If you go to Beer Sprocket tomorrow or the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival next weekend, you’ll have the chance to try an old friend with a new name. That’s because Mustang Brewing is turning its popular Winter Lager into a year-round offering and rebranding it as Mustang Route 66 American Lager.
Mustang President Tim Schoelen said, “Our Winter Lager recipe was a big hit. So much so that we are releasing it as a year-round brew.” Schoelen said the Winter Lager recipe was created as a traditional amber to give Mustang the option to re-brand it should it become a hit.
Schoelen describes Route 66 as “a traditional, American, amber lager brewed with four types of barley, Hallertauer and Willamette hops. It is filtered, and has a crisp, malty, Yuengling-esque finish. 5.0% ABV and 18 IBUs.”
He said the beer will be available in kegs starting July 1 and will be brewed 100 percent in Oklahoma. Twelve-ounce bottles are expected in early 2013.
The Thirsty Beagle has also learned that the switch to Route 66 will not be the end of the line for Winter Lager. A new, spiced-up version of Winter Lager can be expected around December, Schoelen said.