The news making social-media rounds that Redbud Brewing Co. brewmaster Chase Healey is leaving the Oklahoma City area is indeed true. Healey is moving to Texas within the next couple months. I think we can safely say that Healey’s contribution to the Oklahoma beer scene — both during his time with COOP Ale Works and with Redbud — will be missed. Simply put, the guy had a knack for producing a good beer.
I plan to have more information on Healey’s future beer plans on the blog at a later time.
So where does Redbud go from here? I’ve confirmed that Redbud will continue production out of the OKCity Brewing beer cooperative, and that Redbud’s leadership is in the process of seeking out a new brewmaster.
Much like how COOP maintained its recipes when Healey parted ways with them, the recipes for Redbud’s beers will remain property of Redbud, so I’d expect brews like Redbud Wheat and Redbud Pale Ale to continue to be available.
OKCity Brewing owner Sibyl Kang said “Redbud will continue to produce a great product along with continually developing new and innovative brews.”
What the future holds for the Cuvee line remains to be seen. To me, creative/one-off beers like that would seem to fall into the category of a brewmaster’s labor of love. It’s hard to predict if a new brewmaster would embrace the same vision/direction.
Of course, there’s no telling what new, exciting things a new brewmaster could bring to the table, either.
However it shakes out, good luck to Redbud as they find their next brewmaster, and to Healey as he heads to the other side of the Red River.