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Good to the Last Hop

Whatever your fermentation and food faves, Prairie Brewpub has your back with expertly-brewed beers and deliciously-executed edibles.

Rob Harmon
Sarah Eliza Roberts
May 28, 2019

Sometimes the winds of change seem to blow your way. Other times you make them go the direction you want. Either way, Prairie Artisan Ales Brewpub in the ever-thriving downtown Tulsa Art District is sitting pretty and enjoying the breeze. As the district continues to grow, with festivals and museums like OKPOP and the Bob Dylan Archives setting up, as well as a 2018 change in state liquor laws, owners — Colin and Chase Healey, Zach Pritchard and Ryan Stack — see things going exactly the way they expected.

“We always knew that we wanted Prairie to be the destination for beer lovers and families alike,” says Stack, former owner of MixCo and current day-to-day operations partner at Prairie, “and it’s just gone according to plan. Obviously, with the changes in the laws, that’s helped.”

For the first two years of its existence, liquor laws in Oklahoma prevented the brewpub from serving anything stronger than 4 percent alcohol. This meant some of the brewery’s top-rated beers that Oklahomans have come to love, including the imperial brown ale Okie, and the Bomb!, an imperial stout aged on coffee, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers, were left off the beer menu. But since last year’s legislation, all that has changed. Now, these and so many other high-point beers are available to be paired with already outstanding food menu items.

Cheese Fries (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Cheese Fries (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

For those mad about beer, it’s impossible to list all the specific beers you can expect when visiting Prairie, but one thing we can tell you is that any aspect of a taproom you would expect will be there waiting. With 20 taps available, there is always something for everyone. Barrel-aged stouts, brown ales, saisons, IPAs, witbiers, and ciders are offered in new and innovative forms every time you visit.

Order either a flight of beers or one beer at a time. Any way you do it, you’ll enjoy some of the best and coldest beers from 4 percent alcohol to as high as 15 percent.

Tiramisu (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Tiramisu (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

For questions about any of the particular brews you might choose to taste, a friendly staff person is always available to provide the inside story. Although the Prairie Brewpub location doesn’t lend itself to a tour, the brewers are still happy to answer any questions a member of the staff doesn’t have an answer for.

“Our brewer in the back, he always welcomes questions about the process. We’re always trying new things, so people have questions,” says Stack. “We change things seasonally, so there’s always something different on the beer list as well as the food menu.”

On Saturdays and Sundays, Prairie breaks out an exciting brunch menu that makes it a definite player with the morning-after crowd. The B-n-G, two melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuits covered in short-rib gravy with a sprinkle of scallions, certainly does the trick as a weekend remedy. The I Need a Spicegirl is a steak and eggs delight that goes well with the pub’s rum coffees and mimosas.

Whether it’s lunch or dinner, one of the all-time customer favorites is the burger. This bad boy is a healthy-portioned patty of either beef or black bean with juicy roasted tomato, housemade pickles, haystack onions and a thick slice of cheddar. A beautiful mound of their lip-smacking, addictive fries is served on the side. And what goes better with an excellent stout or delicious IPA than beer-battered fish and chips? Nothing, when you’re talking Bomb! battered cod, fried to utter perfection, hot off the pan with a ton of fries and homemade tartar sauce. It takes at least two cold ones to finish off this tasty menu item.

Those looking to chill and relax with friends and family on the weekend or with co-workers after a long day at work find that Prairie is the perfect spot to meet.

Formerly one of the first automobile showrooms in Tulsa, this place is full of character. The pub is expansive and airy, with exposed air ducts hanging from warehouse-like ceilings. The dining room is full of tables and leather high back booths that can accommodate both large and small groups, as well as an additional private party room for reservations. Huge windows facing Main Street (great for seeing and for being seen) provide perfect views.

If you’re looking to take advantage of gorgeous weather, check out the alleyway patio deck between the pub and the building next door.

Prairie Brewpub
223 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.