Last summer, Marshall Brewing released a new pale ale, Arrowhead Pale Ale, to rave reviews. Small problem: the beer was so well-liked that when Marshall released it late in the summer seasonal market, it quickly vanished off shelves and taps. Fast forward to 2012, and the Tulsa brewery has made plans to get more Arrowhead to more beer fans. (On a side note, I mentioned on the blog yesterday that Arrowhead’s first appearance of the season will be this Friday at the McNellie’s OKC Firkin Friday.) Check out this press release for the details:
TULSA — Temperatures are heating up across Oklahoma, sparking the need for refreshing seasonal beer. Marshall Brewing Co. has been hard at work increasing brewing capacity since the wildly successful release of Arrowhead Pale Ale in 2011 left beer lovers in short supply.
Arrowhead Pale Ale will officially launch at the Dilly Deli, 402 E 2nd St., Tulsa, on June 6th at 5 p.m. with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg of summer. At 7 p.m., the Marshall team will head next door to the Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge, 211 S Elgin Ave., to enjoy Arrowhead Pale Ale on draft while bowling for prizes provided by Marshall. Both events are open to all over 21.
The 2012 release of Arrowhead Pale Ale on June 6 beats the previous year’s release to market by a full month, offering craft beer drinkers more availability. “Growing pains,” stated founder/brewmaster Eric Marshall on the 2011 release of Arrowhead Pale Ale. “We were a little late to market in 2011 and could not have anticipated the popularity of the beer. As a result Arrowhead was only available about 45 days. With recent expansion at the brewery we plan to offer Arrowhead Pale Ale for a full three-month season.”
Arrowhead is an American pale ale crafted to provide refreshment as a lighter, highly quaffable ale complimented by unique aromatic citrus notes from its hops that both tickle the nose and enliven the palate. Complexity, balance, and softness make Arrowhead Pale Ale a ridiculously easy-drinking summer seasonal.
Arrowhead Pale Ale will be available in six packs at liquor stores, restaurants, and bars across the state after June 6. The summer seasonal will replace Revival Red Ale, Marshall’s spring seasonal, on draft at a limited number of locations throughout the state. The next in the series, Oktoberfest Lager, will be released the first week of September.
-Mustang will have a Summer Lager pint night from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Old Chicago-Edmond.
-Mustang will be the featured beer at tomorrow’s Firkin Thursday at McNellie’s Tulsa.
I’m trying to track down what beer will be served. In the meantime, I’m going to make a wild guess and say Summer Lager, but don’t hold me to it. Update: The firkin will be filled with a strawberry-infused Washita Wheat.
-Marshall will be at McNellie’s OKC for Firkin Friday featuring a double-dry hopped Arrowhead Pale Ale. This event actually gets a leg up on the official Arrowhead launch party, which is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at the Dilly Deli, 402 E Second St., Tulsa. (I’ll have more on Arrowhead on the blog tomorrow.)
Organizers of the annual Wild Brew fundraiser have announced that the 2012 Wild Brew collaboration Rye Saison will be officially released to the public at a launch party scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 in Tulsa at Fassler Hall, 304 S Elgin Ave.
The launch party is set to coincide with the release of 750 ml bottles to liquor stores in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
The Wild Brew event, which benefits the Sutton Avian Research Center, is set for July 28. Those interested will be able to buy tickets at the Fassler Hall launch party.
This Saturday we begin guided brewery tours! This is your chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the home of Choc Beer. Tours are $25. Lunch, a beer glass, and special edition T-shirt are included. The first tour begins at 11:30 with lunch to follow. Call (918) 423-2042 to make your reservation!
Seriously, $25 for the tour, lunch, beer glass and shirt is a pretty outstanding deal. I think I see Krebs in my near future.
Check out the Huffington Post’s craft beer power rankings. Nice list, but too bad we can’t get most of those beers here in Oklahoma. Anyway, still interesting to look at. And I’ll tell you one thing I find really amazing, which sort of speaks to the growth of craft beer: That a draft-only beer available hardly anywhere in the country can gain national fame. Sort of shows the power of beer, no?
Found this clip/article at Draft Magazine today.
Most elaborate beer commercial you’ve ever seen?
A very successful Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival was held on Saturday, and I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say a good time was had by all. Major shout-out to Greg Powell from TapWerks for orchestrating the event and, by golly, just for caring so much about beer.
It was great to see Anthem Brewing make its public debut with is Belgian blonde Golden One, and also to meet the folks representing the next craft brewer to expect on the local scene, Black Mesa (more to come on the blog). And naturally, any place I can get a taste of Cuvee Four and then take five or six steps and sample COOP’s special orange blossom IPA must be a pretty good place. Alas, we look ahead to next year.
In the meantime, the next major beer-tasting event to look forward to is Wild Brew, which is scheduled for July 28 in T-Town. I can tell you that I may or may not have had a minor sneak taste Saturday of the Wild Brew 2012 Rye Saison brewed by Choc and the FOAM homebrewers, and I can also tell you that it probably is pretty awesome. And so why not share these photos, which show Freddy from the BierGarten and the FOAM crew in action on Wild Brew brew day at Krebs.
Being The Thirsty Beagle, I get a lot of things sent to me. A lot of it is beer. Some of it is really good beer. Some of it is other stuff. Each year for the past two years, Best Buy has sent me a bag of rice and a pouch of beef jerky right before St. Patrick’s Day. This is because everyone who likes beer apparently is going to drop their cell phone in their beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and will need the rice or the silica gel pack in their beef jerky to rescue/dehydrate their phone. Point being, I get a lot of stuff. There’s my growing collection of beer books. There’s this box I received today. I haven’t opened it yet, but I suspect there’s beer in there.
Then, a couple weeks ago, there was this:
Inside the box are two of Miller’s new punch-top Miller Lite cans and a can opener with a handy, pokey punching poker. Why have a can with a punch top? The commercial — which I mocked mercilessly the first time I saw it — says it’s for a smoother pour. This leads to several relevant questions:
-Does anyone really pour Miller Lite into a glass?
-In the commercial, everyone is drinking out of the cans, so what difference does it make?
-Is a “smoother pour” going to aid the taste of Miller Lite in any way? (I think we know the answer)
-Finally, and probably most importantly, why would you drink Miller Lite, anyway?
So I’m pondering all these important questions the other day when another box shows up on my desk. What was in the box, you ask?
Another Miller Lite punch-top can box!!!
So now I face another question: What to do with these boxes. I have one idea, but I’ll also take suggestions. I contemplated a scientific experiment to test the validity of the smoother pour theory. Then I remembered all my questions above, so I ruled that out. I’m thinking I’ll just let the boxes sit around the house until Mrs. Beagle gets annoyed with them cluttering things up. Then again, Mrs. Beagle astutely pointed out that the boxes look like cans vomiting up nasty beer. Gotta respect her analysis there. Maybe the sledgehammer it is. Would make good video, right?
Here’s another feather for your American Craft Beer Week cap: the McNellie’s-OKC weekly Monday pint night today features COOP Ale Works Native Amber. They start pouring at 5 p.m. Buy the beer, keep the glass. That is all.
It’s party time, y’all! American Craft Beer Week is here, and there’s plenty going on to mark the occasion. TapWerks Ale House has planned double pint night each night this week, which of course will lead up to Saturday’s Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival in Bricktown.
Here’s TapWerks’ pint night rundown:
6 p.m.: Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock
8 p.m.: Shiner
-Tuesday (this one’s being coined “Turnpike Pint Night”)
6 p.m.: Marshall Brewing
8 p.m.: COOP Ale Works
6 p.m.: Mustang Brewing
8 p.m.: Anchor Brewing
6 p.m.: Great Divide
8 p.m.: Choc Beer Co.
6 p.m.: Heubert Brewing
8 p.m.: Boulevard
Additionally, Marshall Brewing has posted an impressive rundown of Craft Beer Week activities. In addition to Tuesday’s pint night at TapWerks, Marshall will be at Abner’s Ale House in Norman tonight; at a Goebel Liquor in Wichita on Wednesday; and at McNellie’s-Tulsa on Thursday night.
I’ll post any new updates on festivities this week when I get them.