Friday, September 04, 2015

New Beer Friday 9/4/15

It's not a huge New Beer Friday - it's about quality not quantity right?

Hoppers Rye IPA - Described as having aromas of toffee, rye and grapefruit. Flavors of toasted malts, rye, citrus and grass. 4.0% ABV. Only at Hoppers

Avenues Proper SMaSH Beer (Single Malt, Single Hop) - This incarnation is comprised of Pilsner Malt & Calypso Hops. 4.0% ABV. Only at Aves Proper

Lagunitas Imperial Pilsner - The nose has malt, grain, bread, and grass. The taste is much the same with toasty grain, vague berries and a blast of bitter grass and spiciness. Finishes dry with a hint of grainy sweetness. 8.1% ABV @Bayou, BeerHive & Beer Bar

Deschutes Bond Street Brown - Solid toasted malt character with a ghost like roasted grain in the back that goes chocolaty with a dark cocoa flavor. Modest woody hop notes.  Rich maltiness is sticky and toasty. This beer will work well Summer or Fall. This beer has been discontinued so when it's gone it's gone. 4.8% ABV. @ BarrelHouse


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Snake River Brewing Returns to Salt Lake

After an absence of about ten years, Snake River Brewing Company is returning to The Wasatch Front. Not really sure why Snake River packed it in, but it was most likely financial reasons. Anyway they're due back soon.

Look for five beers to start with from their base line-up of beers.

Monarch Pilsner - A floral and herbal pils with some light malts a touch of lemon zest. 

Jenny Lake Lager - an amber colored Vienna style lager. The rich, caramel flavor is balanced with the use of several hop varieties.

Snake River Pale Ale - an American pale brewed with plenty of Cascade hops. It has a citrusy hop flavor which is followed by a crisp, firmly bitter finish.

Pako's IPA - This IPA will have the hopheads rejoicing. 6.8% ABV and 60+ IBUs with explosive hop aroma from a pungent Simcoe/columbus blend.

Zonker Stout - A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts.

Utah Craft Beverages will be bringing these in. As soon as they pop up we'll spread the love.

Also, today is Growler Day at Epic Brewing. This week's offering is Hop Syndrome - A perfect beer for the Labor Day weekend. These growlers sell fast, don't wait too long. And as always - don't forget your exchange growler.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The 3rd Annual Grace Bier Brauen

Home Brewed beers entries are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Grace Bier Brauen. Follow this link ( for registering, entry fees, etc.) and beer may be dropped off at Salt City Brew Supply until September 5th. (during regular business hours)

This year's competition will be using 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for judging and is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition. The beer competion is apart of Grace Lutheran's annual Oktoberfest celebration that takes place on September 19th from Noon to 9:00 and is fun for the entire family. Look for German food, beer and music, local vendors, games, silent auction, and helicopter rides, this event fills Sandy, Utah with the sights and sounds of a Bavarian extravaganza!


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

New Belgium's Fat Tire Get's Downsized

This fall your going to notice something different about New Belgium's flagship brand, Fat Tire. For the first time NB will be releasing a lower-alcohol version of its amber ale. The beer will be 4% ABV (3.2% ABW), meaning it can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores in Colorado, Kansas and Utah, and eventually in Oklahoma.

Primarily the real reason for this move was to get it on draft in bars in Utah, which as we all know has strict limits on beer above 4% on draft. New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson says “We wanted to provide better access to our beer both on and off-premise in Utah,” he explained in an e-mail to Simpson also added that NB has concerns about how the Utah DABC stores their beer warm as well as the "considerable markup" associated with Utah's high alcohol beers. “We’ve actually made 3.2 percent versions of Fat Tire for festivals where that was required, so we know we can get a good flavor match,” Simpson says. “This helps open up some opportunities in states where 3.2 percent sales are happening.”

So what does this all mean for Utah? In a nutshell - you're going to get 4% Fat Tire packaged in cans - in Grocery stores and on tap in bars and restaurants. The state will no longer have "regular" Fat Tire (5.2%) in DABC stores, but other New Belgium beers that are currently for sale will continue to be sold there. This does not affect their other brands, just Fat Tire Amber Ale.

The label provided above is is the new "3.2" label you'll notice it doesn't list the alcohol by volume anywhere on it. What are your thought? Will this affect your consumption, increase it or are you indifferent?



Monday, August 31, 2015

Ogden City Brew Supply is Now Open

Attention Ogden home brewers you now have a new home brew shop to help fulfill your need to brew beer. Ogden City Brew Supply is the only brewing supply store in Utah, North of Salt Lake City that serves the needs of beer, wine, cider, mead brewers. OCBS offers a wide range of beer kits and wine kits and equipment along with a long list of specialty grain, adjuncts, yeast and hops.

Ogden's had a tough go of it, in the home brew dept. There have been shops that have dotted the map, but they have lacked staying power. OCBS is a sister shop from the guys over at Salt City Brew Supply in Midvale. They've proved their staying power in Salt Lake County - I believe their knowledge will be of great benefit to Ogden's brewers.

The shop is open: Weekdays 10:30 - 6:30 ~ Saturday 10:00 - 6:00  ~ Sunday 11:00 - 4:00 (closed Tuesday) and is located at 2269 Grant Ave in Ogden. Congrats to OCBS and to Northern Utah's Home Brewers for keeping home brewing alive up north.


Friday, August 28, 2015

New Beer Friday 8/28/15

Wow August is almost over, that means the falls beers should be getting into full swing. While most of these are not "fall beers", there is a nice theme happening in regards to the pale ales. They're not the typical varieties we've been seeing as of late.

Anchor IPA - This is not Anchors Liberty Ale which is widely regarded as the mother of American IPAs. This is a new IPA that pays tribute to the American IPAs of the early 90s. It's mostly pine and malt driven with some peach and berry notes. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou & DABC

Upslope Thai IPA - It's the Thai basil and ginger that really sets this one apart. The IPA at it's base has pleasant caramel sweetness with citrus and pine beneath the spices. You'll either love it or hate it. I quite liked it. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou - Beer Bar

Upslope Imperial IPA - Nice citrus hop driven IIPA. It is a little boozy with some nice tropical flavors and pine in the finish. 10% ABV. @ Bayou - Beer Bar

Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street IPA - Very herbal with little malt backbone. A nice change from the sweet and fruity American IPA.  6.0% ABV. Bayou - Beer Bar

Shades of Pale - Beer X Galaxy/Centennial IPA - Citrus peel and some pineapple notes with a piney resinous finish.

Shades of Pale - Beer X Beehive Gin Barrel Aged Pale Ale - Boozy nose of pine and berries. Taste is much more subtle - juniper with a bit of tartness in the back. Finishes with citrus peel. Damn tasty beer from SOP, grab some at the brewery or Beer Bar. 7.0% ABV

Ace Pumpkin Cider - Not tried this one yet. Anyone? 5% ABV. @ Bayou


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Epic's Weekly Growler: Sour IPA

Your Weekly Growler from Epic Brewing is an experimental beer that will only be available in Salt Lake City at Epic's brewery. Many of you may have tried The Annex's Sour IPA that has been floating around the Sugar House brewpub and some of the better beer spots around town.

This beer is similar to that - in that it's also a Sour IPA but with greater ABV (around 5.5%) and it will have a slightly different hop bill. As of now, Epic is just calling it "Sour IPA". Look for a beer that will likely have a lemony citrus and floral dominate nose with sour green apples, flowery bitterness and resiny citrus peel backing it up.

Last Thursday, Epic sold 98% of their Spiral Jetty growlers that day. I would expect that the rare nature of this beer and it's sour components will make this one a hot commodity. So don't procrastinate.

And don't forget to exchange your old growlers!

Speaking of Growlers - Vernal Brewing Company will be previewing their new "high point" IPA via growlers next week. Vernal's .50 Caliber IPA is still in the tanks and is expected to dial in around 8.6% ABV. This IPA will be in prepackaged growlers like Epic's. No word yet on what day it will be available or how many growlers will be for sale yet - we will of course let you know.

Look for 50 Caliber IPA in cans in the coming weeks.