Friday, August 26, 2016

New Beer Friday: Utah Beer Fest Edition

Talisman Triple IPA - This beast of an IPA uses Mosaic, Citra and Falconers Flight hops to balance out the big chewy malts, of what is likely the bigest IPA made in the state. This is a very limited release and it will appear under Talisman's new, Talisman Presents label only available at the brewery. 11.3% ABV

Squatters Old Castle Brown Ale - This English style brown ale will have a low hop profile with a moderate amount of malt sweetness combined with a nice level toastiness. This beer is deck and ready to go on tap as soon as the current Brewmasters Special blows. Which should probably be Saturday or Sunday. If you making a special trip to try this beer, I'd call first to make sure. 4.0% ABV @ Squatters Downtown

Stone  Citrusy Wit - The nose has mostly lemon peel and coriander. The taste has citrus peel and lemon with a hint of orange of the top. Next comes coriander spiciness from the yeast. The end is mostly bittering hops combined with lemon balm. Finishes semi dry with a lingering aftertaste. Light, tangy and refreshing. 5.3% ABV @ Beer Bar, Beerhive, Slackwater

Stone  Mocha IPA - This has a nice ruby appearance with a nose of coffee, citrus and chocolate. The taste starts fairly malty with added chocolate and subtle coffee. Big resinous pine and citrus hops back this up providing a herbal bite. The end is dry and roasty. The alcohol while, not overbearing, is certainly noticeable. I want love this beer, but the IPA/cocoa/coffee combo is just too muddled for me. What do you think? 9.0% ABV @ Beer Bar, Beerhive, Slackwater

Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter - I haven't tried this one yet. It's described having cranked up malts and hops and conditioned on French and American oak, which accentuates the porter’s distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. 8.0% ABV @ Beer Bar, Beerhive, Slackwater

Shades of Pale X35 White IPA - This one is made with San Diego super strain yeast, this completely changes the beer. Pours Crystal clear, soild bitterness slight grapefruit citrus. 6.5% ABV @Shades if Pale

Shades of Pale Beer X Sour Porter - Roasty and semi-dry with a smack of funky sourness. If you've never had a sour Porter this is your day to get to SOP. If you get over there tonight you enjoy a bottle at the brewery. After tonight you can buy some to go. Only at Shades of Pale.

Don't forget the Utah Beer Festival is tomorrow. There's going to be a shload of great beers this year, with over 150 different option from all over. Ritual Brewing Company out of SoCal will be debuting their beers in the market at the festival as well. They make really great beers, be sure to stop by their booth.

I understand that if you already have your electronic beer fest wristband it gets you a free ride to and from on Trax. So look into getting those before tomorrow.

City Weekly also has their Beer Issue out right now. It's worth checking out.

Here's an incomplete list of some of the breweries that'll be pouring their beers tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

2 Row Brewing
Ritual Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing
Bohemian Brewing
Bonneville Brewing
Desert Edge Brewing
Epic Brewing
Great Divide Brewing
Hoppers Grill and Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Laughing Dog Brewing
Moab Brewing
Mountain West Cider
Proper Brewing Company
Red Rock Brewing
Sockeye Brewing
Upslope Brewing
Vernal Brewing
Full Sail Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing
Park City Brewing
Pelican Brewing
Roosters Brewing
Selkirk Abbey
Sierra Nevada
Shades of Pale Brewing
Strap Tank Brewing
Strongbow Cider
Squatters Beers
Talisman Brewing
Uinta Brewing
Wasatch Beers


Thursday, August 25, 2016

RedRock Harvest Ale

RedRock's Harvest Ale has been one of those beers that I look forward to every Autumn. It's fresh, but simple malt bill and bright hop profile makes always makes my tongue happy. Soon we will all the ability to purchase this seasonal release at Harmon's Grocery Stores.

It's made with whole leaf Amarillo and Citra Hops, using almost 32 lbs. per batch. Then more are added post-fermentation for a very floral, somewhat citrus like aroma and flavor. Malt character and body is medium, in this unfiltered beer. It's truly a beautiful thing.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Uinta's Funk'n Patch Brett Pumkin Ale

Last weekend I got to enjoy a nice sour pumpkin ale from Boulevard Brewing. You wouldn't think a sour pumpkin ale would work - oh, but it did. Today, I'm happy to tell you that our own Uinta Brewing is concocting a sour pumpkin ale as well.

The Funk'n Patch is part of Uinta's new wild ale program and feature that great barnyard funkiness combined with sweet malts and pumpkin spices. it will dial in at 8.0% ABV and come in a 750ml. bottle.

As with most wild ales, it'll be ready when it's ready. Most likely in the next few weeks. If your into sours this will likely make your month, so stay close for the release date.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Beehive Brewoff Results

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend judging some really great home brews at the Beehive Brewoff - the state's premier homebrew competition. This year saw 408 entries and has 455 participants, judges and stewards

Big thank to Jamie Burnham, Mark Alston and Kileen Alston for the many hours devoted to this competition. Here are the results, congrats to all the winners! 

Best of Show – Beer

Winning Entries

Table 1: 01 - American Beer 01 A,C,D (1001) (11 entries)

Table 2: 02 - Pale Lagers and Pilsners 02B, 03A&B, 05D (1001) (10 entries)

Table 3: 03 - Dark Lagers 02C&D, 08A&B (0701) (7 entries)

Table 4: 04 - Pale Malty Euro Lagers 04A,B,C (0601) (6 entries)

Table 5: 05 - Pale Bitter Euro Beer 05B&C (0801) (8 entries)

Table 6: 06 - Amber & Strong Euro Lagers (1302) (13 entries)

Table 7: 07 - German Wheat 10A,B,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 8: 08 - English Bitters 11A,B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 9: 09 - Brown English Beer 13A,B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 10: 10 - Scottish & British Strong Ale 14B,C & 17B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 11: 11 - English Golden & American Blonde 12A & 18A (0801) (8 entries)

Table 12: 12 - Irish Beer 15A,B,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 13: 13 - Dark British Beer 16A,B,D (1202) (12 entries)

Table 14: 14 - Strong Ale, Barleywine & Wheatwine 17A,D 22B,C,D (1402) (17 entries)

Table 15: 15 - American Pale Ale 18B (1702) (17 entries)

Table 16: 16 - American Amber and Brown (1101) (11 entries)

Table 17: 17 - American Porter and Stout 20A,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 18: 18 - American & English IPA (2403) (24 entries)

Table 19: 19 - Specialty IPA 21B (1502) (15 entries)

Table 20: 20 - Double IPA 22A (0701) (7 entries)

Table 21: 21 - Euro Sour Ale 23A,B,C,D,F (1702) (17 entries)

Table 22: 22 - Biere de Garde & Saison 24C & 25B (2103) (20 entries)

Table 23: 23 - Belgian Ale & Trappist Single 24A,B 25A 26A (0901) (9 entries)

Table 24: 24 - Strong Belgian & Trappist 25C 26C,D (1402) (14 entries)

Table 25: 25 - American Wild Ale 28A,B,C (2103) (21 entries)

Table 26: 26 - Fruit Beer 29A,B,C (2103) (21 entries)

Table 27: 27 - Spiced Beer 30A,B,C (1902) (19 entries)

Table 28: 28 - Alternative Fermentables 31A,B (0501) (5 entries)

Table 29: 29 - Smoked & Wood-Aged Beer 32A,B 33A,B (2403) (24 entries)

Table 30: 30 - Historical & Specialty Beer 27A 34A,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 31: 31 - Cider and Perry C1 & C2 (0801) (8 entries)

Table 32: 32 - Mead M1, M2, M3 & M4 (1902) (18 entries)

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Beer Friday: Back to School Edition

If your really concerned about staying on your teacher's good side, a fine locally made craft beer or cider will go miles beyond that of a mere apple. We have a shload of new A+ local and west coast brews that are perfect for a well educated mind.

Sadly I'm way overdue for my trip to Springville and haven't tried any of the Strap Tank beers yet. If you have please share your thoughts.

Strap Tank Sargent Howtz Stout - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Test Drive Pale Ale - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank King Dova Hefeweizen - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Flat Head Pilsner - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Juneau Red Ale - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Sportster IPA - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Bohemian Berliner Weiss - This is Bohemian's first sour beer. It has a pretty assertive tart/lemony base with a bit of raspberry lurking in the back. If your into sours you'll likely find this one fairly refreshing. 4.0% ABV @ Bohemian

Ballast Point Dead Ringer - This Oktoberfest/Marzen is described as having an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle. 6.6% ABV @ Bayou

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down - This is basically Ballast Point's Pier Down Scottish Ale with roasted pumpkin and spices added. The caramel and toffee maltiness of the beer is the perfect backdrop and works well with gourd and spices. 5.8% ABV @ Bayou

Boulevard Funkier Pumpkin - Described as having a clear orange color with very little head that doesn't stick around. The nose is pumpkin with a sour twist. The flavor follows suit, you definitely get pumpkin just before the sourness of the brett kicks in. The two flavors mix very well together! The feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation and effervescence. 8.5% ABV @ Bayou

Txopinondo Sagarnoa Brett Cider - Half of the Brett ciders that I've had in my life completely suck. This type of cider isn't easy to make well. This cider is not one of those. It has a nice mix of horse blanket, Brett, sour apple and a bit of vinegar in the finish. My mouth is watering just thinking about this wonderful, funky-ass cider! 6.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Rogue Cold Brew
- Rogue Cold Brew IPA is described as a hoppy IPA blended with 200 gallons of Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee in every batch. Brewed to awaken your senses, Cold Brew IPA opens with a huge hit of coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch. 7.5% ABV @ Bayou


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Epic's Oak and Orchard

Epic has a new label coming for their ever increasing line of wild ales. With a growing collection of massive foeders (oak fermenters) at their Denver brewery, Epic's portfolio of sour and funky beers will soon explode.

The Oak and Orchard line is specifically designed for fruited wild ales. It will likely cover the gambit of what Epic's team of funk meisters can come up with. Epic is currently formulating their first beer under this label. You'll hear about it here first, so keep checking back.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Beer Trailers from Proper Brewing

Here's you first peak at a couple of new treats coming from Proper Brewing.

Our first Beer Trailer is Mabon Weizenbock Ale. Weizenbocks are one of the stronger wheat ales that you'll come across. It's an amped up version of the traditon German wheat ales with big banana and clove flavors surrounding by a slick, doughy, golden liquid. This will likely go on sale in the next few weeks.

Next up is Tripel Stamp Belgian Style Tripel Oat Ale. Proper's Brewmaster Rio Connolly loves to use oats to smooth-out the body of his beers. It's not surprising that he'd mellow a big Belgian Triple as well. Triples are generally quite sweet, this one may end up on the drier side of the style. This one is coming in the next few weeks as well.

Stay close for release dates.


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