Friday, December 30, 2005

Go Yeast! Young Man

With the impending end of 05 quickly approaching; it's time to think, hangover cure. Well by-God, here's the one true remedy. Pour one 8oz. glass of orange juice and add one packet of brewers yeast. Ta-da! Now, it may not sound very palatable, but trust me the oj covers up the taste of the yeast just fine. Why yeast? you ask. Well, the yeast is full of vitamin B12. The consumption of alcohol reduces the amount of B12 in your body and that's why you get that lousy headache. Ergo, replace the B12 and presto! you got your game back. Another tip to help keep you on the happy side of life is to leave the liquor alone and stick with the micro brews. They're also chucked full of yeasty goodess. Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Trappist Ales A Plenty



There are six Trappist breweries in the world, all of them in Belgium. They are Westmalle, Westvleteren, Chimay, Rochefort, Orval and Achel. No other breweries are entitled by law to apply that name to their product. All of them are now available now in Utah expept for Westvleteren and Achel. If you want 'em you have to go there to get them - they don't ship! Bummer... Anyway, two of they're three offerings are now available in SLC.
The "8" or Green Cap is deep brown in color. The flavor is vigorous and complex, with firm body to support the strength. The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs.
The "10" or Blue Cap is dark brown color. Great strength balanced by a complexity of flavors and firm malt backbone. The bouquet covers a wide range: port wine, leather, apricots, oak, spices - a deeply intriguing beverage. Both are available at The Bayou in SLC. Try them while you can.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A True Red Beer

Have you ever had a red beer? Not just red in color but a true red beer. Some call 'em Montana Red Beers, others call them tomato beers. Essentionally, it's tomato juice added to a light beer or lager. Some use it for hangovers, some just suck 'em down when they're "all beered out". My dad has been drinking them for years. Anyway there's a brewery in Niigata, Japan that's taken it one step further. Producing a tomato-based, low-malt beer. It's called Tomato Bibere. It combines the sweet taste of tomatos with the bitterness of hops. It doesn't say anything about other ingridiants or alcohol content. It does say that one tomato is used per 330-milliliter bottle. I'd try it, but i don't imagine it being too palatable. By the way if you want to try a "red beer" it's simply 1 glass lager and 2 oz. tomato juice.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Beer Advent Calender

I'm so pissed-off that I didn't come up with this idea first. A Beer Advent Calender. For those of you who don't know what an Advent Calander is, it's simple a calender that marks every day in December 'till Christmas Eve. Traditionaly each day has a window or tab revealing a picture or a treat. So, instead of a treat we would get a different beer every day. Obviously we're way too late to start one now, but we'll get on it next year.

Monday, December 12, 2005

RedRock's Dunkle

REROCK BREWPUB has a couple seasonals available for you to sample for the holidays. First, is they're holiday brew. I think it's called Grizwalds. It's your traditional spice ale with all the flavors of the holidays. Ginger, nutmeg and clove. This one is always available this time of year, my wife really loves it. The second is RedRock's Dunkel Weizen. It has a great nose of light banana and chocolate. It's nice and malty upfront, but the malts soon dissapear behind heavy hops. Clove and banana are noticeable but are squashed by the bitterness. I'm a fan of hoppy beers but it doesn't work well with this style. If anyone thinks i've got my head up my ass, share your oppinion. Both of these are available at RedRock in Downtown SLC or at The Bayou
also located downtown. Cheers!

Friday, December 09, 2005

ALCOHOL SURVEY

If you live in the state of Utah, you probibly belong to one of two schools of thought. You either think that the current liquor laws blow wookies or you think they're just peachy. A new statewide survey found nothing too suprising. Non-Mormons
believe the state's liquor laws are too restrictive, while Mormons feel they are about right. Insight Research surveyed 418 Utahns last June, asking 39 questions about alcohol consumption, alcohol laws and potential outcomes from changes to those laws, as well as demographic information about the respondents. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percent. To the left is a graphic courtesy of the Slat Lake Tribune. Utah's head honcho John Huntsman Jr. campained last year that he was interested in looking at changing some of Utah's more restrictive liquor laws. It appears he's dipping his toe into into the water to see how warm the stae is to the idea.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

MIND ME BLOODY BEER

Another way to help keep global harmony is to try "Mind Me Bloody Beer". In this amusing and solid butcher of time, we are enlisted to help our Limey Bretheren from across the pond keep they're tepid pints in tact. I can't think of a more noble pursuit. Some may join the Peace Corp others may choose to become missionaries for they're churches. I find no greater pleasure, than making sure that this fat fuck has a frothy one 'till he stagers out into the night and pinballs his way home from the pub.

The Beerhive Website (sort of)


If your looking for the Beerhive's website it doesn't exist yet. Hopefully their management will join the 20th century soon. Until then here is some info you may find helpful.

The Beerhive is located at 128 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1602
(801) 364-4268 map



The Beerhive specializes in craft beers. Mostly from North America with a few Belgian and European styles. The beer menu has a about 150 plus different labels With a tap selection of 24 Utah Craft Beer brands.



The Beerhive also has an Ice Rail. This is a trough of ice that runs the length of the bar for maintaining your drinks temperature.

Speaking of drinks, this isn't a girly bar. You won't find many foofy cocktails. Mainly spiritus liquors, whiskeys of all sorts and wine.

The food is provided by the adjacent Vienna Bistro, ala Chef Frody.

The hours are 11am to 1am. Open Sunday

Any other questions, leave them in the comments section and I'll get them answered for you. And when visiting, tell Del (the owner) To get his website up soon.

Cheers!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?

Ok, Look at that thing up there. See it? That is called an Octabong. These guys are running ads on various blog sites promo-ing this thing. It kinda reminds me of this thing that these aliens used to impregnate me with last week. Man, that was a weird night... Fucking Canadians. Anyway, This thing is designed to not only fuck you up, but your entire neighborhood, all your sisterwives, Boyscout Troop and Ward house. What happened to the gpood ol' days when when it was one bong, one man or woman? The Beer bong was once a moment of intamacy in a room full of drunken assholes. Everyone was cheering your name. You remember, don't you? "Here to brother Mikey, brother Mikey, brother Mikey" or Drink Mutha fucker!!! Drink Mutha fucker!!! Drink till you Puke!!! it was your time in the spotlight. Now this thing comes along and turns that tiny, perfect moment into a sectarian orgy of swill. My friends, I say Nay! Nay to turning us into drunk'n, Beer Bonging Borgs. They will not assimilate me my friends.

Spelling SHmelling

My Wife waz kind enuf to point out that my spelling, ah... blows. That may be true. But I say, Nay! my little spell checker. I think a little missspell here and they're give character and personality to ones righting. Besides, we are not here to put my third grade edecation on trial. We are here to discus beer and beer related stuff. So, if you find it difacult to to understand my wurdz you probibly need another beer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ROOSTERS HOLIDAY SEASONAL


Steve Kirkland The brewmaster over at Roosters is putting a non-traditional spin on a traditional favorite. His Rosemary Porter is expected to hit the taps on Nov.29th. I don't recall trying it but it's descibed as roosters classic Porter recipe with Rosemary added at the end of boil as well as in the fermenter to give the roasty brew a subtle herbal quality. Sounds like a nice winter warmer. I think i'm going to have to make a trip up north to check this one out. Roosters is located on Historic 25th Street in Ogden and a have a new brewpub in Layton, Utah at 748 W. Heritage Park Blvd. Cheers!

Monday, November 21, 2005

BEER KILLS CANCER?

Scientists at Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute have found a class of compounds called flavonids neutralize "free radicals" — rogue oxygenmolecules that can damage cells. One of those flavonids, a compound called xanthohumol, is found only in hops. It may help prevent some forms of cancer, researchers say. Man, I always new beer was the shit! Even though the levels of this compound are too small to do much, it's sure is nice to know that our favorit cone is diong us some good. I personally am a huge fan of the "hoppier" beers. IPA's, Pales and the like. So, if your a porter or a stout fan you might want to rethink your preference a good dose of Cascades or Chinooks in your ale could do you loads of good. Here's to your health!!!

Friday, November 18, 2005

LOCAL HOLIDAY SEASONALS

Jenny Tally over at Squatters has just done a done a great spice beer for the holidays. I'm going to drop the ball on this one, because I can't remember the name. I tried it a few weeks ago while it was still fermenting. From what I remember it had a lighter malt base (maybe wheat & Cara Pils) made with a nice array of fall spices. Nutmeg, allspice, clove and cinnamon. I believe Belgium Trappist yeast was use istead of they're normal ale variety. It's spicey without being overpowering. Kinda Punkinpie-esque.
It's very quaffable with a nice harvest flair.

Desert Edge has an Okatoberfest out right now that worth a try. It's with sweet caramel and nutty notes with a minor fruitiness. The finish was dry and had a slight spicy/citric hop presence. This is decent autumn beer. It wasn't exciting in any way, but worth a try.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

BEER FOR DOGS


Sure, there are lots of ways you show your dog you love him: Taking him for a walk, giving him a belly rub, tossing him a few treats...but how about a beer? Well why the hell not, even though they deserve it, you can't give them the same beer you grab from the fridge when YOU want a treat! Alcohol, hops and carbonation are bad for dogs. So, the good kids at DogstarBrewing co. have developed a safe and tasty beer treat for our four legged family members.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

EVOLUTION AMBER ALE

Ok, let's talk beer!
First of all let me say that i'm no beer expert or claim to be a fountain of knowledge on the subject. I do however have a great fondness of the worlds favorite elixer. So, God damn it if i want my own fucking beer blog, i'm damn well going to have one. There... it just had to be said. Hopfully, this will give people the opportunity to share their thoughts on brews, trends, culture or anything else that peeks your zymurgical interests.

Occationaly I will give my own beer rating and reviews of local, domestic and international beers. I don't do it because I have a big head. Just find it helpful to hear what other beer lovers thoughts and prefences are. This is a blog by adults for adults. I have a salors mouth and not much affends me, good hearted jabs are welcome and encouraged. I'm kind of a slacker with a full time job. Updates may be sporadic at times.
Class. Let's Begin.

Greg Schirf founder of Wasatch Brewery is well known for poking fun at Utah's cultural quirks and traditions. The creator of Polygamy Porter and St. Provo Girl has a new 'cause celeb'. It's newest message is geared tword fans of "intelligent design" who want the the creationist theory taught along side evolution in public schools. Schirf's penchant for jabs and theatricks is a subltle and humorous reminder that we all share this little jewell in the high desert, and that no single agenda or view represents us all.

Was that last part a little too sanctimonious? Probibly. It just gets so damn frustrating living under somone elses richeous boot it makes me happy that somone like Greg canshow the world that there is a little island of normality sanity in this very beautiful place. Evolution Amber Ale isn't new, it's the repackaged 2002 Unofficial Amber Ale. It poures a deep amber-ruby color, with a nose of nice floral hops and a fruitiness beneth. The taste starts with a nice caramel sweetness that feels slightly fruity. Citrusy hops soon follow providing a nice bite that balance the malts well. The finish is bready and dry. This is a well balanced amber that'll make a great session beer anytime. It has an ABV of 4.0%