Friday, October 13, 2017

New Beer Friday the 13th Part Deux

Be warned, I'm feeling a little ornery on this New Beer Friday morning. I desperately need a little attitude adjustment. Any suggestions?

2 Row Breakfast Stout: The newest entry from 2 Row has a nice aroma of coffee and some herbal hops. The Taste follows with some smoked molasses added and cocoa as well. The end is surprisingly hoppy and herbal. It's slightly over-hopped which seems to muddle the coffee flavors in my opinion. It looks like it's quite a hit. Don't wait too long, it moving fast! 7.8% ABV  Available at 2 Row and your better beer bars and restaurants.

Lagunitas Eroica: Th is new beer from Lagunitas pours a light amber color with little head retention. The nose tart and oaky with a bit of vinegar. It tastes mildly tart with oak-y red wine and tart cherry. A bit of vinegar in the end as well. It finishes dry with lingering sour notes. It's light and tasty, though I'm note sure what this beer is trying to be. Fuck it. Let it just be a tasty, tart beer. 8.0% ABV. Available at  Dick n Dixie's, Beerhive with more places being added.

Firestone Walker 2017 Helldorado: This "light barley wine" has notes caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Big malt sweetness hits right off the bat. with nutty cereal and caramel. Some honey flavors try to push out next but it's soon overtaken by oak-y bourbon. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the wood rather than hops. Seems to lack some of the balance it had from previous years. Still; a fine barley wine in any regard. Available at Dick n Dixie's and Beer Bar.

Talisman Witches Brew: I haven't hooked up with this witch yet. This is a Kolsch at it's base. And it's brewed with cranberries, orange peel and typical fall spices. 6.1% ABV. Available at Talisman's Brewery.

Mother Earth Four Seasons Autumn: I haven't had this one yet. I just couldn't commit to 22 ounces of 11.7% beer, solo. This is a barrel aged version of their Sin Tax Peanut butter Stout. I'm currious to see how this one works out. Have you had it? Please share, if you have. Available at Beerhive, Beer Bar, La Ferrovia, The Bayou.

Park City Oktoberfest: Caramel sweetness, a little nutty with Nilla Wafer notes and some grassy herbal hops. A nice seasonal offering from Park City Brewery. 4.0% ABV. Available at PCB's Brewery and Beer Bar.

Great Divide Chai Yeti: This new edition to Great Divide's Yeti series has dark chocolate and bitter cocoa notes with smooth chai and autumn spices rounding it out. It has some sweet latte qualities that chai fans will love. 9.5% ABV.  I found it at Beer Bar.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Uinta's The Friesian: Coming Soon

Listen up, all you funkadelics! There a new brett beer on your horizon. The Friesian from Uinta will be a Belgian Style Dark Ale done with 100 percent brett fermentation. It is expected to finish at 10.0% ABV and will come in Uinta's corked and caged 750ml. bottles. No release date has been set yet. If you're good, I'll tell when it's nigh.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Your 2017 Great American Beer Festival Winners

It's not that I've been neglecting you, it's just that I've been on vacation and we all know how important a little time off can be. But now it's back to reality and Utah's beer microverse.

Over my vacation I spent some time in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, where two Utah breweries managed to bring home gold medals from the competition. Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24 percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries in 2016).

The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S. In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries. Red Rock and Squatters both earned gold in this; the mother of all competitions.

Red Rock's Zwickelbier: Basically Zwickles are unfiltered lagers. The Zwickel is that spigot that comes off the bright tank that brewers can sample from. Get it? This fantastic lager is full of toasty grain, just a hint of malt sweetness and a generous dose of balancing herbal and floral hop spices. Brewmaster, Kevin Templin has a knack for lagers and you can tell from this offering. At 4.0% ABV this is a textbook example of this great German style. This seasonal is on tap now at all Red Rock locations.

Squatters Hell's Keep: This beer was originally created back in 2009 by then head brewer Jennifer
Talley. It was originally designed to be a seasonal/limited release. It was such a hit that they decided to move the production over to the Utah Brewers Cooperative for wider distribution. The beer has been in good hands as you can see; UBC Head Brewer, Jon Lee and his team have managed to keep the small brewpub flavor on a much larger scale. Look for bubblegum, banana and clove with clean caramel and a balancing herbal bite. 7.7% ABV. Available year-round.

You should put your device down right now and git sum of deez!


Top Photo only © Brewers Association 
Pictured Above: Kevin Templin, Laren Lerch and Jon Lee  

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Beer and Brewery Friday 9/29/17

Oh, Happy day! Not only is it New Beer Friday but it's also New Brewery Friday! Kiitos Brewing finally has beer available for you today. They will debut with three beers; a pale ale, amber and blonde ale. Look for some higher gravity beers towards the end of the year. Congrats guys on helping to make a better brewtah!

Epic Barrel Aged Barley Wine: The nose has sweet dark fruit and vanilla a bit of bourbon. The taste Is very pleasant, with toffee along with vanilla and a hint of raisin. Bourbon wraps it all up  with a minimal amount of piney bitterness. Quite tasty. 12% ABV. Available at Epic SLC/Sugar House

Uinta Barrel Aged Dubhe: The aroma is boozy bourbon with vanilla, chocolate and piney hops. The tastes is dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee like malt and big whiskey running throughout. This is defiantly not the Dubhe your familiar with. Aged six months in Buffalo Trace barrels. It says, 9.3% on the label but tastes much bigger. Available at Uinta starting today - two bottle limit.

Uinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh: A big fresh grapefruit nose. The taste starts with a sweet backdrop of malt with added grapefruit puree, grapefruit rind and hop derived grapefruit flavors playing off one another. The interactions of the various grapefruit elements make this a very tasty beer. A little less pithy than it's tangerine brother. 7.3% ABV. Available at Uinta today.

Kiitos Amber Ale: The aroma has some light hints of caramel. The taste is toasty and brings back the caramel really strong while adding a decent yet subtle flavoring of hops. A very nice crisp aftertaste adds to this. The palate is about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and is very sessionable and clean. 4.0% ABV. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.

Kiitos Blonde Ale: Clear golden color, with a decent white head that fades into a thin ring. Malt forward on the nose. Quite a bit of sweetness, with a light body and an almost leafy dryness and a touch of pleasant, spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.

Kiitos Pale Ale: Pours orange amber. The aroma is subtle and sweet of floral and pine notes. The taste is malt forward but light as expected from a session pale ale. The hops primarily shine at the end creating a toasty pine finish. The mouthfeel Feel is unsticky and crisp. 4.0% ABV. Available at Liberty Taphouse and Big Willy's.

Strap Tank LopLop: I've not tried this one yet, it's described as a more full-bodied than version of their Sgt. Holtz Stout. The play of Belgian yeast and specialty malt brings forth notes of fig-like sweetness, vanilla, cherry and smoke. Named after avant-garde painter Max Ernst's. 4.0% ABV. Available at Strap Tank.

Boulevard Love Child #8: I haven't had this one yet either. This is always a great wild ale that changes a little bit every year. It's generally quite tart and on the high side alcohol wise. I saw it a Beer Bar. 8.2% ABV.

Don't forget that you have the 4th West Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday. It's hosted by Red rock Brewing and Mountain West Hard Cider. Also, happening Saturday is the 5th Annual Boho Fest. Both will be offering food and music along with great German beers and cider.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Uinta's Barrel Aged Dubhe Has a Release Date

Back in April I told you all about some very exciting beer news, in regards to Uinta's Dubhe Imperial Black IPA. Basically, it was getting the bourbon barrel treatment. After all of this time it's finally coming out of its long spring and summer slumber and it will be ready to put in your favorite glass this Friday (9/29/17).  It will be available at the brewery in 22 ounce bombers. I hope to have some tasting notes for you before it's release.


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Monday, September 25, 2017

Stomping Grounds Set is to Make it's Return

After a year hiatus Uinta's Stomping Grounds Coffee Stout is set to return in the coming months. The coffee stout (made with SLC's Publik Coffee) was originally released in December of 2015 in a limited run. The base beer is an American Double Stout, so it's a little more hoppy but not as sweet as a Russian Imperial. The focus will be on the coffee just like the last batch, so if coffee is thing your about to be very happy. When Uinta released it last time it was a December release, though it could come earlier. You'll notice the label has undergone a makeover as well.

Stay close, more coffee/beer news coming tomorrow.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

New Beer Friday 9/22/17

Shades of Pale - Peach Berliner Weisse: This debuts tomorrow [9/23]. Look for a lemony tartness with a bit of peach sweetness for balance. 4.0% ABV. Available at Shades of Pale.

Baja - Cabotella Mexican Ale: I haven't had this yet. It's an American Blonde Ale, so look for a taste similar to subtly hopped Frosted Flakes. 5.5% ABV. Available at DABC locations.

Green Flash - GFB Blonde: I haven't had this yet. It's an American Blonde Ale as well. Described as having more citrus-like hops. 4.8% ABV. Available at DABC locations.

New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White: I guess Fat Tire is no longer just an Amber Ale, it is now a rotating series of beers from New Belgium Brewing. This newest version is a Belgian Witbier. I haven't had it yet. Look for wheat base with orange peel and spices. 5.2% ABV. Available at DABC locations.

Proper - My Name is a Killing Wheat Red Hefeweizen: In this tribute to David Lynch's Dune, Proper Brewing brings you a Hefe with lots of wheat crackers with a good amount of floral hops. minimal yeast phenolics. 4.0% ABV.

Proper - Grow Wild Gruit: Sage dominates the nose. Mint on the palate and yarrow for bitterness. 4.0% ABV. Available at Proper.

Fisher - Spud Suds: Knowing Fisher's innovative style, you'd think this beer has potatoes in it for sure. Nope. It's called Spud Suds because it's made with malt and hops from our neighbors to the north in Idaho. It's a simple American Pale Ale caramel malts with citrusy and floral hops. Tasty stuff. 4.0% ABV. Available at Fisher Brewing.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hop Rising for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Squatters Craft Beers is producing a special limited edition pink Hop Rising can to not only draw awareness to breast cancer but it's a opportunity for you to contribute to breast cancer research while enjoying a damn tasty Double IPA.

Look, you're going to be enjoying beer anyway, why not do it for a good cause. The cans will start appearing in the next week or so - at Squatters/Wasatch locations and DABC stores. Now you have an extra reason to feel good about drinking craft beer!

Speaking of feeling good about drinking beer, Bonneville Brewing Company would love to have you join their team in the brewhouse. All of the info on the gig is here.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hoppers' The First Sno Ale Returns

The Holidays have come early this year and there are presents already under the tree. After a seven year hiatus, Hoppers Brewing Company is bringing back their First SnoAle. Part of Hoppers' Storehouse Series, this beer was designed to merge the malt flavor and complexity of a French Bier de Garde Noel and accent it with purely yeast driven spiciness similar to a Saison.

Head Brewer and Secret Agent, Donovan Steele says, by using a special blend of French Ale yeast strains, this ale will produced some rich malt flavors and a soft drying finish. From experience, as this ale warms it becomes more peppery in flavor with the complexity of the more prominent grains. Then comes citrus, fig and a fruitiness. It also has a good dosing of Belgian candy sugar to fortify the brew. Wheat and raw oats lend a dry crisp finish.

The First SnoAle has an ABV of 8.1% and will be available in 25 oz bottles. It is for sale right now.
Only 1100 bottles were produced this year. If you missed this phenomenal ale its first time around, you owe it to yourself to get on this one asap. Only available at the brewpub and don't forget to stash a few away for the real holidays.


Friday, September 15, 2017

New Beer Friday 9/15/17

Two very different local beers from three breweries to help get your weekend started. Confused? Don't be. It's just another New Beer Friday.
Epic - Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Porter: If you're not a fan of pumpkin beers or are just over them already, I have a beer that may just change your mind. This new barrel aged version of Epic's pumpkin porter takes an already tasty beer and and gives it more depth with the addition of bourbon. The whiskey enhances the pie spices present and softens the cocoa and roasty notes of the base porter. The result is a highly drinkable and complex beer that is much more than a pumpkin beer. You can snag this beer only at Epic's Sugar House Brewpub. It's available to-go, or you can enjoy it there, via sample, 5 ounce pour of the full bottle. 10.3% ABV

Fisher/RoHa Collaboration - RoFish Wet-hopped IPA: This is the first collaboration between these two new 2017 breweries. Chris Haas of RoHa and Colby Frazier of Fisher have had a long friendship that dates back to their time brewing togther at Desert Edge. This Wet-hop beer has a great hoppy nose that reminds me of citrus zest and pine. The flavor is the same, nice hop profile... Perhaps a little grassy as it warms. There's just enough pale malt to balance it all out. Very drinkable session IPA. 4.0% ABV. Available at Fisher Brewing and the  RoHa Brewing Project today.

Is there something you found that I may have missed? Please share!


Monday, September 11, 2017

The 5th Annual Boho Fest

Join the Bohemian Crew for their 5th Annual BohoFest, September 30th from 2-8pm. The party happens at the brewery (94 e. 7200 s.) in the back parking lot. There will be a ton of food, fun and games for the entire family and of course a shload of brilliant Bohemian Beers for adults over 21. Bad Brad Wheeler will be spinning an eclectic mix of Polka and Party Tunes as y'all get jiggy in your Dirndls and Lederhosen! I hope to see you there.


Friday, September 08, 2017

New Beer Friday 9/8/17

By now School is in full swing, if you're a student of drinking age your probably gunna need some New Beer Friday suds to help you in your end of the week decompression. Go Utes!
Shades of Pale - Sweet Dreams: I haven't had this yet. Debuts today at SOP. 8% ABV.

Talisman - Udder Chaos:  The nose has roasted malt and cocoa powder. The taste has deep roasted chocolate malt flavor, nicely bitter and isn't overly sweet. There is some sweetness in the middle before a lingering bitter finish that is part black coffee and roasted malt. Made with Park City's Ritual Chocolate. 4.0% ABV. Available at Talisman Brewery, Soon to Grocery and C-stores.
Brewery Ommegang - Pale Sour Ale:  The nose is tart with minerals and lemon. The flavor starts with malt, not quite grainy, maybe more cereal-like. The beer itself is more tart than sour. Cherry and lemon notes appear and there's some grassiness as well. Not super complex but very drinkable. 6.9% ABV. Available at select DABC Stores, Kimball Junction for sure.

Ballast Point - Bonito: The nose is malty sweet, lightly citrus and grassy. The flavor follows with more depth. It's subtly sweet with a touch of fruity lime-like citrus upfront. Median bitterness across the middle, and then followed by a dry grassy finish. 4.5% ABV. Available at select DABC Stores, Kimball Junction for sure.

Stone - 21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief: A nice aroma of light citrus fruit, malt, and pine. The taste is kinda old school IPA meets West Coast IPA. There's a bit of malt with a good dose of pine, citrus fruit and a bit of lemon as well. A nice, well-balanced DIPA. 9.8% ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Slackwater. 

Beavertown / Garage Project / Stone - Fruitallica:
The nose here has vague hops and fruit. No habanero notes at all. The same goes for the taste. No spice, heat or peppers. It relies on the the tropical fruits (yuzu and kiwi) to carry it. It's not a bad fruited IPA, but I was expecting a little more pepper snap. 8.0% ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Slackwater.

Fisher - Oyster Stout: This is much like their standard stout. Don't worry, it doesn't have "the worlds first great taste of fish"! ~ Monty Python. 4.0% ABV. At Fisher Brewing.

Great Divide - Hoss: This is a typical Märzen style lager. It's full of vanilla like caramel malts but it's more aggressively bittered with spicy and floral hops. 6.2% ABV. At the Beer Bar. 

Sierra Nevada - Ovila White Ale: A great example of the style. A good dose of wheat and coriander with spicy notes from the yeast. Very nice. 5.3% ABV.  At Beer Bar. 

Goose Island - Sofie: Soft malts, clove and Belgian yeast. There's a slight peachy tartness in the back end. Quite nice. 6.5% ABV At Beer Bar, BeerHive. 

What did I miss? Please share!  


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jennifer Talley's Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance

When  I started out on my beer nerd adventure many moons ago, one of my favorite mentors was Jennifer Talley. She was the former head brewer at Squatters during an important time in my beer life. She taught me a lot about beer while providing an ocean of well crafted pints to learn from. Jennifer's knowledge of session beers earned she and Squatters a lot of praise during her time in Salt Lake City. Even though she's no longer in Utah and shackled with restrictions here commitment to brewing session strength beers remains strong.

Jennifer has penned a new book, about a subject we in Utah know all too well. In her new book, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance Jennifer lays out the history and techniques of some of the most comfortable beers on the planet that adhere to high quality standards and are dedicated to balance and drinkability above all.

In Jennifer's words, beers were “sessionable” long before that word was coined, but brewers have reinvented traditionally stronger classic beer styles to make them, too, well-suited to casual drinking sessions. Responsible consumption of these high-quality, easy-drinking beers gives beer lovers the freedom to celebrate community and friendship while consuming less alcohol.

Such beers can be challenging to brew, but they present many opportunities to showcase skill, flavor, and refreshment. Session Beers explores the history behind some of the world’s greatest session beers, past and present. Learn about the brewing processes and ingredients to master recipe development. Explore popular craft session beer recipes from some of the best brewmasters in America, and discover why beer drinkers enjoy exploring and drinking session beers.

Jennifer is currently the Head of Brewery Development at Auburn Alehouse and has also brewed at Redhook and Russian River.

Her book is available now from these Online Retailers: Amazon / Indiebound / Barnes & Noble


Friday, September 01, 2017

New Beer Friday 9/1/17

Welcome to September. You can officially start drink those autumn beers with out feeling guilty. Our New Beer Friday selections today cover a wide range of flavors. Please enjoy.

New Belgium - VooDoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin: Caramel, pumpkin and cinnamon dominate the nose here. Peppers are also present. The tastes follows suit with sweet pumpkin and caramel. Cinnamon and peppers round out the end. I don't think the spices are too overpowering, it's a nice change of pace for a pumpkin ale. 6.4% ABV. @ DABC

Prost Brewing - Marzen: The nose here has nutty toffee with light grassy aromas. The flavor has toffee, nutty cake and toasty biscuit. Mild grassy/floral hops round out the end. A solid example of an Oktoberfest. 5.8% ABV. @ DABC

Shades of Pale - Slick City Citrus IPA (Nelson Savin, Mosaic): The nose has tropical aromas accentuated with pine and berries. The taste has passion fruit, papaya and dank citrus. Finishes sharply with pine and bready malts. Great IPA, should be a new regular recipe. 7.0% ABV. @ SOP, Soon to DABC

Shades of Pale - Berliner Weisse: The nose is basically sour wheat. The taste is medium to high lemon tartness. Very nice and puckering. 4.0% ABV. @ SOP

Proper Revenge Double IPA: I'm not 100% sure when this beer goes on sale. It could be today or tomorrow. I'll update you when it hits. This is on sale now @ Proper

Red Rock - Juice Almighty Session NEIPA: I haven't had this yet. My pals that have had it say it's nice, tropical and juicy. @ Red Rock

Mother Earth - Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale: Big Toffee sweetness infused with medium to lite bourbon flavors. Finishes sweet and oak-y. 11% ABV @ Beerhive

What did I miss? Please share.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Epic - Sugar House: Reimagined

Epic Brewing Company has become one of Utah's most explosive craft beer brands. Their beers are highly sought after both in and outside of it's Salt Lake City based home. Hell, just look at their Big Bad Baptist and Oak and Orchard series of beers, they're some of the most complex beers you'll find from a local brewery.

There's one place on the planet that Epic has had a tough time making a go-of-it, Sugar House. For some reason that wonderful brewpub just can't find it's rhythm. It's first incarnation (The Annex) wanted to be gastro brewpub that served a more refined menu that other brewpubs in the state weren't attempting. The food was well received but the price point didn't meet the needs of the brewpub crowd. The second incarnation (Black Sheep at Epic) put the restaurant's kitchen in the hands of Provo's Black Sheep Cafe. Though the menu was less expensive and more approachable, it just wasn’t financially feasible for that partnership to continue at that location.

Right now Epic - Sugar House is temporarily closed as it is remodeled for it's third phase. The emphasis now will turn more towards the beer and less to the kitchen. "Our focus will be on the beer and creating a fun". Says Jennie Richau, Director of Epic's Retail Operations. "we're now looking towards a more casual environment where people can come to enjoy our full portfolio of beers and hang out with friends". Part of that "casual environment" will include gaming devices, more TVs, along with Epic's full portfolio of beers. Every damn beer that Epic offers will be served as samples, full pours and individual bottles, along with seasonal and Utah Session Series draft pints. 

There will also be beer specials with $2 - 10oz select drafts every Mon, Tues and Wed. and look for the brewers to deliver more small batch - out out of the box beers.  As far as the food is concerned there will be a small, quick menu that will be offered at a counter service-style set up, which may expanded in the the future. Epic - Sugar House is set to reopen sometime in the next two weeks. 

This is a really great space, that in my opinion offers far more enjoyment (and elbow space) than the tiny "Tapless Taroom" at the main brewery. If your a fan of Epic,"this the place" in SLC. Stay close for news on the re-opening.   

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kiitos Brewing Company Begins Brewing Today

Kiitos Brewing Company has finally overcome it's many hurdles and is ready to go online this morning. Owner, Andrew Dasenbrock's dream project has been in development hell since late 2015. The setbacks he's endured would be enough to force anyone to throw in the towel, luckily for us Andrew has persevered, because he/we all get a new brewery out of the deal.

Andrew has teamed up with Brewer, Clay Turnbow - formerly of Epic Brewing and most recently 2 Row Brewing. Clay knows our market very well and is adept in Utah's low-point and high point worlds.

When Utah's greenest brewery fires up this morning, the first beer will be a blonde ale. In the coming days we'll throw some more details your way. Other beers, opening date, etc. So join me in officially welcoming Utah's newest brewery to the block.

If you're not familiar with Kiitos' story? here's some good background info on the brewery.

Oh, just in case you're keeping score, that's three new breweries to open in SLC so far this year (Fisher, RoHa and Kiitos). RPM, SaltFire and Toasted Barrel are all on deck and are set to open sometime in late 2017. Pretty cool, eh?


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Talisman Beer Celebrates Witches..err Brewers

We have a preview of a new Christmas ale -  or maybe it's a Halloween beer? I can't be sure by the looks of it. All sarcasm aside, this new October release pays tribute to the "Beer Witches". You may not know this, but that classic witch silhouette with the tall black hat, broom and the cauldron comes from the real world of women brewers.

Back in the dark ages, beer brewing was women's work, they made beer for home consumption and to sell on the streets and to taverns. They ladies identified themselves to customers with tall black pointed hats and would often place a broom (symbol of domestic trade) in front of their home or tavern. Beer (like now) was big business and the Catholic church wanted it's piece of the action, and by "piece" I mean "all". The church persuade society that women were inclined toward evil, witchcraft and devil-worship. This was of course at the height of the French and Spanish Inquisitions, so you can imagine how that whole witchcraft thing played out for the ladies. 

So when Halloween rears it's head and you see all of those little witches...err brewers scurrying about begging for candy, snag a Talisman Witches Brew and pay homage to those ladies of long ago who really got raw-deal from history just by making beer. 

Also, Talisman Brewing Company has teamed up with fellow Ogdenites from the O-Town Hop Heads Home Brew Club to brew their first collaboration beer. Pale Wheat Ale is a new Kolsch beer that was created by O-Town's Cort Sessions and is made with Amarillo and Citra hops and is described as "mildly hoppy". The new beer debuted last night at Slackwater Pizza and is now being sold at Talisman's brewery. The beer is under the "Talisman Presents" label and it comes in at 5.6% ABV.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 Beehive Brewoff Results

The 2017 Beehive Brew-off has come and gone. Over the weekend, Utah's preeminent home brew competition saw 424 entries with 558 registered participants, judges, and stewards. The awards ceremony was held Sunday evening at the Bayou in Salt Lake City. I got a chance to judge a few of the categories, there was some fantastic stuff. 

Here the list of those who managed to take home medals. Congrats to all!

Best of Show - Beehive Brewoff

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBryan GordonSinful Summer AleCream AleLauter Day Brewers
2ndJoe JohnsonLefty's Irish StoutIrish Stout 
3rdNils ImbodenRedWild Specialty BeerLauterday Brewers

Winners - Beehive Brewoff

Table 1: 01 - American Beer 01ABCD (1001) (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBryan GordonSinful Summer AleCream AleLauter Day Brewers
2ndBryan GordonHappy HefAmerican Wheat BeerLauter Day Brewers
3rdMichael JohnsonAmerican LagerAmerican LagerZZHOPS

Table 2: 02 - Pale Lagers and Pilsners 02A,03AB,05D (1001) (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stCody McKendrickProst PilsGerman PilsLauter Day Brewers
2ndKelsey BoothHappy PilsCzech Pale LagerHop Bombshells
3rdDavid LandrithBad Hombres Mexican LagerInternational Pale Lager

Table 3: 03 - Amber and Dark Lagers 02BC,03CD,07A,08AB (1402) (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stNils ImbodenDark LagerCzech Dark LagerLauterday Brewers
2ndNils ImbodenBlackbierInternational Dark LagerLauterday Brewers
3rdTravis GrimmSchwarzherzSchwarzbierZZ HOPS

Table 4: 04 - Pale European 04A,05BC (1101) (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDavid MarshKristian's KölschKolschBräu
2ndBrandon HolladayDortPortGerman ExportbierBRAU
3rdTravis GrimmKölschKolschZZ HOPS

Table 5: 05 - Amber European 06AC,07B (0801) (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBrandon HolladayO FestMarzenBRAU
2ndKirk HofelingYe Old WeizenbockDunkels BockO-Town Hop Heads
3rdScott AndersonBier HundAltbier

Table 6: 06 - Strong European 09ABC (0501) (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stCurt McCuistionBaltic PorterBaltic PorterO-Town Hop Heads
2ndDavo MahaffeyMahaffinatorDoppelbockZZHOPS
3rdJay HydrenBack Country Ski Hut EisbockEisbock

Table 7: 07 - German Wheat 10ABC (1001) (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stAndrew CrosbyBock To BasicsWeizenbock
2ndBrad BelnapSummerweizenWeissbier
3rdKirk HofelingSonnengebräunt TeufelWeizenbockO-Town Hop Heads

Table 8: 08 - British and Commonwealth Beer 11ABC,12AC (1101) (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJared YoungQueen Bee BitterBest Bitter
2ndChaz SmithLiquid Gold English Golden Ale
3rdSasha TaddieAmber FlowersBest Bitter

Table 9: 09 - Brown British Beer 13ABC (0701) (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJared YoungPistol PorterEnglish Porter
2ndMichael JohnsonEnglish PorterEnglish PorterZZHOPS
3rdThomas ClementsHammersmith Brown AleEnglish Brown AleWild Hops/High Desert Brewing Assoc.

Table 10: 10 - Strong British and Scottish Ale 14C,17ABCD (1302) (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMarty MillerThe BulldogEnglish BarleywineLauter Day Brewers
2ndBrandon SimsCrater Wee HeavyWee Heavy
3rdMichael JohnsonFinn's Old AleOld AleZZHOPS

Table 11: 11 - Irish Beer 15AB (0801) (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJoe JohnsonLefty's Irish StoutIrish Stout
2ndBryan GordonRed Love Of The IrishIrish Red AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdChaz SmithRiah's RedIrish Red Ale

Table 12: 12 - Dark British Beer 16AB (1201) (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBryan GalbraithOatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
2ndThomas ClementsSummit StoutOatmeal StoutWild Hops/High Desert Brewing Assoc.
3rdJason Knight 88s Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Table 13: 13 - Pale American Ale 18AB (3103) (31 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stNick GrayZero Days Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
2ndNils ImbodenThe Juice Is LooseAmerican Pale AleLauterday Brewers
3rdScott AndersonNo. 6American Pale Ale

Table 14: 14 - Amber and Brown American 19ABC (2102) (21 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeffrey BalchSteamin WoodyCalifornia Common
2ndMarty MillerCleveland SteamerCalifornia CommonLauter Day Brewers
3rdSydney RichardsGrowly Bear AmberAmerican Amber Ale

Table 15: 15 - American Porter and Stout 20ABC (1802) (18 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTroy KetterlingHippoportamusAmerican Porter
2ndChaz SmithBlack Magic Imperial Stout
3rdMike HahnVlad The ImpalerImperial StoutZZHOPS

Table 16: 16 - American IPA 21A (2703) (27 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stZachary BellesFluffAmerican IPALauter Day Brewers
2ndPatrick BourqueSub Zero IPAAmerican IPALauter Day Brewers
3rdSasha TaddieQ*beert RebootAmerican IPA

Table 17: 17 - Specialty IPA 21Bs (2402) (24 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJustin SabaJustin's Juicy IPASpecialty IPA
2ndLogan DickinsonRebel State IpaSpecialty IPA
3rdChris DetrickKyePaRye IPALauter Day Brewers

Table 18: 18 - Strong American Ale 22AC (1502) (15 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stZachary BellesDavid HasslehopDouble IPALauter Day Brewers
2ndMike AdamsBattle BarelyWineAmerican Barleywine
3rdBob TrewarthaHairy BellyAmerican Barleywine

Table 19: 19 - European Sour Ale 12ABDF (1402) (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stZachary BellesLittle TulipBerliner WeisseLauter Day Brewers
2ndRob RutledgeStraight Up LambicLambicZZHOPS
3rdNils ImbodenRedFlanders Red AleLauterday Brewers

Table 20: 20 - Saison, Witbier and Biere de Garde 24AC,25B (2403) (24 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTyler AikensLemondrop SaisonSaisonLauterday Brewers
2ndKirk HofelingZacht Lila WitbireWitbierO-Town Hop Heads
3rdSean LandisGeneral Conference Saison (1.1)SaisonLauter Day Brewers

Table 21: 21 - Belgian Ales 24B,25AC (0701) (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDevin RasmussenMitrailleBelgian Pale Ale
2ndZachary BellesDon't Touch My BlondeBelgian Blond AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdNils ImbodenGoldBelgian Golden Strong AleLauterday Brewers

Table 22: 22 - Trappist Ale 26ABCD (1201) (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stZachary BellesNo Iphones In The MonastaryTrappist SingleLauter Day Brewers
2ndPatrick BourqueBlunderbuss Belgian Dubbel Belgian DubbelLauter Day Brewers
3rdMichael JohnsonTripelBelgian TripelZZHOPS

Table 23: 23 - Historical Beer 27As (0801) (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stKyle ArtripPunny Gose NameGoseLauter Day Brewers
2ndBrandon KemmerUptown Coconut BrownLondon Brown AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdSasha TaddiePappy's BeerPre-Prohibition Lager

Table 24: 24 - American Wild Ale 28ABC (1702) (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stNils ImbodenRedWild Specialty BeerLauterday Brewers
2ndTimothy CantwellGutbuster Knee SmashBrett BeerLauter Day Brewers
3rdCraig DunnTastes Like RaspberriesWild Specialty BeerLauter Day Brewers

Table 25: 25 - Fruit Beer 29ABC (1702) (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMike HahnSourpussFruit BeerZZHOPS
2ndKyle ArtripMiami WeisseFruit BeerLauter Day Brewers
3rdChris DetrickNapoleon's Peachy ComplexFruit BeerLauter Day Brewers

Table 26: 26 - Spiced Beer 30AC (1702) (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJacob BurnhamPortaPeńoSpice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
2ndJacob LindholmMake Vanilla Porter Great AgainSpice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rdRob RutledgeMy Milk Stout Brings All The Boys To The YardSpice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerZZHOPS

Table 27: 27 - Smoked and Wood Beer 32B,33AB (1902) (19 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPat WinslowBarrel 2Wood-Aged BeerO-town Hopheads
2ndRob RutledgeQueen Jennie's RevengeSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerZZHOPS
3rdBen HaasPariah PorterClassic Style Smoked Beer

Table 28: 28 - Specialty and Alternative 31A,24AC (0601) (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPatrick BourqueStickee Trifecta Experimental BeerLauter Day Brewers
2ndMorgan ByrneCitra SMaSHExperimental BeerHop Bombshells
3rdJason Knight Pliny The ElderClone Beer

Table 29: 29 - Cider and Perry C1ABD,C2DF (1001) (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSasha TaddieChuck PerryNew World Perry
2ndRobert MarcStray Arrow Dry CiderNew World Cider
3rdAlun ThomasScrumpers IcyIce Cider

Table 30: 30 - Mead (1802) (18 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stKirk HofelingMeadowfoam Blossom MeadSweet MeadO-Town Hop Heads
2ndKirk HofelingMulti-Berry MeadBerry MeadO-Town Hop Heads
3rdAhron BarberRumsky RunExperimental Meadzzhops


Friday, August 25, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/25/17

It was either going say "Make America Great Again" or New Beer Friday. I think I made the right call. I really need a Raiders of the Lost Ark night soon.

Ska - Mexican Logger: The nose cracker-y malts with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor starts with sweet crackers with a hint of floral hops and a snap white of pepper. The mouthfeel is very light with springy carbonation. Overall this is a pretty refreshing lager, but it won't blow your doors off. 5.2% ABV @ Bayou

Park City - Porch Pounder: -The nose has spicy phenolic notes from the yeast. The taste is mostly toasted grain with some floral hops. The phenols from the nose are much more subdued in the mouth. A very light and refreshing witbeir.  4.0% ABV @ Park City, Beerhive, Beer Bar

Baja - Por Favor Mexican IPA: I'm going to reserve judgment on this one because the bottle I had was already on the verge of being old. The date said best by May 2017. If you try it please share your thoughts. 7.0% ABV.

Avenues Proper - Experimental Hopspital IPA No. 1: This take on the original recipe features Azacca and Idaho 7 hops with some additional dryhopping. It's described as being citrusy and bright.

I'm sure I missed something, help a fellow beer nerd out and share the beer love.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Utah Brewers Cooperative Commits to Nitro

Did you know that the Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch/Squatters) has developed proprietary, cutting-edge nitro technology? I have the full story in my Beer Nerd column in this week's City Weekly. Check it out


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Epic Collaboration with Oregon's Commons Brewing

Epic Brewing Company is teaming up The Commons Brewery out of Oregon to make a collaboration beer that pairs Oregon-grown red winter wheat with juicy, Colorado-grown, Rocky Ford honeydew melons. Common Interests is a sour ale aged in foeders located at Epic's Colorado brewery that captures the essence of the harvest and is bursting with local flavor.

It combines local ingredients, shared ideas and a culture centered on quality, creativity, friendship and the "Common Interests" of both breweries.

If that's not enough to get you mouths watering, check out this new addition to Epic Big Bad Baptist line-up. The newest member of the family is called Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist and I think that you're going to like this one. Epic took Columbian coffee beans from Salt Lake City's Blue Copper Roasters and aged them with shredded coconut in fresh whiskey barrels. Then Epic took their base Imperial stout added cocoa nibs and aged it separately in both rum and whiskey barrels. The trio will then be blended to create Epic's most over-the-top version of Big Bad Baptist yet.

Both of these very different beers will be hitting the market in the coming weeks. As soon as Epic tells me, I'll tell you. Stay close.


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Talisman and Ogden City Brew Supply Team Up

Talisman Brewing Company and Ogden City Brew Supply, have teamed together for a unique collaboration for beer makers in Utah, making a local craft beer recipe available for homebrewers to try brewing themselves at home.

Homebrewers always like to try and reproduce their favorite commercial beers, and while collaborations between craft breweries and homebrewers are nothing new, this is the first time Utah has seen a Brewery share it's recipe with the intent of others making it.“ said Ross Metzger, Co-Owner of Ogden City Brew Supply. “It's something we have thought of in the past, so when Dusty came in and suggested doing it, it seemed like a no-brainer.”

This kind of partnership isn't altogether unique. Brewcraft, a wholesale homebrew supplier, has been doing something similar with Rogue Brewery in Oregon for several years, but this idea is new to Utah. Dusty Williams, Owner and Head Brewer at Talisman said, “homebrewers are passionate craft beer drinkers as well, and after having customers asking me if they could get my recipe, I thought it made sense to make it available. I was a homebrewer too, and if people are finding inspiration in Talisman beers, then we want to encourage that. Partnering with Ogden City Brew Supply was an easy decision, since we were customers of Salt City Brew Supply before they even opened a location in Ogden.”

We have always believed that a local homebrew shop needs to be involved in its community in order for the community to support it..” According to Co-Owner Cody McKendrick, “Collaboration with Talisman will only help get people more excited about Talisman's beer as well as their own personal brewing process. Growing the overall Craft Beer community in Utah is the goal for both companies and good for the entire community. The craft beer scene in Ogden is growing and we're excited to be a part of that.” Home brewers are now able pick up the Talisman Dagda IPA beer recipe kit from Ogden City Brew Supply to try making on their own brewing equipment at home.
Ogden City Brew Supply has been servicing the Ogden community of homebrewers for two years and has grown their offerings from beer and wine ingredients to include kombucha, mead, hard cider, Kefir, yogurt and cheese cultures. They carry all of the equipment and ingredients needed to make fermented beverages and food at home.

Talisman Brewing Company opened 1.5 years ago and takes pride in community involvement. “We are very stoked to be apart of the craft beer community and culture as well as a collaboration with the good dudes at OCBS.“

Utah has been experiencing rapid growth in the Craft Beer market and now boasts 23 breweries with at least a half dozen or more in the process of opening. Similar to the rest of the country, one of the primary drivers behind the rapid growth in breweries is the growth and increased availability of home brewing supplies and equipment. Passionate home brewers across the country have been taking their hobby to the next level, seeking to share their favorite recipes with drinkers around the globe. Sharing the love of beer is what the homebrewing and craft beer industries are all about.