The Thirsty Beagle: Black Mesa to launch first IPA

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Black Mesa to launch first IPA

As I reported last month, Black Mesa is shaking things up with the planned releases of two new beers and a new arrangement to produce some of its beers at Anthem's brewhouse in Oklahoma City.

To celebrate this new direction, Black Mesa has planned a release party and fifth anniversary celebration for May 6.

The party will feature the debut of the brewing company's first IPA -- the East Coast-style Big Wheel IPA -- and also a concert performance by Taddy Porter.

The event is set for 6 to 11 p.m. May 6 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Taddy Porter will debut the new album "Big Wheel" and special guests Bread and Butter Band and Katie Williams will also be there.

Attendance is free, but guests must be 21 or older.

Black Mesa owner/operator Chris Sanders has been working behind the scenes lately to drive a re-brand of the company's labels, bringing a noticeably more artistic/graphic approach to the designs.

That new approach is visible on new labels for Black ESB and Kolsch, and also for the new Cave Dweller Hoppy Red Ale:

All four of the aforementioned beers are set to be brewed and packaged at Anthem, while some production will continue at O'Fallon Brewing in Missouri, Sanders has confirmed.

So what else is going on?

-If you're looking to learn a little bit about homebrewing, or just a enjoy a good time and some good beer, swing by The Brew Shop on Sunday for the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew Day. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring their own brewing set-up to churn out a batch. More info available here.

-If you haven't already, it's not too late to register for the annual McNellie's Pub Run. The race is set for 3 p.m. May 6 and includes a post-race party at McNellie's, as well as the Guinness Challenge, where runners attempt to finish three pours of Guinness spread out over the course of the 4-mile race. More details on that here.

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