In November, some members of Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Dawg membership club were able to pick up their allotments of apple-brandy custom barrel-aged beers, and today the rest of the beers are ready.
Earlier this year, members of the club were allowed to purchase an entire barrel of imperial stout aged in three different types of barrels: apple brandy barrels aged between nine and 10 months, bourbon barrels or Okie barleywine barrels. There was also the option to combine barrels to create double barreled stouts such as apple brandy and bourbon barrel-aged stout, bourbon and Okie barrel-aged stout, etc.
As was the case last year, the purchasers were then allowed to add spices or adjuncts to condition the beer on like vanilla, coffee, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, peppers, pecans and coconut, although the brewery was willing to work with other spices if it was feasible. In fact, this year’s blends include a number of new adjuncts, including Nutter Butter Peanut Butter cookies, bananas and even Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
Prairie then decided on the appropriate dosage rate for each spice, and purchasers of each barrel were able to pick out a name and choose from four different pre-designed labels, two of which are different from the three that were used for last year’s releases. However, unlike last year, the beers for this round of Prairie Dawg members is being split up into two different releases: the apple brandy barrel-aged beers were released in November 2018, while the bourbon and Okie barrel-aged beers are being released today, along with any double barrel-aged creations.
Based on past comments from the brewery, each barrel consists of approximately 53 gallons of beer, and the brewery packaged the resulting stout into either 12-ounce bottles, barrel kegs, or a mixture of both, depending on what was asked for. While yields vary, Prairie estimated that each barrel should yield approximately 450 12-ounce bottles or 8 1/8 barrel kegs.
According to a post on Prairie’s Facebook page, the bottles are available to be picked up by members today at the brewery’s warehouse facility in McAlester, Okla.
An email sent to the brewery for additional information was not returned.