The Thirsty Beagle: COOP eyes string of new low-point variants?

Friday, October 7, 2016

COOP eyes string of new low-point variants?

You know, I'm glad COOP Spare Rib exists. For a low-point beer, it's a solid pale ale with a nice hop character -- it shows brewers can indeed make good low-point beer.

And, more importantly, I can stock up on four-packs of Spare Rib while I'm at my local grocery store on Sunday morning.

So I was especially intrigued recently when I came across a string of potential new low-point recipes from COOP, many appearing to be variants of Spare Rib, Briefcase Brown and Negative Split.

Federal beer label approval records show COOP may be scheming a number of interesting new flavor profiles -- some that look as if they ripped the pages right out of my homebrewing playbook (Hello, peppers and raspberries!).

All the approvals were for keg collars, so these may not be items that make it to the grocery store. I asked a COOP rep what the exact plans are for these beers, but have not yet heard back. One can speculate that they may be intended for taproom and public event purposes.

So what do we have? Let's first look at the Spare Rib variants: Pad Thai Pale Ale (pale ale with coconut, cumin and peppers), Spicy Hawaiian (pale ale with pineapples and peppers) and Beermosa (pale ale with orange peel, tea and cinnamon).

Next we have the Briefcase Brown variants: Cacao Coconut Briefcase Brown (brown ale with chocolate and coconut) and Mumbai Business Meeting (brown ale with tea, cinnamon, clove, ginger and all-spice). 

And finally there are the Negative Split variants: Sometimes Love Burns (Belgian-style ale with raspberries and peppers) and Waiting For My Kokosnoot (Belgian-style ale with coconut).

Definitely some interesting stuff there! And how about a bonus item: Label records show that COOP may also be pointing toward a full-strength Horny Toad off-shoot featuring blood orange:

I'll keep you updated if/when I hear back from COOP on any potential distribution plans for these beers. It's important to remember that these label approvals do not necessarily mean the beer will ever make it to market. But they generally are a good indicator of a brewery's likely plans. Stay tuned, and have a great weekend!


  1. I'm trying to figure out why COOP would keep putting resources into the low-point beer with changes coming? I sure hope these are better than Negative Split, which has to be one of the worst things I've ever put in my mouth!

  2. Maybe they want to have interesting beers for public outdoor events. It's yet to be seen if full strength beer would be allowed in open carry festivals. Currently you can walk about at the fair or art fest or food truck feat with 4% or less abv. Same reason nearly every big brewery in California makes them. There is a market. Just my theory and I could be wrong.