Ladies and gentlemen, I promised on Friday that you’d get an exclusive beer announcement today. Well, say hello to the newest addition the Mustang Brewing Co. lineup…
Mustang Pawnee Pale!
As you can see on the label, Pawnee Pale will be an American pale ale. Here is the beer description provided by Mustang president Tim Schoelen:
“Bringing the best of Old World East and New World West together is what makes Pawnee Pale a truly American-style pale ale. A tantalizing blend of German Perle and U.S. Pacific Northwest hops give this beer a moderate, citrus, hop quality. American, British, and caramel malts provide a rich maltiness not found in most pale ales. At 6% ABV and 42 IBU’s, Pawnee Pale is distinctly hopped, yet still carries that session beer quality you have come to expect from Mustang.”
Schoelen said Mustang has received many requests for an IPA, but struggled with how they could make one in the session beer range. Thus an American pale ale was the answer. The Pawnee Pale was anonymously debuted at a tasting panel at McNellie’s OKC in December, and Schoelen said it by far was the choice of beer fans among the six beers tested that night. The beer is set to be released March 1, and you can expect it in stores a week to two weeks after that.
But stop the presses, people! On top of the fact that we just announced the release of a new beer, The Thirsty Beagle has even more exciting news to pass your way: Pawnee Pale will be Mustang’s first beer brewed in Oklahoma. Through a partnership with Choc Beer Co., Mustang will brew all of its kegs of Pawnee Pale at the Choc facility in Krebs. Bottles will still be brewed in Wisconsin. But the Pawnee Pale you get on tap at local watering holes will be an Oklahoma-made product.
This will be Choc’s second beer partnership in Oklahoma, following last year’s release of Choc/Marshall Wild Brew, and obviously Mustang’s first in-state brewing partnership. Schoelen also confirmed that Pawnee Pale hopefully will not be the last beer brewed at Choc. A second beer tested at the tasting panel will also be released in 2011, Schoelen said. One potential plan would see demand for Pawnee Pale ramp up beyond what can be produced locally, sending brewing to Wisconsin to make room at Choc for the next addition to the Mustang line-up. However it shakes out, it sounds like another big year ahead for Mustang.