The Thirsty Beagle: Top 10 Oklahoma craft beer stories of 2016: No. 6

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 10 Oklahoma craft beer stories of 2016: No. 6

Good morning beer fans! Hope you're enjoying our countdown of top 10 craft beer stories for Oklahoma in 2016. This morning we're almost halfway home, as we reach No. 6 on the list.

First, feel free to check out No. 10, No. 9, No. 8 or No. 7.

Now, on with the show. Here is...

No. 6

The news: Mustang is sold; Mustang and Elk Valley seek new homes

What happened: Mustang founder Tim Schoelen announced in July that he was stepping aside and a new owner would take over day-to-day operations of the company. Mustang's new principal owner, Scott White, announced he would move the brewery to Edmond, however those plans fell through and White later announced a move to the Automobile Alley area. This news meant that Elk Valley -- currently brewing at Mustang's Meridian Avenue location -- would also seek a new location of its own in 2017.

Why it mattered: Although it has experienced a somewhat tumultuous existence, Mustang remains one of the longest-operating brewers in the state, beat to incorporation only by Huebert, Choc, Marshall and COOP. The company has always enjoyed a loyal following and was also one of the first Oklahoma craft brewers to test the waters in the low-point grocery store market. If Mustang does indeed end up joining Prairie and Twisted Spike in Automobile Alley, it would create Oklahoma City's first true craft beer district. Meanwhile, beer fans are enthralled with each new release from Elk Valley, and many will be watching with interest to see where founder and brewmaster John Elkins lands in 2017.

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