Friday, March 24, 2017

New Beer Friday 3/24/17

The sweet 16 Round is over in the Utah Beer Challenge's High Point Competition and there were a few upsets. Shades of Pale's Salt City Citrus had a big win over perennial favorite, Labyrinth from Uinta and 2 Row's Dark Alley edged out what many believe is Utah's best local beer, Big Bad Baptist. It's all listed above in all of it's "bracketie glory". The Elite Eight round will begin on Monday morning.

Now, on to New Beer Friday!

Uinta 24th Birthday Suit - Mostly tart, cherry is subtle with some floral notes. You get a bit spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Overall: not the best year for this beer but it's still very refreshing and drinkable. 6.2% ABV @ Uinta

New Belgium Juicy Watermelon - Melon notes are present along with lime, but not over powering.. light pale malt and some background citrus hoppiness. A slightly tart, refreshing bright fruity pilsner. Has a definite artificial flavor. 5.0% ABV @ DABC

Sam Adams Fresh as Helles - The nose is grainy with cracker-like pale malts along with a mix of citrus fruitiness. The taste is bready and doughy with a bit of caramel and cereal. Vague citrus comes next with some earthy/floral hops rounding out the back end. This isn't a textbook Helles but it is quite enjoyable. @ DABC

Anchor Liberty IPA -This is not Anchor's Liberty Ale - a beer that most beer historians consider to be the original American IPA. This is a re-imagining of that beer. The nose is citrusy with bready/fruity malts. Pine and citrus dominate with bready malt and ripe fruit in the back. The finish is bright and hoppy. It's a simple - not too gaudy IPA. 5.9% ABV @ DABC

Bonneville 4th Anniversarye -  Haven't tried this one yet. This year’s beer features malted rye, caramel rye and big blasts of Eureka hops. It's also fermented with lager yeast at room temperature to add an additional twist to the flavor profile. The result is earthy, spicy and herbal with splashes of citrus and pine. A big, round mouthfeel that transforms into a snappy dry finish. 4.0% ABV @ Bonneville, Allstar Lanes and where there's a Bonneville seasonal tap handle.

Lagunitas Bavarian Style Dopple Weizen - The nose has banana bread, clove and honey. The taste starts with sweet banana bread and clove with pepper and spices lingering throughout. Bubblegum and orange peel round out the end. Finishes witha bit of herbal bitterenss. Quite a departure from the typical Lagunitas offering. 8.7% ABV @ Beerhive, DABC

Proper Hop vs Hop release #6 - Missed out on this one last night. This version features Idaho 7 and Wakatu hops from New Zealand. Look for resinous pine and citrus combined with stone fruit and tropical notes.7.6% ABV @ Proper

Elysian Split Shot -There's a good balance here of coffee and milk sugars. has a slight cappuccino feel. If you like your coffee beers this will please you. 6.0% ABV @ Beer Bar


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sweet 16 Round Begins

I'm noticing a trend this year. The majority of you seems to really, really love IPAs and Imperial Stouts over practically everything else and 2 Row and RedRock seem to have the strongest followings.

The results for Round 3 have been updated in the bracket above. For the Sweet 16 Round things will get more intense for these two breweries. both of them have two of their own beers going against each other - there's nothing like sibling combat, eh?

There's also a powerhouse Imperial Stout match-up between Big Bad Baptist and Dark Alley. That should be a close one.

This round of voting will be 48 hours as well, and it will end Friday morning at the time stamp below. Please share the Utah Beer Challenge's High Point Competition on your social media, so we can increase the voting pool.


Monday, March 20, 2017

First Round Recap - Round Two Begins

Well, it looks like for the most part the randomly generated match-ups in Round One were for the most part complete blow outs in the Utah Beer Challenge High Point Competition. The closest race was between Squatters' Fifth Element Wild Saison (55) and 2 Row's Dark Alley Imperial Stout (56). Never thought I'd see Fifth Element go out in the first round - talk about an upset!

The decisions you have in Round Two are defiantly going to be more difficult. Christ, two of RedRock's powerhouse sours are going head to head. I guess we'll see which one you truly love more. Voting for the entire 2nd Round will run for 48 hours from the time stamp on this post.

The bracket above has all of scores so far. I'd love to hear your comments on how things are going so far.


Friday, March 17, 2017

New Beer Friday - Saint Patrick's Day Edition

Well, it's a Saint Patrick's Day - New Beer Friday. Some of you will stay home and leave today in the hands of the temporary Irish - others, will conquer the holiday in a more Viking like fashion. Just stay safe and avoid the green beer. Seriously, just don't. I managed to come across two new beers this week. Seek them out if you can.

Strap Tank Eat Side Ride - Not tried this one yet. Made with five pounds of fresh ginger and fourteen pounds of lemon grass. Your tongue and your gutty-works will thank you. 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Proper Beckerman's Brew - The nose is malty and toasty with some earthy hops. The taste starts grainy, with some bready notes. Not overly malty or sweet, but definitely drying and bitter towards the end and into the aftertaste. The hops are on the floral/piney side and they finish off the palate with a drying bitterness. Nice, very drinkable lager.

Desert Edge Irish Red - This Red Ale is described as being malty, with low hop flavor and bitterness with a medium dry finish. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Desert Edge Wai-iti IPA -  This session IPA is brewed with Simcoe and Wai-iti hops. The aroma is mango and citrus. The flavor is the same with a light bready caramel flavor. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Now onto the Utah Beer Challenge. Part 2 of Round One of the High Point competition Starts now. You have 48 hours as of the publish date below to vote. Ballots are in the column to the right. The bracket above is updated, so you can see what's coming up in the next round. It already looks tough.  Please spread the word on you social media, let's get those votes up!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beckerman's Brew Debuts Today

As promised, we have details on the release of Proper Brewing's new Beckerman's Brew. It's out today! The kids at Proper will be throwing a big party to celebrate. Starting at 5pm the beer hits the taps and goes on sale in the bottleshop. Kyle Beckerman will also be on hand. I imagine photo ops will be happening.

Most importantly, all pints of Beckerman's Brew will be $4 all night and since it's Proper's anniversary week, all draft pitchers are $10.

Here are the results for Part One of Round One. I'll get the second part of Rounf One up as soon as I can. My day job is sucking up all my attention. 

Hoppers Summerset Saison -  72
Bohemian Dortmunder
        - 196

Moab Tripel Ale - 55
2 Row Tastes Like Citrus IPA - 246

Epic Elder Brett - 182
Vernal .50 Caliber IPA - 81

2 Row Random Mosaic - 230
Wasatch First One Down - 74

Squatters 529 - 177
Vernal Little Hole Lager - 74

Talisman Presents Trip IPA - 122
Proper Hop Vs Hop 3 - 137

Park City IPA - 65
Wasatch Ghostrider - 216

Roosters Iron Rooster Stout - 82
Bohemian Altbier - 168

Epic Big Bad Baptista - 206
Shades Pale HogsHead 2 - 67

Roosters Niner Bock - 68
Shades Pale Saint Blackout - 169

Uinta Dubhe - 115
RedRock Paardebloem - 165

Roosters Chanticleer - 39
RedRock RĂªve - 213

Talisman Iron Age - 129
Proper Ostara IPA - 120

Epic Sour Brainless Peaches - 117
Uinta Labyrinth - 136

Shades Pale Salt City Citrus - 193
Park City Imp Pilsner - 64

Squatters Outer Darkness - 166
Talisman Dagda IPA - 97


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Tour de Brewtah

It's Time again for the Tour de Brewtah, the best marriage of beers and bikes since... ever! If you're not familiar,  the Tour de Brewtah is a Salt Lake City bicycle ride of local breweries.  The Tour fosters a fun active community in Salt Lake, promotes giving back locally, and is open to riders of all levels and abilities. This year's theme is Dynamic Duos. The event benefits Splore and makes it possible for people of all abilities to experience meaningful outdoor adventures. To learn more about Splore, go to

There are four different routes for enthusiasm and skill levels.

Bonnie and Clyde Route (approx. 4.5 miles)
The Bonnie and Clyde Route has been designed for those of you who put the beer before the biking. This route is only 4.5 miles long and will take you to some of the finest breweries in downtown Salt Lake City.
Butch and Sundance Route (approx. 11 miles)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would have been so proud to know that this route was named after them. It offers some amazing brews and a great ride around Salt Lake City. This was our most popular route last year, so we decided to not change it one bit! Enjoy.
Thelma and Louise Route (approx. 9 miles)
The Thelma and Louise route will take you out of downtown Salt Lake into Sugar House proper, and back to downtown again. You will taste beers from Salt Lake as well as Moab on this epic ride.
Lewis and Clark Route (approx. 26 miles)
This ride is for all your cycling enthusiast out there. You will journey south to discover what awesome brews exist in far off lands such as Midvale, UT! This ride is sure to impress your beer pallet as well as your friends.

Registration begins today at Noon. The "Tour" usually sells out, so don't wait too long to register.

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017
Starting & Ending Location: Gallivan Center
Costume Theme: Dynamic Duos
Registration includes:
  • Tour de Brewtah Pint Glass
  • Several pours of Utah’s finest craft beer or soda
  • Post-ride party with music, vendors, and fun
  • Riding through Salt Lake City on a beautiful day with tons of great people
  • Support for Splore and its mission of providing outdoor adventures to people of all abilities.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Utah Beer Challenge

It's time to choose your favorite local beers again in the Utah Beer Challenge. This time we're doing things a bit differently. High Point vs. High Point - Low Point vs. Low Point. It seems somewhat unfair to place a session lager up against a barrel aged barleywine with brett. So, hopefully this evens things out. We're starting with the high point beers - round one of two begins now, so vote!

Another new thing this year, we're using Untappd's database to choose the beers. Many of you felt that Rate Beer's data (though more accurate) is too "pretentious". Okay, I'm game to give it a whirl. I finally got the bracket installed so that you can all follow along. It's at the top of the page.

Ballots are in the column to the right and the match-ups are randomly generated. This round will end Thursday morning. Any questions?