Portraits: Chase Healey (American Solera)

Along with his brother Colin, Chase Healey opened Prairie Artisan Ales in Tulsa, Okla. in 2013, and it quickly became a hit with not only local residents, but also around the world.

Although the brewery released close to 15 different beers before its one year anniversary and had a number of hits with fans, its popularity was in large part to Prairie’s Bomb! imperial stout, which made an impression on the craft beer scene just as adjunct-laden stouts were beginning their ascent to the prominence they have today. Prairie eventually followed up that base beer with many different versions of the stout, including Pirate Bomb! aged in rum barrels, Barrel-Aged Bomb! aged in bourbon barrels and Birthday Bomb! brewed with caramel sauce.

However, just as Prairie’s notoriety seemed to be increasing, Chase decided last year to sell the brewery to long time collaborative partner Krebs Brewing Co. and open up American Solera, a new venture that is allowing him to concentrate on sour and spontaneous beers, as well as a few IPAs and stouts. The brewery debuted a members program last year, and has won multiple honors since it opened, including being named both the Best New Brewer in the United States and the second Best New Brewer in the World for 2016 at the RateBeer Best awards that took place in Sonoma County, Calif. in January. In addition, the brewery also opened a new taproom in Tulsa this summer, located at the corner of 18th Street and Boston Ave.

This portrait was taken during the What the Funk!? 2017 Invitational in Denver Colo. using a Canon 5D Mark III and an 16-35mm f2.8 lens set at f7.1. The shutter speed was 1/100 second at ISO 1600 and there were two sources of light: the main light was a flash triggered by radio slaves held by a friend to Chase’s right, as well as some minimal light coming from the incandescent bulbs in the background. The photograph was converted from RAW to JPG in Adobe Lightroom and adjusted for contrast and sharpness using custom actions in Photoshop CC.