Friday, April 17, 2015

Shades of Pale Beer X IPA

There's not much happening for a proper New Beer Friday, but we do have a new limited release IPA from Shades of Pale Brewing. This India Pale Ale is under their Beer X Series, a new rotating label that will change often.

This IPA is mostly piney hops with a hint of floral and citrus. Malts are near toffee-esque in their sweetness. A fairly prominent bitter and yeasty finish. This SOP's first high gravity beer. It comes in at 6.0% ABV and is only available for purchase at the brewery. 154 Utopia Ave, South Salt Lake City.

Cheers!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rooster's Patio Pilsner

Looks like Roosters' Patio Nights Pilsner is going to be available in some new packaging in the next couple of weeks. Until now if you wanted Roosters' locally made lager, you had to get your growler filled, this new bottled release called simply, Patio Pilsner will be available at both Roosters locations and select grocery/convenience stores. This looks to be Roosters' classic recipe just packaged in their unique 500ml bottles. 4.0% ABV.

Prost!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Uinta's 22nd Birthday Suit

Here's a preview of Uinta's new Birthday Suit label. This year's incarnation of the brewery's anniversary ale is going to be a "sour abbey ale" brewed with plums and an authentic Belgian abbey yeast strain that's full of all of the bold character that have made Abbey Ales famous.

It's described as having a playful combination of sour tanginess and subtle dried fruit esters. The sour plum Abby Ale is currently in the fermenter and will likely be released sometime next month. 7.6% ABV - 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Cheers!

Friday, April 10, 2015

New Beer Friday 4/10/15

There's a lot out there this week, including the arrival of the Aztec beers from San Diego. Some popped in under the radar last weekend while I was gone, but here's this week's New Beer Friday descriptions.

Park City Brewery’s Boogie Water Brown Ale is described as an English style brown ale. It has won numerous awards in regional craft beer competitions throughout the country. Boogie Water Brown utilizes a complex grain bill and carefully timed hop additions. It is dark caramel, brown in color with a creamy, manila head and a nutty, roasted malt flavor with a slight chocolaty afterthought. Hop additions provide moderate bitterness, herbal flavor, and delicate spicy aroma. This makes for a complex and balanced beer. 4.0% ABV @Park City Brewery

Park City Brewery’s Last Pitch IPA is described as a sessionable India Pale Ale with a golden orange hue and moderate to low malt backbone, smooth with a slight caramel sweetness. Generous and multiple hop additions provide 60 IBUs of hoppy bitterness and a rich bouquet of hop flavors and aromas that include piney, spicy, floral undertones, dominated by bursts of citrus and grapefruit. We dry hop our IPA to provide additional tropical and citrus hop aroma. This Last Pitch of hops completes the balance of hop character. @Park City Brewery

Avenues Proper Stumble Bee is described as a honey Vienna lager. This traditional Austrian lager style is all about the delicate character of the malt. We decided to add another element by brewing with local Avenues-raised honey from Catchin' A Buzz Honey. Gathered from all over the hillside neighborhood of the Avenues in Salt Lake City, this honey displays the intense character of wildflower honey, but with a refined balance. Pouring a brilliant orange, this lager starts with a hint of honey sweetness but the fermentation leaves it dry. A light German noble hop character combines with hint of wildflower aroma to finish off this hyper-local beer. 4.0% ABV @Avenues Proper

Lagunitas High-Westified Imperial Coffee Stout - Black in color with a tan head. The nose is char, coffee and whiskey. The taste starts with espresso notes, rye and vanilla. Next comes the whiskey barrel, it's full of rye spiciness - it pairs well with the toffee flavors from the malt. In the end you'll pick up some nice tobacco and leather notes. This is a brilliant beer, aged in Utah's own High West Rye Whiskey barrels. Snag some if you can. 13.1% ABV @ Beerhive

Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Ale - Described as a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy. 4.2% ABV @Bayou and select DABC. If you spot it some leave the info in the comment section please!

Piraat Triple Hop - A nice orange color with a big foamy head. The nose is peach, citrus and some sweet banana. The taste pretty much follows with peach playing the dominant role. Herbal hops and boozy alcohol round out the back end. 10.5% ABV @Bayou

Poperings Hommelbier Dry Hopped - Hazy amber color. Estery Belgian yeast in the nose with some mild floral hops. The taste starts with unripe peaches and sweet apples. Spicy and grassy hops round out the end. Some citrus bittering in the finish end. 7.5% ABV @Bayou

Gulden Draak Quad 9000 - Not the most attractive looking beer, an  opaque, orange-brown color. The nose has rum and pear aromas. The tastes is similar with the addition of brown sugar and bubblegum. The finish is surprisingly dry with hop spices and alcohol heat. 10.5% ABV @Bayou

Troubadour Imperial Stout - Surprisingly clear, dark brown color, really filtered the hell out of this. The nose is malty and chocolaty with some caramel notes. The taste starts a bit fruity with some coffee, toast and chocolate flavors. Smooth. 9.0% ABV @Bayou

Scotch Silly Cognac Barrel - Not had this one yet. It's described as having a lot of dark fruit flavors with wine and liqueur sweetness. Some minor peat smokiness as well. 11.0% ABV @Bayou

Scotch Silly Bordeaux Barrel - The nose has toffee and vinous aromas. The tastes starts with malt and toffee. Dry wine notes come adding a little twang of light fruity flavors. Some pleasant vanilla notes in the end. Nice full bodied beer. 9.0% ABV @Bayou


Aztec Hibiscus Wheat Beer - Described as an unfiltered wheat beer inspired by the Mexican Hibiscus tea “Jamaica.” Brewed with Hibiscus petals, ginger and allspice. This refreshing hefeweizen has a light slightly spicy floral citrus flavor with fruity tones. Pairs well with fish - especially 4.7% ABV @Beer Bar
 
Aztec Noche de los Muertos Imperial Stout - Described as an intense Imperial Stout with a hint of cinnamon spice. Big, rich and black as night. Dark roasted malts add complex character to the flavors, with a balanced bitterness and mouth feel. 10.2% ABV @Beer Bar

Aztec Chipotle India Pale Ale - Smoked jalapeƱo peppers known as chipotles add a smokey kick without excessive heat, giving this beer a complex, lingering lightly spicy finish. Cascade hops provide a clean, firm bitterness, to balance the sweet malt character. Hoppy but clean citrus/grapefruit nose.
6.6% ABV @Beer Bar

Aztec El Dorado Blonde Ale - A golden ale inspired by the mythical Spanish city of gold. Crisp, clean, easy to drink brew with a touch of wheat malt character and balanced hop bitterness. Light and refreshing.4.1% ABV @Beer Bar

Cheers!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Park City Brewery's Tap Room Opens

The Park City Brewery's new Tap Room is now open to the public. Utah's newest brewery currently offers all four of their debuting 4.0% ABV beers - Last Pitch Session IPA, Boogie Water Brown Ale, Hooker Blonde Ale and Breaking Trail Pale Ale. Food will be offered through a variety of food trucks, check their Facebook page for updates. The brewery is  located at 2720 Rasmussen Rd. Suite A1, just off the Jeremy Ranch exit off I-80.

The hours initially will be Thursday - Sunday 1-9 pm. 21 and over only.

Apparently it's also National Beer Day. Hmm, how should we celebrate it?.....

Cheers!

Friday, April 03, 2015

New Beer Friday: LDS Conference Edition

Need a lil' sumpin to brighten up your "conference" weekend. Look no further!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA: Idaho 7 - Pours a bright golden amber color two fingers of sturdy head. The nose is a combo of  juicy citrus, floral, and spicy hops. The taste starts off like the aroma. Juicy with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Orange peel, mango, and melon come next with notes of caramel and biscuit rounding out the back end. Finishes dry and hoppy. 6.5% ABV @DABC

Park City Hooker Blonde - Haven't tried this one yet. It's described as, being clear with a bright, straw yellow hue, the Hooker Blonde Ale makes use of a single, noble hop variety throughout the boil for a zesty spice flavor and bitterness.4.0% ABV @Jupiter Bowl

Avenues Proper Salted Caramel Porter -  Inspired by their next door neighbors at Hatch Family Chocolates, who are famous for, among other things, their salted caramel candies and ice cream, this dark ale is described as being pleasantly surprising with its contrasting flavors. The smooth and dark flavors of the porter base are contrasted by the rich sweetness of house-made caramel and both are accented by the use of local salt in the brew. The result is a balanced beer with a little something extra that would go great with deserts. 4.0% ABV @Avenues Proper

Vernal American Chocolate Stout - Haven't tried this one yet. American Stouts tend to be on the hoppier side combined with the chocolate notes it should make an interesting contrast. 4.0% ABV @Vernal Brewing

Epic Lil' Brainless Raspberry - The raspberry is subtle and tart with some dry and puckering tannin notes. You get some floral bitterness on the back of the tongue. With a finish that is semi tart and dry. It has that rich, estery and spicy, Belgian yeast funk backing up the base beer. 5.2% ABV @DABC, The Annex, ask for it at your favorite watering hole.

Hive Winery Bishop's Daughter Pie Cherry Wine - Described as having a soft and inviting cherry nose. This delightfully balanced cherry wine has a bright clean cherry flavor, the result of an unexpected flavor complexity with rich cherry back notes and a subtly tart finish that will leave you wanting more. Just in time for LDS General Conference, "Bishops Daughter" features beer lover/close friend/Hop Bombshell Misti Cobb on the label. Her classic Pin-up girl looks (I'm sure) adds greater dimensions to the "body" of the wine. 13.6% ABV @Hive Winery.

Cheers! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Iron Fist Beers Coming to Salt Lake

It's getting to the point where we're going to need a new weekly segment called New Brewery Monday or Tuesday or..... You get it. This week's new brewery is also part of the recent San Diego invasion that is currently underway, thanks to Utah Craft Beverages.

Located in Vista California, Iron Fist Brewing Company is a family owned brewery that currently has about twenty beers in their portfolio. Their emphasis seems be on Belgian style ales that tend to stretch the limits of the styles. Some of the description are quite interesting.

To start we will be getting three labels:

Uprising Belgian Style Tripel - Apples, apricot, plum , citrus. Lightly tart. 12% ABV 750ml

Velvet Glove Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Rich roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. 9.0% ABV 750ml

Nelson the ImPALEr - Single hop Nelson Pale. Tropical and Grapefruit with light malt character. 5.0% ABV

These beers will be popping up at local beer bars in the coming weeks, keep checking back for updates.

Also today, Epic's Lil' Brainless Raspberries is finally for sale in SLC. It's been available for a while outside of Utah but the DABC would sell it until Epic's Element 29 inventory had shrunk. Well, it has and now Lil' B-Razz is here. If you haven't had a chance to try some. It has that rich, estery and spicy, Belgian yeast funk backing up the base beer. The raspberry is subtle and tart with some dry and puckering tannin notes. You get some floral bitterness on the back of the tongue. With a finish that is semi tart and dry. The ABV is a pleasant 5.2%. It should be popping up in most stores around the state. As of this post you can find them at the following DABC stores.
Sandy
Cottonwood Heights
Holliday
Millcreek
SLC Downtown
North Temple


Cheers!