Friday, February 05, 2016

New Beer Friday 2/5/16

There are so many tasty option out there today, you'll never have time to work them in. I'm sure some of you will try.

Payette Apres Extra Pale Ale - Not tried this yet. It's described as having an orange/amber color with flavors or caramel malts and heavy piney hops. This beer is brewed exclusively for Snowbasin Ski Resort. 4.0% ABV @ Snowbasin

Shades of Pale Publican Pale Ale - Not had a chance to try this big boy version of Shades of Pale's Publican. It's got an ABV of 6% and is only available at SOP's bottle shop.

Hopworks Urban Brewery Non Stop Hef Hop - Not really new, but this beer are now available at select grocery and convenience stores, so I thought it was worth a mention. This basically a White IPA. It has a dank piney/citrusy nose with a taste that follows. some doughy wheat is present beneath the hops. Light, hoppy and refreshing. 3.8% ABV @ Beer Bar - Grocery

Hopworks Urban Brewery Totally Radler - Looks like a witbier, smells like lemon rind and tastes lemony - but not too tart. If you're into radlers, you'll like this. The lemon isn't too crazy.  3.1% ABV @Grocery

Boulevard Tell-Tale Tart - Not tried this one yet. It's described as having subtle acidity with a soft, biscuity malt character, suggesting, rather than announcing its tartness. Beginning with a bracing sharpness at first sip, the ale mellows on the palate to a smooth and faintly lingering finish. 6.2% ABV @ DABC

Boulevard The Calling - This billed as Boulevard's most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. 8.5% ABV @ DABC

Sierra Nevada Tropical IPA - Clear golden color with a nice full head. The nose is full of citrus, mango and oranges with a toasty biscuit backbone. The taste is appropriatly bitter with a little bit of mango more orange and a little bit of lemon. This is damn delicious. 6.7% ABV @ Beer Bar

Laughing Dog 219 (two-one niner) Pilsner - Described as having a grainy aroma with some corn, color is light straw with brilliant clarity. Light malt notes are balanced with a very subtle Willamette hop presence. 4.8% ABV @ Slackwater

Laughing Dog The Dogfather - Described as being  one of the biggest brews Laughing Dog makes. Weighing in at a hefty 11% percent, the Dogfather has 7 malts and 4 different hops giving it a complex flavor profile of roasted malts, bourbon and dark fruits. @ Slackwater

Laughing Dog Alpha Dog - Described as true hop bomb brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood hops for a piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch. 8.5% ABV @ Slackwater

Be sure to join me today on the Freakshow with Mick and Allen on KBER 101 around 3:40pm as we dissect New Beer Friday's offerings further. 


Thursday, February 04, 2016

New Vernal Releases Coming

Last week when we were discussing Vernal Brewing Company's new 50 Caliber IPA, we hinted that there would be more "high point" beers coming from the dinosaur country brewery. Today, we can confirm what those beers will be.

The first beer (pictured above) is She's a Peach - Peach Wheat Ale. I'd like to start off by saying, "nice use of the fruit in the silhouette"! . She's a Peach has been around as a 4% draft beer in the Vernal area since last summer. Now the peach ale is getting the full treatment - getting it's own packaging and wider distribution. She's a Peach has a huge peachy nose which continues throughout the taste. - there not much in the way of malt to it. If you like peach, you'll love this beer. The mouthfeel is quick and smooth.

The other beer is Not your Mama's Milk. We hinted that there might be an Imperial Stout looming. What I didn't know is that it would be an Imperial Milk Stout. So, what's the difference? Well - Milk stouts have enhanced sweetness and body, due the addition of  lactic (milk) sugars in the base beer. Lactic sugars are not fermentable, thus can add sweetness without adding to the alcohol content. Regular Imperial stouts have bolder char and roasted element and get their sweet flavors from the massive amounts of malt used.

This beer is expected to dial in at 8.5% ABV and will be packed in 12oz. cans. No word yet on an exact release date - I imagine you'll see one or both hitting shelve sometime in the next couple of month.

In other news, Barley's Angels, Shades of Pale and Millcreek Cacao Roasters are hosting a Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday celebration Fat Tuesday is on February 9th. $20/person, which includes a Cajun Style dinner Gumbo, red beans and rice, and hush puppies. Beer and chocolate pairing and 1 glass of draft beer. There will be an open bar as well, so you may purchase additional beer and chocolate.

You need to purchase a ticket for entry and THEY ARE SELLING OUT. The Event will be held at the Shades of Pale brewery has a capacity of 50 which means this cannot be a "come-one, come-all" event. Don't miss your chance. The party goes from 7pm-10pm. Ticket info is here.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Uinta 23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit

As the month of March approaches, Utah's beer drinkers begin to look forward to what has become a new tradition in the Uinta brewhouse. The annual Birthday Suit sour beers were Uinta's first foray into the world of sour ales. They've proven to be a good seller as Uinta has expanded their line to include more and more puckery beers.

This latest incarnation of Birthday Suit will be a 6.5% Raspberry Ale. It will come in Uinta's corked and caged 750ml bottles and should be available some time next month.

Local artist, Travis Bone who has designed all of the Birthday Suit labels (and many others) continues to provide the Birthday Suit's artwork.


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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Epic - Son of a Baptist (SOB)

Many of you have already tried some of Epic's Son of a Baptist (SOB) Coffee Stout via Epic's Thursday Growler program. Now the new stout has an official label and it will be packaging soon for your enjoyment.

Like Big Bad Baptist, Epic has contracted with various coffee roasters in the different markets that the beers are sold. There could be as many as five different versions of SOB floating around that reflect the local flavor of the cities they're sold in.

If you're a hard core beer geek and really need those unique beer check-ins, you'd better start making contact with your fellow geeks in Texas, California, Colorado, Washington and Utah to keep you whole. Stay close for the release date.


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Fireman's Brew Coming to Utah

Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two California firefighters, today announced a partnership with General Distributing, to distribute its award-winning beers throughout Utah. Fireman’s Brew handcrafted beers will be available at the Beehive State beer lovers’ favorite on-premise and limited off-premise locations.

“Our goal has always been to establish Fireman’s Brew as a national, household brand and we’ve been rapidly growing and expanding from coast-to-coast over the last few years,” explained Rob Nowaczyk, founder of Fireman’s Brew. “With the addition of Utah, we’re just one step closer to achieving our goal.”

General Distributing, the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch (AB) products in Salt Lake County and parts of Davis County, will coordinate state-wide distribution for Fireman’s Brew with the help of the other AB distributors in the state.

“Fireman’s Brew is a compelling and authentic brand with their firefighter roots. They also offer phenomenal, award-winning craft beers,” said Andy Zweber, President General Distributing. “We’re thrilled to introduce Fireman’s Brew to Utah and look forward to helping them establish their popularity in this market.”

“General Distributing has a solid understanding of the craft beer marketplace in Utah and we’re confident that they will help Fireman’s Brew grow a loyal fan base in the state,” stated Roger Baer, Chief Executive Officer of Fireman’s Brew. “Utahn’s are going to love our collection of micro-brewed blonde, brunette and redhead beers created using only the finest all-natural ingredients.”
In Utah, Fireman’s Brew signature beers will be distributed in 12-ounce bottle six-packs:
  • Fireman’s Brew: Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager; 5 percent ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Brunette (German-style Doublebock; 8 percent ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Redhead (Amber Ale; 5.5 percent ABV)
I don't think I've tried any of these beers. If you have? Share your thoughts please.


Friday, January 29, 2016

New Beer Friday - Great White North Edition

Welcome to New Beer Friday in the Great White North-ish. How's it going, eh? Elsinore Beer is still not available in Utah, but I have a few beers that'll do 'til the storied Canadian lager finds it way here.

Uinta Flamingose - This new beer from Uinta goes on sale today at the brewery starting at 11am. I've not tried it yet - look for a slight briny lemon tartness at its base with fruity pineapple accents along with coriander spiciness. 4.0% ABV @ Uinta Brewing

Payette Hoop and Stave #3 Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Rye - Not tried this one yet. Look for whiskey notes along with cherries, vanilla, toffee and brown sugar. 8.2% ABV @Beer Bar

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez - Another fruity Gose beer. Look for a sweet tangy blend of Prickly Pear and grapefruit combined with a tart Gose base beer. 4.5% ABV @Beerhive

In other beer news: Proper Brewing Company's brewhouse went online yesterday and the brewers cooked up a batch of  their Brumblin' Brown Belgian Table Beer.  Congrats on becoming Utah's newest brewery!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Epic Tart and Juicy & Uinta Flamingose

Epic's Sour IPA has proven to be a big hit. I have to admit I was skeptical that a hybrid Sour/IPA would find an audience in Utah but it's gone from a seasonal draft to a full time Production beer in record time.

Now Epic is expanding on top of that success by creating Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA. It's similar to the Utah Session Sour IPA in that it's a kettle soured beer, but Tart n Juicy has a slightly different hop bill with an ABV of 4.5%. T&J will be produced in SLC and Denver and be packaged in 22oz. bottles and 12oz. cans. Utahans will get the bombers while the rest of the nation gets the cans.

Look for Tart n Juicy in Utah sometime this Spring.

Speaking of sour beers, Uinta Brewing is releasing Flamingose tomorrow (1/29/16). Flamingose is a tart and salty German style Gose beer made with pineapple and pays tribute to Utah's own "Pink Floyd" the Flamingo. If your not familiar with Floyd, he was Chilean Flamingo that freed himself from his home at SLC's Tracey Aviary in 1990. Floyd took up residence at the Great Salt Lake immediately and somehow thrived. He's called the briny lake home ever since. Floyd's current whereabouts are unknown.

A new beer and a story, what more do you need?


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