Yesterday I introduced you to Redbud Brewing Co., the Oklahoma City-area’s latest beer company. Today, let’s learn a little more about the new brewing venture. Here’s my e-mail conversation with Redbud brewmaster Chase Healey:
-The Thirsty Beagle: Are there plans for a location for Redbud in the metro?
Chase Healey: Currently I’m producing the beers at Huebert Brewing Company on the south side. Doing it this way allows me to 100 percent focus on the beer. As capacity becomes an issue, yes we will have to move to our own location. When will that be? It’s hard to say.
-TTB: What are the plans in terms of getting the beer out to the public? Will we see kegs or bottles, or both? And when?
CH: The beer will be in 12 oz. longnecks, 750′s (ml), and a limited amount of keg beer. I plan to have beer out in the later part of January.
-TTB: Speaking of trying the beer, what kind of beers can we expect?
CH: I will be starting with a pale ale in 12 oz. bottles and kegs. It’s an everyday drinking kind of beer with bright hop flavor (and) a touch of bready malt to balance things out. A few other 12 oz. offerings are in the works, so keep a lookout. The 750 ml line of beers will be my Cuvee series. A series of beers that will introduce people to some awesome flavors. These beers will be limited, about 1,000 bottles per release. Cuvee 1 is a Belgian Golden Ale with big fruit and spice notes; Cuvee 2 will be a barrel age version of 1; and 3 will be a blend of 1 and a new beer. Basically, each beer is a blend of the previous, giving the drinker a chance to understand how different elements change a beer. Look for a new Cuvee every couple of months.
-TTB: Who all is involved with this company? Do you have brewing help?
CH: I have no help, aside from my wife, or friend helping with bottling. These beers are 100 percent me, and that’s 100 percent why I’m doing this. My concern isn’t with number of cases sold, or venues that carry the product, my concern is the beer. This is my craft, I’m a brewer, the beers are my artistic expressions. I want to add something unique to not just Oklahoma beer, but craft beer as a whole.
Thanks for the info., Chase. The Thirsty Beagle is looking forward to trying the Redbud products in January. Based on Chase’s work at COOP, we could be in for some strong additions to the Oklahoma craft beer scene. I’ll try to keep readers updated about locations and availability as we get closer.