I’m rolling out a new feature on The Thirsty Beagle blog today. It’s called Brewers’ Blog. This is where I give Oklahoma’s brewers and beer experts a chance to have their say in the form of a guest post. Our first post comes from Mustang Brewing Co. brewmaster Gary Shellman. The topic: Mustang’s newest seasonal beer, Crimson and Cream Ale. Take it away, Gary:
I was driving through Norman just a couple of days ago and thought, you know, football season is just around the corner, and football season reminds me of tailgating season, which reminds me of BBQ season, and nothing goes better with football, tailgating and BBQ than good craft beer.
Mustang Brewing Company is opening tailgating season this year with a new beer — Crimson and Cream Ale — a seasonal beer that fits our target for great session beers. This is a beer that is light and refreshing, so it doesn’t slow you down when you’re watching the big game.
I’ve done a little variation on the standard cream ale – a beer that is usually a pale straw color, from the pale malt and flaked corn, with an almost champagne-like quality. This beer uses the same amount of flaked maize as a standard cream ale, but I’ve reduced the amount of pale malt a bit and used subtle additions of amber, Munich, and Vienna malts, to give it a light to medium body, a hint of crimson color, and interesting caramel and biscuit notes that round out the beer’s finish and still maintain the malt and hop balance of a cream ale, without making the beer seem too heavy.
At 4.8% ABV and 18 IBUs, Crimson and Cream Ale will refresh your taste buds, whether it’s paired with local pub grub, your best BBQ at a local tailgating party, or satisfying your thirst as you put on your best Heisman pose before, during, or after the big game.
Want an early sample? Crimson and Cream Ale will be on tap from an English-style beer engine at McNellie’s Public House in OKC and Tulsa for their weekly Firkin Friday event on July 22, starting at 6 p.m. The 80 pints in the Firkin don’t last long, so get there early in search of your Friday refreshment. You can expect to see Crimson and Cream Ale at your favorite tap house and bar, and available in kegs for tailgating at the start of the college football season. Let’s get ready for football, Oklahoma.
Thanks, Gary! Now on to the news and links:
-Bricktown Brewery is holding a grand re-opening party at 5 p.m. Friday. The party is a fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids backpack program.
-If you like New Belgium’s Fat Tire and prefer to fly on Frontier Airlines, you sir are in luck. Fat Tire cans are now available at 30,000 feet.
-Here’s a reviewon Choc’s Super Saison. Apparently the guy on the right had never had beer of any kind prior to this tasting.
-Marshall Brewing reports that the release of its Arrowhead Pale Ale went very well, so well in fact that people are just plain sold out of the stuff. Expect a re-stocking of the pipeline in the next few days.
-McNellie’s OKC is holding a pint night at 5 p.m. Thursday featuring Sam Adams Brewmaster Select in a special glass.