Thursday, May 05, 2016

Accelerator IPA's New Look

Soon you'll be seeing this bright new label adorning bottles of 2 Row's wonderful Accelerator IPA. This new look definitely has more presence and fits theme of the beer better. These labels will be popping up in the next couple of weeks.

If you haven't tried this yet it's worth your time. Pours a light amber with a large collar of foam. The nose was very sweet with big plunges of tropical/citrus fruits. The taste is much of the same. Some mild spicy hops with more tropical fruitiness. Malts balance nicely. The finish is semi dry and super clean. The body is thin to medium, with great carbonation giving it a light creaminess. 7.0% ABV

It's Cinco de Mayo, get out of your comfort zone and find a nice Mexican style lager to enjoy today.

Salude!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

May the Fourth - Star Wars Beer Pairings

Watch some Star Wars - drink a fine beer. That's your assignment for today. I think I'll be pairing 2 Row  Brewing Company's Nemesis Pale Ale with The Empire Strikes Back tonight. What's your pairing?

May the Force Be With You

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Epic Release Los Locos for Cinco de Mayo

Thursday is Cinco de Mayo. To celebrate Epic Brewing will be releasing their Los Locos Mexican Lager at The Annex and at Epic's Salt Lake City "Tapless" Taproom. There will be $2 10oz pours (while supplies last) or you can snag Growlers for $16 + $6 deposit (brewery only). If you have your empties be sure to exchange them.

This isn't the typical Corona-esque, Mexican lager that you're used to. The addition of lime and sea salt really sets this summer lager apart. You'll be able to find Los Locos in the coming months at DABC stores, Epic's bottleshop and the Annex.

Salude!

Monday, May 02, 2016

The Shorter Porter from 2 Row

Here's your first look for 2 Row's porter. The Porter was originally released as a seasonal beer using a collective label design. Along with  the new label a new name, Shorter Porter. I imagine you'll start seeing these labels hitting the street when during Shorter Porter's next rotation.

The nose has rich roasted malt, coffee and light chocolate. The flavors are similar, but not quite as sweet as the nose. Dark roasted coffee, roasted and blackened malt, smoky notes and a touch of toffee. The body is medium/full and the carbonation is prickly. 7.1% ABV

Cheers!

Label found at Shipcomplient.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Beer Friday - Blue Hair Edition

As I'm going to the grocery store to pick up some of these new Selkirk Abby beers, I noticed that an AARP bus must have broken or something because I was by far the freshest face on the block by at least fifty years. The entire parking lot is full of "blue hairs" driving only Cadillacs, Buicks and Oldsmobiles. I try to park in the first stall I come to but was denied - due to a lady unloading her shopping cart with the speed and movement of C-3PO with a low battery.

So, I move on to the next row. There I find a massive, primer red El Dorado and newer taupe Buick Regal doing some kind of automotive ballet - as one lady tries to fine-tune her massive Detroit made vessel into one tiny stall as another tries to back out of the opposing stall. After this "dance of dragons" has ended I pull in to the recently vacated stall to find an older gentleman with his door swung wide open blocking the stall. He can't hear me yell, "excuse me"! because he's blasting a tirade from Rush Limbaugh on the radio about how "Hillary is gunna take all your health care" and "make you gay marry". So I honk, he gives me a shitty look, shuts his door and I finally move on into the store.

Or so I thought. As I try to enter the store through the single automated door - I arrive right behind two more members of the greatest generation as they try to figure out how to unplug the complimentary scooter - that they are apparently going to share because there was only one left. Now I'm finally inside and I remember. Fucking Dick's Market doesn't sell beer!

I work hard for New Beer Friday...

Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale - It has an earthy ruby color with a strong caramel nose along with some grassy pine and a bit of citrusy floral notes. The taste is quite earthy and dank with a lot of  cake, caramel and molasses. Next comes a strong pine component with tropical hops backing it up.  Somewhat boozy but not overpowering. There's a lot going on here. 9.3% ABV @Beer Bar

Bohemian Oaked Amber Lager - The nose is malty with dry wood components. The taste has notes of toffee and butterscotch overlapping with milder notes of apple and leafy hops. The oak start to dominate by the back end, imparting flavors of woody vanilla that last through the finish and into the aftertaste. 4.0% ABV @ Bohemian

Selkirk Abbey Chapel - Pale golden color with a nose of clove, florals and banana. The taste follows with bready wheat, clove and coriander. The end is rounded out with a bit grassy and lemony hops. Finishes clean and somewhat dry. 4.0% ABV @ Grocery C-Stores.

Selkirk Abby IV Patersbier - malty nose to this, along with spicy, Belgian yeast notes. The taste starts with sweet, bready malts, caramel and clove. Tea and apple flavors come next backing up a bit of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast flavors. Mildly dry in the finish. Believe it or not, at 4% this may be too "full bodied" for the style. Still, a nice drinking table beer. @Grocery C-Stores.

Don't forget New Beer Friday is on KBER 101 at 3:30pm with Mick and Allen. Tune in if you can.

Prost!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Upslope Brews Exclusive Beer for Utah

Upslope Brewing Co has created a new Belgian Style Blonde, an ale brewed with guava, specifically for Utah's craft beer drinkers. The beer meets the state’s requirement to be sold at any retail location that sells beer & wine. The soft tropical fruit character imparted from the guava puree offers a touch of complexity to the clean, bright, Belgian blonde experience.

I'm told this beer should be hitting grocery and convenience store shelves next week. It's nice to see our market get some specific attention from breweries outside of our market.

Cheers!

Image found at Shipcomplient.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wind River Brewing Plans New Brewery

If there's one thing you can count on here at the Utah Beer Blog, its that we only get into the suds that apply to Utahans. Let's face it we have our own unique issues and joys - when I say, "the problem with this beer is its 4.1%". You know what the problem is, some random guy from Tuskegee wont.

So, after all that well thought out, massaging of my ego - I'm going to piss all over that first paragraph by talking about Wyoming's Wind River Brewing Company.

Headquartered in Pinedale, Wyoming  - Wind River has built a reputation on making superior hand crafted beers for the last ten years. Recently the owners of Wind River looked to expand the brewery's operations in their home base of Pinedale, but the brewery could not come to terms with the mayor over zoning. So, they decided to look elsewhere. 

[here's the part that will interest Utah beer lovers] 
After being courted by many cities within Wyoming, Wind River has decided to open their new brewing facility at the historic Roundhouse building in Evanston, Wy. Built in the early 1900s, the Roundhouse was originally owned by Union Pacific Railroad and was designed to be a repair facility for locomotive cars and engines. It will soon be transformed into a grand brewery that likely become the jewel of the Evanston.

Over to the column on the right side of this page, I provided a list of all the Utah breweries [operating, contracting and pending]. Due to it's proximity to the Wasatch Front and Back, I extended an "honorary Utah brewery status" to Evanston's Suds Brothers Brewery. Hell, it's only 70 minutes from my casa - I'd like to do the same for Wind River"s Roundhouse Brewery when it opens.

The remodel for the Roundhouse is expected to begin this summer. Who knows, maybe we'll see some of Wind River's beers in Utah soon.

There you see, I'm always able to make it about me... err you! - err Utah! Yeah, Utah Beer.

Cheers!