The Thirsty Beagle: What's brewing? New labels from Cabin Boys, Vanessa House, COOP and more

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What's brewing? New labels from Cabin Boys, Vanessa House, COOP and more

It's been awhile since I checked in and reported on new beer labels being submitted to the feds by Oklahoma brewers, so I figured this would be as good a time as any to do a wrap on what was shaking in November.

Most notably, we saw Cabin Boys get into the act with their first batch of product labels.

Just a reminder that these label approvals do not always provide an accurate reading on when a beer will be released, or even that it will be released at all. But they generally are pretty indicative of a brewer's production plans, and are just fun to look at either way.

First, we have Bearded Theologian, a 9.5% ABV Belgian quad that appears headed for 22 oz. bottles. The beer is described as having "deep aromas and flavors of raisins and caramel" and "hints of cinnamon and spices."

Cabin Boys also has Cornerstone Saison, checking in at 6.2% ABV. They describe this beer as "unforgiving and unaplogetic" with spicy flavors and a solid malt foundation.

And the new Tulsa brewery may deliver one of the more creative beers we've seen in a while with Felix Et Tenebris (Latin for "happy and dark"). This is an American orange stout that checks in at 8.7% ABV and is described as being a "roasty, chocolatey best." It was brewed with orange slices in the boil. 

We have a couple new offerings from Vanessa House filed in November as well, presumably to be brewed at the co-op. First, is 1st Anny Pina Colada Ale. This is a 7.5% ABV beer brewed with pineapple, coconut, vanilla and lactose.

Next we have Power's Out, a 10% ABV imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans.

We had a couple labels submitted from COOP in November, one that I am especially excited about. That would be Bourbon Barrel Aged DNR with Chocolate. This next iteration in the Cask-It Series sounds incredible. I'll definitely be on the look-out for these bottles when they drop.

And then we also had 2017 BBA TROAIS. This version has been aged in bourbon barrels, promising a "spirit-forward experience."

Down in southeastern Oklahoma, we can see that Mountain Fork is expanding its product line-up. The McCurtain County brewery filed a couple labels in November. The first is Crumpet, a 4% ABV English-style brown ale.

Also we have Sneaky Snake. This Belgian-style golden ale checks in 9% ABV.

Up in Stillwater, Iron Monk looks to be working on what I think would be the strongest beer they've produced to date. Nel'd It is a 12.5% imperial stout brewed with molasses.

Back to OKC, we have a label from Twisted Spike. Rose Rock is a 5.5% ABV Irish red-style ale. And don't forget, this beer is actually being released this Friday night at The Patriarch.

Finally, we have one more newcomer -- the first label filing I've seen from Heirloom Rustic Ales. Plains Beer is an open-fermented and bottle-conditioned saison, checking in at 6% ABV. Typically you would see bar codes on labels intended for package-store distribution, so I'm not 100 percent clear on the avenue to market for this beer -- it may be brewery-only. This also could be a non-final version of the label.

Also worth noting, Prairie filed about three dozen labels in November -- mostly for imperial stouts with a range of variants. According to Prairie officials, those are a series of special beers for Prairie Dawgs members. I won't bog down this post with images and descriptions unless I get an indication that any of those beers are intended for public distribution.

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