Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Brewer Brings New Craft Beer to Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Brewer Brings New Craft Beer to Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is thirsty for its own craft beer breweries, said Tim Schoelen, president of the new Mustang Brewing Co.

"We started this company to make great, handcrafted beers the people of Oklahoma can be proud to call their own," Schoelen said Wednesday, just one week away from the release of his Mustang Golden Ale. "As Oklahoma City becomes increasingly recognized as a destination for business and tourism, there will be a growing demand for products that provide a local flavor.

"The American craft brewing industry has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years. That growth has paved the way for what you see in this market today. When you look at the great breweries that have started in Oklahoma over the past year - COOP in Oklahoma City, Battered Boar in Edmond, Marshall in Tulsa - each has their own unique approach and flavors. This is an exciting time for craft beer drinkers in this state," he said.

Schoelen's own production facility is scheduled to open in Mustang in mid-2010, something he's been working toward for about three years already, backed financially by former co-workers at the electric utility company where he used to work. In the meantime, he's contracted with two brewers outside the state to produce his recipes.

One of the other breweries Schoelen cited, Battered Boar, will begin shipping its first cases of Company Man Pale Ale, Briarpatch Amber Ale and Heartbreak Hefeweizen out of the new Edmond facility this week. Battered Boar will ship out about 3,000 cases in its inaugural month to liquor stores and bars, President Mick Sandefur said.

Sandefur agreed with Schoelen's assessment of the potential market in Oklahoma.

"It's one of the toughest states in the country to do what we're doing, but I think we can do well," he said. "People who want good beer have proven they'll go to great lengths to acquire it. …

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