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And the Valley Drinks: Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe

Another sour ale that's a little more fitting for the spring.

Billy Gomila

Prairie Artisinal Ales out of Tulsa, Okla., has become one of the more vogue craft outlets that's spreading around the country. They're known for some really different names and bold flavors. And some pretty cool label artwork.

Today's entry is a sour pale ale brewed with simcoe hops.


Bouquet is almost like a hoppy lemonade-flavored sports drink. The texture is really soft and light, and really refreshing for warm weather -- although if you're ballin' enough to session Prairie's stuff, good on you. They're not typically cheap. You get a little bit of lemon-y sweetness, not bitter before it dips into the sour flavor. Not hard mind you, at no point are you gonna pucker while drinking this, but just enough to break it up before the simcoe kick in. The close kind of circles back around to that aroma, and it makes really refreshing. It kind of grew on me as I drank it -- strong 4.25 stars out of five.