Friday, November 21, 2014

New Beer Friday: 2014 Holiday Edition

You know the holidays are near when the Christmas beers start rolling in. Today we have local offerings as well as Texan, English, Danish and Belgian winter warmers. Many of these are in limited supply, so find them sooner than later or you'll miss all of the cheer.
Mikkeller - Hoppin Loving Christmas: Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character. 7.8% ABV @BAYOU

Mikkeller - Winbic: This Sour/Wild ale is a very special blend of Spontan Ale and Saison. 7.8% ABV @BAYOU

Kerkom - Winterkoninkske:  The ‘Winterkoninkske’ or Winter King is the ideal beer to make a cold and chilly winter evening pleasant. The ingredients are: seven types of malt (among which rolled oats), two belgian types of hop, brewing liqour and yeast. This winter beer is a dark and heartwarming beer with a pure, sugary flavor and a long, bitter aftertaste. 8.3% ABV @BAYOU

Kerkom - Bink Grand Cru: A limited luxury edition of Winterkoninkske but refermented with champagne yeast. An extra strong holiday dark beer. 13.0% ABV @BAYOU

To Øl - Santastique: Belgian Strong Ale. It's Santastique 10.0% ABV @BAYOU

To Øl - Frost Bites Holiday IPA: This holiday IPA is brewed with orange peel and pine needles giving a nice citrus notes with an almost breath mint like finish. Some detect dandelions and spruce. 6% ABV @BAYOU

Au Baron Saison St. Medard Cuvee de Noel: From a tiny brewpub just across the border from Belgium, this beer straddles the line between Saison and Biere de Garde. 7% ABV @BAYOU

La Choulette - De Noel: Dark, rich, and hearty ale with a spicy, champagne-like aroma, from a tiny antique brewery.  6.8% ABV @BAYOU

Bourganel - Biere aux Marrons (Chestnuts): This Chestnut brew is unlike anything you have received before.  5.0% ABV @BAYOU

Squatters - Cowboy Cask: Described as a citrus and fruity session pale ale. 4.0% ABV @SQUATTERS

Resignation - KCCO Black Lager: New to the Utah market. Described as having sweet mild roasted dark caramel malt, grains with some light chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes with a mild dark roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. 5.1% ABV @BARRELHOUSE

Wasatch - First One Down Winter Warmer Ale: This actually isn't new, it's Wasatch Winterfest's new name. 7.1% ABV @DABC

Returning Champs

Deschutes - Jubelale
Wasatch - Bobsled Nut Brown Ale
Uinta - Hazel Amber Wheat Ale
Avenues Proper - Patersbier Belgian Single
Full Sail - Wreck the Hall
Epic - Elder Brett 

Also, Squatters Fifth Element and Squatters 529 are due to be released the first part of December. Fifth Element will be released first, then 529 approximately a week later.  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Canyon Brewing Company

Are you sick of hearing about all of the new breweries that are making their way into our lives? Me neither! So when I heard that more local home brewers are turning their hobby into a profession, I thought, Bring it on! Let's change our state's name to Brewtah!

Canyon Brewing was conceived by three friends brought together by love of music and beer. Their approach will basically be, share the love of beer. Between the three of them they have the brewing skills and the business acumen, why not?

The Brewery is set to debut with four beers. Bishop’s Storehouse Stout that is described as a dark brown full-body export style stout characterized by a rich blend of caramel, chocolate and coffee flavors - Hidden Peak India Pale Ale: a bold IPA that offers a perfect balance of barley, aromatic hops with a grapefruiti finish - Slot Canyon Pale Ale: a fuller-bodied, pale golden ale, that balances malty sweetness with the piney, citrusy flavor of Cascade hops - Slow Train Steam Beer has a golden amber color that refreshes like a larger. Citrusy hops give this classic American Beer a new-style American update. All beers will be made to ABV style.

Canyon Brewing is looking to purchase a Czech made 10hl Brew System (about 8.5 bbl) and hopes to be brewing with it mid 2015. Updates to follow. Go Brewtah!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Barrelhouse

Listen up Ogden! There's a new craft beer spot in your neighborhood that's all about satisfying your inner beer geek. The Barrelhouse is located in the basement of Ogden's Century Club and features a beer list over a century long... see what I did there? The Century Club?... 100? .. never mind. As I was saying, it's got a bottle list a mile long and a tap selection that's void of those "fizzy yellow beers".

Look for an expanded bottle selection of some of the newer beers to come into the market from out of state breweries such as Alameda Brewing and Resignation Brewing.

You won't find any standard bar glassware either, all beers are paired with their proper glassware along with a staff that has been educated in all the beers served. The Barrel house is located at 315 24th Street in Downtown Ogden and is now open for business.

Today, the Annex's "Middle of the Firkin Wirkin Work Week" Firkin is the Annex IPA with Amarillo hops. Tapping is at 3pm and you can grab a pint of this for just $3.


Monday, November 17, 2014

New Brewery News: The Park City Brewery!

The Holidays may arrive early for Utah's beer lovers, if Scott Ray has anything to do with it. Scott is one of the co-founders of what is likely to be the states newest craft brewery. Park City Brewery. Not to be confused with the old Park City Brewing Company (presently owned by Moab Brewing) this completely new brewery is currently being fitted with (4) 15 barrel fermenters and have (3) 30 barrel fermenters coming mid-December.

Located at 2027 Rasmussen Rd., Summit County's next big thing in beer fills the brewery gap left when Shades of Pale Brewing Co. left Park City to expand their operations in South Salt Lake City. Scott tells me the brewery with start with off with four flagship beers. Look for a Brown Ale, IPA, Pale Ale and a Kolsch.

This will be a production brewery with an eventual Tap Room and Bottleshop. The various beers may be produced in draft as well as some "full strength" options. Scott also says, that they are working around the clock to try and open before the 2014 Christmas holiday.

Please show your support by "friending" them on their Facebook page. 2015 is looking to be a huge beer year for Utahans. keep checking back, it looks like we're going to have a lot to talk about. And if your keeping score, that's five (5) new breweries slated to be in operation in 2015. Big congrats, PC Brew!

Note: People are asking me if this is Mine Shaft Brewing Co. No, this is a completely different brewing operation.


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Book of New Beer Friday

Have you heard about New Beer Friday? It's Another, Another Testament of Jebus. Plus this one has gigantic freak'n robots fighting big-ass Kaiju! Before we get into our lesson, I'd like to read from the book of Armaments Chapter One, verses nine through twenty-seven: And Saint Attila raised the Holy Hand Grenade up on high saying, "Oh Lord, Bless us this Holy Hand Grenade, and with it smash our enemies to tiny bits." And the Lord did grin, and the  people did feast upon the lambs, and stoats, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and lima bean.  -- Monty Python, "The Holy Hand Grenade"

Epic - Element 29 Pale Ale: Yes, it's finally here! The American Pale is copper colored of course with a nose full of pleasant citrus and floral hops. The tastes starts with a bit of caramel and cookie dough with ripe peaches. Hops take over towards the end bringing forward floral and citrus zest. finishes moderately dry. 5.2% ABV @ 300 w. Wine Store

Uinta's Brighton Ella IPA: This one was just bottled yesterday and should be available for purchase at Uinta's Brewery Pub today and all over town in the coming days. This one is slightly different from the others in a couple of ways. It features Ella Hops from Australia. These can display floral and subtle spice notes, such as star anise, which is best appreciated in lagers or pilsners. With larger additions or when dry hopping, Ella imparts distinct grapefruit and tropical flavors which can be used to offset robust malt and yeast characters in many styles. This version of Brighton will be packaged in 750ml. cork and caged bottles as well as draft kegs. 4.0% ABV

Guinness - 1759 Amber Ale: This is described as an ultra-premium beer brewed with traditional beer malt and superior-quality peated whiskey malt with a rich butterscotch aroma and a fruity sweetness. Expect a bit of bottle shock if you find them at the DABC expect to pay upwards of $35 for a 25oz. bottle. The Beer Bar and the Bayou also have some. Not sure what they're pricing them at but I guarantee it's more than $35. 9.0% ABV

Rogue - New Crustacean Barlywine-ish Imperial IPA Sorta: This has a nose of biscuit, Bit o' Honey, fruity/tropical hops and some floral notes. The taste starts with sweet crackers and biscuit. Pineapple notes and some lemon zest come next. The end is floral and piney with a hint of boozy apple tartness in the finish. Quite nice. 11.6% ABV. 

Rogue - Morimoto Hazelnut Ale: As I understand it this is the same beer as Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale. 6.0% ABV  - Should be for sale state wide 

Rogue - Dad's Little Helper Black IPA: Pours a dark brown color with a beige frothy head. The nose has a nice balance of roasty malty/citrus piney hops. The taste is the same with roasty, chocolate, and some subtle plum notes. Cutrus and pine come next with some coffee notes rounding out the finish. Nice BIPA. 6.2% ABV.  For sale everywhere

Returning Favorites

RedRock - 2014 Secalè: This Latest version is more balanced than previous versions. Where as the pervious versions were more whiskey forward - Expect a bit of chewy caramel malt with a more balanced amount of High West Rye Whiskey in the back end. 8.5% ABV @ RedRock and better beer bars.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 2014 Big-Ass Holiday Tasting

Sorry, We are full. Please feel free to request to be on the stand-by list. There are always cancellations. People are added in the order received. Thanks again for all of the positive support!

When we first came up with the idea of a Big Ass Holiday tasting we knew there would be a few, die-hard beer nerds out there willing to participate, but we've been humbled and blown away by the responses we've received every year since the first gathering six years ago. Now it's time to put out the invitation for my favorite part of the holiday's - It's the 6th Annual Big-Ass Holiday Beer Tasting.

The rules are always the same, but for new readers of the Utah Beer Blog here are the rules and info.

First of all this is the only invite to the gathering. Too often I get people saying, "nobody told me"! This is a "thank you" for bothering to visit the Utah Beer Blog and being a proactive member of Utah's craft beer community. So, if your reading this, you know about the party. If you missed it - I'm sorry. Social Media isn't conducive to having an intimate party of this size.

The Holiday Tasting is held at a private home and it's location will be given out only to those who RSVP. We will have to put a cap on the number of people attending due to the size of the venue. So get your RSVP in ASAP. It fills up very fast.

A lot of very generous people offer up some of their prized bottles and favorite creations. So we ask that this be limited to "Beer People". People who know beer or are interested in learning more about craft beer. Please feel free to bring a guest if you don't want to come solo. Speaking of "Beer People". Some of our local craft brewers will be in attendance as well as industry professionals. It'll be a nice opportunity for you to get to know them - and they you.

RSVPs will be limited to two people this year. Three in special circumstances. It's all about giving everybody who wants to attend the opportunity to attend.  

The concept is simple. Bring a nice beer, cider or mead. It can be in a bottle, can, jug, keg or jeroboam as long as it's "special" to you and you think it would be nice to share. It doesn't have to be rare - expensive or outrageous. Just something that you enjoy.

Homebrew is absolutely welcome! We have some incredibly talented homebrewers in the area, if you've got something that you'd like to share please bring it. Give us a heads up if it's kegged so we can make sure we have the appropriate amount of room.

If you have a tasters glass or a piece of stemware please bring it, you'll be glad you did. Plastic cups will be provided but I'd hate for anyone to have to use them.

Plan ahead for your ride home. In previous years weather has made an impact on getting people home safely. Don't get piss drunk and plan your rides now!

We've never had any issues of people missbehaving until last year. This will not be tolerated. Grow the fuck and be an adult. If you can't handle your drink please don't come.

So, here's the info your gunna need.

Please RSVP to (we filled up in 30 hours last year)

Absolutely no one under 21.

What: 1-2 bottles for tasting & sharing - tasters glass or stemware - some beer & snacks provided but please feel free to contribute a nosh or munchie.

Where: Draper, Utah

When: The evening of Saturday December, 13th

Questions & RSVP:

Don't hesitate to RSVP or ask questions! Again, this post is the only invite to the gathering. Any questions?


Monday, November 10, 2014

Sockeye Brewing Headed to Utah

Looks like the guys from Sockeye Brewing Co. are in town checking out the lay of the land, as they are looking into bringing their beers into the Utah Market.

Sockeye Brewing is based out of Boise, Idaho and has been in business since 1996. They have two breweries in Idaho and their flag ship beer is the Dagger Falls IPA, but they have a portfolio of nearly 20+ beers. Most of their products are in 12 or 16 oz cans.

The deals are still being worked out, as the Sockeye crew just arrived in Salt Lake City. But look for their beers to start hitting shelves sometime in February 2015. Welcome to the market Sockeye!