Moving on to my third new-beer announcement of the day, we’ve got big news from Choc this afternoon. The guys in Krebs announced today that they have decided to produce a four-beer seasonal rotation of their latest beer, OPA (Oklahoma Pale Ale).
The original OPA will remain in the lineup as a year-round offering, and will be joined first in November by Black OPA and then followed around March by Curry Spiced OPA and around June by Belgian Style OPA. A fourth, yet-undetermined version has yet to be announced, but you’d expect it to fill a gap in either the winter or late summer/early fall next year.
Choc President Zach Prichard said the project will likely feature small batches with a limited number of cases. He said the concept will involve keeping the grain bill and bittering hops the same, but using variations in yeast and aroma hopping to accomplish variety. (The exception will be Black OPA, which will feature a different grain bill.) The beers will ship in six packs and a limited number of kegs.
Said Prichard: “It’s way for us to share some really interesting beers that up until this point have not fit into our lineup.”
I tried a version of Curry Spiced OPA out of the cask at the TapWerks IPA Day celebration, and can report that it was very good. Prichard mentioned then that they would like to kick up the curry a little, so stay tuned for that.