Friday, August 18, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/18/17

Not only is it New Beer Friday, but it's also Utah Beer Fest weekend. There will be a ton of breweries and a shload of beers pouring at the state fairgrounds. Follow the links to get an idea of what to expect. Here's all of the other info you may need. Hope to see you there!

Full Sail Session - Watermelon Wheat: Pretty much as advertised. The nose has watermelon and the taste is subtle watermelon flavor with wheat. You already know if this is your thing or not. Proceed accordingly. 5.4% ABV @ DABC

Anchor - Coffee Porter: This beer is brand new practically everywhere and not many have had it yet, including me. Look for nice coffee notes that don't overwhelm the base porter. 6.7% ABV @ DABC

Kona - Lemongrass Luau: A lot of ginger in the nose with some hops. The taste is big with herbal, ginger, lemon peel, and grass. The lemongrass is most prominent in the end. The ginger is just too strong for me, but I'm not a huge ginger root guy. If your a fan? you'll probably love this light and crisp ale. 5.0% ABV

Ninkasi - Oktoberfest: This seems to be a new incarnation of their Festbier that hit this time last year. This version is heavily bitter for marzen (though they don't cal it that). Picking out the malts is a bit difficult which should be easy because this should be more malt driven. It does indicate that it is dry-hopped. It's not a bad beer but if you're looking for a tradition Oktoberfest Lager this may leave you wanting. 5.9% ABV @ Beer Bar

Wasatch - Nitro Pumpkin: Though it's technically not a new beer, it's nitrogen conditioning takes this beer into other dimensions. The pie spices are prominent and the bitterness is low. It's kinda cool to try this beer side-by-side with it's CO2 brother to see how different the same beer can taste with different gasses.  Which do you like better? 4.0% ABV @ Grocery, C-stores, Bayou

Don't forget to tune in to New Beer Friday on KBER 101 this afternoon at 3:30 as Mick, Allen and myself discuss these beers and other Utah beer related stuff.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Shot-Ski Record Returns to Park City

In January of 2014 the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado set a world's record for the longest shot-ski at 219 skis and 666 people at 973 feet long. In case you're not sure what a shot-ski is, think of a traditional snow ski that has shot glasses glued to the plank. Now get a bunch of friends, fill the shot glasses with whatever and drink it down at the same time without spilling. That's basically it.

On October, 22nd Park City, Utah broke that record as people celebrated the 30th anniversary of Wasatch Brewery. 1,191 people lined up in the middle of Park City’s Main Street to throw back some of Wasatch’s Premium Ale with a 961-foot-long shot-ski. That record lasted for about three months as Breckenridge took it back in January of this year with 1,234 people drinking from the 1,997-foot shot-ski.

Well, guess what? Park City and the Wasatch Brewery is looking to take it back once again. The one long ski (actually a total of 440 skis bolted together) will be hoisted at 2:00 p.m. on October, 14th in an attempt to re-break the record.

And to keep the celebration going, Wasatch Brewery will host a beer garden in the Brew Pub lot from noon until 6:00, complete with games, live music, a food truck and of course, a selection of Wasatch Brewery’s award-winning craft beers. This year's goal is to sign up a total of 1,250 beer-lovers.

There will be several different ticket options in 2017 including:
$20 ticket, good for one unreserved spot on a ski
$25 ticket, good for one unreserved spot on a ski plus entrance to the beer garden, plus your first beer (capacity limited to 600)
$500 VIP Team Ticket, which includes:
6 reserved spots on two skis
2 skis wrapped with your team or company name to take home as a souvenir
6 entrance passes to the Wasatch Beer Garden
6 beer tokens.

Now that the word has gotten out about what a fun event this is, organizers anticipate that it will sell out very quickly this year, so they are encouraging all potential participants to purchase tickets as soon as possible by going to, says Wasatch Marketing Director Judy Cullen. And to inspire everyone to dress up in costume, Wasatch Brewery founder Greg Schirf will be handing out gift cards and Wasatch “swag” to entrants dressed in the best regalia. The goal, like last year, is to have fun while raising money for the Sunrise Rotary of Park City, a very worthwhile cause.

I had a blast participating in the record last year, I'd recommend that you all give it a "shot", see what I did there? Go Park City!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beer Preview: Moab's FMU Double IPA

I've got another sneak peak of a new beer coming from Moab Brewing Co. This brand new creation is a Double IPA, called FMU. When it hits liquor store shelves in the coming weeks, it will contain four pounds of hops per barrel (31 gallons) and feature Columbus and Simcoe hops at it's base with Centennial and Cascade hops rounding it out later in the boil.

The ABV will be 9.6% and it will be packaged in Moab's standard 16 ounce cans. The release date is probably not too far down the road, as soon as it hits you'll see it here.


Friday, August 11, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/11/17

In today's New Beer Friday we have some "out of the box" stuff to help you find your weekend groove.

Avenues Proper's Brett Pale Ale -  The nose has musty leather and funk with some tangerine and lemon notes. No tartness as expected. The flavor is tangerine peel with yeasty bread dough. some leather as well. Not a lot of sweetness, mostly hops and Brett. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lighter and drier side. Mild hoppy bite in the finish. Tasty for sure and easy to drink. Brett pales aren't for everyone, gives this a try and let me know what you think. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper (only)

Proper's Redrum - Red Ale. Not tried this one yet. 4.0% ABV @ Proper

Hopworks Urban Brewery's HUB Cider - Mostly tart apples with some sweet apple juice rounding out the back end. Not quite Jolly Rancher tart, but in that neighborhood. Nice cider. 6.8% ABV @ Beer Bar.

What did I miss? Please let us know.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Snowbird's 45th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

One of the ten best Oktoberfest celebrations in America is just two days from it's eight week run. Snowbird's Oktoberfest is without a doubt one of the most visually stunning settings you will find and the beer selection is a top notch collection of local and regional brands.

Oktoberfest runs every Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 12 through Oct. 15, 2017, including Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4. There are a few special events that will be happening during the fest as well, including:  
Beard & Moustache Competition: August 12
Military Appreciation Weekends: August 12-13, 19-20
Bratwurst Eating Championship: August 19

Snowbird is encouraging carpooling and parking is $5 cash and no pets are allowed.

One more thing. If you have previously purchased a beer mug at Snowbird you can bring it back with you and have it filled. That way you don't have to buy a new mug every year. It must say Snowbird on it though. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Epic Launches a Series of New England-Style IPA

From Epic - It’s true! We have a new series of New England-style IPAs coming your way in August. These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Through months of R&D and long nights cleaning out the clogged heat exchanger we’ve developed several different recipes - because our approach to the New England-Style is simple: more is better!

The series will launch in 12oz cans and on draft across our entire distribution footprint. Each release will have its own code name

The first cans will begin packing the middle of August before being rushed to distribution. We are optimizing batch sizes and distributor orders so the beer hits shelves as fresh as possible. Keep your eye peeled these beers may come and go as we brew to meet demand. Follow us on social media for updates and new recipe releases.
and rotate recipes every 2-3 months. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe. Our first release goes by Citralush and its over-the-top use of late addition Citra and Mosaic hops gives the beer huge notes of sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and a very subtle touch of Colorado dankness.


Friday, August 04, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/4/17

New Beer Friday is chock-full of goodness this week. Now with twice the recommended dose of Conway Twitty!

Snake River's Eclipse Ale: This pale ale is citrusy and floral in the nose. The taste follows with a bit of tangerine and floral bitterness. There is some toasted grain sweetness rounding it out. Overall, it's a tasty pale, not bad for a one and done beer. 5.2% ABV @ Slackwater

Desert Edge's ALTernative Facts Alt: This is a light copper colored German Ale. Malty sweet aroma with a smooth bready malt flavor. Low hop flavor and dry finish 4.0% ABV. @ Desert Edge

Ballast Point's Sea Rose: Hints of pomegranate in the nose. The flavor has a creamy malts with some tart cherry flavor and pomegranate. The flavors as subtle and not in your face. Overall, the flavors are pleasant and it tastes surprisingly fresh. Highly drinkable. 4.0% ABV @ Harmon'sand othe grocery and C-stores.

Talisman Presents - North East Style IPA: Not tried this one yet. Described as juicy and tropical. 7.0% ABV @ Talisman

Melvin's Heyzues: Grassy lemon nose. The taste starts with crackers and dry malts. The bitterness is somewhat herbal with some lemongrass notes. The finish has some pine resins. This is a really great Mexican style lager. @ Slackwater, Bayou

Proper's Lei Effect: This Gose is enhanced with passion fruit. The nose is dry and tart with a slight hint of sulphides. The taste is lemony and slightly briny with tart passion fruit. Some dry cracker notes round out the tartness. 5.0% ABV. Debuts later this afternoon at Proper Brewing. 

Mother Earth's Primordial IIPA: Thus has a subdued nose of mostly citrus peel and flowery hops. The taste has pine, citrus and floral notes. The malts are somewhat muted. A bit of alcohol makes it slightly drying in the finish. A nice west coast style IPA, it's just a tad dry. 9.5% ABV @ Slackwater, Bayou, BeerHive 


Thursday, August 03, 2017

Bonneville Needs You, and Your Beard Could Earn You Some Dough.

Have you mastered your home brewing skills? Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Then my friend it's time to set aside you kitchen's brew gear and get paid for doing the thing that you love. 

Bonneville Brewery is seeking a driven, passionate individual to join its production team. The position is for an assistant brewer. Bonneville Brewery is located in Tooele, Utah, about a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City. Local residence a plus.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, clean and willing to work under a variety of conditions. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license, flexible schedule and a passion for producing high-quality product.
Duties to include, but not limited to:

Keg cleaning/filling
Packaging on a Meheen bottling line
Operate a forklift (We’ll teach you if you never have)
Draught line cleaning at multiple locations
Beer delivery/retrieval of empty cooperage
Cleaning of fermentation and storage vessels
Transferring beer from fermentation vessels to storage tanks
Assistance during wort production
Craft soda making
Shipment receiving and organization
Facility cleaning and maintenance
Public events and promotion
Physical requirements include: Ability to lift 50 pounds over head, multiple times per day. Ability to lift/move kegs (175 pounds), crouching, reaching, pulling et cetera in a hot/cold, wet and noisy environment.
Home brewing experience is a plus, but not required.
Brewery experience also a plus, but not required
Compensation DOE
Send resume and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in Bonneville Brewery to:

1641 N Main St
Tooele, UT 84074-8023
Snowbird's Oktoberfest is still weeks away, but if you want in on the 4th Annual Snowbird Oktoberfest Beard And Mustache Competition you'd better start planning planning your attack now. 

Hosted by The Salty Saints Social Club and Facial Hair Society and presented by Olio Skin And Beard Co., this competition celebrates the artistic and creative side of facial hair. It's not only about length and style (and men), there are chin sweater categories that women and kids can get behind as well. 

Here are the details:

August 12, 2017
Registration 12:00-1:00pm
Comp starts 1:00pm

Main Event Information follow us on Facebook:

Main Event sponsor:
Olio Skin & BeardCo. 

Charity :
Wasatch Adaptive Sports

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird Oktoberfest

Competitor Tickets:

Oktoberfest is a free event! 
No charge for spectators.
Competitors' tickets will be $20 if you pay in advance, and $25 at the door.
Special Guest Judges:
1. Nick Bacon 
2. Matt Gatica
3. Rose Geil
4. Marc McShane
5. Tiffany Manning

Natural Moustache
Styled Moustache
Partial Beard
Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache
Natural Full Beard under 4"
Natural Full Beard 4"-8"
Natural Full Beard 8"-12"
Natural Full Beard over 12"
Freestyle Beard
Whiskerina (Fantasy)
Whiskerina (Natural)
Kids Exhibition (non-competitive)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Strap Tank Plans New Brewpub

Is Strap Tank Brewing just a little too far south to make it a regular stop for you? If that's the case I have some news that will make you happy. Earlier this month, the Lehi City Planning Commission approved Strap Tank's concept plan for a new restaurant and microbrewery that is to be located at 3525 N. Outlet Parkway in Lehi's Traverse Mountain area.

The concept plan is said to be very similar to the Springville Strap Tank location, but will be modified to adjust to the sloped geography of Traverse Mountain. Of course some residence made their concerns known to the commission saying, they didn't want the brewpub near schools, parks or neighborhoods. They were assured by Lehi City, that zoning would not be an issue.

Lehi's Planning Commission unanimously approved the concept plan. Strap Tank still needs to return with a finalized site plan.

It would seem that owner, Rick Salisbury has "tapped" into an under served market in Utah County and that the area is due for a craft beer boom. I'll be following Strap Tank's progress in Lehi. Stay close for updates.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Utah's Winners at 39th Annual National Homebrew Competition

David and Scott Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah were presented a gold medal at the 39th annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition in the English Pale Ale Category at the Homebrew Con 2017 awards banquet held at The Minneapolis Convention Center.

The 2017 National Homebrew Competition had a total 8,618 entries from 3,530 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 13 other countries. “We feel honored to be among some of the great home brewers not only in the United States, but across the globe,” said Scott Anderson. “It is truly amazing that local home brewers in Utah, of all states, took home a gold, silver, and bronze medal.”

The first round took place at 12 regional sites across the country. The top three entries at each site in each of the 33 brew style categories advance to the final round of the competition, held every year at Homebrew Con. This year, the final round of judging took place June 15 at Homebrew Con, where 1,134 entries were evaluated by the judges. “The American Homebrewers Association is thrilled to congratulate David and Scott Anderson on their award,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. They beat out many outstanding competitors at the National Homebrew Competition—the world’s largest international beer competition—and that’s something to be extremely proud of.”

Big kudos go out to Chris Detrick and Andrew Ayers who also received medals in the competition. Nicely done to you all!

Category 17 Bronze: Double IPA Chris Detrick of Salt Lake City, UT     Lauter Day Brewers

Category 20 Silver: Belgian Ale Andrew Ayers of South Jordan, UT     Lauter Day Brewers

Here's the entire winners list.


Friday, July 28, 2017

New Beer Friday 7/28/17

Not a huge selection of New Beer Friday suds today. However, all three of these beers are damn tasty. You cant go wrong with any of these.

Hoppers - Sendero Obscuro: Pours a clear chestnut-brown color with off-white head, leaving a ring of lacing. The nose has bready malt, fresh bread crust and grass. The taste starts off with roasted grain, cocoa and a bit of brown sugar. A slight nuttiness comes in next with a hint of corn pops as well. The end is floral and grassy, with a nice drying bitterness in the finish. One of the best traditional Mexican lagers made in the state. A must try! 4.0% ABV Look for it at Hoppers.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration: Pours a clear -  darkened honey color with a nice pillowy head. The nose has sweet malt some honey and herbal grass. Right off the bat you get a nice dose of caramel malt that is rounded out with a nice dose a vanilla-like flavors. On the back end the hops are assertive and drying with herbal grasses and hint of spices. This is a wonderful marzen that is true to style. Get on this one fast because it will likely never be made again. 6.1% ABV. Look for it at DABC, Beer Bar.

Ballast Point - Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale: This IPA is hazy with golden orange hues. The head is on the thin side, but it's fine. The nose has citrus peel, peach, mango and lime with some caramel cake. Tropical fruitiness takes the lead in the taste with peach, mango, tangerine and lime. The malt bed ties it all together in the end creating a familiar fruit salad richness. More juicy and fruity than the filtered version. Worth checking out for sure.7.0% ABV Look for it at DABC.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Pie and Beer Day 2017!

It's the 24th of July, the day that many in the state of Utah celebrate the pioneers that helped to make Utah what it is today. If you're not of the pioneer culture, a transplant or just looking for a good excuse to enjoy a pint with pie then today is also your lucky day. Pie and Beer Day which sounds like Pioneer Day and coincidentally takes place on the same day (weird huh?). This counter celebration will be taking place in backyards, bars and restaurants all over the state. The biggest one however will be happening in downtown SLC today at the Beer Bar

Over 8,000 slices of pie from over 20 different restaurants and bakeries and over 20 different beers from local breweries. $25 gets you your pie pass that's paired with select beers. I have the list of Bakeries/Breweries/Pies/Beers so that you can more easily plan your attack. 

Beer Bar is located at 161 e. 200 s. This is a fundraiser for the Utah Brewers Guild and is a 21 and older event. Starts at 3pm until 7pm.





EVA + Wasatch
PEACH w/ Chasing Tail Ale





AMOUR - Uinta
BOSENBERRY GELATO PIE w/ Cahoots Flanders Red or Croggy Brett saison.

5 CHEESE w / Roosters Honey Wheat

BEER BAR - Talisman
Rich & Duncan
BLACK BERRY RHUBARB w/ Talisman Brown Porter


FINCA - Bonneville
PEACH PIE w/ Peach Cream Hefe


RED ROCK - Hoppers
PEACH COBBLER w/ Mexican Amber Lager Sendero Obscuro - hints of chocolate malt

STONEGROUND - Vernal Brewing
TIRAMISU PIE w/ Pilgrimage Extra Pale Ale



HONEY & GRAINS - Strap Tank
TRIPLE BERRY PIE w/ Lemon Grass and Ginger Amber Ale 

Also - The Shooting Star Saloon will be having a Pie and Beer celebration as well. One of the oldest bars in the west will be serving up slices and brews all day. Here's the info.


Friday, July 21, 2017

New Beer Friday 7/21/17

Talisman - Season Ale - Raspberry Gose: Lemon mostly dominates with a bit of brine. The raspberry is subtle and has a tough time getting past the tartness. Nice and refreshing. 4.0% ABV. @ Talisman

Talisman - Talisman Presents N.E. IPA: Not tried this one yet. Look for an IPA with low bitterness and high amounts of citrus and tropical fruit notes. 7% ABV. @ Talisman

Full Sail - Cherry Black:  The nose has cherry, backed by faint notes of cocoa. The taste follows with  black cherry, then a healthy dose of cocoa. Some grassy bitterness in the finish help to balance it out. 5.4% ABV. @ DABC

Proper - Guava Skittlebrau: The Guava really shines on this latest incarnation of Skittlebrau. The malts are slightly toasty and there's a slight tartness in the finish. Very nice. 4.0% ABV. @ Proper

Proper - Delightsome White IPA: Love the name of this WIPA. Doughy coriander with spicy citrus peel. A nice change of pace. 4.0% ABV. @ Proper

Epic Coffee Cream Ale: The nose has toasted grain and coffee - slightly nutty too. The taste is mostly cereal driven with subtle coffee flavors. It works pretty well, the coffee here is more of accent rather than the primary driver. Nice beer. 5.6% ABV @ Epic

Payette - Aura Guava and Hibiscus:  Lots of tart cranberry and unripened guava. I'm not big on hibiscus, luckily it's nicely restrained. Well rounded and tasty. 4.0% ABV. @ Harmons


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coming From Epic This Fall

Believe it or not you are going to start seeing the Autumn beers very soon. I'm talking about your Oktoberfests (marzens), Pumpkins and Harvest Beers. Epic Brewing Co. has done some tweaking of some of their beers inside and outside of the bottle. Epic's Fermentation Without Representation is now called Imperial Pumpkin Porter (it's no longer a collaboration beer with DC Brau). There will be some minor tweaks, other than that it will still be the same rich beer.

Epic is also going to take that Imperial Pumpkin Porter and age it in bourbon barrels. Bourbon and pumpkin spices make a fantastic tasting combo. I cant wait to see what comes of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Porter. There is no release date yet for these, I imagine that the Imperial Pumpkin will debut first. If you behave yourselves, I promise to fill you in as to when.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coming Soon: Grapefruit Hop Nosh

If you are a fan of Uinta's Tangerine Hop Nosh, I have a preview of something that may make your mouth water as well. This morning I came across the labels for Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA, the newest in Uinta's fruit enhanced IPA series.

Like the Tangerine version, this IPA will contain fruit puree that will give the beer it's citrusy punch. it will dial in at 7.3% ABV and will be available in 12 oz bottle and cans. Stay close for it's release.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Local, Liquid Happiness Coming Soon

Rejoice! More new beers are coming your way and I'm happy to be able to give you a preview of the liquid happiness that will be making it's way to your fridges soon.

First up we have Udder Chaos from Talisman Brewing. Besides having a great name, this milk stout will be full of chocolatey goodness and lactose sweetness. It will dial in at 4% and I hope that means it will be popping up at my local grocery store sooner rather than later.

Next up we have another dark beer that should be showing up sometime this week. Sweet Dreams from Shades of Pale is an Imperial Porter that will come in at a hefty 9.5%. This beer is big on roast, char and malt sweetness. As soon as SOP slaps those labels on it'll be good to go. Give 'em a few days.

The next beer up isn't really new, but it's a new look for a beer that will soon be a major part of our late summer/autumn drinking.
Bohemian's Oktoberfest is one of the more widely available locally made marzens and this one usually pops up near the end of August. Look for it in 12 ounce cans. This beer has a clear amber-orange color with a good two fingers of white head. The nose is mostly malt driven with caramel and citrus highlights. The flavor has a mild maltiness with a bit of vanilla and a slight bitterness. Average carbonation with a medium/light body. 4.0%.

Stay close for the release dates on these and other new beers.


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Friday, July 14, 2017

New Beer Friday 7/14/17

Happy New Beer Friday! Please select your choice from the options above. Don't screw this up, your weekend may depend upon it.

Mother Earth - Born Blonde Ale: Not tried this one yet. look for a lightly malty palate. Most have a subdued fruitiness. Hop character is of the noble variety, or similar. 4.8% ABV @Slackwater, Beerhive, Bayou.

Mother Earth -  Say when IPA: A Passion Fruit enhanced IPA - with light flavors of citrus and herbal leafy hops. Low bitterness. 7.5% ABV @ @Slackwater, Beerhive, Bayou.

Magic Hat - Ticket to Rye IPA: Not tried this one yet. Described as having rye spice, nicely woven into a hearty, bitter backup from an entire band of Nugget hops.7.1% ABV @ DABC

Firestone Walker - West Side BivoStarts out tasting of lemon and tangerine hops. Mild hops come next with toasty cedar and floral hops rounding it out. Fairly bitter finish. 6.5% ABV @Slackwater, Beerhive, Bayou & Beer Bar

Stone - W00t Stout 2017: Wonderful vanilla and cocoa nibs up front. A nice pecan nuttiness shows up late, just before a nice bourbon swirl rounds it out. 13.5% ABV @Slackwater, Beerhive, Bayou & Beer Bar


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The 4th Annual Pie & Beer Day

What makes a Holiday? I have no clue. Annually we as a culture celebrate some seriously weird shit. Pioneer Day is not "weird shit". It's a day that celebrates a people's long journey to their new home. It's pretty great thing. Sadly though it's evolved into a thinly veiled religious holiday for a select segment of our population. I think that's why the Pie and Beer Day phenomena has been gaining ground so quickly. It is literally "Festivus for the Rest of us". If you don't subscribe to an established way of celebrating, all you need is a clever play on words and a theme to rally behind. Not to mention that sometimes you just need an excuse to get a few like minded people together to celebrate a thing in a way that seems appropriate to you.

There will be a few ways to celebrate Pie and Beer Day on (or around) the 24th of July. Today we're talking about the largest celebration that happens annually at Salt Lake City's Beer Bar. Hosted by Bad Brad Wheeler, City Weekly and the Beer Bar - this party brings together Utah's craft breweries and some of the state's finest restaurants, bakeries and clubs to pair sweet and savory pies with fine local beers. The only floats you'll see here are stout beer floats. 

Pie and Beer Day at Beer Bar will be a fundraiser for the
Utah Brewer's Guild. Your "Pie Pass" will get you Five pie and beer pairings [more can be purchased]. Tickets for this 21+ event will be available at the door. Date: July 24th, 3pm to 7pm at 161 East 200 South, Salt Lake City. 

participating Pie Makers:
Pat's BBQ
Garage on Beck
Tulie Bakery
Copper Onion
Stein Erickson Lodge
Honeycomb Bakery
Beer Bar
Vertical Diner
Eating Establishment
Red Rock

Your participating Breweries:
Park City
Red Rock
Mountain West Cider
Desert Edge
2 Row

Strap Tank 

Stay close for more updates as the day gets closer.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Stein Eriken's Hops on the Hill

Deer Valley's Hops on the Hill, has been one of those 'best kept secrets' among Park City locals for the past few years now. It's one of those great weekly events that pair local craft beers and with Chef Zane's (of Stein Erikson Lodge) best bites on the deck as live music plays nearby on the lawn.

The beer, the food, the music changes every week, making each Tuesday evening unique. Here's you're schedule, along with participating breweries bands. The menus are fluid and will be revealed closer to the events.

$20 Food and $20 Beer Tasting | 6pm - 7:30pm on the Deck
Free Concert | 6pm - 9pm on the Lawn
Outdoor a la Carte Grill | 6 pm on the Lawn

7700 Stein Way, Park City, Utah 84060
Reservations recommended. (435) 645-6455


Friday, July 07, 2017

New Beer Friday 7/07/2017

When the heat hits hard, people chase the beers that are on the light and crushable side of the spectrum. Thankfully, that's exactly what we have in this week's New Beer Friday - a hand full of quenchers that have arrived just in the nick of time.

Desert Edge Vienna Lager - This is a light copper colored German lager with a rich, smooth malt character. The flavor is full of bready malt with a very light, floral hop character in the end. Medium body with a dry finish. 4.0% ABV

Fisher Blondowski - This somewhat malty brew has some subdued fruitiness from the grains along with herbal and grassy bitterness. The body is light. If you're into Kolsch Biers you dig this. 4.0% ABV

Fisher Strawhoppa - This is a clean wheat ale. You'll get mostly toasted crackers and floral hops. The yeast here is mostly neutral, so the typical esters are barely present. 4.0% ABV

Red Rock West Coast Pale Ale - This American pale ale has notes of brown sugar, bready malts, lemony-pine notes and a touch of grapefruit. It's on the light side of medium-bodied, with moderate CO2. Fairly refreshing, with a reasonably hoppy kick. 4.0% ABV

Red Rock Lime Gose - The lime flavors here play well with the tart lemony base, creating a pleasant citrus smack. Some dough and sodium lingers in the back. Quite nice. 4.0% ABV


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Coming Soon From Epic

I managed to get my hands on some of the new things that Epic Brewing Co will be selling in Salt Lake City in the near future. The first one is long overdue in my opinion, I can't believe this beer hasn't got the barrel treatment before. Epic's Whiskey Barrel Barley Wine takes their American Style Barley Wine and gives it a sabbatical in (as of yet) undisclosed whiskey barrels. No word yet on when this beer will be finished.

The other beer isn't really new to Epic but it is new to SLC. Originally created under the name Kaffeina, this beer was brewed in collaboration with Denver, Colorado's Crafty Ladies Beer Club. Coffee Cream Ale (as it will be called in Utah), is described as having a huge and unexpected roasted coffee aroma. The fruity ale esters blend perfectly with the lightness of the roasted coffee and suggest orange blossoms and pomegranate with butterscotch sweetness from the malt. The finish is mildly tannic and returns to the roasted quality of the aroma.

Both should be a welcome addition to their SLC Lineup.  Hang in there, release dates will be coming soon.


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Friday, June 30, 2017

New Beer Friday: End of June Edition

There's no better way to say, adios to the month of June than with a little New Beer Friday action. It's not a massive NBF but it will satisfy. Today's beer meme is dedicated to Kirsten, who doesn't drink alcohol but loves her some New Beer Friday.

Oskar Blues Fugli - If you're not familiar with Yuzu and Ugli fruit, think Passion Fruit and that'll give you an idea of what's going on here. The Yuzu and Ugli fruit are subtle and just add a enough sweetness to balance out the bitter hops. 5.8% ABV @ Bayou

Upslope Citra Pale Ale - Orange peel pretty much dominates this beer. There is some hop bitterness and the malts are subtle, but if your not into orange peel? you will be sad. If you're a fan of Citra hop you won't taste 'em here. Not too bad for a fruit enhanced Pale Ale. 5.8% ABV

Sierra Nevada 3 Weight IPA - This new beer from Sierra Nevada was brewed especially for our market with input from local beer industry insiders, including Beer Bar's Rich Noel and Duncan Burrell. The Boys actually went to the Chico Brewery and help design the beer. The malts are light and somewhat cracker like. The hops have a dankness to them along with some citrus smack. Right now it's just on draft at Beer Bar, but it will start popping up in grocery and c-stores [12oz. bottles] in the coming weeks. 4.0% ABV

Strap Tank Dampfbier - This one is akin to steam beer. Lots of toasted malts, biscuit caramel. hops are mostly piney and herbal. The big difference here is the banana/clove flavors that you get from the yeast. A nice "change of pace" beer. 4.0% ABV.

Don't forget about tomorrow's SLUG Mag On-Tap Beerfest that's in support of the Utah Brewers Guild. I'm hearing there will be a DUI Blitz tomorrow, PLEASE USE PUBLIC TRANSIT.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Angry Goat Pub

Listen up, beer nerds! You have a new craft beer destination in Ogden to help satisfy your cravings. The Angry Goat Pub and Kitchen officially opened yesterday with a limited food menu and a huge 2570 Washington Blvd.Ogden, Utah, UT 84401.
beer list comprised of over 200 bottled beers, including seventeen tap handles. Liquor and wine are also available. The Angry Goat is located

It looks like I have another beer adventure in front of me this weekend. Damn, this is tough work!

If you've visited the Angry Goat, please share your impressions. Thirsty beer nerds want to know!


Photos courtesy: Chelsey Bradbury

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SLUG Mag on Tap Happens this Saturday

This Saturday is SLUG Mag on Tap - a beer festival designed to celebrate SLUG Magazine's 10th Annual Local Beer Issue as well as being a fundraiser for the Utah Brewers Guild. This festival will take place at the Gateway and will feature only locally produced beers and ciders - both high and low point.

The fest will feature 22 breweries pouring 79 beers from breweries ranging from Vernal to Zion. Booths will also be set up showcasing some of Utah's newest "in planning" breweries, to give people an idea of what kind of new suds they can expect in the coming months.

This will be an adults only shindig, so please leave the kiddos with nanna.

When: 2–7 p.m. at The Gateway. Pre-sale tickets are available for $20 and will be $25 day-of. Each ticket includes 3 sample tokens and a full-sized commemorative mug. No chairs, coolers, umbrellas, strollers, wagons, dogs or tents are allowed. I have a feeling the Gateway's Fountain will be highly utilized. RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Note: Front Runner and Trax are excellent option to get you to and from the fest.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Half Assed New Beer Friday

If you're not familiar with my day job (why would you), Fox13 News pays my bills. Basically I'm a camera money and my jungle this week is in Panguitch, Utah covering the massive wildfire out here. The interwebs has been scarce out here and since I managed to find a patch of WiFi, I thought I'd try and get some New Beer Friday info out to you.

Hoppers El Norteño - This light colored lager is influenced after the great brewing traditions brought to Mexico by the Austrian and German immigrants. Lighter in color than the Viennese amber colored lagers brewed in Mexico, it stays true to the art of crafting a clean crisp refreshing lager. Made from North American grown Pilsener malt, Vienna malt and a small amount of corn, floral German Hallertau Mittlefräh hops, and a Mexican Lager yeast. 4.0% ABV

Lagunitas Dark Swan - Mikey no try this wild ale. 8.7% ABV @ BeerHive

Stone RuinTen - Mikey no try this Triple IPA. 10.8% ABV @ BeerHive

Stone Ghost Hammer - Mikey no try this IPA 6.7% ABV @ Bayou, BeerHive

Bohemian Brewer's Stache Copper Lager - Pours a bright deep copper color and has aromas of toasted bread and biscuit that lead into a caramel malt backbone with a touch of smoke and roast in the finish. Perle hops lend a spicy balance to the array of malts used in Bohemian's new unique lager. While medium in body, this full flavored lager is a delightful alternative to the typical beers of summer. 4.0% ABV @ Bohemian


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 3rd Annual "WeeBeer" Festival

2017 is looking to be the summer of the beerfest. At this point we're looking at one a month and at this point in Utah's craft beer renaissance that's not a bad thing. The 3rd Annual "WeeBeer" Festival includes food, entertainment, vendors and of course beer. 

This event is held outdoor at Ogden's Golden Spike Event Center on Saturday, June 24th. Organizers invite you to bring your own shade and items to relax on. There will also be games available such as lawn twister, flamingo ring toss, large corn hole, lawn tic tac toe, and lawn checkers!

There will be 50+ varieties of beer being poured including:
Epic Brewing
The RoHa Brewing Project
Laughing Dog Brewery
Moab Brewery
Oskar Blues
Selkirk Abbey
Sockey Brewing
Talisman Brewing
Upslope Brewing
Wasatch Brewery
Bohemian Brewing
Fort Collins Brewery
Golden Road Brewery
[more craft brewers TBA]
There will also be beer from Anheuser-Busch, Miller-Coors, Blue Moon, Killians, Red's Apple Ale, Tecate Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Dos Equis.

Food vendors include CupBop Food Truck, Papa Murphy's, Feedback Food Truck, and loaded curly fries!

$10 Admission includes - 6oz Pilsner glass, pretzel pack and 3 beer tickets. Additional beer tickets available.

$5 Admission for non-drinkers- includes access to food vendors and band (must be 6 years and older, does not include glass or pretzels)
Additional Beer Tickets- $1.50/1 ticket, $12.50/10 tickets, $20/20 tickets

The event will run from 3p until 9p.

For more information or questions, please contact Jan Wilson (801)399-8711.

Hope to see you there.


Photo Courtesy:
BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Beer Friday 6/16/17

We have a broad choice of flavors for this week's New Beer Friday. We have a Bock, an Amber, a DIPA and a Belgian style Pale Ale. Plenty to keep your tongue occupied.

Stone Enjoy by 7/4/17 - This version has a nice nose of orange, lemon, peach and caramelized sugar.
The taste has bitter grapefruit peel and fruity malts. Lots of citrus here. Bitterness dominates here. Was expecting more tropical fruits based on the nose but it's adequately fruity. Dry and bitter finish. 9.4% ABV @ Beer Bar, Dick n' Dixies

Brewery Ommegang Bend the Knee -  This is the latest in Ommegang's Game of Thrones series of beers. The nose is floral and spicy. The taste starts with fruity and spicy yeast along with a good dose of honey. Peppery notes and coriander come next with some vinious orange and lemon. Bitter finish. This not my favorite style of beer but I found this pretty enjoyable. 9.0% ABV Bayou, Beer Bar

Desert Edge Hoppy Amber - The name says it all. This is an unfiltered amber ale featuring Simcoe, Centennial, and Wai-iti hops in the kettle and dry hopped with Mosaic. A nice toasty, caramel malt flavor balances the bright citrus from the hops for a small beer with big flavor. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Lagunitas Lagunator - I missed out on this one. This is a Bock, so look for a malt forward beer with a moderate amount of hops. 7.7% ABV @ DABC

See anything that I missed? Please share!

We'll be discussing these beers and other local beer news this afternoon at 3:30pm on KBER 101, with Mick and Allen