahoma City. Black Mesa will be one of 11 craft beers, brew pubs, brew clubs, distillers, wineries and restaurateurs who will be providing Oklahoma-brewed and distilled products.
Joining Black Mesa at the BrewFest will be Broadway Wine Merchants, Bricktown Brewery, Choc Beer Co., COOP Ale Works, Dead Armadillo Craft Beer, Huebert, Mustang Brewing Co., Prairie Artisan Ales, Prairie Wolf Spirits, Roughtail Brewing Co., Strong Tonic, Tapwerks and Yeastie Boys.
Hosted by the Oklahoma Bioscience Association, BrewFest will begin at 5 p.m. The $25 admission includes craft beers, wine and spirits, Smokin' Okies BBQ, a 14-ounce Hall Estill beer mug, a BrewFest T-shirt and a live band. McNellie's will provide an entertaining look at the “science behind the beer.”
There will be beer trivia throughout the evening with prizes from local breweries, tickets for concerts and to the Bricktown Haunted House, to name a few.
Visit www.i2E.org to register.