Today marks the return of one of my favorite beers, Marshall Brewing’s El CuCuy India-style black ale. Marshall debuted El CuCuy last year, and now the 2011 version will be rolled out at a party tonight in Tulsa and tomorrow at the McNellie’s OKC Firkin Friday event. El CuCuy is the first beer in Marshall’s Loco Gringo series, which is expected to contain two additional offerings to complete the series. Marshall reports that the second beer in the series may be released in early 2012.
Here’s a press release Marshall sent out on El CuCuy:
TULSA — Marshall Brewing Company will officially launch El CuCuy India-style black ale at Elote Cafe, 514 S Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK, October 27, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. The launch party will include El CuCuy on draft. This is an extremely rare offering for our limited release beer that will be primarily bottled. In addition, brewmaster Eric Marshall and the Marshall Brewing Company team will be on hand to visit and answer questions. 2011 marks the second annual release of El CuCuy in Marshall Brewing Company’s 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! El CuCuy will be available in 22 ounce bottles at liquor stores, restaurants, and bars across the state of Oklahoma. In addition, a few kegs of this limited release beer will be available in select location on draft.