Friday, January 20, 2017

New Beer Friday - Happy Place Edition

This probably one of the best weekends to drown out all of the noise. Pop in your favorite 8-track, pour yourself some new beers and deal with the rest on Monday.

Strap Tank's New Hope Brown - Made with 50 lbs of 'Organa' Texas roasted pecans, cinnamon, orange peel and apricot. It's described as an uber crushable spiced-brown ale and Strap Tank's ode to a lifelong inspiration of Carrie Fisher, and new beginnings. 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Proper's Snow Plow Pale - This American pale ale is described as both dry-hopped (think Citra and Lemondrop) and dry. . .peeled (meaning they added grapefruit and lemon peel after fermentation), resulting in a bright and hoppy brew that's chock full of midwinter citric joy. 4.0% ABVFull Sail Session Black ~ Black Cherry Lager - Not tried this yet. Thanks to Matt Walker for spotting this. 6.5% ABV @ DABC

Full Sail's Papaya IPA - Full Sail describes this as having notes of papaya with Pale and wheat malts along with healthy additions of Equinox and Cascade hops provide the perfect golden base for the addition of papaya. The result is a refreshing IPA with the subtle essence of papaya. Tropical aromas of citrus, passion fruit, and papaya are well complemented by clean malt notes. Thanks to Matt Walker for spotting this. 6.2% ABV @ DABC

Stone's Enjoy by 02/14/17 - Looks like an average IPA, smells like an IPA with a bit off coffee buried far below. The taste is mostly citrus and fruity hops with some cocoa and coffee. It kinda takes this into Black IPA territory - without the black. Not too bad,  but it's not in my groove. 9.4% ABV @ The BeerHive  

Stone's Ripper - The nose has grapefruit, orange, grass, peach and caramel. The taste has a good amount of sweet caramel and toasted bread, balanced with red grapefruit, orange flesh, a bit of apricot and pineapple, and dirty grass and pine on the finish. Not sure why it's called "Ripper". It's far from getting me ripped at it's pleasant 5.7% ABV. @ Beerhive

2Row's Dark Alley Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout - Looks like Utah has a new ABV beer champ. The standard Dark Alley from 2Row is already big at 13.4%, The barrel aging in this new version bumps it up to a bulky 14.9%. Luckily it doesn't taste like it. Look for molasses cocoa, dark fruits and of course Bourbon. Great beer! it goes on sale Saturday at 11am at the brewery. Very limited. This was brewed with the cooperation of SLC's Whiskey Street. Most of the bottles can be found there if you miss out at the brewery.

2Row's Hopslinger - This new IPA debuts Saturday also. Brewmaster, Brian Colman describes this one as an unfiltered massive 2x dry hop with a ton of tropical fruitiness. This one utilizes a different yeast than most of his IPAs. He also says, "it's similar to a New England style IPA flavor-wise with the mouthfeel of of a West Coast. It's a 2Row IPA - it's gotta be wonderful! 7.2% ABV @2Row

All this and more coming up today at 3:30pm when New Beer Friday on KBER 101 hits.

And, just a little House Keeping announcement. I've decided to delete the Utah Beer Forum. We created the forum back before social media really took hold. With the advent of Facebook and all the other social media outlets it's become obsolete. I really appreciate the efforts of those participated and made it work. Please feel free to keep on doing what you've already been doing... this time with your clothes on.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Melvin 2x4 Day

Melvin Brewing Company is throwing a party to celebrating 2x4, their Gold Winning - World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival,  North American Brewers Assosiation and Alpha King Championship Double IPA.  This is a damn fine IPA, it's well worth your time and deserving of having it's own party. It's a massive floral and citrus hop bomb that's crazy drinkable and highly sought after.

2x4 Day is the celebration of 2x4, 2x4 Man and drinking the best IPAs! Melvin Brewing has hand picked some of the best bars around the globe to help them celebrate this monumental day. Salt Lake City's Beerhive will be one of only 30 bars around the world participating in this celebration.

If you show up to the Beerhive on 2x4 day, you can expect great Melvin beers like:
Lambda IIIPA
Drunken Master IIPA, 
Asterisk IIPA, 
Citradamus IIPA
Hubert, MPA 
Melvin IPA 
and of course 2x4 

2x4 Day happens on February 4th, 2017 - There will also be free swag, music and of course Kung Fu!

If you can't be in SLC, here are some of the other bars/cities that will be celebrating 2x4 Day.

Tusker Bar
3310 Ridge Road, Cheyenne, Wy 82001
Thai Me Up (original home of Melvin Brewing)
75 E Pearl, Jackson, Wy 83001
The Keg & Cork
5371 Blackmore Rd., Casper, Wy 82609

Elizabeth Station
1400 West Holly Street, Suite 100, Bellingham, Wa 98225
The Hop and Hound
10827 Circle Dr, Bothell, WA 98011
The Beer Junction
4511 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, Wa 98116
The Copper Hog Gastropub
1327 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Special Brews
14608 Hwy 99, Ste 307, Lynnwood, WA 98087
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
427 E Fairhaven, Burlington, Wa 98233
The Last Drop
8016 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria
1118 E Maple St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Trails End Taphouse
511 Maple Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290
Collin's Pub
526 2nd ave, Seattle, Wa 98104

Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The Crafty Fox
3901 Fox Street, Denver, CO 80216
Finn's Manor
2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Tap and Handle
307 S College, Fort Collins, CO
Hops & Pie 
3920 TENNYSON ST, Denver, CoO 80212
The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar
PO Box 2003, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
The Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

ABV Public House
23588 NW Clara Ln, Hillsboro, OR 97124
The Bier Stein
1591 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
1216 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
 8105 SE Stark St. Portland, OR, 97215
6350 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
The BeerMongers
1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Valley Growlers
15735 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Hamilton’s Tavern
1521 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Hop Grenade
2151 Salvio St. Ste. J-K, Concord, CA 94520

PreFunk Beer Bar
1100 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
Bier Thirty Bottle & Bistro
3073 S Bown Way, Boise, ID 83706
Twisted Timber
4563 S Cloverdale Rd, Boise, ID 83709

Beer Hive Pub
128 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Lord Hobo Brewing
5 Draper St, Woburn, MA 01801

Washington DC:
1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse
610 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 United States


Canada - British Columbia:
12 Kings Pub
395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3J7, Canada
The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N6, Canada

Moeder Lambic
Place Fontainas 8, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

For the Love of Beer

Listen up, Northern Utah! On February 4th Roosters Brewing Co., Talisman Brewing Co. and Proper Brewing Co. are joining forces to provide you with a taste of some truly unique locally made suds. In addition to the beer local spirits from Five Wives and New World Distillery will be on hand along with some great ciders from Mountain West Hard Cider. And, if you're craving a different kind of buzz? Daily Rise Coffee along with Beehive Cheese will be on hand offering some of their delicious blends and artisan cheeses. 

The Tasting will run from 4pm to 8pm at the Union Grill in Ogden - food will be provided by Union Grill and the ticket price includes tastings, a keepsake glass and light appetizers. Tickets are going fast, if you need some? they can be purchased here. Hope to see you there!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Utah's New Brewery Updates

Over the last couple of years we've brought you all the info on the new breweries coming to a zip code near you. Many have already opened their doors and a few are in the process of opening up shop. I thought it would be helpful to give you all updates on the breweries and brewpubs that I've previewed and profiled over the last year or so.

Mine Shaft Brewing Co - Status: In Development. It's been two and a half years since we first brought you info on this ambitious Park City Brewhouse. They appear to still be searching for private funding and have a very active Facebook page that is updated often, however it offers little info on their opening. No response for my update request as of this writing. 

Maple Mountain Brewing Co. - Status: In Development. The Utah County boys are still fighting with Provo City on an alcohol manufacturing license. Maybe it's time to look at another city?

Canyon Brewing - Status: In Development. The partners are in negotiations for a brewing property and are working through some zoning issues right now. Their goal is to have CBC brews available in 2017.

Kilby Court/Poplar St. Brewing - Status just a concept.

Kiitos Brewing - Status In Construction.  Has finally received their permits from Salt Lake City for the last phase of construction. Hoping to fire up their brew system late Spring (if all contractors stay on schedule).

RPM Brewing - Status: In Development. Has scrapped their nano brewery in Draper but is still pursuing the idea of a production brewery located closer to downtown SLC. The RPM's Garage restaurant is still open in Draper.

Branagan's Brewery - Status: In Development. After a year long negotiation with Sandy City, Heather Branagan has received approval for their brewing and liquor licenses! Heather says she will be getting them in February/March. The wheels are slowly turning, but they are turning. The brewpub will be located in the area of 9000 s. 200 w.

Salt Fire Brewing - Status In Construction. These guys get the award for the most under the radar new brewery. You'd be hard pressed to find any info on these guys anywhere on the interwebs. However, they do have their brew system in place. It's located just a few doors down from Shades of Pale Brewing in South Salt Lake City. Hope to have more info on this new brewery in the coming days.

Toasted Barrel Brewery - Status In Construction. We haven't discussed Toasted Barrel yet because there hasn't been much to report on. Today we have much to talk about. They have officially acquired a building located at 422 w 600 n just next to the soup kitchen restaurant in the same Marmalade neighborhood as RedRock's Production Brewery. They've acquired a 7 bbl brew house and will be getting things started with 4 4.5bbl fermenters. They are strong believers of keeping to the style of that beer. They'll be starting with 4 beers available in 22 ounce bottles. A kettle soured Berliner weisse at 4%, a mixed fermentation saison at 4%, a white IPA at 5.5% and an American hybrid hoppy wheat beer coming in at 8%. As soon as their fully licensed, they will start brewing and and begin barrel aging their mixed and spontaneous fermented sours. Another planned beer will be a14% American sour Quad made with blueberry and pomegranate. Their main goal is to provide Utahans with awesome spontaneous locally made lambic styles. Stay close for more info on this news and exciting addition to our beer scene. 

A. Fisher Brewing - Status: Brewing but not Open. The Fisher boys have beer fermenting away in the tanks as we speak. They want to fill their taps handles with beer before officially opening the doors. The actual opening of the tap room is still a few of weeks away, probably early/mid February.

The RoHa Brewing Project - Status In Construction. Should have their brewery online in a week or so and will likely be opening their doors to the public in late February. Look for draft beer along with 12 ounce bottles and cans.

These are not the only new places on the horizon. There are others in the works, I'm still trying figure out if their legit. Stay close for more new brewery news.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Friday the 13th New Beer Friday

 Shades of Pale Espresso Stout - Releases latter today, so I haven't tried this yet. This is a new stout made with Ogden's Daily Rise Coffee. 8% ABV @ Shades of Pale

Shades of Pale Salt City Citrus - Releases latter today, so I haven't tried this yet. This the second New England Style IPA released this month (2Row's Tastes Like Citrus was the first). Look for  murkey IPA with big citrusy hops. 7% ABV@ Shades of Pale

Desert Edge Wai-iti Pale Ale. This is a single-hop pale ale made with Wai-iti hops from New Zealand. The Wai-iti hops add a nice citrusy aroma and the flavors of stone fruit, lime and grapefruit zest. The light malt flavor lets the hops shine through and a medium bitterness balances the fruity hop flavor for a crisp and refreshing beer jammed with hoppy goodness. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

We'll discuss these and other beers with Mick and Allen on New Beer Friday's KBER101 segment at 3:30pm every Friday.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Talisman Seasonals Get Bonafide

Talisman Brewing has had a bunch of seasonal beers pop up over the past year. Two of the most popular brews are moving away from their generic special edition packaging to some new "bonafide" names and labels.

Talisman's Triple IPA is the only currently made TIPA that's brewed locally, when it hit's the bottle shop it goes fast. As the name suggests, this a big beer. At 11.3%. Hazards TIPA is not as sweet as you'd think, with a generous amount of citrus-peel-like-hops with additional herbal bitterness. 

The other "bonafide beer" is Talisman's Killer Grove Blood Orange Wheat. Once confined to growler sales, this citrusy wheat beer keeps walking out the door when it hits the taps. It's doughy wheat base provides a nice base for the orange and grapefruit flavors that rule the beer. 4.0% ABV.

These new looks should debut in the coming weeks.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More From Uinta's Rotating Park Series

We have some new additions to Uinta's Rotating Park Series of Beers. Last November we brought you the first image of the new series, showing California's Yosemite National Park. Today we have three more to add.

The second in the series shows Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park (yes, I know it bleeds into Idaho and Montana) with Old Faithful featured on the label. Pictured above is label number three, and it displays Utah's iconic Delicate Arch from Arches National Park.

Label number four takes us back east to Tennessee's Great Smokey
Mountains National Park. It depicts a mother bear and her cub overlooking the parks skyline.

These beers will all be Golden Ales that will have one or more tweaks to make each of them unique. Plan on seeing all of these beers in the order listed throughout every quater of 2017.


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