The Thirsty Beagle: Black Mesa charting new course

Friday, March 17, 2017

Black Mesa charting new course

If you've thought to yourself that things have been a little quiet recently for Black Mesa, you'd be right.

They haven't been out in the community as much as they used to, and we haven't seen much in the way of new beer from them.

Well, there is a good reason for that, and it appears we're about to hear a lot more from them in the near future.

For starters, the beermaker has seen a change in its structure, as original founding partner Brad Stumph has left the company.

Stumph confirmed this week that he parted ways with founder Chris Sanders in January, leaving Sanders as the sole owner/operator.

Sanders now is forging ahead, having set out on a new path that will include brewing some of the company's beer at Anthem's brewhouse in Oklahoma City, while still making batches at O'Fallon in Missouri, he said.

And it appears a series of new beers are on the way, including Black Mesa's first IPA. While the company has been teasing label images on its social media channels, public records reveal a look at label art submitted to the federal government for approval.

So let's see what we have:

First, there's an East Coast-style IPA, Big Wheel IPA.

And the hop train keeps rolling with Cave Dweller, a hoppy red ale that pays tribute to Neanderthals who migrated to Oklahoma's Panhandle.

There's a new label for Black Mesa's award-winning ESB.

And also a re-imagination of the labeling for their Kolsch.

Expect additional details coming from Black Mesa in the near future.

(Blogger's note: An earlier version of this blog incorrectly identified Black Mesa's current owner/operator)

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