For the second year in a row, some members of Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Dawg membership club will be picking up their allotments of custom barrel-aged beers, but more are on the way.
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 up to three 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 Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, Lola Hazelnut Creme coffee and even Cookie Crisp 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 will be released tomorrow, while the bourbon and Okie barrel-aged beers are scheduled to be released in January, 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.
In an email, Zach Prichard, owner of Prairie, told Tenemu that there will be 52 different apple brandy barrel-aged beers available to be picked up by members starting tomorrow at the brewery’s warehouse facility in McAlester, Okla.