Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales Tulsa, OK
Our latest review comes all the way from the Sooner State. Prairie Artisan Ales is a small brewery in Tulsa, OK headed by two brothers that wanted to do something awesome. With this light delicious brew, they certainly have captured awesome in a glass.
New York City has been graced with the presence of Prairie's beers on the extremely rare occasion. After a brief affair with their sessional farmhouse ale Birra, I was hooked and I needed more. With the magic of the internet, I was able to get my hands on a small box of some of their best brews. Standard is the first to be opened.
I pour the beer into my trusty tulip glass and I can't wait to dive in. It's a sunny day outside so the windows are open and pulling in rays of warm sunlight to light up my otherwise dark NYC apartment. I take a second to look at the beer in the glass and it's a pretty sight. An unfiltered tangerine haze looks right back at me. Just the right amount of light is peeking through to illuminate the beer in the glass. It's like some sort of liquid light bulb firing off a yellow-orange incandescent light.
Right off the bat, peppery yeast hits and gives way to lime zest. Any malt on the nose is overwhelmed. I gotta make sure I don't dip my nose into the beer. It smells so good. The first sip brings some lightly sharp lime. The saison yeast is popping off pepper notes which I freakin' love. The malt is very subtle and echoes the nose. This beer is really about the yeast and the Motueka hops. A subtle bittersharp finish rides caboose and brings you back for more. It's dry but not too dry as it leaves just enough behind to make you wanna chase the last sip with another.
Damn it this is good. I really could drink this beer every day. I might have to use the powers of the internets to make this a reality more often. If anyone out there has access Prairie's beers, drop us a line and let's work something out!!
If anyone is looking for some more information on the guys from Prairie, please take a look at their website.