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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 352

If it smells like funk, it must be… Prairie Cherry Funk. Jim Lamb brought this bottle home for me in his luggage all the way from Oklahoma. There’s good beer in Oklahoma! So far, both of the Prairie Artisan Ales offerings I was able to get my hands on have been fabulous! The other one was Prairie Hop (day 330). This bottle has such a fun label! I love the little cherry-headed people working out. The funk in this beer refers to the sour note, which compliments the cherry very nicely. There must be some serious variation among the bottles, because I just finished reading this review on the Beer Advocate website, posted on Monday, “A very slightly, funky version of Maraschino cherry juice. Finishes clean and dry. It’s ok, but lacking in flavor (funkiness or tart).” I was really surprised, because the bottle I opened was as sour as a baking cherry. It burped all over the table as I raced for a glass to contain the pink foam lurching from the bottle. That’s the reason it shows the cherries working out, the longer it stays sealed, the longer the funky critters are doing the heavy lifting. I am glad this bottle made it home to my kitchen, and didn’t explode along the way. I wonder if the bicycle ride home from Café Amsterdam aided in the bottle conditioning. It was cold, frozen, icy and bumpy from snow during the short 2-mile ride. I loved the great wild American taste in this beer, like a real Kriek lambic, with a different funk that happens in the middle of the USA, and not on the Western side of Europe. My wife consumed this beer closer to its source at a pub in Portland, Maine, and gave me a sip. She claims the funk was less pronounced in the kegged beer we had there over a month ago.

Cheers to Oklahoma beer! I love what you are doing, Prairie Brewing, and I look forward to the day I get to sample your beers in Oklahoma!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Year of Beer 12.18. Cherry Funk Sour Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 330

This year is flying by! I only have 35 beer paintings to make, and I have scheduled beers for the rest of the year! At least I haven’t been bored. You know your life is getting a little hectic when you find that sitting on the airplane is a nice break. I’m still hoping we’ll get some snow before tomorrow, but that doesn’t seem to be likely. Right now our roads are as icy as an ice arena. Now is a good time to put on your skates and take a frosty bottle down to a lake for a good ol’ fashioned sip and slide.

The featured beer painting for today is of Prairie Hop Belgian-Style Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. So far every sip of beer I’ve had from this spectacular brewery has brought joy to my palate! The first time I ran across this brewery was at the Culmination Beer Festival in Anchorage, and if a brewery is invited to this event, that’s saying a lot for the quality of its beer. I have definitely enjoyed the Cherry Funk; and the Prairie Bomb was one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had! Last night when I cracked open this dry-hopped saison, I was immediately impressed. The Simcoe and Citra hops are very evident, and produce a pleasant citrus aftertaste. The beer was carbonated perfectly, which made it taste refreshing. I was surprised when I saw on the bottle that the ABV is 8%, because it tastes very smooth, like a beer that could be around 5%. The last time I had a pale ale that tasted this nice was in Vermont, and I think that is saying something. I really do not know anything about the Sooner State except that the Prairie Artisan Ales are really good, so when I think of Oklahoma, I think of this brewery. Looks like I will have to add y’all to my “must visit for beer” list. Thanks, Lisa and Jim, for bringing this beer from your travels for my project!

Cheers to the best beers in Oklahoma! Great work on the Prairie Hop! I hop you keep on making such vibrant, interesting, avant-garde brews!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Year of Beer 11.26. Prairie Hop Belgian-Style Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.