Friday, May 27, 2016

New Beer Friday: A Beer is No One - Edition

There's quite a diverse crowd of beers this week. Plenty to keep a faceless man, well... um..."faced".

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout - The nose has nice espresso and roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate. The tastes starts malty sweet with dark roast coffee and a bit of toffee and cocoa. Nice and creamy in the mouth, thanks to the nitro. Tasty. 5.8% ABV @ DABC, Bayou

Samuel Adams Nitro IPA - Pours a clear gold honey hue with a good two fingers of nitro head. The nose has subtle citrus hops. The taste light with grassy and citrus hop along with muted malts. Finishes fairly bitter and dry. Creamy mouthfeel. 7.5% ABV @ DABC, Bayou

Deschutes Pinot Suave - Pours black and opaque with little head. the nose has Port wine, prunes and alcohol. The taste is more mellow that the aroma, There are tons of tart dark fruit - like prune, dates and current. The wine notes from the barrels are very apparent and add a nice vinous tartness. Notes of char and dark cocoa round out the back. finishes slightly tart and dry. It's listed at 11.2% - mine listed it at 11.8% ABV. @Beer Bar, BeerHive

Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale - It's what you'd expect from a cream soda, very creamsicle-like, with a little alcohol bite. Best in small doses. 5.0% ABV @ Bayou, DABC

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot - Not tried this one yet. I imagine there's apricot flavors somewhere in there. 5.1% ABV @Slackwater

What did I miss? please share!

Cheers!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bohemian Helles Bock

This morning we have a your first preview of a new limited edition beer from Bohemian Brewing Company. BoHo's Helle Bock will be a 6.9% ABV lager that will be available at Bohemian's beer store in the coming weeks. Helles Bocks are lighter in color than traditional Bock Biers and have a much more assertive hop profile. They are typically made for Spring consumption - which is perfect, because I understand that we are in the midst of Spring.

Stay close for it's release date.

Prost!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Utah County's Return of the Brewery

I write about beer a lot, but my day job has had me working in TV news for the past 26 years. It's always a pleasure when I can merge my love of craft beer and work. Luckily, my management at Fox13 saw something special in my latest project when the gave the reigns to write and film this story on Strap Tank Brewing Co. It's the first brewery to set up shop in Utah County since the 1880s. and from what I've seen, it looks to be a destination brewpub. The video is at the top of the page. I'll leave it up for week or so -  I'd love to hear your comments.

Cheers!   

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Beer Friday: American Craft Beer Week Edition

Okay, buckle in. There are a lot of new beers out there that are tied with American Craft Beer Week. Many are limited releases, so don't wait too long to try them.

Uinta Brewing will be tapping two (2) different firkins of Hoo Doo Kolsch starting at Noon at the brewery.
1 - Jasmine flower addition & dry hopped w/ zythos & experimental hops. 4.0% ABV
2- "Dry Hop Surprise" 4.0% ABV

Red Rock ~ #biggestsmallbeerever - A robust drinking stout full of roasted malt, some smoke and toffee sweetness. 4.0% ABV @ all RedRock locations.

Red Rock ~ Citra Pilsner -Toasty and sweet malts at it's base combined with a nice smack of orange peel and herbs. Nice drinking lager. 4.0% ABV @ RedRock Downtown

Squatters ~ Lucky Number SMASH -Not tried this yet. My pal, Craig described it as having a clear straw golden with a medium sized creamy white head, lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity, doughy and oranges. Flavor is fruity, pils malts, citrus, dry finish. This is very good. Light with lots of flavor. Served on the Nitro handle. 4.0% ABV @ Squatters Downtown

Epic ~ Brett Pale Ale - This beer is an nontraditional Pale Ale fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a unique “wild” yeast associated with the Brussels region of Belgium. The complex aroma combines pine, dandelion, hay, and wool. As a counterpoint to the aroma, the taste is bright and sharp with tangy orange-citrus and spice with underlying hints of dark rye and crust.4.0% ABV @ The Annex

Epic ~ Utah Session Series Orchard Farmhouse Apple Ale - This new addition to the Utah Session Series highlights the bright sweet, bright flavors of apples, oats, and barley with a crisp dry finish that lifts quickly off the palate. 4.0% ABV @ The Annex.

Epic ~ Sour IPA Firkin at The Bayou
A unique Utah Session Series Sour IPA Firkin with tangerine and grapefruit zest will be tapped at 4:00 pm. If you're a fan of Sour beer don't miss this citrus bomb.

Park City ~ Peak Series Imperial Pilsner - Not tried this yet. It was canned on Tuesday and is described as being a Czech Style pils with an ABV of 7.7% @ Park City Brewing

Park City ~ Peak Series India Pale Ale - Not tried this yet. It was canned on Wednesday and is described as having tropical, pineapple, mango, tangerine and pear flavors. 6.4% ABV @ Park City Brewing.

Zion Canyon ~ Pomegranate Sour Ale - Sounds tasty and it debuts today. If anyone tries please share your thoughts. 4.0% ABV @ Zion Canyon's Brewpub.

Boulevard Brewing ~ Love Child #7 - Yeah, it's finally here! The nose is sour with malt, tart cherry  and funky wood.. Taste is much the same with sour unripe cherry, acidic, and funky yeast flavors. Finishes dry boozy and acidic. Not their best vintage, but it's still pretty good. 9.2% ABV @ BeerHive

Check out New Beer Friday on KBER 101 today at 3:30pm as Mick, Allen and myself update you on Utah's beer related happening this weekend. 

Here is the rest of Utah's American Craft Beer Week Calendar. Note: I'm hearing rumblings that the cured meat and beer pairing at Squatters has been cancelled. Keep an eye on their social media for updates.

Cheers!

Friday, May 20
Squatters/Wasatch
Beer 101- Wasatch Park City: 6:00-7:30 Taste your way through a variety of styles of Squatters & Wasatch craft beers with a Brewmaster, as you discuss the details of brewing (and more importantly drinking) delicious craft beers. This 2 hour class will educate you in the basics of brewing and the language of craft beer, while training your pallet to identify the subtle differences that exist between the wide range of craft styles. This class is perfect for the novice craft beer drinker as well as the more seasoned enthusiast.

Tickets available at: https://www.wasatchbeers.com/shop/details.aspx?prodID=301

Zion Canyon Brewing
Food pairing featuring  Zion Canyon's new Pomegranate Sour Ale [debuts today]

Red Rock Junction 
Craft beer pairing dinner (still waiting on more info)

Hoppers Brewing
$5 Growler Fills

Shades of Pale
Night on Commonwealth with Mokie playing and the Mural
project Gallery Stroll.  We will have displays and a grand master artist
in the brewery. https://www.reverbnation.com/mokieband

Uinta Brewing
Firkin Friday/Give-Away Day.There will be 2 different specialty firkins and random giveaways all day.
1 - Jasmine flower addition & dry hopped w/ zythos & experimental hops. 4.0% ABV
2- "Dry Hop Surprise" 4.0% ABV

Blind Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time) and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.

801 cans are our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.

Free tours will be available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.

Talisman Brewing
Every Customer is entered in a drawing to win a free tour for 2

Epic Brewing
Sour IPA Firkin at The Bayou: A unique Utah Session Series Sour IPA Firkin with tangerine & grapefruit zest will be tapped at 4:00 pm. If you're a fan of Sour beer don't miss this citrus bomb.

6:30 - 9:00pm - Harmons Cheese and Beer pairing class. Come find a new favorite pairing as we explore cheeses from around the globe. There will be beer education by Utah's own Epic Brewing Company. Harmons Lead Cheese Monger, Max Christensen and Epic's Ryan Kluh will work together to show you some life changing combinations. https://www.harmonsgrocery.com/classes 

Saturday, May 21
Uinta Brewing
Bikes, Beers & Bacon at the Uinta Brewhouse Pub where there will be a bacon based brunch menu and Baba Bloody Mary’s. Anyone who pedals to the event will receive a bicycle commuter advantage and receive a 50% discount off of food.

Blind Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time) and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.

801 cans are our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.
Free tours will be available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.

Talisman Brewing
Tag us in your social media pics for a chance to be entered to win a free hoodie

Sugar House Pub Crawl
To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, 10 Sugar House watering holes and the Sugar House Chamber are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Sugar House Pub Crawl! Sponsored by our friends at KRCL 90.9FM and the Salt Lake City Weekly. The crawl begins at 12:00pm. Participants can stop by any of the participating locations to grab a “passport” (no cost!) which will need to be stamped by all 10 pubs to be entered into a drawing for great prizes. No purchase necessary, but definitely encouraged, to receive the location’s stamp. Completed passports need to be delivered to Monument Plaza by 5:00pm to qualify for the drawing

Stops this year include:
Campfire Lounge
The Tap Room
Fiddlers Elbow
SugarHouse Pub
The Annex by Epic Brewing
Mellow Mushroom Salt Lake City
Wasatch Brew Pub
The Bar in Sugarhouse
The RUIN
Trolley Wing Company

Questions? email: marketing@sugarhousechamber.org

**Prizes**

Prizes for the best individual and group photos with use of ‪
‪#‎iheartsugarhouse‬ and #sugarhousepubcrawl

Prizes will include 2 tickets to the Idaho Brew Fest, Brewmaster dinners, gift cards and other great shwag!

**Entertainment**

Local rock group, Quiet Oaks, will be performing on Monument Plaza from 4pm - 6pm! And, of course . . . endless memories to be created at our participating locations.

**Transportation**

No need to drive! SLC Bike Taxi will be in the area with a fleet and you can ride the S-Line and utilize Uber!

Sunday, May 22
Squatters Downtown
Cured Meat and Beer Pairing Hosted by Squatters Craft Beers & Caputo’s Italian Market at Squatters downtown.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

American Craft Beer Week: Nation-Wide Toast!

There is a special Nation Wide event happening today for American Craft Beer Week. If you're able, please consider joining in! Information follows.

Thursday May 19

RedRock Brewing
 Nation-Wide Toast!

Join Red Rock Brewing as they participate in Craft Beer Week's National Toast - an event where the whole nation salutes our favorite beverage. The official beer of the Nation-Wide Toast is the specially produced "The Biggest Small Beer Ever Made". This beer was made specifically for this toast - it will happen this evening at 6pm (mountain) - 8pm (eastern) at all RedRock locations.

We believe it’s a damn shame big beer still owns a lion’s share of the American palate. So we’re helping to put craft beer in the spotlight and give it the recognition it deserves by joining small and independent brewers from around the country in a unified movement to ‪#‎MakeSmallBeerBig‬.

Introducing "The Biggest Small Beer Ever Made—craft beer’s biggest collaboration in history."

Get yours at all Red Rock locations: Downtown, Fashion Place, Park City. Also, the Beer Store is pouring growlers of this special beer throughout the week for $6.50 per 64 oz. (plus $3 if you need the growler glass).

They're also featuring 'Daily Brewer's Select Pints' for just $2. Whoa!
254 S. 200 W., Downtown SLC

Shades of Pale
Beer Can chicken BBQ and Beer Garden grand opening!
Quarter Chicken side and beer for $12

Uinta Brewing
Craft Can Appreciation Day. All Uinta cans will be featured on special at the Uinta Brewhouse Pub for $3.00

Hop Nosh Tangerine promo @ Beer Bar @ 5:00

Blind Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time) and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.

801 cans are our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.

Free tours will be available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.
Talisman Brewing

$8 growler fills

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Look for Moab's Red Rye IPA and Wednesday's Craft Beer Week Events

We have your first peek at Moab's new look for their Red Rye IPA. The 4.0% offering will be hitting store shelve sometime in June and will of course be in their familiar 16 oz. cans.

Here is your American Craft Beer Week events for today. Also, It's been brought to my attention that Squatters is not serving $2.50 drafts this week. Not sure when that changed, but it did. Apologies. 

Wednesday, May 18
Squatters/Wasatch

Beer 101- Wasatch Sugar House: 6:00-7:30 Taste your way through a variety of styles of Squatters & Wasatch craft beers with a Brewmaster, as you discuss the details of brewing (and more importantly drinking) delicious craft beers.  This 2 hour class will educate you in the basics of brewing and the language of craft beer, while training your pallet to identify the subtle differences that exist between the wide range of craft styles.  This class is perfect for the novice craft beer drinker as well as the more seasoned enthusiast. Tickets available at: https://www.wasatchbeers.com/shop/details.aspx?prodID=301

Hoppers Brewing
$5 Growler Fills

Shades of Pale
Movie Night - Strange Brew. I believe it starts at 8pm. Hit up Shades of Pale to make sure.

Uinta Brewing
Spring Beer Dinner. A special menu put together by Head Chef Brett Parker featuring newer and experimental beers. This event is open to the first 30 people to purchase tickets in advance. Beers: Hop Nosh Tangerine, Cucumber Farmhouse, Sneak preview of upcoming releases, Special reception firkin'

Hop Nosh Tangerine promo @ Hogswallow @ 7:00

Blind Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time) and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.

801 cans are our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.
Free tours will be available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.

Special Randall Beers will be available Monday night & Wednesday night.

Talisman Brewing
15% off swag

Cheers!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coming Soon: White Rainbow WHite IPA and Day 2 of Craft Beer Week

I found the label for this extremely happy looking seasonal ale that will soon be coming from RedRock Brewing Company.

White Rainbow will be a White IPA that is set to dial in at 6.2% and will be packaged in RedRock's familiar 500 ml. bottles. I know many of you are big fans of RRs Elephino Double IPA - the enjoyable hop profile that the brewers impart on that beer will likely translate nicely to this new edition to the family.

You'll know about it here as soon as it's ready for purchase.

It's day 2 of American Craft Beer Week - I hope your taking advantage of the events that have planned by our breweries. It's tough to hit them all, I managed to try the Bottle vs. Can sensory at Squatters last night - it was a lot of fun and I learned that I suck. Go Team Mikey! Thanks to Erika Palmer and David Mckean for the good time!

Here's what's happening on today's calendar.
Tuesday May 17
Red Rock Fashion Place
5th Anniversary Beer Pairing Spectacular! with special 3 course dinner created by our chefs along with a Reve, Paardebloem, and a Furlong! 30 people/$75.00 per person. Reservation are made here.
First Course
Saffron and Spring Pea Risotto with Shrimp and
Small Mixed Greens
Reve

Second Course
Pork Loin Medallions in a Caper Sauce on a bed of Fennel
Paardebloem

Third Course
House-made Stout Brownie, drizzled with
homemade Caramel
Furlong

Squatters/Wasatch
$2.50 drafts

Shades of Pale
Food truck night and benefit for a fallen comrade

Uinta Brewing
Tee-shirt & Tour Tuesday. Get em’ while they’re hot! All tee-shirts in the retail store will be sold at 50% off. Tours will run at the top of the hour, every hour until 7pm. Come see where your favorite Utah beer is made!

Cutthroat promo at Duffy’s @ 5:00

Blind Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time) and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.

801 cans are our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.
Free tours will be available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.

Talisman  Brewing
Free keychain with purchase

Prost!