For starters, you may not have realized that Marshall will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, which will coincide with American Craft Beer Week in May, Marshall is planning to unveil a fifth-anniversary limited-bottle release.
Early word is that this will be a barrel-aged variation — Marshall’s first barrel-aged release — of their Revival Red Ale.
And speaking of Revival Red, the spring seasonal will return this year, along with this lineup of seasonals (release dates and descriptions provided by Marshall):
-Revival Red (Feb. 27): Revival Red is an American red ale which pays homage to our great state of Oklahoma (the 46th state to join the Union). This sessionable ruby-hued ale is perfectly suited to be enjoyed with the renewal that spring brings to the Red Dirt State each year. A balanced blend of six malts gives this ale a medium body and a savory malt base. Chinook and Cascade hops shape a wonderful citrusy hop profile and the addition of Centennial dry-hops enhances the fruity aroma. The result is a revival for your taste buds. (Blogger’s note: I LOVE CENTENNIAL!!!)
-Arrowhead Pale Ale (May 29): Arrowhead Pale Ale aims to quench the thirst of hot summer afternoons and warm evenings. Arrowhead is an American pale ale crafted to provide refreshment as a lighter, highly quaffable ale complimented by unique aromatic citrus notes that both tickle the nose and enliven the palate. Complexity, balance, and softness make Arrowhead Pale Ale a ridiculously easy-drinking summer seasonal.
-Oktoberfest Lager (Aug. 28): Break out the lederhosen and get ready for some good old Bavarian Gemütlichkeit … Oklahoma style. Marshall Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest is a beautiful deep copper-colored lager highlighted by a complex malt flavor, elegantly balanced by the bittering of noble German hops. This beer is extremely smooth and highly drinkable. Checking in at 6.0% ABV, Oktoberfest is truly a fest bier worth celebrating!
-Big Jamoke Porter (Oct. 30): Big Jamoke is an American robust porter named for the B-25 that Brewmaster Eric Marshall’s grandfather flew in WWII. A blend of five malts from Munich to chocolate provide a deep mahogany color and aroma of toffee and roasted coffee. On the palate this beer is full-bodied with hints of bittersweet chocolate and toffee… while finishing smooth and dry from the addition of earthy hops. Suggested pairings: Brie or other earthy cheese, ham, barbeque, smoked meats and any bittersweet chocolate dessert such as espresso flavored lava cake.
In addition, Marshall has revealed a special line-up of limited-release, draft-only offerings for 2013. They are:
-Munich-style Dunkel (scheduled to be released shortly after Revival Red Ale), Klaus Hefeweizen (scheduled for a summer release), and other yet-to-be announced offerings.
And finally, expect the return of what I consider to be one of the state’s best beers — El Cucuy will be released in 22 oz. bottles ahead of Halloween, Marshall reports.
-TapWerks’ Thursday pint night today will feature a firkin of the raspberry-infused Mustang Imperial Court Stout. They’ll also have Winter Lager and Washita Wheat.
-McNellie’s OKC is seeking volunteers for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
-Here’s another news update for the AB-InBev anti-trust case.
-I blogged earlier about Prairie Artisan Ale’s collaboration sour-citrus saison. Here’s the label art. Awesome.
-Freddy at the Biergarten reports that Goose Island will start to arrive this month — Honkers English Bitter, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Goose Island IPA, and whatever the current seasonal offering is — in kegs, with bottles to follow in March.