Monday, July 25, 2016

Moab Especial

Moab's Especial American Style Golden Wheat Ale is getting a new look and packaging. This is your first look at this brilliantly designed 16 oz. can. It will be hitting grocery and c-stores around the state in the coming weeks.

Look for a beer that light and bready with a minimal amount of hops to create a quencher designed for drinakabily. Stay close for it's debut.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

New Beer Friday - Pie and Beer Day Edition

Pie and Beer Day, our favorite faux holiday is nearly here! Legend has it - back when the early beer nerd pioneers settled this area back in July of 1986. Thier provisions were running dangerously low, all they had left from their late mid-Spring party harvest were Pies and J├Ągermeister. To be honest, we (I mean they) we not going to pair Bourbon Pecan Pie with a damn herbal schnapps! Luckily they found the beer cooler of a nearby Albertson's and the rest is well... um, history I guess. Ever since then we have thanked Thor for delivering us to that most holy of markets and this most infamous counterculture Utah phenomena took flight.

Anyway, that's what I heard....

If you don't already have plans, here's a quick sampling of some public Pie and Beer Day Events happening around the Wasatch Front and Back this weekend. Please stay safe!

Beer Bar/KRCL 2nd Annual Pie and Beer Day

Park City Brewery's Pie and Beer Day

Pie and Beer Day at The Madeline School

Goddamn Hooligan's Pie and Beer Day

Now, on to New Beer Friday!

Shades of Pale: Malosi Pils - Hazy straw color with a nose that's grainy with subtle spicy noble hops. The taste follows the nose with toasted grain, dry saltines, bread and a nice floral and spicy hoppy bitterness. Clean finish. Very nice. 4.0% ABV @ Shades of Pale

Shades of Pale: Hogs Head Reserve No.1 - High West Rye Imperial Amber Ale - Rye nose with some chewy malts. Taste has a English Barleywine thing with spicy whiskey and toffee. 10% ABV for sale 2pm Saturday at the brewery.

Shades of Pale: Hogs Head Reserve No.2 - High West Bourbon Imperial Amber Ale - Noticably a little darker than the rye. A little sweeter than it's brother. More toffee and vanilla notes are present. The whiskey notes are pleasant but assertive. A year in the bottle will bring out more of it's complexities I think. 10% ABV for Sale 2pm Saturday at the brewery.

Proper Brewing Czech your Head Pils -Pours a hazy gold with a nose that has wheat crackers and strong grassy notes. The flavor is straw-like and grassy up front with a rather intense, earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and an overall light body. 5.6% ABV @ Proper Brewing - for sale on Saturday

Uinta Ales for ALS - This year's batch of Ales for ALS will be a Session IPA. Brewed with experimental hops, this IPA features a light toffee body and is bright with notes of lime zest, mango, honey, and pine. 4.0% ABV. It will debut at the brewery's ALS fundraiser is this Saturday, July 23rd. This beers kill every year. Drink the Hell out of these while their fresh, fresh!

Squatters Arnie Palm Ale - Brewed with Black Tea and Lemon Zest. Drinks like a beer - tastes like iced tea! 4.0% ABV @ Squatters Downtown

Don't forget to tune into KBER 101 at 3:30pm for more New Beer Friday and local beer talk. 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Shades of Pale Hog's Head Reserve Series

Shades of Pale Brewing will soon be debuting their new barrel aged series of beers to the public. The Hog's Head Reserve Series will feature a wide array of beers in all matter of wood enhancements, covering the full gambit of what is happening in craft beer .

The first two Hog's Head beers will go on sale to the public this Saturday at 2pm. Release No.1 is an Imperial Amber Ale aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels. Release No.2 Is the same Imperial Amber Ale, this time aged in High West Bourbon Barrels. Pay attention to the release number on the bottles, that's the only way to identify them.

These two beers dial in at about 10% ABV and are very reminiscent of English Barleywines. I'll have full tasting notes tomorrow on New Beer Friday.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hell's Keep Returns

Back in August of 2009 the gang at Squatters created a brand new brew for we, the sons and daughters of the city of salt. The beer was a Belgian Golden Strong Ale named Hell's Keep. If you never got a chance to try it, the nearest beer to compare it with would probably be Duvel from Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Belgium. 

It was a wonderful representation of the the style and it garnered many awards, but it was time for the Utah Brewers Cooperative to explore other styles and the brand was shelved. I'm happy to tell you that Hell's Keep will soon be making a return, complete with a new look and a 12oz bottle [previously 750ml].

Hell's Keep is not too far off, so keep checking back for it's return date. I have to admit - I'm going to miss the old label. Much better looking than the new one. It's what's in the bottle that counts. Right?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Talisman Brewing to Introduce Exclusive Line

Here's your first glimpse of what you'll be seeing soon from Talisman Brewing Company's new Exclusive Line. These beers will unique seasonal or one off beers that will cover Talisman's 4.0% ABV offerings and will be sold either at the Ogden brewery or Grocery/C-stores around the Wasatch Front.

No word yet on what type of beer will debut under this new label. If your good, I'll share that info when it comes about.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Wasatch Brings Back Their Original Extra Pale Ale

For a limited time, Wasatch Beers will be bringing back their original Pale Ale to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary. This beer will be exclusive to Utah and will dial in at 7.3% ABV. Look for it in the coming weeks. It will be sold in 22oz bottles and it will be available at The Beer Store and better beer bars around town.

This was a great pale ale when it first burst upon the scene. It was also one of the first high point beer to be sold in liquor stores by a local brewery. Stay close for it's release date.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

New Beer Friday's Go Edition

One day we'll have our own App that'll have you running all over the universe looking for bottles and cans of brilliant real beers. Until then you'll just have to get off your ass [under your own motivating factors] and settle for some good ol' fashioned New Beer Friday.

RedRock Gineva - Yea! been waiting on this one for a while. A lot of juniper berries in the nose. The taste starts with coriander with a bit of tart juniper. The end moves to the yeasty side a big phenolic flavors take over. Would have liked to had a little more of the berry present. Finishes semi-sweet. 5.5% ABV @ RedRock

Rogue Honey Kolsch - The nose is grainy and grassy with white grape. The taste is much the same with white grape juice and honey flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. 5.9% ABV @ DABC

Hoppers Summerset Saison - Technically this isn't new, but it has been tweaked since it's long-ago debut in 2011. So I'm taking a Beer Gnerd liberty on this one. The first release of Summerset was hopped with Citra hops - this batch is dry hopped with German Mandarina Bavaria in place of Citra. More subtle with more dimensional in flavor and aroma with tangerine and spice. Base hasn't changed with Pilsener malt, malted spelt, and hint of raw oats. Upfront malty yet bright and the finish is fruity a dry. 7.4% ABV @ Hoppers after 5pm today [Friday].

Proper La Belle Peche -Not tried this one yet. Available starting today. @ Proper Brewing