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He and his wife, Carmen, introduced the company’s first beer in July 2009. Mustang now makes five different beers, including seasonals, but its move to low-point is intended to get the name and product to a larger consumer base.

“Beer is not an elitist drink,” Schoelen said. “We’ve said from the beginning that everyone deserves a good beer, and these new lines make good beers available to more beer lovers.”

Schoelen said he’s not too concerned about the product being watered down or too thin with the move to low-point.

“It’s a difference of about 1 percent,” he said. “I know we can maintain our quality.”

The announcement comes just as Mustang is releasing its new winter lager, a crisp, malty seasonal available tomorrow in the metro. Mustang enjoys strong, regional support, with its beers available at nearly 500 locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, including McNellie’s, 1100 Classen Drive; Tapwerks, 121 E. Sheridan; and 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 N.W. 51st.

Another popular local brewery, Coop Ale Works, is releasing its new Territorial Reserve Oak- Aged Imperial stout, also available beginning tomorrow. Initially, it only will be available in kegs, but co-owner J.D. Merryweather said the winter beer will be available in bottles by the first of 2012.

The
Territorial Reserve is a massive, complex and wonderfully balanced
stout that was aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels, giving the finished
product an amazing blend of sweetness, caramel, chocolate, coffee and
oak that leads to a creamy finish.

Made
by Coop’s head brewer, Blake Jarolim, the Territorial Reserve comes in
at about 10 percent alcohol, but the multiple layers and flavors don’t
show it too much.

“The
Jack Daniel’s barrels imparted a unique and flavorful character to this
stout,” Jarolim said. “It’s robust and full-bodied.”

Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Company
released its Big Jamoke porter in early November. Unlike previous
versions of the brand, this one will be available all the way through
Feb. 12, 2012. It’s a powerful blend of coffee, chocolate, fig, smoke
and smoked meat — a great escape on cold winter days. It’s on draft at
McNellie’s and Tapwerks.

Krebs
Brewing Company, home of Choc Beer, also has released a stout for
winter in a limited run. Vanishing in January, it’s available at
Tapwerks; The Wine Gallery, 12000 S. Western; and Broadway Wine
Merchants, 824 N. Broadway.

Photo by Mark Hancock

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