Thursday, August 25, 2016

RedRock Harvest Ale

RedRock's Harvest Ale has been one of those beers that I look forward to every Autumn. It's fresh, but simple malt bill and bright hop profile makes always makes my tongue happy. Soon we will all the ability to purchase this seasonal release at Harmon's Grocery Stores.

It's made with whole leaf Amarillo and Citra Hops, using almost 32 lbs. per batch. Then more are added post-fermentation for a very floral, somewhat citrus like aroma and flavor. Malt character and body is medium, in this unfiltered beer. It's truly a beautiful thing.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Uinta's Funk'n Patch Brett Pumkin Ale

Last weekend I got to enjoy a nice sour pumpkin ale from Boulevard Brewing. You wouldn't think a sour pumpkin ale would work - oh, but it did. Today, I'm happy to tell you that our own Uinta Brewing is concocting a sour pumpkin ale as well.

The Funk'n Patch is part of Uinta's new wild ale program and feature that great barnyard funkiness combined with sweet malts and pumpkin spices. it will dial in at 8.0% ABV and come in a 750ml. bottle.

As with most wild ales, it'll be ready when it's ready. Most likely in the next few weeks. If your into sours this will likely make your month, so stay close for the release date.


Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Beehive Brewoff Results

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend judging some really great home brews at the Beehive Brewoff - the state's premier homebrew competition. This year saw 408 entries and has 455 participants, judges and stewards

Big thank to Jamie Burnham, Mark Alston and Kileen Alston for the many hours devoted to this competition. Here are the results, congrats to all the winners! 

Best of Show – Beer

Winning Entries

Table 1: 01 - American Beer 01 A,C,D (1001) (11 entries)

Table 2: 02 - Pale Lagers and Pilsners 02B, 03A&B, 05D (1001) (10 entries)

Table 3: 03 - Dark Lagers 02C&D, 08A&B (0701) (7 entries)

Table 4: 04 - Pale Malty Euro Lagers 04A,B,C (0601) (6 entries)

Table 5: 05 - Pale Bitter Euro Beer 05B&C (0801) (8 entries)

Table 6: 06 - Amber & Strong Euro Lagers (1302) (13 entries)

Table 7: 07 - German Wheat 10A,B,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 8: 08 - English Bitters 11A,B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 9: 09 - Brown English Beer 13A,B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 10: 10 - Scottish & British Strong Ale 14B,C & 17B,C (1001) (10 entries)

Table 11: 11 - English Golden & American Blonde 12A & 18A (0801) (8 entries)

Table 12: 12 - Irish Beer 15A,B,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 13: 13 - Dark British Beer 16A,B,D (1202) (12 entries)

Table 14: 14 - Strong Ale, Barleywine & Wheatwine 17A,D 22B,C,D (1402) (17 entries)

Table 15: 15 - American Pale Ale 18B (1702) (17 entries)

Table 16: 16 - American Amber and Brown (1101) (11 entries)

Table 17: 17 - American Porter and Stout 20A,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 18: 18 - American & English IPA (2403) (24 entries)

Table 19: 19 - Specialty IPA 21B (1502) (15 entries)

Table 20: 20 - Double IPA 22A (0701) (7 entries)

Table 21: 21 - Euro Sour Ale 23A,B,C,D,F (1702) (17 entries)

Table 22: 22 - Biere de Garde & Saison 24C & 25B (2103) (20 entries)

Table 23: 23 - Belgian Ale & Trappist Single 24A,B 25A 26A (0901) (9 entries)

Table 24: 24 - Strong Belgian & Trappist 25C 26C,D (1402) (14 entries)

Table 25: 25 - American Wild Ale 28A,B,C (2103) (21 entries)

Table 26: 26 - Fruit Beer 29A,B,C (2103) (21 entries)

Table 27: 27 - Spiced Beer 30A,B,C (1902) (19 entries)

Table 28: 28 - Alternative Fermentables 31A,B (0501) (5 entries)

Table 29: 29 - Smoked & Wood-Aged Beer 32A,B 33A,B (2403) (24 entries)

Table 30: 30 - Historical & Specialty Beer 27A 34A,C (0901) (9 entries)

Table 31: 31 - Cider and Perry C1 & C2 (0801) (8 entries)

Table 32: 32 - Mead M1, M2, M3 & M4 (1902) (18 entries)

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Beer Friday: Back to School Edition

If your really concerned about staying on your teacher's good side, a fine locally made craft beer or cider will go miles beyond that of a mere apple. We have a shload of new A+ local and west coast brews that are perfect for a well educated mind.

Sadly I'm way overdue for my trip to Springville and haven't tried any of the Strap Tank beers yet. If you have please share your thoughts.

Strap Tank Sargent Howtz Stout - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Test Drive Pale Ale - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank King Dova Hefeweizen - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Flat Head Pilsner - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Juneau Red Ale - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Strap Tank Sportster IPA - 4.0% ABV @ Strap Tank

Bohemian Berliner Weiss - This is Bohemian's first sour beer. It has a pretty assertive tart/lemony base with a bit of raspberry lurking in the back. If your into sours you'll likely find this one fairly refreshing. 4.0% ABV @ Bohemian

Ballast Point Dead Ringer - This Oktoberfest/Marzen is described as having an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle. 6.6% ABV @ Bayou

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down - This is basically Ballast Point's Pier Down Scottish Ale with roasted pumpkin and spices added. The caramel and toffee maltiness of the beer is the perfect backdrop and works well with gourd and spices. 5.8% ABV @ Bayou

Boulevard Funkier Pumpkin - Described as having a clear orange color with very little head that doesn't stick around. The nose is pumpkin with a sour twist. The flavor follows suit, you definitely get pumpkin just before the sourness of the brett kicks in. The two flavors mix very well together! The feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation and effervescence. 8.5% ABV @ Bayou

Txopinondo Sagarnoa Brett Cider - Half of the Brett ciders that I've had in my life completely suck. This type of cider isn't easy to make well. This cider is not one of those. It has a nice mix of horse blanket, Brett, sour apple and a bit of vinegar in the finish. My mouth is watering just thinking about this wonderful, funky-ass cider! 6.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Rogue Cold Brew
- Rogue Cold Brew IPA is described as a hoppy IPA blended with 200 gallons of Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee in every batch. Brewed to awaken your senses, Cold Brew IPA opens with a huge hit of coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch. 7.5% ABV @ Bayou


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Epic's Oak and Orchard

Epic has a new label coming for their ever increasing line of wild ales. With a growing collection of massive foeders (oak fermenters) at their Denver brewery, Epic's portfolio of sour and funky beers will soon explode.

The Oak and Orchard line is specifically designed for fruited wild ales. It will likely cover the gambit of what Epic's team of funk meisters can come up with. Epic is currently formulating their first beer under this label. You'll hear about it here first, so keep checking back.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Beer Trailers from Proper Brewing

Here's you first peak at a couple of new treats coming from Proper Brewing.

Our first Beer Trailer is Mabon Weizenbock Ale. Weizenbocks are one of the stronger wheat ales that you'll come across. It's an amped up version of the traditon German wheat ales with big banana and clove flavors surrounding by a slick, doughy, golden liquid. This will likely go on sale in the next few weeks.

Next up is Tripel Stamp Belgian Style Tripel Oat Ale. Proper's Brewmaster Rio Connolly loves to use oats to smooth-out the body of his beers. It's not surprising that he'd mellow a big Belgian Triple as well. Triples are generally quite sweet, this one may end up on the drier side of the style. This one is coming in the next few weeks as well.

Stay close for release dates.


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Friday, August 12, 2016

New Beer Friday 8/12/16

In the beer world it's already Autumn. Our selection today are starting to reflect that. Here are this week's options.

2 Row/Later Day Brewers Collaboration Nut Brown Ale - The nose is subtle with mostly malt and no hops. The taste starts with creamy malt and a touch of caramel, very smooth. A bit of toffee and toast comes in next. No hops in the flavor but they do come up for balance in the finish. It does develop a slight nuttiness as it warms. Great Brown Ale. 5.8% ABV @ 2 Row, BeerHive

Uinta Fest Helles - The nose is malty with biscuit and grass. The flavor starts with a hint of honey, graham cracker and more biscuit. Spicy hops punch-in to balance it out and actually tend to try it out a bit. The result is a remarkably smooth and highly drinkable lager with a semi-dry finish. A perfect prelude for Autumn. Packaged in a 22 ounce bottle 5.5% ABV @ Uinta, Bayou

Base Camp Hop in the Pool Helles - The nose has malt, grain, grass, and slight citrus zest aromas. The taste similar lightly malty some toast with citrus zest. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness with tropical fruit flavors on the finish. A nicely crisp mouthfeel. 4.9% ABV @ Beer Bar

Base Camp Pilgrimage Saison - The nose is yeasty with spices, fruits, and light bready malt. The taste has light malts, fruits, spices, and big Belgian yeast notes. Finishes a bit sweet.7.1% ABV @ Beer Bar

Base Camp Nomadic Blood Orange Double IPA - Hoppy tropical nose with tangerine and malt. The taste starts with caramel malts. Huge pithy orange flavors come next with a big dose of brettanomyces doughiness. Big hop bitterness rounds out the end. Finishes somewhat dry. The flavors tend to get a little muddled here. There's a lot going on. 9.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Lagunitas Aunt Sally - The nose has tart peach, mixed berries and earthy grass. The tastes starts tart with acidic citrus, lemon, orange and some peach. Strawberry and raspberry come next with a bit of mild pine rounding it out. Overall a really nice sour ale. Very tasty! 5.7% ABV @ Beerhive

The Melvin Brewing beers should be popping up this evening (or not). I'll hopefully have an update by 5pm as to where they end up. 

And just a reminder that Snowbird's Oktoberfest starts this weekend. It runs every weekend through October 9th.