The Thirsty Beagle: Mountain Fork Brewery going high-point

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mountain Fork Brewery going high-point

As you would know if you were a loyal reader of this space, there are two commercial breweries in southeastern Oklahoma.

Both Beavers Bend Brewery and Mountain Fork Brewery -- located in Hochatown, just north of Broken Bow -- started off producing low-point offerings. That was a reflection of the fact that McCurtain County had not authorized liquor by the drink until 2015.

With that change in hand, and with the enactment earlier this year of Senate Bill 424, the question was, how long would they stay low-point?

We have an answer now as far as Mountain Fork is concerned.

Brewmaster Aaron Preston told me this past weekend that Mountain Fork's taproom is going high-point within the next couple weeks.

While they will continue to produce some low-point offerings on draft for local restaurants, Preston has plans for at least four different high-point beers so far. Check out the labels:

The latter two labels are currently offered at the tap room in low-point style. I was able to try a flight of all the offerings this weekend, and I enjoyed the Hop Time Gal, as well as Tabb's Dirt Road Stout, which carried great coffee notes for a low-point beer.

One other Mountain Fork item worth passing along: Preston is working right now on a two-barrel brew system, but by 2017, he expects to be on a 20-barrel system in an expanded brewery building. Seems like there's plenty of room for growth on the Hochatown beer scene.

Meanwhile, Mountain Fork is not the only state brewery with plans for new beers. Dead Armadillo looks like they also will be busy, brewing for themselves and for another beer company.

According to federal label-filing records, Dead Armadillo is looking to brew a Dunkelweizen, which I don't believe they have done up to this point, although I have been wrong one time before.

I think Dunkelweizen -- in today's IPA and sour ale craze -- is one of the more underrated and under-appreciated beer styles. 

At the same time, according to label filings, it appears Dead Armadillo will also be taking on a project for Hanson Brothers Beer Co.

Hanson as you may remember worked with Mustang Brewing once upon a time to brew Mmmhops, and now it looks like they're moving a little closer to their Tulsa roots.

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