Marshall Brewing will debut its newest beer, El Cucuy, at tonight’s First Draft beer tasting event in Tulsa. While many people will taste it for the first time tonight — and I encourage any and all attendees to try it — someone I know has already tried it. That would be me. I was fortunate enough to be on a tour of the brewery last week and was able to sample El Cucuy poured into a glass directly out of the fermenter!
You might look at this beer and make certain assumptions based on its color — perhaps that it was malty, or overly caramel-like, or smoky or thick-feeling. You might not expect the hoppiness of an IPA blended with the smoothness of a darker beer, but that’s exactly what Marshall has accomplished with its India-style black ale. Here’s how Marshall describes El Cucuy, which is named after the Latin American version of the boogeyman:
El Cucuy is the first release in Marshall Brewing Company’s new Loco Gringo beer series. In Latin American cultures, El Cucuy is an imaginary creature of the dark, similar to the boogeyman, which haunts the minds of children and adults alike. El Cucuy India-style Black Ale features dark roasted notes that sneak up on the subdued caramel malt backbone and the irresistible bitterness creating a harmonious and frighteningly delicious balance. But beware, this beer is dry-hopped providing an intensely vibrant floral and citrusy aroma and at 8.6% abv is not a monster to be carelessly dealt with. Be good or the Cucuy will get you!
Maybe I wasn’t good, because the Cucuy has hooked me as a fan. This, my friends, is what the spirit of craft brewing is all about. Congrats to Marshall on a job well done. (Side note: I’m told the Loco Gringo series will feature three beers in all — the final two were not revealed.)
And if you’re looking to go to First Draft, which will feature all of Oklahoma’s local breweries, plus some other fine offerings, tickets are $50 at the door. More information is available by calling (918) 583-7737 or e-mailing email@example.com.
In other beer news: I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but since some whispers are starting to leak out, I can say that Oklahoma beer fans should be looking forward to a rather outstanding beer development in the next little while. Stay tuned.
In even more beer news: Some of you may know that I’m running the Beer Championship Series at the moment. We just finished the first round of voting last night — knocking the field down from 64 beers to 32 beers. (Round 2 will start Monday.) In an earlier post, I mentioned that the winner of the BCS — the beer that is crowned Oklahoma’s favorite beer — will take home a swell prize. Well, next week, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday, I will unveil the prize. Admittedly, I’m pretty pumped. Stay tuned for that as well.