Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Desert Edge, Hoppers, Red Rock, Wasatch, Bohemian and Squatters brew pubs will be brewing the same beer but with one very specific variable either altered or added. All malt, hops, water, and timing will be identical, but each brewery will integrate one different variable to show their customers, especially the local home brewers, what changing one important factor can do for a beer.
The brew is a session amber ale and will be on tap at all 6 brew pubs. The Desert Edge version will be unfiltered, Hoppers will be aging with oak, Red Rock will offer it filtered, Wasatch will dryhop, Bohemian is going to ferment it with lager yeast and Squatters is making it
with whole Amarillo hop flowers added via hopback.
The release date of the HB51 beer is May 1st. it coincides with the Big Brew National Homebrew Day, May 2nd. Those interested can pick up a recipe sheet at each of the 6 brew pub locations.
I'm not sure if the official name of the beer is HB51. I'm sure all appropriate suggestions will be considered. But one thing is certain this will be a great thing for Utah's growing beer culture. Cheers!
Photo Courtesy: Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune
Monday, March 30, 2009
Here's a list of the top 50 (2008 sales)
- Boston Brewing Company, Boston MA
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico CA
- New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins CO
- Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner TX
- Pyramid Brewries, Inc., Seattle, WA
- Matt Brewing Company, Utica NY
- Deschutes Brewing Company, Bend OR
- Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City MO
- Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River OR
- Harpoon Brewery, Boston MA
- Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company, Juneau AL
- Magic Hat Brewing Company and Performing Arts Center, South Burlington VT
- Anchor Brewing Company, San Fransisco CA
- Bell's Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo MI
- Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland ME
- Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul MN
- Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs LA
- Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, San Jose CA
- Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn NY
- Stone Brewing Company, Escondido CA
- Rogue Ales, Newport OR
- Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners VT
- New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus WI
- Kona Brewing Company, Kahlua-Kona HI
- Dogfish Head Brewing Company, Milton DE
- Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles CA
- Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland OH
- The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma CA
- Flying Dog Brewery, Denver CO
- Sweetwater Brewery, Atlanta GA
- Bridgeport Brewing Company, Portland OR
- Rock Bottom Brewery, Louisville CO
- Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins CO
- BJ's Restaurant and Brewery, Huntington Beach CA
- Victory Brewing Company, Downington PA
- Mac and Jack's Brewery, Redmond WA
- Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe, Eureka CA
- Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula MT
- Pete's Brewing Company, San Antonio TX
- Otter Creek Brewing Company, Middlebury VT
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company, San Diego CA
- Breckenridge Brewing Company, Denver CO
- Gordon Biersch Brewery, Chattanooga TN
- Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA
- Boulder Beer Company, Boulder CO
- North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg CA
- McMenamins, Portland OR
- Utah Brewer's Cooperative, Salt Lake City UT
- Capital Brewing Company, Middleton WI
- Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue NY
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday, Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. of Utah signed into law legislation that makes homebrewing beer legal. The "Exemption for Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing License" was sponsored by Representative Christine A. Johnson.
Squatters Pub Brewery's brewmaster Jennifer Talley says the relationship between professional and amateur brewers has always been a tight one and legalizing homebrewing will allow this relationship in Utah to evolve and grow.
"Homebrewing is truly an art and most professional brewers I know were once homebrewing in their kitchen. Utah beer enthusiast will now have the freedom to express their deepest beer desires through perfecting the craft of homebrewing in their own kitchens," says Talley.
There are currently three exciting home brew clubs in Utah, that number is expected to grow now that home brewers are no longer deviants, fraught with mischief.
So go home and celebrate with a pint of your favorite homebrew and if you have none, get ass out to your nearest homebrew supply store(links are to the right) and get it in gear. Your basic kit will run you about seventy bucks, and in a few weeks you'll be sucking down something special.
-"Give a man a beer and he can waste an hour. Teach a man to brew and he can waste a lifetime". Cheers!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well not no more! The 300 west wine store has created a new - much larger beer selection that specializes in the higher end stuff. So if your looking to pick up a couple cans of Pacific Western Genuine Draft, you going to have to go elsewhere mon frère.
Other better beer stores are located at the "old" wine store at 300 e. 300 s. & the liquor store on Fooothill Blvd.
Alert: Governor Huntsman signed the Homebrew Bill to today! You are no longer deviants, fraught with mischief. Cheers!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
2 oz. bottle from Smiths Marketplace. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is a heavy dose of honey, some sweet toasted malts also. The taste is similar; crisp and easygoing malts, some light citrus, and a nice honey flavor. Very quaffable and a nice beer for a hot Summer day. Too bad it was snowing today. Not bad. Simple and easygoing. A thin and fizzy mouthfeel.
I labeled it as a golden ale. Beer Advocate labeled it as a light lager, but it says honey ale right on the label.
Since this beer is just debuting it won't be everywhere immediately (as I found out).
Also, this is no secret but Four+ has changed the name of it's nationally successful Wildfire Organic Pale Ale to Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale. Nothing has changed but the label. If you haven't tried this one yet, get out and grab one. They're quite yummy!
Also, in the coming months Uinta/Four+ will be debuting a new, yet to be named organic summer ale. This should be another good year for new beer labels in Utah. And thanks to Doug for helping to get the word out. Cheers!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I don't know why I keep coming back to this subject. I guess at a fundamental level I find it draconian. Whereas you establish a set of laws then then alter them on a technicality so that they fit an individual or group agenda.
I refer to so called "alcopops". As you'll recall last summer state officials lead by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff began a state-wide cracked down on sweet and fizzy, intoxicating drinks such as Mike's Hard Lemonade that -- save for their alcohol content -- bear a remarkable resemblance to soda pop.
The sugary beverages had long been taxed as flavored beers. But state authorities reclassified them as liquor, raising the taxes on a six-pack thus moving them to state liquor stores even though they contained the state required 4.0% alcohol by volume.
The state of Utah's reasoning was this; because the the beverages in question contained flavoring extracts that were made with distilled spirits, they were in fact themselves spirituous in nature even though the beverages themselves derive their alcohol by mean of fermentation. Such as beer.
In California a similar law was passed. Substance abuse foes and lawmakers passed a law making "alcopops" liquor as well, and thus subject to higher taxes. Since the new tax rate kicked in Oct. 1. California has only collected about $9,000 in taxes, That's nothing in state of it's size and population.
Beverage makers admit they aren't paying the new taxes. They say they don't have to because they have reformulated the drinks -- more than 6,000 varieties -- to transform them into simple beers by limiting the amount of distilled spirits they contain.
They won't explain how. The formulas, they say, are trade secrets. And beverage-industry officials and federal regulators say there are no tests to determine how much distilled spirits the drinks contain versus those acquired by fermentation.
Now, I don't pretend to know the exact Utah law on these beverages, but it seems to me that if the formulation of the beverages are changed, eliminating the need for flavoring extracts these beers would revert back to being simple beers. Thus making them available to be purchased at grocery and convenience stores under Utah law.
And just to reiterate, I don't drink these beverages. In my opinion, the way the state of Utah went about abolishing them was pretty slimy and made convoluted liquor laws even more murky.
If anyone has a better grasp of this law please offer it up. Cheers!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hard Times Ale is light in body (though not a "lite" beer) and very drinkable. My guess is that It'll go down much easier than the stock market. Hard Times Ale, A Brew to Get You Through!
Also on tap at Roosters in Ogden and Layton:
-Irish Stout. Brewed with a peated Malt which has the smoke of a peat fire passed through it
to impart a smoky quality to the grain and a taste of The Ol' Sod.
-Deep Powder Dortmunder. A golden lager with low hop and a dry, bread like flavor.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Now comes word that Boulevard's Smokestack Series is now on it's way.
The Smokestack Series features bold, complex beers with higher alcohol content, and
includes both traditional varieties and experimental brews. The first four releases consist of
Boulevard Saison, a “farmhouse” ale, Long Strange Tripel, a Trappist-style “abbey” beer, Double-Wide I.P.A., an India pale ale, and The Sixth Glass, a Belgian-style quadrupel ale.
The Bayou plans to introduce these ales to beer lovers in the coming months. The beers
are packaged in 750 ml champagne bottles with cork-and-cage closures. No word yet on the pricing. Cheers!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A very malty, Irish style ale. Clean filtered and reddish brown in color. Low in
bitterness, however, has a slight hop finish to it. Up front character is caramel malt tones. The Hibernian Society is an international organization of Irish culture.
Our heaviest ale, medium bitterness, made with 8 different types of malt, very dark, served using a nitrogen push. This rich, full bodied brew will dazzle your tongue with many different malts, a hint of chocolate and a suggestion of coffee.
Squatters brings back Hop Rising. Now made with whole Amarillo flower instead of pellets. And special for St. Patty's Day they have McGrueh's Dry Irish Stout on nitro.
Hoppers has Bruce's 80 Scottish ale. It's an amber hued ale that's very rich, toasty, roasty, smoky and malty with hints of fig and Bourbon. East Kent hops were used and add a very slight, crisp 'n clean bitterness.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Personally I saw a lot of good artwork done for this label, but William Swartzfager artwork really looks nice on the bottle.
Poured into a tulip: a lightly hazy honey/orange with a dense 3 fingers of white foam, which fade into a moderate sized cap. The nose is lemony coupled with dusty-oak and a wild yeastiness.
The taste starts with dry apricot and pear followed by spicy malty grains. The end is lemony with notes of straw and wheat. The finish is nice and dry with a lite champagne like carbonation.
This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Just so easy going down and incredibly light on the palate. The the 7% ABV doesn't have any burn and is well hidden.
The only problem is I can see with this beer is it's deceptive ABV. it's so lite and unnoticeable It'll catch up with before you know it. Hell's Keep is bottle conditioed and served in a nice wax dipped champagne style bottle.
Another rock-solid offering from Squatters, probably the best to date. If this one finds an audience(which it should) we could see it distributed state-wide. But for now you will only be able to enjoy it at Squatters Downtown and Park City Pubs starting tomorrow 3/17. Cheers!
Friday, March 13, 2009
That's how I feel about the Senate's decision to go home early and not debate HB 349.
Now, I know that this woman I speak of figuratively was way out of my league and that in some ways this was a pity-date. But I did expected her to at least let the date play out 'till midnight.
Thanks to everyone who kept the updates coming throughout the session and please send thanks to Rep. Oda (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sponsoring the bill. And while your at it; ask if he and the Utah Beer Wholesalers Association will pursue the bill again next year.
But don't be too sad, this was a good year for adults who want to to adult things. Plus it looks like Mark Alston will be keeping his patio "as is" for another year. But if you still feel like drowning your sorrows go try Brewmaster Donovan's new Scotch ale over at Hoppers. It debuts today! Cheers!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I sent emails to Rep. Oda the main sponsor of the bill, and to Senator Greiner the Senate sponsor. I asked if they knew of the status of HB 349. Rep. Oda was kind enough to respond by saying "Be patient".
Now I don't know if that means "it's on the calendar" or "maybe next year". So I'll leave it up to y'all.
But the info I have as of this morning leads me to believe the bill died in the Senate.
I would be very happy to be proven wrong. I'd also like to thank Rep. Oda for taking the time to respond. I know it's very busy on the hill right now. Cross your fingers.
Also-also. Congrats go out to Utah beer lover/devotee Douglas and his wife who had a baby boy yesterday. Milk Stouts all around. Cheers!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
New restaurants would need a separate area for mixing drinks, away from the view of children. Existing restaurants would be grandfathered, but might qualify for $30,000 in assistance if they chose to renovate to conceal the mixing of drinks.
These demands on new restaurants will create situations in which they are treated differently than existing establishments and might discourage eateries from locating in the state.
The bill is expected to move quickly through the Legislature, starting in the Senate. If it passes and is signed by the governor, the private-club provisions would kick in July 1; the restaurant changes would take effect May.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Dono says, he really likes working on the seasonals. "It gives me the time and freedom to do research and formulate a new batch...at the end of the day I feel a little better about my student loans".
Sounds like money well spent! Available only at Hoppers. Cheers!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
North Coast Brewing has entered the market with their Blue Star Wheat Beer, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale and ACME Pale Ale. Quite a diverse line-up eh?
Also on the radar is LEINENKUGEL'S Berry Wiess, GRIESKIRCHNER WEIZEN, SAMUEL ADAMS CHERRY WHEAT & FULL SAIL RESERVE 21 DOPPELBOCK.
March is looking like a great month to get your beer-on. Who knows, if the Gods are nice we could see these on tap sometime. Cheers!