Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Big Cottonwood Returns!

Last year Squatters introduced Big Cottonwood American Amber Ale as part of their Small Batch Series. It was a big hit. Big enough in fact to be brought back as a regular release.

Big Cottonwood Amber Ale is a 5.75% ABV version of Squatters popular Emigration Amber Ale. It's made with all fresh whole flowers Cascade hops with floral citrus aromas, and layers of malted barley flavors. They're using a new whole flower dryhop technique that gives it an amazing hop character. So it is definitely brewed for those who like their Amber Ales on the hoppy side.

Starting today, Big Cottonwood will be sold in 12 oz bottles and will be available at Squatters Pubs, the BEER STORE, Utah State Liquor Stores and fine establishments throughout the intermountain west.

Sells for $1.49 a bottle out the door.

Cheers!

23 comments:

Carlos said...

Oh hell yeah. I loved that stuff last year.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, hope UBC doesn't fuck it up

Carlos said...

Posted anonymously? Bold, sir. Very bold.

Also wanted to note: I'm so glad this came out before I left the state. As well as the Fifth Element. It almost makes me sad to leave.

Almost.

Mikey said...

I should note that since it was just bottled yesterday at the UBC. It's likely it won't be at any liquor stores for a few weeks.

Greg Schirf said...

Mikey,
You are right about the Big Cottonwood making it through the DABC system. It will take about a week or two. ( it ships tomorrow). However, it is at the Beer Store and the package stores at Squattaers and the Wasatch Brew Pub, in Park City. Rest assured Anonymous, the awesome brew crew at the Mid -Size Brewery of the year will not mess it up. They have over hundred years of combined brewing experience and that is why UBC rocks.

Sledutah said...

Oops I didn't sign in, I'm Anonymous.
I liked Big Cottonwood from Squatters, I just hope they aren't changing the recipe much, if any. I liked it the way it was. Looking forward to having it again. Just changing breweries (systems) will change the beer.

Wasatch & Squatters Beers said...

UBC Squatters Big Cottonwood is different than Jenny Talley's original release last year. Our version of Squatters Big Cottonwood is 5.75% ABV 33 IBU's. American style Amber Ale. Jenny has worked with UBC brewers to develop this release over the last year and oh man is it collaborative pounder! It's robust, deliciously balanced, dry hopped with Cascade, has big floral citrus aromas and layers of malted barely! Bright hop flavor that finishes with carmel/roasty malt goodness. Available at Squatters Pubs, Wasatch Brew Pub and The Beer Store! and yes...bottled for the first time yesterday.

Anonymous said...

the ubc fux up squatts beers all the time, brewery of the year or not...very insecure, greg.
K

Douglas said...

So this year's is 5.7% down from 6.4%. Are the same hops being used? I love the pricing of the sixpacks.

Douglas said...

Both Squatters and Wasatch's FB pages say 6.5%...

Mikey said...

Yes, they both do say that. However I was corrected by the UBC as to the ABV, which they say is 5.7%.

Wasatch & Squatters Beers said...

Yes, our facebook is wrong but they're correcting it. Sorry Douglas. Squatters Big Cottonwood is 5.75% abv.
p.s. posting anonymously is insecure dude...but glad you like Squatters Pub beer. Jenny Talley and Jason Stock rule and come out with wonderful superior beers we all enjoy too.
cindi robinson

Brett said...

Slightly off topic, but not much of a stretch: I moved to Seattle in April and am having difficulty locating any Utah beer, at first it was just annoying, now it's a matter of survival. I've been to specialty beer outlets, grocery stores and Washington's state controlled liquor stores, the only Utah beer to be found is Uinta Brewery's Tilted Smile and Labyrinth Black Ale....and I can't regularly get my fix at $10/bottle. Ultimately, I'm curious if UBC, etc., distributes to these parts? What's the reasoning behind the decision, if they don't? What can I do about it?

Also, I remember a discussion about Red Hook Ales a while back. I toured their brewery ($1, 1 room, many tastes of average beer) and they make a point to say they don't distribute in Utah and blame our Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws/high point beer being unrefrigerated. Their reasoning didn't make any sense, either they're wrong and they do actually distribute in Utah or they are wrong about their intepretation of our laws, the latter seems unlikely because AB/Inbev handles the majority of their distribution, but what do I know? Have you seen Red Hook in the Utah liquor stores?

Thanks for entertaining my long distance thoughts. In the meantime, I drink Utah Beer vicariously through this blog.

Wasatch & Squatters Beers said...

I don't know about Red Hook. They used to be here in Utah Liquor stores and I believe Uinta contract brewed for them years ago with some 4% beers for our grocery stores but I could totally be wrong. I haven't seen Red Hook here recently yet I don't go to the liquor stores like I should, so someone else on here will be much better help. Love the Red Hook brew crew though. Score on getting Uinta in Seattle!!! Those guys are rocking some serious out of state sales (so are we) yet Wasatch/Squatters hasn't invaded the Washington market to date. Hopefully next year.
Setting up distribution out of state can be difficult but the reason why Wasatch/Squatters isn't there now is that we need to bump up our production so we can make enough beer to enter more markets. We're working on it!!!! As well as our fellow Utah production brewers. Hopefully you'll see a smattering of Utah products in your neck of the woods within a few years. GO UTAH!!!!!!
Breweries often don't sell to Utah markets because of the lack of refrigeration (and being open to sun light)...it's totally true. Cuts down on potential shelf life etc....and it's hard enough for some breweries to keep up on quality control. To add lack of refridge to their plate deters them from our market. Locals like us have the benefit of inventory control with our state stores and it's not likely local beers are aged more than a month on their shelves.
Brett...does this help?
Have you checked out Elysian Brewery on Capitol Hill? Or Elysian Fields near the ball park? They are my fav Seattle experience!!! New Belgium bottles their beers right now until their new production brewery is up and running. Definitely worth checking out their draft.

Mikey said...

I do recall seeing a Red Hook in a grocery store recently. I believe it had the word "Slim" in the name.

Mikey said...

"Slim Chance" I think.

Wasatch & Squatters Beers said...

Awesome Mikey!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed said...

Last time I checked, A Bar Named Sue had Slim Chance on draft.

Brett said...

Thank you Wasatch/Squatters, Mikey, and Ed. I appreciate your insights, I knew there was more to the story than my narrow point of view afforded, I'm glad I asked.

We're looking forward to your introduction to the market, until then... It's been great getting to know Washington's micro brews, but we certainly miss the comforts of home. We did have the opportunity to go to Elysian Brewery during Seattle Beer Week for a Firkin Washington vs Colorado event. We'll make our way over to Elysian Fields. Thanks for the recommendations.

Keep up the great work Mikey, Wasatch, and Squatters!

Brian said...

Brett... Enjoy Seattle. The Portland and Seattle microbrew scene is outstanding and I really miss it! We moved from there about 3 years ago. You could live there for years and never try it all.

You should go visit Bottleworks on 45th St (Wallingford neighborhood) for a outstanding beer selection.

I second the recommendation for Elysian beers. I also highly recommend driving up to Bellingham to visit the Boundary Bay Brewery.

Brett said...

Brian,

No argument about NW beer scene, I'm like a kid in candy shop and I don't know where to start. I'm definitely appreciating the multitude of quality options, but missing some of Utah's endearing quirks. Thanks for the recommendations, I have been to Bottleworks a couple of times and partaken of their glorious selection. I'll add Boundary Bay to the list.

Matthew said...

I picked a six of this up on Friday. I really like it. Great flavors throughout. Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Dear Blogger,
I was wondering if you could help me out on my journey to fill my husbands beer fridge before he returns from his deployment. He loves Amber Ales I thought it would be fun to pick some that he could not get in Califoria up while I was in Redmond. If you could recommend something to me and where I could get in near Redmond that would be so so awesome. Thank you Kim Hotter

Hotter_kim@yahoo.com