Friday, January 24, 2014

Prairie Artisan Ales to barrel age beer for The Wine and Cheese Place

The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Program expands outside of Missouri for the first time!
We are excited to announce that some barrels are heading to Oklahoma!

Chase Healey, co-founder and brewmaster of Prairie Artisan Ales, loaded up two barrels from The Wine and Cheese Place to take back to Oklahoma to fill with beer.   We are very excited to partner with Prairie Artisan Ales.   We just recently started receiving their beers here at The Wine and Cheese Place and the beer is incredible.    He plans on each barrel (Evan Williams 10 Year old and a Buffalo Trace) to be bottled separately, we will give you more details as we have them.    Watch for the beer at the end of 2014 if all goes to plan.

While you wait....enjoy these great beers from Prairie Artisan Ales

In stock now and online

Mikkeller / Prairie Artisan Ales Collab American-Style...$12.99 / 750ml
All-brett American IPA

You might think that two Wild and Crazy guys brewing beer in Belgium is something that happens every day. You’d be right about that. But when the two guys are Chase Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales (one of the hottest US breweries in 2013) and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (the Godfather of Gypsy Brewers himself), well now that is something that definitely does not happen every day.

Bonding over their love mutual of American West Coast hops and Brettanomyces, the American and the Dane met up at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium. De Proef has been referred to as the Willy Wonka Beer Factory by at least one American brewer. The amazing place is run by a meticulous brewer/scientist named Dirk Naudts. Dirk doesn’t just make beer though. He does all sorts of research on hops and yeast, so De Proefbrouwerij was the perfect place for these two international brewing stars to meet and make a hella hoppy IPA with Brettanomyces.

We were not able to be there for the brewing, but were lucky enough to visit just a week or so later. After touring the brew house and spending some time having our minds blown by all the research on hops going on in the laboratory, Dirk wanted us to taste some beers. Great idea! We had already moved from talk of mapping the humulus lupulus genome to discussions about Dirk’s research into yeast, especially the aromatic compounds. The first beer Dirk wanted us to taste was one that was still fermenting and quite cloudy, but showed some wonderful tropical characteristics resulting from the special strain of Brettanomyces used for fermentation. The beer was also incredibly hoppy and quite dry. Dirk told us it was dry hopped with Citra. The result was something we would have been happy drinking all afternoon, if not for the couple dozen other beers Dirk wanted us to taste from other fermenters, bottles, and barrels we probably would have done so. American Style was the perfect start to the amazing journey that day, and now it is here for all fans of Mikkeller and Prairie Artisan Ales.

Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale..$8.99 / pint
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.ABV8.2%

Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth...$8.99 / pint
"Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale that is aged on a small amount of apricots with brett cultures." - Prairie Artisan Ales

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