Monday, August 31, 2015

Ogden City Brew Supply is Now Open

Attention Ogden home brewers you now have a new home brew shop to help fulfill your need to brew beer. Ogden City Brew Supply is the only brewing supply store in Utah, North of Salt Lake City that serves the needs of beer, wine, cider, mead brewers. OCBS offers a wide range of beer kits and wine kits and equipment along with a long list of specialty grain, adjuncts, yeast and hops.

Ogden's had a tough go of it, in the home brew dept. There have been shops that have dotted the map, but they have lacked staying power. OCBS is a sister shop from the guys over at Salt City Brew Supply in Midvale. They've proved their staying power in Salt Lake County - I believe their knowledge will be of great benefit to Ogden's brewers.

The shop is open: Weekdays 10:30 - 6:30 ~ Saturday 10:00 - 6:00  ~ Sunday 11:00 - 4:00 (closed Tuesday) and is located at 2269 Grant Ave in Ogden. Congrats to OCBS and to Northern Utah's Home Brewers for keeping home brewing alive up north.

Cheers!

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Beer Friday 8/28/15

Wow August is almost over, that means the falls beers should be getting into full swing. While most of these are not "fall beers", there is a nice theme happening in regards to the pale ales. They're not the typical varieties we've been seeing as of late.

Anchor IPA - This is not Anchors Liberty Ale which is widely regarded as the mother of American IPAs. This is a new IPA that pays tribute to the American IPAs of the early 90s. It's mostly pine and malt driven with some peach and berry notes. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou & DABC

Upslope Thai IPA - It's the Thai basil and ginger that really sets this one apart. The IPA at it's base has pleasant caramel sweetness with citrus and pine beneath the spices. You'll either love it or hate it. I quite liked it. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou - Beer Bar

Upslope Imperial IPA - Nice citrus hop driven IIPA. It is a little boozy with some nice tropical flavors and pine in the finish. 10% ABV. @ Bayou - Beer Bar

Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street IPA - Very herbal with little malt backbone. A nice change from the sweet and fruity American IPA.  6.0% ABV. Bayou - Beer Bar

Shades of Pale - Beer X Galaxy/Centennial IPA - Citrus peel and some pineapple notes with a piney resinous finish.

Shades of Pale - Beer X Beehive Gin Barrel Aged Pale Ale - Boozy nose of pine and berries. Taste is much more subtle - juniper with a bit of tartness in the back. Finishes with citrus peel. Damn tasty beer from SOP, grab some at the brewery or Beer Bar. 7.0% ABV

Ace Pumpkin Cider - Not tried this one yet. Anyone? 5% ABV. @ Bayou

Cheers!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Epic's Weekly Growler: Sour IPA

Your Weekly Growler from Epic Brewing is an experimental beer that will only be available in Salt Lake City at Epic's brewery. Many of you may have tried The Annex's Sour IPA that has been floating around the Sugar House brewpub and some of the better beer spots around town.

This beer is similar to that - in that it's also a Sour IPA but with greater ABV (around 5.5%) and it will have a slightly different hop bill. As of now, Epic is just calling it "Sour IPA". Look for a beer that will likely have a lemony citrus and floral dominate nose with sour green apples, flowery bitterness and resiny citrus peel backing it up.

Last Thursday, Epic sold 98% of their Spiral Jetty growlers that day. I would expect that the rare nature of this beer and it's sour components will make this one a hot commodity. So don't procrastinate.

And don't forget to exchange your old growlers!

Speaking of Growlers - Vernal Brewing Company will be previewing their new "high point" IPA via growlers next week. Vernal's .50 Caliber IPA is still in the tanks and is expected to dial in around 8.6% ABV. This IPA will be in prepackaged growlers like Epic's. No word yet on what day it will be available or how many growlers will be for sale yet - we will of course let you know.

Look for 50 Caliber IPA in cans in the coming weeks.

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Uinta Get's Bonefide

That's right, H.I. Uinta is finally Bonafide!  Ever since the brewery started making high point beer back in the mid 90s. there was one thing you weren't allowed to do with their high abv beers - drink 'em at the brewery! Now finally after 22 years, that final b.s. restriction has finally been lifted.

Yesterday at the Utah Division of Alcohol Control's meeting - Uinta was finally awarded a highly coveted club licence, allowing them to serve liquor - which in Utah is any alcoholic beverage that exceeds 4% Alcohol by Volume.

The license goes into effect immediately. So baring any hiccups you can buy a Labyrinth to enjoy at the brewery's new brew house pub.

And for God's sake, please call first if you'retraveling out of your way!!!! (801) 467-0909

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Snowbird's 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

Yup! Believe it or not it's Oktoberfest time. Snowbird's Annual Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors and has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Our beloved Oktoberfest was also voted one of America's 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men's Journal Magazine.

Every Saturday and Sunday noon - 6:30pm, from Aug. 15 through Oct. 11, 2015, including Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7. You'll be able to sample great local and regional craft beers along with incredibly delicious, traditional German fare.

Admission is free, however due to limited parking there is a $5 cash only parking fee so carpooling is encouraged. Also, I have one other way to save you a few quatloos while attending Oktoberfest this year. If you have previously purchased an Snowbird Oktoberfest Stien or mug in past years - you can re-use that mug as long as it says "Snowbird" on it. So, no need to buy a new glass stein every year... unless you really want one.

This is really a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. It may be one of the most picturesque Oktoberfest celebrations in North America and it's right in your backyard.

Prost!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Madeleine Choir School Beer Fest

Come support The Madeleine Choir School at the first annual Beer Fest. The Madeleine Choir School is a Roman Catholic School in the Cathedral tradition, that focuses on liberal arts, science, technology, and choral training. The Beer Fest is a fundraiser for the school.

The Madeleine Choir School Beer Fest will feature such local breweries as:

EPIC Brewing 
Desert Edge Brewing
Maple Mountain Brewing Company 
Avenues Proper
Bohemian Brewery 
Squatters Brewing
Wasatch  Brewing
And others to be announced soon.

Admission is $25 which includes a 12oz commemorative tasting mug, and six 4 oz tastings.  Additional tastings will be for sale at the door.  Advanced tickets here

Traditional German fare, such as Brats and Strudel, will be available for purchase before as well.

The Beer Fest will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm at 205 First Ave in Salt lake City.

Cheers!

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Beer Friday 8/21/15



Anheuser Busch Oculto - Came across this one on an end of the isle display at Harmon's. Didn't get a chance to try it. Oculto is described as having a hazy, straw color with a nose lemon, tequila and pale malt. Tastes of slight tequila, slight hop, strong citrus (lemon) and a hint of pale malt. 4.0% ABV @ Harmon's

Avenues Proper Marmalade Wheat - Havn't had the pleasure yet. looks to be an American wheat ale orange characteristics. perfect for clearing the smokey air from your lungs. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper

Firestone Walker Helldorado - Pours a light, hazy amber/straw color With a great nose of mild citrus, oak, toffee and honey. The taste starts with honey, caramel, vanilla, coconut. Mild hops manage to break their way through next with shortbread and Bourbon rounding out the back end. The finish is slightly boozy and sweet with mild tannins. 13.2% ABV @ BeerHive - Beer Bar - Bayou

Cheers!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Canned Growlers from Wasatch & Squatters

It's Thursday or "little friday" (as we call it around here). That means it's growler time at Epic Brewing. This week's prepackaged growler will feature Epic's Sprial Jetty IPA. As always, don't forget your to trade in your old growler(s).

Speaking of new packaging trends, Wasatch/Squatters is moving forward with a new way of packaging "to-go beer". In the coming days, you'll be able to take home 32 ounce canned beers from Squatters and Wasatch. As you can see above - these containers are like growlers but will be sealed and served like a typical canned beer. For now the beers will be draft offerings - however down the road, they may be offering some of their higher gravity beers, in a similar fashion to Epic's new prepackaged growlers.

I can see these being a massive hit. Cans are perfect for active lifestyles and they travel very well. For now they will only be for sale at the Utah Brewers Cooperative's Beer Store and will be around $4 a fill. Brilliant!

The image above is not of the UBC's growler canner, but it is similar.

Cheers! 

Photo: Clearwater Gazette

Monday, August 17, 2015

Squatters/Wasatch Layoffs


Ok, there a bit of misinformation out there regarding the departures of some employees last week. The majority of those who have left the company were in management positions in the brewery. They are the CFO/President, the Director of Sales and the Brewmaster.There were some non-management resignations as well.

To fill the holes left by these individuals - a transition team and consultants from Oskar Blues (Wasatch/Squatters new sister brewery) have been sent to Salt Lake to help reconstruct and delegate new responsibilities to the existing brewery staff. 

There was no house cleaning, but people have left. I trust a press release is imminent with the full story coming soon. I apologize if I've created confusion about the comings and goings at the UBC.

In 2012 Fireman Capitol, a capitol investment company based in Boston, Mass. - invested $35 million and acquired part ownership in the UBC. In May Fireman Capitol bought a majority stake in Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery.

Oskar Blues currently has two production breweries (Longmont, Co & Brevard, NC) as well as two Colorado brewpubs in Co., and the recently acquired Perrin Brewing out of Michigan. The reason we're talking about Oskar Blues is that it's rumored their larger distribution network will absorb a portion of the Utah management and production positions that were lost here in Salt Lake City.

Since this all went down at the end of last week, official info is spotty - though it was a huge topic of conversation at last Saturday's Utah Beer Festival. *As soon as more info is made available we'll get the word out.

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Beer Friday: Breakside Edition

New beer Friday this week is for the most part dedicated to Breakside Brewing Company. The Beer Bar guys have been working on acquiring Breakside's beers for quite some time. In a state with 150 breweries this Oregon brewery's beers tend to always stand out - we're lucky to have them available in SLC.
    
Breakside Oui, Chef - Pours a straw-color with a moderate amount of thick foam. The nose is mostly earthy fennel. The taste starts with a rye like malty spiciness. doughy wheat and fruity yeast comes next with apple , liquorish and pear rounding out the back end. the finish has a bit of citrus bitterness. A wonderful take on a saison. 6.9% ABV. @ Beer Bar

Breakside India Pale Ale - This light copper beer has huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas with hints of perfume and pine. The taste starts with a nice malt punch of caramel and bread. Next comes the hops with lots of oranges, grapefruit and pine tar. The finish is persistently dry. The body is smooth
and highly drinkable. 6.8% ABV @ Beer Bar

Breakside India Golden Ale - Pours a near opaque light orange with a thick white head. The nose has juicy grapefruit and notes of jasmine. The taste starts with the citrus/floral and floral hops that transition to Graham Cracker malts. Sweet tropical fruits round out the back with bitter resinous pine. Finishes dry and herbal. This is one of the most amazing golden ales I've ever tried. Not to be missed. 8.1% ABV. @ Beer Bar

Breakside Lunch Break India Session Ale - Pours a clear golden with a good amount foam on top. The nose has floral, pine and a bit of citrus. The taste starts with citrus and pine. Next come a bit of earthy malt and a touch of honey. Pine. Some bitter flowery notes round out the end. The finish is clean and hoppy. A nice flavorful session IPA. 4.7% ABV @ Beer Bar

Breakside Amuse Farmhouse Ale - Pours a bright yellow amber color. The nose has great floral aromas with spicy clove and hibiscus.The taste starts with pepper, lemon peel and a touch of corriander. Earthy floral notes come next with sticky pine rounding out the end. A nice, full flavored - but light saison. 5.0% ABV. @ Beer Bar

Avenues Proper Ainsly Amber - Haven't tried this one yet. It's apparently brewed with Buckwheat so it may have a bit of  "nuttiness" to it. And no, It's not gluten free. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper

Uinta Ready Set Gose - Pours a hazy straw color with a nose of lemon dough. The taste is mostly cereal grain and wheat with minor sodium bite. Lemony tartness is soft and subtle. I was hoping the tartness in this beer would have been a little more assertive. For the most part it's pretty tame. Tasty but tame. Give me more sour! 4.0% ABV This will be available at the Utah Beer Festival on Saturday and should be popping up on Uinta's seasonal tap handles early next week.

Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout - I didn't get a chance to try this one. It's described as being black/brown with a nose of coffee and burnt toast as well. Coffee dominates the flavor with light notes of bitter dark chocolate and cacao as well. Medium weight body, slick and creamy. 5.8% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic Snakebite - Light straw in color with a small cap of foam. The nose is full of apple, pear, and grapefruit rind. The taste starts with an earthy floral hop presence. The apple fruitiness comes next and is a bit more subdued on the tongue. Sweet malted grain rounds out the back with a bit of grassy hops and grapefruit rind. Quite subtle and pleasant. 5.6% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic White Light White Heat - Pours a copper/amber color with a pleasant nose of citrus and grassy hops and light tropical fruits. The flavor starts with bready wheat, cardamom and clove. Citrus rind and mildly grassy hops come next with a bit of Belgian yeast spiciness. The end is plesantly hoppy, leaving a nice lingering bitterness in the finish that melds well with the spices. This one has a little more alcohol than your typical White IPA. Seems more like a Belgo-IPA. Tasty. 8.2% ABV. @ Beer Bar

Goose Island Sofie -Hazy, golden pale color with a thick frothy head. The nose is big with banana, spices, tropical fruit, peppery, sweet pale malts. The taste starts with phenolic peppery-fruity notes. Coriander and orange zest come next with a bit of grape must and biscuit rounding out the end. The finish is somewhat tart and crisp. Dry, smooth and refreshing. 6.5% ABV @ BeerHive

Whew! my head is still spinning after all that "research" yesterday afternoon. Don't forget, it's the Utah Beer Fest tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon  at Library Square and Oktoberfest at Snowbird also begins this weekend. It looks like beer is in your future this weekend.

Skol!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This Week's Epic Growler: Experimental Belgian Golden Ale

It looks like Epic's new high ABV growlers were a big success last week. The Hopulent nearly sold out by Friday. This week's growler offering will be a one of a kind - never to be made again, Belgian style golden ale. This beer is an experimental base beer that may be part of a new up and coming label for a new brand.

These beers a typically heavily hopped to give a floral nose and a tangy, fruity finish. and will probably have an ABV of around 6%. This week Epic will only be filling about 150 growlers. So don't wait too long.

And don't forget to bring back your empty or you'll have to pay for a new growler deposit.

Also today, City Weekly's Beer Issue is out. There are a ton of good beer reads - including my piece on local beer trends that you hate and embrace.   

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ballast Point Beer at the DABC

Many of you have been asking when and where the Ballast Point beers will be showing up in DABC stores. They have popped up at few places along the Wasatch Front, and when I say few - I mean FEW. Here's where you can find them. If your going to make a long drive I suggest you use the phone numbers provided to double check. Who loves ya, Baby?

BALLAST POINT GRAPEFRUIT SCULPIN 355ml
NORTH STATE STREET    OREM    801-225-0119
1675 SOUTH 900 WEST    SALT LAKE CITY    801-975-4035
255 SOUTH 300 EAST    SALT LAKE CITY    801-533-6444
262 E GATEWAY DRIVE    HEBER    435-657-3088

BALLAST POINT HABANERO SCULPIN 355ml
1675 SOUTH 900 WEST    SALT LAKE CITY    801-975-4035

BALLAST POINT SCULPIN IPA 355ml
1688 NORTH STATE STREET    OREM    801-225-0119
1675 SOUTH 900 WEST    SALT LAKE CITY    801-975-4035
262 E GATEWAY DRIVE    HEBER    435-657-3088
671 S PLEASANT GROVE BLVD    PLEASANT GROVE    801-785-0228

BALLAST POINT BIG EYE IPA 355ml
1688 NORTH STATE STREET    OREM    801-225-0119
262 E GATEWAY DRIVE    HEBER    435-657-3088
671 S PLEASANT GROVE BLVD    801-785-0228

BALLAST POINT DORADO IMP IPA 355ml
1688 NORTH STATE STREET    OREM    801-225-0119
262 E GATEWAY DRIVE    HEBER    435-657-3088

BALLAST POINT PALE ALE 355ml
1688 NORTH STATE STREET    OREM    801-225-0119
262 E GATEWAY DRIVE    HEBER    435-657-3088
671 S PLEASANT GROVE BLVD    PLEASANT GROVE    801-785-0228

Oh, and the Ballast Point Even Keel should be in most grocery and convenience stores by now.

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Anderson Valley's Gose, Goes to the Market

Low ABV sour beers are a hot commodity in the market right now. They work well with our state's draft beer constrictions and their popularity among craft beer drinkers is on the rise. Many locals have been looking to such sour beers as the Annex's Berliner Weiss, Sour IPA - Avenues Proper's Gose The Gozarian - Uinta's Birthday Suit ales and their forth coming Ready Set Gose.

Another thing driving the popularity of these sour mash beers is that they can be produced much quicker and in greater quantities than wild ales, which often take months of maturation. One of the more popular sour beers to enter the market in recent months is Anderson Valley Brewing Company's "The Kimmie the Yink and the Holy Gose". This is a German style sour beer made with a minor amount of salt added to the beer for taste and balance.

This Anderson Valley offering is so popular that many locals have been buying it via special orders because the DABC can't meet the demand. All of that is about to change. Anderson Valley has dialed down their Gose's ABV by two notches (4.2 to 4.0%)  - and in the coming weeks look for Anderson Valley's standard "The Kimmie, the Yink, and the Holy Gose" and their "Blood Orange Gose" to hit grocery store shelves and tap handles sometime in September.

If you haven't tried these or any of the other local sour beer offerings now is the perfect time to get to know them. They're perfect warm weather quenchers and the acidity levels in the beers make them less filling. I'll let you know as soon as they arrive.

Prost!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Winners of the 2015 BeeHive Brew-off

Congrats to the winners of the 2015 BeeHive Brew-off - the state's largest AHA sanctioned
homebrew competition. There were 483 entries judged this year with 377 registered participants, judges, and stewards. It looks like members of  The Lauter Day Brewers Club were the big winners this year taking home one-third of the 90 medals awarded. 

I had the honor of judging some of these categories. There are some incredibly talented home brewers out there that are giving the Pros a run for their money. Here are the winners. Can't wait for next for next year! 

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Bryan Gordon Lacy Lager 1B: American Lager
2nd Scott Cox Lite Beer 1A: American Light Lager
3rd Jordan Smith
Co-Brewer: Steve Kirk
Cream 1C: Cream Ale

Table 2: (1101) 2 - American Wheat Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Marty Miller El Dorado Gold 1D: American Wheat Beer Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Scott Hunt
Co-Brewer: Alex Hunt
The Breakfast Of Champions 1D: American Wheat Beer
3rd Bryan Gordon Wheat Me There 1D: American Wheat Beer

Table 3: (1302) 3 - International/Czech/Euro Lager (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Rob Rutledge Hey Everybody, Czech Me Out 3B: Czech Premimum Pale Lager ZZ Hops
2nd Pat Winslow
Co-Brewer: N/A
Moose Juice 4B: Festbier O-town Hopheads
3rd Cort Sessions Grand Jury 2C: International Dark Lager O-TOWN HOP HEADS

Table 4: (1502) 4 - Pale Bitter European Beer (15 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Jesse Neff Old Yeller 5D: German Pils WildHops
2nd Sam Derby O Factory 5B: Kolsch
3rd Robert Booth Jahreins 5C: German Exportbier

Table 5: (1101) 5 - Amber/Dark European Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Bryan Gordon Broke Back Lager 7A: Vienna Lager
2nd Marty Miller Timp Vienna Lager 7A: Vienna Lager Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Tracy Johancsik Dawn’s Dunkel 8A: Munich Dunkel

Table 6: (1402) 6 - German Wheat Beer (14 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Scott Hunt Slam Dunkel 10B: Dunkels Weissbier
2nd Brian McKray Laughing Boy Hefeweizen 10A: Weissbier Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Kyle Callister Weissbier 10A: Weissbier Lauter Day Brewers

Table 7: (1302) 7 - English Pale & Bitters (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Andrew Ayers Ayers Rock Ale 12B: Australian Sparkling Ale Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Brian McKray The Wanderer 11C: Strong Bitter Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Scott Hunt The Perfect Pint 12A: English Golden Ale

Table 8: (1302) 8 - Brown English Beer (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Michael Johnson English Porter 13C: English Porter ZZHOPS
2nd Philip Hirz Mild, Not Tame 13A: Dark Mild Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Brandon Sims Crater Nut Brown 13B: English Brown Ale

Table 9: (0601) 9 - Scottish Ale (6 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Cort Sessions 92 Shillings 14C: Scottish Export O-TOWN HOP HEADS
2nd Jared Young Third Cousin 14C: Scottish Export
3rd Marty Miller Graduation Day 14C: Scottish Export Lauter Day Brewers

Table 10: (0701) 10 - Irish Red ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Joe Johnson Lefty’s Irish Red 15A: Irish Red Ale
2nd Bryan Gordon Rubor Red 15A: Irish Red Ale
3rd Thomas Mcdonald
Co-Brewer: Chris Paulding
IRA 15A: Irish Red Ale N/A

Table 11: (1502) 11 - Dark British & Irish Beer (15 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Andrew Ayers Udderly Delicious Milk Stout 16A: Sweet Stout Lauter Day Brewers
2nd John Hill
Co-Brewer: Kip Bowen
Oatmeal Coffee Stout 16B: Oatmeal Stout Bear Naked Brewery
3rd Marty Miller Molly’s Milk Stout 16A: Sweet Stout Lauter Day Brewers

Table 12: (1001) 12 - Strong British Ale (10 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Michael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantwell
Newish Old Stock 17A: English Strong Ale Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Matt McCammant
Co-Brewer: Scott Rowland
Scotch Ale 17C: Wee Heavy
3rd Jared Young YES (Young’s Extra Special) 17A: English Strong Ale

Table 13: (4004) 13 - Pale American Ale (40 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Marty Miller Tropical Rodeo 18B: American Pale Ale Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Jordan Smith
Co-Brewer: Steve Kirk
Blondy V2 18A: Blonde Ale
3rd Marcio Buffolo
Co-Brewer: Karla Pires
Hop Blend 18B: American Pale Ale LDB

Table 14: (1101) 14 - Dark American Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Paul Waite Attribute 19B: California Common
2nd Matt McCammant
Co-Brewer: Scott Rowland
Lucy’s 19A: American Amber Ale
3rd Zachary Belles The Stickiest Of The Icky 19A: American Amber Ale Lauter Day Brewers

Table 15: (1001) 15 - Baltic & American Porter (10 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Clay Turnbow
Co-Brewer: Chris Jacobs
Meow Meow Meow Meow Porter 20A: American Porter Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Brian McKray Prodigal Son Porter 20A: American Porter Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Tom Shivers Porter 20A: American Porter O-Town Hopheads

Table 16: (1602) 16 - American/RIS Stout (16 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Scott Christensen Black Hole Stout 20C: Russian Imperial Stout
2nd Michael Johnson Finn’s RIS 20C: Russian Imperial Stout ZZHOPS
3rd Chris Campbell Varth Dader R.I.S. 20C: Russian Imperial Stout

Table 17: (2503) 17 - American IPA (25 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Chris Detrick Jack Mormon IPA 21A: American IPA The Brewing Network
2nd Sasha Taddie Q*beert 21A: American IPA
3rd Michael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantell
Hop Fury 21A: American IPA Lauter Day Brewers

Table 18: (1302) 18 - Specialty IPA (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Tim Dwyer Whitewater 21B: Specialty IPA
2nd Chris Detrick KyeP.A. 21B: Specialty IPA The Brewing Network
3rd Klayton Weybright
Co-Brewer: Derek Schelske
Black Widow 21B: Specialty IPA Wild Hops

Table 19: (1202) 19 - Double IPA (12 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Chris Detrick
Co-Brewer: Shawn Margetts, Daniel Schulz
The Hopgasm 22A: Double IPA The Brewing Network
2nd David Tripi
Co-Brewer: Daniel Tripi
Pliny The Barbarian 22A: Double IPA
3rd Zachary Belles David Hasselhop 22A: Double IPA Lauter Day Brewers

Table 20: (1001) 20 - Strong American Ale (10 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Clay Turnbow Old Strange 22C: American Barleywine Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Andrew Willardson AB15 22B: American Strong Ale
3rd Michael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantwell
Levitation For Terrestrials 22D: Wheatwine Lauter Day Brewers

Table 21: (2402) 21 - European Sour Ale (24 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Rob Rutledge Flanders Red #3 23B: Flanders Red Ale ZZ Hops
2nd Kent Haynes SLambic 23D: Lambic

Table 22: (1001) 22- Belgian Ale (10 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Davo Mahaffey DAVO’S BEER DE GUARDE 24C: Biere de Garde ZZHOPS
2nd Chris Pasko
Co-Brewer: Wendy Smith
Off Friday Farmhouse Ale 24B: Belgian Pale Ale
3rd Andrew Ayers De Haan Belgian Pale Ale 24B: Belgian Pale Ale Lauter Day Brewers

Table 23: (2402) 23 - Strong Belgian Ale (24 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Zachary Belles Don’t Touch My Blonde 25A: Belgian Blond Ale Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Terry Seyler Sun-Dried Saison 25B: Saison
3rd Zachary Belles Neuyohr 25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale Lauter Day Brewers

Table 24: (1202) 24 - Trappist Ale (12 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Andrew Ayers Dark Days Belgian Dark Strong Ale 26D: Belgian Dark Strong Ale Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Lennie Mahler Dubbel 26B: Belgian Dubbel
3rd Sasha Taddie Strong And Dark 26D: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Table 25: (1001) 25 - Historical Beer (10 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Colter Wilson Common Taste 27A: Historical Beer none
2nd Scott Hunt Speakeasy Lager 27A: Historical Beer
3rd Rob Rutledge Duck Butter Gose 27A: Historical Beer ZZ Hops

Table 26: (2803) 26 - American Wild Ale (28 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Ashley Simon
Co-Brewer: Nolan Baumgartner
Sour Red Ale 28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
2nd Terry Seyler Sassy Wit 28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
3rd Rob Rutledge Chitty Bang Bang 28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer ZZ Hops

Table 27: (1602) 27 - Fruit Beer (16 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Kate Austin
Co-Brewer: Mark Imre
"Open Saison" Strawberry Rhubarb Saison 29A: Fruit Beer Hop Bombshells
2nd Brian McKray Hawaiian Son Porter 29A: Fruit Beer Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Andrew Ayers
Co-Brewer: La Dayna Riggs
Fuzzy Peach IPA 29A: Fruit Beer Lauter Day Brewers

Table 28: (2903) 28 - Spiced Beer (29 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Clay Turnbow
Co-Brewer: Chris Jacobs
Coconut Merican 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Lauter Day Brewers
2nd Cort Sessions Black Pumpkin 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer O-TOWN HOP HEADS
3rd Jason Gipson Peppers And Cream Ale 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Table 29: (0801) 29 - Smoked Beer (8 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Rob Rutledge Rob’s Smoke & Wood 32B: Specialty Smoked Beer ZZ Hops
2nd Ross Metzger A Wee Smoked Scott 32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer
3rd Ray Madsen Smoked Porter 32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer

Table 30: (1302) 30 - Wood Beer (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Ashley Simon
Co-Brewer: Nolan Baumgartner
Whisky Barrel Aged Belgian Dark 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
2nd Aaron Smith Queen Of Sorrows 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Kent Haynes Salt Lake Samael 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Table 31: (1302) 31 - Specialty Beer (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Patrick Bourque Blunderbuss Horchata 34C: Experimental Beer
2nd Rob Rutledge Rye Not? 34A: Clone Beer ZZ Hops
3rd Michael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantwell
Levitation For Extraterrestrials 34C: Experimental Beer Lauter Day Brewers

Table 32: (0801) 32- Cider (8 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Tom Shivers Apple Mango Cider C2B: Cider with Other Fruit O-Town Hopheads
2nd Alun Thomas Scrumpers Dry C1B: English Cider
3rd Michael Johnson New World Cider C1A: New World Cider ZZHOPS

Table 33: (1302) 33 - Mead (13 entries)

PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleClub
1st Michael Johnson Blackberry Mead M2C: Berry Mead ZZHOPS
2nd Vince Stuart Peach Mead M2D: Stone Fruit Mead Lauter Day Brewers
3rd Mark Imre Meadeival Acient Strawberry Mead M3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Lauter Day Brewers

Friday, August 07, 2015

New Beer Friday- Seer Stone Edition

This week the Mormons released this image of what is said to be seer stone used by Joseph Smith to translate some "divine" texts into the Book of Mormon. As I look through this magic stone, all I can see is some serious New Beer Friday action and I think there's a peep show somewhere in there as well.... Yeah, I know - tough call, eh? Regardless, it's a pretty diverse New Beer Friday. Please enjoy! 

Ballast Point - Habenero Sculpin: The nose has a bit of grapefruit and a hint of chille meat. The taste is where this one really shines. It begins with grapefruit peel and flesh, balanced by a light mango sweetness and pine. Next comes vegetal habanero with an increasing presence of grapefruit peel and more pine resin. Finish is highly spicy and modestly bitter with peppers, grapefruit peel and grainy malt. If you like pepper beers this one will be right up your zip code. There's a near perfect balance of west coast IPA and pepper heat. 7.0% ABV @ BeerHive, Beer Bar, Slackwater

Sierra Nevada - Harvest Newly Developed Hops IPA: Note: I've got a bit of a cold so my palate is off - please add a review in the comments if your experience is different with this one.  The nose is fruity and herbal - slightly dank as well. The taste follows, but not as fruity. Lots of dank hops with a hint of berry flavors. Light and refreshing. 6.5% ABV  @ BeerHive, Slackwater

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) Abbey Ale: Me no try yet. It's described as having a nose of plums, raisins, caramel malt and Belgian spicing. Flavor is bitter light and dark dried fruit, sweet malt, finishing with an astringent sugary bitterness. Appropriate flavors here for a dark Belgian, but the spicing and bitterness overwhelm the malt body, unbalancing this ale. Medium bodied with some creaminess. 8.5% ABV @ Beer Bar

New Belgium - Long Table: Pours a hazy golden color with a thin foamy head. The nose is strong with coriander and rye malts. The taste starts on the hoppy side with Belgian yeast and spicy malts. Some citrus and berry notes come next with heavy coriander at the end. The finish has a bit of banana and very slight citrus. Good and refreshing. 6.2% ABV @Beer Bar, Slackwater, Bayou

Cheers!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Utah IPA Day 2015

Today we celebrate one of the most iconic beer styles to come out of the craft beer movement - the IPA. The India Pale Ale was born out of necessity in the late 18th Century and actually shares no characteristics with Indian culture or it's agriculture. Basically it was the answer to the problem of providing beer for citizens and soldiers of the British Empire in the east. It was too hot to brew in India, so what was needed was a beer that could survive the grueling six-month journey from Britain without spoiling. In the 1780s, the Hodgson Brewery in London answered the call by sending out a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale that would normally be aged like wine before drinking. The beer not only survived the journey, but was found to have improved immeasurably. This was the prototype IPA; the beer gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the hot and humid Indian climate. Now it's one of the most popular beer styles in the world.

Today you're tasked with the sacred responsibility to consume at least one India Pale Ale and remember the hard work that helped get it into your glass. I've spent precious minutes compiling an incomplete list of events and locally available IPA's for you to choose from.

Uinta Brewing is giving away free Hop Nosh IPA glassware while supplies last at their new brewhouse pub. Also, enjoy $3.00 Trader IPA bottles all day. Open 11am - 8pm.

Epic Brewing will be offering their Hopulant IPA in growler for the first time today in SLC. The growlers pre-packaged (not filled on demand) and will sell until their gone.

Here's your local list, which one you gunna have?
2 Row Accelerator IPA
2 Row Random DIPA
Annex Single Hop IPA
Anchor Liberty Ale
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA
Aztec Hop Serpent 
Ballast Point Even Keel
Ballast Point Sculpin
Big Sky IPA
Black Diamond Hoptah
Boulder Hazed
Boulevard Double Wide IPA
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Deschutes Pine Drops
Epic Hopulent
Epic Imperial IPA
Epic Spiral Jetty IPA
Firestone Double Jack IPA
Firestone Union Jack IPA
Full Sail IPA
Full Sail Bump in the Night
Hop Rising IPA
Kona IPA
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas IPA
Moab Jonny's IPA
Moab Black IPA
New Belgium Ranger IPA
Ninkasi Tricerahops
Park City Brewery Last Pitch IPA
Payette IPA
Pelican India Pelican Ale
Pyramid IPA
Red Rock Elephino DIPA
Rogue Brutal IPA
Roosters Hellavation IPA
Samuel Adams IPA
Samuel Smiths IPA
Sierra Nevada Torped
Sierra Nevada Estate
Shades of Pale MisDirected IPA
Sockeye IPA
Squatters IPA
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA
Uinta Detour Double IPA
Uinta Hop Notch IPA
Uinta Dubhe
Uinta Trader IPA
Upslope IPA
Vernal Anyday IPA

I know there's a lot more out there than this, please enjoy your day and tell us what you're drinking!

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Uinta's Ready Set Gose


Uinta has a Gose coming our way! What the Hell is a Gose? Well, It's a beer style that hails from Leipzig, Germany. Typically they're an unfiltered wheat beer made with 50-60% malted wheat, which gives it that cloudy yellow color and provides a refreshing crispness. Gose beers are brewed with slightly salty water. It is likely that the original source of saltiness in Gose is the naturally salty water that comes out of some of the mineral-rich aquifers in and around Leipzig area.

A Gose beer will have a low hop bitterness and a complementary dryness and spice from the use of ground coriander seeds and a sharpness from the addition of salt. Like Berliner Weisse beers, a Gose will sometimes be laced with various flavored and colored syrups. This is to balance out the addition of lactic acid that is added to the boil. These beers are typically low in alcohol and randge from 4%-5% ABV.

This new offering from Uinta will be a straight up tradional sour offering comprising mostly tart lemon flavors with a slight sodium bite. Ready Set Gose is set to make it's debut at the Utah Beer Festival on August 15th. It will likely be showing up on some of Uinta's seasonal taps around the state. No word yet on if it will canned or bottled.

Prost!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Squatters Barrel Fever Double Bock

Here's a new small batch release from Squatters. Barrel Fever Double Bock appears to be Wasatch's Devastator Double Bock aged in High West Whiskey barrels and re-branded to Squatters. It's all made under the same roof. I guess it doesn't matter what label it's under. This beer has been aging for quite a few months and is finally ready to hit the market.

Barrel Fever is described as having woody - maple/vanilla notes with that great High West Whiskey character. It dials in at a big 11.2% ABV and will be available in 22oz. bombers. Dopple Bocks work great with barrel aging. The sweet toffee malt flavors work seamlessly with the whiskey notes. I'm really looking forward to trying this. As soon as it hits the shelves we'll spread the word. Hopefully by week's end or early next week.

And yes, I did notice that the labels refers to this lager as an ale. Weird.

Prost!