Schoelen said he believes that the new partnership will have an immediate effect on Oklahoma’s economy in terms of production and jobs. 

Tim Schoelen, owner and founder of Mustang Brewing Company. (Mark Hancock)
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  • Tim Schoelen, owner and founder of Mustang Brewing Company.

Mustang Brewing Company has entered into an agreement with Krebs Brewing Company, aka Choc Beer Co., to help bring all of Mustang’s brewing operations back into Oklahoma.

Mustang purchased OKCity Brewing Cooperative in 2013 for the purpose of relocating all brewing operations to that location. However, the facility was destroyed by the tornado on May 31, 2013.

Mustang founder and president Tim Schoelen rebuilt his operation. Last year, he opened a new office and brewing facility at 520 N. Meridian Ave. Mustang’s kegs and bombers are produced at the Meridian facility, so the new agreement with Krebs moves the brewing and bottling process for all other beer products to Krebs, Oklahoma, in Pittsburg County.

“Zach Pritchard (president of Krebs) and I have discussed moving the operation to Krebs a few times over the years, but the production was never sufficient for Choc and Mustang,” Schoelen said. “Now that Krebs has expanded its operation, there is room for both.”

Schoelen said he believes that the new partnership will have an immediate effect on Oklahoma’s economy in terms of production and jobs, but it will also mean his products will get to the stores and bars faster.

“Our first releases from Krebs will be the Rocket Fuel IPA and the Strawshitaw Wheat, a strawberry wheat version of our gold medal winning Washita Wheat,” Schoelen said. They'll hit local markets in April.

Mustang now makes two year-round beers, but the new arrangement will allow the brewery to produce four or five year-round beers, he said. All Mustang beers — including those made at the Krebs facility — will be produced by Mustang brewers.

Read more in the March 4 print issue of Oklahoma Gazette

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