Friday, October 20, 2017

New Beer Friday 10/20/17

Happy New Beer Friday! All of the new stuff that I found this week is mostly hop driven. If hops aren't your thing, there is a tasty treat returning from Epic that I think you'll like as well.

2 Row - 1 Part East, 2 Parts West IPA: This beer from 2 Row basically tells it like it is. The taste starts on the east coast with creamy Orange Julius - like tropical fruits, peaches, mango and ends on the west coast with caramel grapefruit and pine. Another fabulous IPA from Brian Colman. 6.5% ABV Available at 2 Row, Bayou and Beer Bar

RoHa - Dry Hopped Three Deep: Served via Pin to celebrate the first six months of the RoHa Brewing project. Taps at 2pm tomorrow. FYI. a pin is a smaller cask size, essentially a half-firkin.

RoHa - Earl Grey Tea infused Back Porch Pale Ale: Served via Firkin to celebrate the first six months of the RoHa Brewing project. Taps at 2pm tomorrow.

Stone Enjoy by 10.31.17:  This beer is a classic west coast style IPA. The taste is semisweet caramel, pine and citrus. It has a huge bitter finish that is satisfyingly dry. This came to the market quite late, You only have eleven days to get on this one. 9.4% ABV Available at Beer Bar

Returning Favorites

Epic's Big Bad Baptista: Our favorite coffee/horchata beer returns today in all of it's vanilla, cinnamon and bourbony glory. If you were late to the game on this one last year, now is your chance to discover what all the fuss is about. 12.2% ABV. Available at Epic.

Proper's Foreign Gentleman Nitro Coffee Stout: My personal favorite from Proper returns on Saturday. Belgian yeast, roasted malts and local coffee. Oh baby! 4.0% ABV Available at Proper Brewing.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Common Interests Coming Soon

Back in August I previewed the new collaboration beer from Epic and Commons Brewery in in Portland Oregon. Since that time Commons Brewing has indefinably closed up shop. Commons still technically exists though San Diego's Modern Times Brewing has taken over the brewery. Confused? - don't be. At some point Commons may rear its head again, but for now let's concentrate on today's beer. The collaboration pairs Oregon-grown red winter wheat with juicy, Colorado-grown, Rocky Ford honeydew melons, capturing the harvest and local flavors from each state.

The base beer was brewed in early January and set to sour and mature in “Zoe,” one of Epic's newly named foeders. Months later, in August, a team from Epic drove to Rocky Ford, a Colorado region famous for their honeydew, and collected 4,000 pounds of ripe melons from the three-generation Hanagan Farm. 

Common Interests is a light-straw color with just a hint of green in the highlights. Sweet honeydew rind, clean earth and oak hit the nose. The first sip is bright with citrus-tartness, lime and pith, that fades quickly to a cooling ripe-melon-sweetness with hints of cereal grain, tilled earth and root cellar. The effervescence lifts quickly off the palate taking the acidity but leaving hints of honeydew and the harvest season. 

Common Interests is in the process of being packed and will be available in Salt Lake City in 375ml bottles. 11/1017 is the tentative day it will go on sale. But before that you, get a new batch of Sour Brainless on Pineapple set to hit a week from tomorrow on 10/27/17.

As promised. I have some release dates for you, Big Bad Baptist variant fans. Big Bad Baptista will be released tomorrow (Friday 10/20/17) at the State Street brewery. Also, the newest edition to the line-up: Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is scheduled to hit in two weeks on 11/3/17.

I guess you could say, it's going to be an Epic couple of weeks!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Barrel Aged Polygamy Porter

Keep your eyes peeled for this limited edition treat coming from Wasatch Beers. Barrel Aged Polygamy Porter will be just as it sounds; combining the rich roasted malts and chocolaty sweetness with the added vanilla/oaky goodness of bourbon. And one of the best parts is that it will come in a 12 ounce can. Stay close for it's release date.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

New Beer Friday the 13th Part Deux

Be warned, I'm feeling a little ornery on this New Beer Friday morning. I desperately need a little attitude adjustment. Any suggestions?

2 Row Breakfast Stout: The newest entry from 2 Row has a nice aroma of coffee and some herbal hops. The Taste follows with some smoked molasses added and cocoa as well. The end is surprisingly hoppy and herbal. It's slightly over-hopped which seems to muddle the coffee flavors in my opinion. It looks like it's quite a hit. Don't wait too long, it moving fast! 7.8% ABV  Available at 2 Row and your better beer bars and restaurants.

Lagunitas Eroica: Th is new beer from Lagunitas pours a light amber color with little head retention. The nose tart and oaky with a bit of vinegar. It tastes mildly tart with oak-y red wine and tart cherry. A bit of vinegar in the end as well. It finishes dry with lingering sour notes. It's light and tasty, though I'm note sure what this beer is trying to be. Fuck it. Let it just be a tasty, tart beer. 8.0% ABV. Available at  Dick n Dixie's, Beerhive with more places being added.

Firestone Walker 2017 Helldorado: This "light barley wine" has notes caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Big malt sweetness hits right off the bat. with nutty cereal and caramel. Some honey flavors try to push out next but it's soon overtaken by oak-y bourbon. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the wood rather than hops. Seems to lack some of the balance it had from previous years. Still; a fine barley wine in any regard. Available at Dick n Dixie's and Beer Bar.

Talisman Witches Brew: I haven't hooked up with this witch yet. This is a Kolsch at it's base. And it's brewed with cranberries, orange peel and typical fall spices. 6.1% ABV. Available at Talisman's Brewery.

Mother Earth Four Seasons Autumn: I haven't had this one yet. I just couldn't commit to 22 ounces of 11.7% beer, solo. This is a barrel aged version of their Sin Tax Peanut butter Stout. I'm currious to see how this one works out. Have you had it? Please share, if you have. Available at Beerhive, Beer Bar, La Ferrovia, The Bayou.

Park City Oktoberfest: Caramel sweetness, a little nutty with Nilla Wafer notes and some grassy herbal hops. A nice seasonal offering from Park City Brewery. 4.0% ABV. Available at PCB's Brewery and Beer Bar.

Great Divide Chai Yeti: This new edition to Great Divide's Yeti series has dark chocolate and bitter cocoa notes with smooth chai and autumn spices rounding it out. It has some sweet latte qualities that chai fans will love. 9.5% ABV.  I found it at Beer Bar.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Uinta's The Friesian: Coming Soon

Listen up, all you funkadelics! There a new brett beer on your horizon. The Friesian from Uinta will be a Belgian Style Dark Ale done with 100 percent brett fermentation. It is expected to finish at 10.0% ABV and will come in Uinta's corked and caged 750ml. bottles. No release date has been set yet. If you're good, I'll tell when it's nigh.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Your 2017 Great American Beer Festival Winners

It's not that I've been neglecting you, it's just that I've been on vacation and we all know how important a little time off can be. But now it's back to reality and Utah's beer microverse.

Over my vacation I spent some time in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, where two Utah breweries managed to bring home gold medals from the competition. Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24 percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries in 2016).

The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S. In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries. Red Rock and Squatters both earned gold in this; the mother of all competitions.

Red Rock's Zwickelbier: Basically Zwickles are unfiltered lagers. The Zwickel is that spigot that comes off the bright tank that brewers can sample from. Get it? This fantastic lager is full of toasty grain, just a hint of malt sweetness and a generous dose of balancing herbal and floral hop spices. Brewmaster, Kevin Templin has a knack for lagers and you can tell from this offering. At 4.0% ABV this is a textbook example of this great German style. This seasonal is on tap now at all Red Rock locations.

Squatters Hell's Keep: This beer was originally created back in 2009 by then head brewer Jennifer
Talley. It was originally designed to be a seasonal/limited release. It was such a hit that they decided to move the production over to the Utah Brewers Cooperative for wider distribution. The beer has been in good hands as you can see; UBC Head Brewer, Jon Lee and his team have managed to keep the small brewpub flavor on a much larger scale. Look for bubblegum, banana and clove with clean caramel and a balancing herbal bite. 7.7% ABV. Available year-round.

You should put your device down right now and git sum of deez!


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Pictured Above: Kevin Templin, Laren Lerch and Jon Lee  

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Beer and Brewery Friday 9/29/17

Oh, Happy day! Not only is it New Beer Friday but it's also New Brewery Friday! Kiitos Brewing finally has beer available for you today. They will debut with three beers; a pale ale, amber and blonde ale. Look for some higher gravity beers towards the end of the year. Congrats guys on helping to make a better brewtah!

Epic Barrel Aged Barley Wine: The nose has sweet dark fruit and vanilla a bit of bourbon. The taste Is very pleasant, with toffee along with vanilla and a hint of raisin. Bourbon wraps it all up  with a minimal amount of piney bitterness. Quite tasty. 12% ABV. Available at Epic SLC/Sugar House

Uinta Barrel Aged Dubhe: The aroma is boozy bourbon with vanilla, chocolate and piney hops. The tastes is dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee like malt and big whiskey running throughout. This is defiantly not the Dubhe your familiar with. Aged six months in Buffalo Trace barrels. It says, 9.3% on the label but tastes much bigger. Available at Uinta starting today - two bottle limit.

Uinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh: A big fresh grapefruit nose. The taste starts with a sweet backdrop of malt with added grapefruit puree, grapefruit rind and hop derived grapefruit flavors playing off one another. The interactions of the various grapefruit elements make this a very tasty beer. A little less pithy than it's tangerine brother. 7.3% ABV. Available at Uinta today.

Kiitos Amber Ale: The aroma has some light hints of caramel. The taste is toasty and brings back the caramel really strong while adding a decent yet subtle flavoring of hops. A very nice crisp aftertaste adds to this. The palate is about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and is very sessionable and clean. 4.0% ABV. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.

Kiitos Blonde Ale: Clear golden color, with a decent white head that fades into a thin ring. Malt forward on the nose. Quite a bit of sweetness, with a light body and an almost leafy dryness and a touch of pleasant, spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.

Kiitos Pale Ale: Pours orange amber. The aroma is subtle and sweet of floral and pine notes. The taste is malt forward but light as expected from a session pale ale. The hops primarily shine at the end creating a toasty pine finish. The mouthfeel Feel is unsticky and crisp. 4.0% ABV. Available at Liberty Taphouse and Big Willy's.

Strap Tank LopLop: I've not tried this one yet, it's described as a more full-bodied than version of their Sgt. Holtz Stout. The play of Belgian yeast and specialty malt brings forth notes of fig-like sweetness, vanilla, cherry and smoke. Named after avant-garde painter Max Ernst's. 4.0% ABV. Available at Strap Tank.

Boulevard Love Child #8: I haven't had this one yet either. This is always a great wild ale that changes a little bit every year. It's generally quite tart and on the high side alcohol wise. I saw it a Beer Bar. 8.2% ABV.

Don't forget that you have the 4th West Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday. It's hosted by Red rock Brewing and Mountain West Hard Cider. Also, happening Saturday is the 5th Annual Boho Fest. Both will be offering food and music along with great German beers and cider.