I would submit that beer is most necessary during the holiday season. Between the cold weather, the stress of holiday shopping, and prolonged exposure to your extended family, the holidays are definitely a good time to enjoy a beer. And while most holiday brews rely on gimmicks—chucking in adjuncts and leaning heavily on punny names and cartoonish labels—I’m absolutely here for it.
Prairie Artisan Ales does all of the above with its seasonal sour Seasick Crocodile. The Oklahoma brewer added cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to this holiday special, and it capitalized on my love of the Grinch when it named the beer Seasick Crocodile. It’s probably the best themed name/can art combo I’ve ever seen, as there is no way to mistake the motif as anything but Christmas-y.
But see, the difference between this Prairie offering and other over-the-top brews is that Seasick Crocodile brings more to the table than gimmicks. In fact, Seasick Crocodile is a beer I’d drink year-round. It’s a rosy hued brew thanks to the cranberry addition, and the nose is amazing—all tart and spice like a well made cranberry relish (it’s not only for Thanksgiving).
Seasick Crocodile’s flavor delivers on the promise of its aroma. There’s tons of cranberry, both the tartness and the bitterness the fruit can bring to the table. The spices taste fresh, with none of the staleness I typically associate with spiced beer. Seasick Crocodile hammers you with holiday flavor, but doesn’t lose track of the base beer. It’s like taking a bite of a cranberry tart and washing it down with a swig of a well-made sour.
Lean into the corniness and the holiday cheer with Prairie’s Seasick Crocodile—you’ll be glad you did.