Friday, October 02, 2015

New Beer Friday 10/2/15

I only one man damn it! There are so many damn beers this week and so little time. There are quite a few wet hop ale and a couple of beers from Iron Fist Brewing have finally arrived. Please enjoy!

Uinta Wet Hop Cutthroat - A much more piney version of Cutthroat with
 a bit of bitter citrus peel. 4.0% ABV @Uinta and where Uinta has seasonal taps

Desert Edge Figure 8 A pale ale from DE. Not tried it yet. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Desert Edge Put Away Wet - A Cascadian Brown Lager, brown in color without a lot of darker malt flavor and a nice hop finish. Unfiltered.  Radius is also back on as as well. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Laughing Dog Brewing Trail Ride - Not tried this yet. 4.0% ABV @ Harmon's

Laughing Dog Cream Ale - Not tried this yet. 4.0% ABV @ Harmon's
Squatters Hop Down Under - Session IPA with Southern Hemisphere Hops. Not tried this yet. 4.0% ABV @ Squatters
Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm - Like a vanilla cappuccino! 5.5%ABV @Slackwater - Beer Bar
Coney Island Hard Root Beer - Tastes like root beer. Very sweet root beer. 5.8% ABV @ Beer Bar - DABC
Iron Fist Uprising IPA - Not tried this yet. 12%ABV Supposed to be at Beer Bar. Not there as of last night though.
Iron Fist Velvet Glove Stout - 9% ABV Imperial Stout - Not tried this yet. Supposed to be at Beer Bar. Not there as of last night though.
Snake River Monarch Pilsner - 5.0% ABV @ Beerhive

Snake River Pako's IPA - 6.8%ABV @ Beerhive, Slackwater

Snake River Zonker Stout - 6.0% ABV Beerhive, Slackwater
Snake River Jenny Lake Lager 4.8% ABV @Slackwater

Tennent's Whiskey Oak Aged - The nose is skunk as hell. The taste is much more malty with some scotch whiskey notes. 6.0% ABV @DABC


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The 2015 Utah Brewers Guild - Harvest Festival

The Utah Brewers Guild is having a party this Sunday!  If you're not familiar with the UBG - it's an organization comprised of all of Utah's breweries that focuses on beer appreciation and education. This event is a fundraiser for the guild, so that they can do more community oriented festivities like this.

The theme for this event is Harvest Festival. There will be limited amount a fresh, wet hopped beers for you to try. If you're not familiar with the term,  "wet hopped" It's process of taking fresh from the bine (not vine) hops and add them to the beer - less than 24 hours from picking. This process adds a new dimension to the hop profiles of the beer - giving them a fresher more accentuated than normal taste.

Everyone that has made a wet hopped beer will be bringing one to sample. there with also be other harvest style beers to try. The event will be held at The Beer Bar - in their back lot and goes from Noon - 4pm. The cost is $10 - that gets you three sample, you can purchase more after that. This a 21+ event - no children.  Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Moab Pale Ale Coming Soon

It looks like Moab Brewing has a new Pale Ale headed to grocery stores and watering holes. Right now all we can tell you is that it'll be packaged in 16oz. (tall boy) cans and that it should be popping up before the holidays. This makes me happy! Loves me some session pales. Of course, when they pop up - we'll share where.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Snowbasin 2015 Beer Fest

Mark October 3rd on your calendars, because it time for the 2015 Snowbasin Beer Fest! There will be a three different packages to get you started. The Das Beer Kit: $35 includes a Logo Mug, and 5 Tokens - Beer Master Kit: $45 includes a Logo Mug and 10 Tokens - The Sweetheart Deal - great for couples - $75 includes Two Logo Mugs and 15 Tokens. Additional tokens $2.50 each. Note: each token gets you a 7 oz. pour. Mugs are not for sale individually, only in packages.

Sample beers from:
Bohemian Brewery
Uinta Brewing
Squatters Beers
Wasatch Beers
Red Rock Brewery
Roosters Brewery
10 Barrel Brewing 
Payette Brewing
Moab Brewing
Rogue Brewing
Shades of Pale Brewing
Deschutes Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Blue Moon

Oktoberfest style food available for purchase and there's free live music from Young Dubliners, Andy Frasco and Swagger.The Fest runs from Noon to 6pm.


Friday, September 18, 2015

New Beer Friday - Pumpkin and Salt Edition

The theme for this week's New Beer Friday seems to be Pumpkin and Salt. Thankfully not together! If you find pumpkin or salt appealing in your beer then you're going to be a happy little beer geek this weekend.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead - Pours a semi-cloudy, pale, orange color. The nose has strong notes of spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. The taste is a lot like the nose with notes of pumpkin and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, all-spice and brown sugar. There is not much in the way of malt nor is there any hops bitterness to speak of. This is not a remarkable pumpkin ale by any means but if your a fan of the style it'll get the job done. 4.7% ABV @ DABC

Uinta Jacked B Nimble - Pours aa ebony color with ruby highlights. the nose has nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and some boozy whiskey notes. The taste starts with the basic pumpkin pie spices along with some vanilla/bourbon notes. Gingerbread comes next - it works well with the Bourbon. The end is where you'll find most of the roasted malt character - some char and bittering hops rounding out the finish. This is quite a tasty beer, much more complex than the Shipyard. However, I like the overall palate of Uinta's original Oaked Jacked better. I's love to hear your feedback on the two versions. 11.0% ABV @ Uinta, most better beer bars.

Bonneville Pumpkin Ale - Pours a ruby/amber color with a nose of allspice and clove. The taste starts with rich caramel and nutmeg and other specialty malts. Milk sugar sweetness comes next giving the malt added boost and body while proving balance to the spices. 4.0% ABV @ Bonneville Brewery, Allstar Lanes

Bohemian Brewer'stache German Pilsner - Pours a clear gold color with good sized, stark white head. The nose was herbal with toasted malt and minerals. The taste starts nice and crisp with biscuity malts and a very slight caramel sweetness. lemon peel and spicy/grass hops come next followed by a slight honey smack. Finishes toasty, hoppy and dry. This is a great pils. Little to no sulphur and highly drinkable. Get this seasonal while it lasts. 4.0% ABV @ Bohemian and where there's a Bohemian "Brewer'stache" tap handle.

Epic Los Locos Lager - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a sturdy cap dense foam. The nose is grainy with hints of lime and grass. The taste is similar with grainy Malts and some sweet corn. Lime pops next with a slight sodium bite in the end. Finishes slightly grassy and dry. One of the nicer Mexican style lagers you will ever try. I'm not sure what.  the ABV is on this one. Only available at Epic - packaged in growlers. Very limited. See yesterday's post.

Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose - Pours a hazy golden color with a small carbonated head. The nose has a crisp citrus aroma with a hint of sodium and orange peel. The taste starts lemony and tart with some dry orange peel flavors peeking through as well. Salt comes next providing some balance to the puckering tartness. The saltiness is not that strong but is definitely evident. Blood Oranges are definatly sweet - you'll get none of that here. This beer is all about the sourness and tartness of the fruit. 4.0% ABV @ Beer Bar (on tap!). This should be popping up in grocery stores in the next few weeks.

Estrella Damm Daura - Not tried this one yet. it's described as having a clear yellow color with an aroma of grain and frosted corn flake aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, grain, and sweetened corn flake flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that still tastes like a normal beer of this style even though it is gluten removed. 5.4% ABV @ Beer Bar


Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's an Epic Thursday

For today's weekly growler at Epic Brewing, you're in for a special treat. The Los Locos Lager is a Mexican style lager that is brewed with white corn, lime juice and sea salt. This beer is specially made as a house beer for the Los Chingones Mexican Restaurant located in Denver. It only pops up sporadically at very few locations in Denver and as far as I know it's never been offered for sale outside Colorado.

Needless to say, this is a must try this week. If it's popular enough it will likely find itself as a canned seasonal offering from Epic. Don't forget to exchange your old growler!

Speaking of Epic, The Annex by Epic will be open for Saturdays Fall Crawl bar crawl in Sugar House and will offering two new beers for you to try. One will be session version of Lil' Brainless Raspberries (that's version #3 if your keeping score at home) and a Rye Lager. No word yet on whether this will be The Annex's official re-opening, so if you really want to try these beers, you'd better plant your ass at the Annex on Saturday.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The SugarHouse Fall Crawl

Need something to do this weekend? Well, I hear that Salt Lake City's Sugar House district is putting on a bar crawl this Saturday (Sept. 19th) to help benefit the Sharing Place: a charity that provides a safe and caring environment for grieving children, teens.

The concept is simple. Start at any of the nine participating locations - pick up your passport or "bar list", have a beer or two, get it stamped and move on to the next stop. Once you've "crawled" to all your stops turn in your completed card before 5pm for a drawing that could net you two tickets to next week's Great American Beer Festival, Gift Cards, Brewmaster Dinners and more.

The event will run from Noon to 5pm and there will be live music on the plaza. *I'm still waiting to hear if the Annex will be open for the event. As soon as I know I'll update it here and on the Utah Beer social media accounts. As for now here's your stops in no particular order.

*The annex will be open for the Fall Crawl, with new beers and a special menu.

Trolley Wings
Campfire Lounge
Tap Room
Fiddler's Elbow
SugarHouse Pub 
*The Annex
Mellow Mushroom
Wasatch Brewpub
The Bar in SugarHouse
Fat's Grill

Prizes for the best individual and group photos with use of ‪ #‎thesharingplace (individual), ‪#‎iheartsugarhouse‬ and #shpubcrawl (group) hashtags. So costumes or group themes might be a good idea. Hope to see you there!