Friday, July 31, 2009

Three Sheets is Back!

Yup that show that I've been pimping to ya'll for years is back from it's near demise and is now airing on the Fine Living Network.

If you've missed my past posts on Three sheets or have never heard of it. The show aired on MOJO a now defunct HD only channel that ran on Comcast in Utah until earlier this year.

"Three Sheets" is a humorous trip through different drinks and drinking cultures around the
world, features comedian Zane Lamprey who travels worldwide and engages in local
alcohol-related customs.

In each episode, Lamprey eats the local food, which is followed by learning about the customs and libations of that area and then experiences the local hangover cure.

Zane will introduce different local alcoholic beverages and frequently spend some time with either a bar tender or alcohol-maker to learn more about the drink. Many times when a new term or idea is introduced a note will pop on the screen to provide further information or help with pronunciation.

This is Three Sheet's 4th season and I believe 17 episodes were produced. Season four started
on July 20th and new episodes air on Monday nights.

If you don't have Have FLN on cable or satellite all episodes can be found on HULU.

Cheers!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We Got Some!

I'm writing this from the parking lot of the wine store on 300e. 255s. They have 50 bottles of Uinta BBB. I just ran into four Utah Beer Blog peeps and we all got of our three bottles. So if you want 'em this is the place. They don't seem to be ringing up at the register so prepare to wait a few minutes. But they are here and going fast.

Cheers!

Hop Rising Released

Hop Rising the new Double IPA from Squatters is out today and should be at local liquor stores and at the Utah Brewers Co-op. If you can't find it at the stores the beer store at the Co-op will defiantly have it.

I haven't tried it yet, but hope to today. If you have tell us about it!

And on the Uinta BBB front here's what I have.

Not all stores are getting it, only three state stores are. Some stores that weren't supposed to get any at all were mistakenly shipped some, and those were returned to the central warehouse to go out to the 3 stores where they were "forced shipped"; meaning those stores didn't have a choice but to take them.

So The stores that are supposed to carry it are the two wine stores downtown and the third store is the 90th south store off of I-15. I don't know if they're there for sure, but those are the stores you need to go to to get them.

Some of you have asked about the awards for the Beehive Brew-off. The awards will be given out Sunday afternoon or evening a couple hours after judging ends at the Bayou.

Because there were more entries than expected it's hard to pin down an exact time because we don't how long judging will take. Have I given you enough to talk about!!!
Cheers!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More Beer for You

Here are some new beers available at your local liquor store. Most of the Sam Adams beers should be available now(I've had them). It's a short list, better than no list at all I guess.

I'm still working on the big Uinta BBB mystery/scandal.

Cheers!

SAMUEL SMITH's ORGANIC RASPBERRY
FULL SAIL's SESSION BLACK LAGER
SAMUEL ADAMS' IMPERIAL DBL BOCK
SAMUEL ADAMS' IMPERIAL WHITE

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Detente with Beer

Three guys go into the White House and get a beer... Have you heard this Joke??? Well my friends it's no Joke. This is how detente works in the Obama administration. And I like it!

A couple weeks ago a Harvard professor was arrested for "being black while at home". The President commented on it, feelings were hurt, panties became "all bunched up " nation-wide and now the healing begins.

The president is now taking time away from more important things like war and health care to heal boo-boo's over a beer or two in the White House.

My question to you is this. What beer do you serve?

Cheers!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Green Pig

I love this photo! What you are looking at is the old bar from "Anchors Away", Remember???
It was the old tavern/coffee bar/restaurant that used to be next to Port o' Call on 400 s.

Anyway it's a nice bar, and instead of trashing it with the rest of the now defunct bar it was saved and stored for just such an emergency.

My pal Bridget Gordon, former beer goddess from Port o' Call is opening a new Pub in Salt Lake
with her hubby and it looks like "Anchor's" old bar is a perfect fit.

The Green Pig Pub is located at 31 E. 400 S. at the old Cabana Club location and looks like they've taken that old lounge space and remodeled it into their own.

The Green Pig is Scheduled to open sometime next month. Looks like it's gunna be a great place.
Cheers!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

RedRock Expands

RedRock Brewing will be expanding their operations soon. No, not another restaurant. This time the "2007 Large Brewpub of the Year" will be opening it's first ever large-scale production brewery.

That'll be two new breweries in SLC this year. Outstanding!

The new brewhouse will be located in SLC and will be responsible for getting out Brewmaster Kevin Templin's quality suds out to more more bars and stores around the state and beyond.

I don't know if any of you remember, but RedRock did (once upon a time) bottle their amber ale through a contract brewery a few years back. I'm glad that we'll start seeing them again in stores.

RedRock is currently available in better beer establishments around town. Including - but not limited to the the Bayou, The Beerhive The Porcupine & Fiddlers Elbow.

If you've never visited RedRock check out their two locations, Red Rock in SLC is located at
254 S. 200 W. and in Park City at 1640 W. Redstone Center Drive.

Also, Uinta's Bourbon Barrel Barleywine is at the two downtown wine stores and is available behind the counter. Remember three per customers. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Moab's Black Imperial India Pale Ale

This post may be a little late, but damn this beer is worth talking about. A few months ago Moab Brewery announced that they were producing a new line of beers, The Desert Select Series. This series is Moab's first attempt at producing big, flavorful beer for a market that's increasingly demanding them.

Last June I finally got my hands on a bottle of their first release, a The Black Imperial India Pale
Ale (thanks to brewmaster Jeff Van Horn) and man is it tasty!

Pours a very dark chestnut color with a large frothy two fingers of off white head. The nose is a fresh bouquet of grapefruit, pine and roasted malts. The taste starts same as the nose with a healthy does of pine and citrus with roasted malt. Toffee and vanilla come next with slightly dry oak and piny resins rounding out the finish. The 8.59% alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part is well hidden. The balance between resiny hops and the roasted malts works nicely. I guess that's the toughest part about this style. Getting these two competing flavors to play together well, without becoming too astringent. A great example of the style. Available only in Moab at the Brewpub.

Next to be released in the Desert Select Series Moab's Belgian Style Triple. Also check out
this write up from the Salt Lake Tribune on Brewmaster Jeff Van Horn.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Beerhive Opens Today

************UPDATE***************
I just stopped by the Beerhive and one of those unforeseen issues has arisen. So if you want to stop-on-by today, I'd call first. (801) 364-4268.

Baring any unforeseen problems or issues The Beerhive Utah's newest craft beer bar will open it's doors today, expanding the options for a community that is starved for quality craft beer. This will be a "soft" opening, so don't expect anything rare or new... for now anyway.

Del has a pretty ambitious list of beers for his new place, I guarantee this will create a lot of extremely happy campers along the Wasatch Front. Besides an outstanding selection of local, national & international fare, the coming months may bring Stone Brewing, Dogfish Head, Ninkasi and Pelican Brewing just to name a few. I don't know how he's doing it, but he's very confident about these "gets".

The Beerhive is at 128 s Main St. in SLC. Hope to see you there.

Also, while I've got you. Has anyone seen AYINGER'S WEIZEN BOCK??? The state has it listed, and I desperately want to try it. If anyone has seen it, post it up!
Cheers!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Beers for SLC

I was talking to Mark over at the Bayou the other day and he's says he's got some new stuff coming to Utah that's never been sold here before .

First off, since Deschutes came into the market people have been clambering for other labels from those guys. Mark says he's got orders in for Inversion IPA - Obsidian Stout - Mirror Mirror - Black Butte XX - The Abyss & The Dissident. These are all subject to availability, so nothing is set in stone.

New on the list is Bear Republic Brewing out of California. Racer 5 IPA - Red Rocket Ale & Big Bear Stout should be arriving..... well ..... soon. That's the best I can do for now.

Also, Keep checking on the Epic Poll that was listed yesterday. Due to server issues it went down premature. Should be up again soon.

Also, also Uinta Bourbon Barrel Barleywine should be in stores tomorrow.
Cheers!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

An Epic Survey

The guys at Epic Brewing need your help with a survey. If your a Northern Utah beer drinker please participate, it will only take a few minutes. Help them help you damnit! Here's the link. Cheers!

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Quick Update....

It looks like Uinta's Bourbon Barrel Barleywine will be available starting Monday or Tuesday. only 320 bottles will be available for the entire state. Stash some away for a rainy day, but not for too long. Uinta says that this ale is perfect for drinking right now.

Thanks to Douglas for doing the legwork on this.

Cheers!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Utah Brewers Festival 2010

Click Here for the 2010 Utah Beer Festival Info Page.
A lot of people have been asking me "what the hell is up with the Utah Brewers Festival". Sadly I've had no news 'till now.

Organizers have been busy trying to get a festival put together for this year, but due to the current economic climate it has been extremely difficult to secure sponsorship funding. They are interested... but not in '09.

So now organizers have now adjusted business plans for 2010 with the event moniker "Utah on Tap". It will likely not be at the Gallivan Center and no date is specified.

This is a good thing. Imagine a huge beer festival that coincides with a statewide Homebrew competition like the upcoming Beehive Brew-off. All in one weekend. I think that would be well worth waiting another year for. More news as I get it. Cheers!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Uinta's BBB

Last May Uinta announced that it would be releasing their experimental Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine. Ever since then people have been giddy with anticipation about a beer that was just a ghost to most.

Well we're in the home stretch. You should start seeing the limited edition beer within the next week or so. Expect to shell out $13.99 per 651 ml bottle. Cheers!

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Year of the Squasatch

Squasatch: -noun (skwos- ach)
A joint Ventures of Squatters and Wasatch breweries. Produced by the Utah Brewers Co-op.

In the next few weeks your gunna be seeing some new stuff from Squatters. The return of soon to be classic and a new label from the Utah Brewers Co-op.

The first to be released will be Squatters Hell's Keep, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Hell's Keep was originally released earlier this year at Squatters brewpub, Jenny Talley had created this beer as a seasonal/limited release. It was such a hit that they decided to move the production over to the Utah Brewers Cooperative facility so they could take care of the massive bottling project. Hell's Keep is 7.75 ABV and will come in a 750 ML bottle.

Next comes the highly anticipated Hop Rising Double IPA. At 9% ABV this is a big beer with big IBU's, 85 to be exact. Thanks to copious amounts CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus) and Bravo hops. You may remember Hop Rising as a Pale Ale from Squatters Brewpub. The name was transferred over to the co-op to use for this 2IPA. The new Hop Rising should be out around the first week of August under the Squatters brand.

The Summer of the Beers just keeps-on-keep'n-on. Cheers!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Salt Lake Bar Crawl 2: Revenge of the Wusses

Okay... for those of you who were brave enough to participate in the mid-week-say-adios-to-private-clubs-bar-crawl, congrats for making it this far. My dainty, beer swilling Constitution (and my real job) require me to get my butt up at the ass-crack of dawn. So I opted not to participate. But if you happen to be a wuss like me, there is another option if you determined to blister your feet while getting your drink on.

To celebrate IN Utah This Week is hosting a bar crawl July 3rd, the first Friday of July. The 1st Annual SLC Bar Crawl will cover 14 bars. Bar Crawlers will pay no cover and wait in no lines. Some bars have offered discounted drinks as well.

The goal of the crawl is to walk, pedal, and ride Trax to all 14 bars (NO DRIVING) and have a beer and/or a shot at each bar! When you have a drink at a bar that bartender will sign the back of your shirt. The objective is to get all 14 bartenders signatures throughout the course of the night!

Registration will be held July 3rd in the North East corner of Trolley Square Mall starting at 3:00pm. Registration is $10 and includes a SLC BAR CRAWL T-Shirt, free entry into all 16 bars and clubs on the night of the crawl, and drink and food specials at many of the bars.

Here's a list of the bars for the July 3rd bar crawl (tomorrow). Cheers!

Green Street
Trolley Wing Company
Desert Edge
Urban Lounge
Cheers to You
Keys on Main
Tavernacle
Johnny's on Second
Juniors Tavern
Bar X
Lumpy's Downtown
Poplar Street Pub
Murphy's Bar and Grill
O'Shucks
Radio City
Jackalope

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

R.I.P. Private Clubs


Suddenly you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon. - Neil Peart

Goodbye Private Clubs. Rest in Peace...