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Friday, April 28, 2017

New Beer Friday 4/28/17

As we bid farewell to this soggy April, our hearts turn to... ah screw it. It's F'n Friday! None of you want to hear me wax poetic. So, let's just get to the new suds on the list. And just to be clear, New Beer Friday is NOT a bar... but it probably should be.
Golden Road's Tart Mango Cart - I've not tried this yet. It's described as being mostly mango and being slightly tart. 3.2% ABV - not ABW. @ Smith's, Harmon's

Desert Edge's - Belgian Enkel - Enkel, meaning "single" was used by Trappist breweries to label their lower ABV beers. These beers, also known as Patersbier or "father's beer", are Belgian session beers originally brewed for the monks themselves. This is a unfiltered golden ale with fruity banana and pear flavors from the yeast. Light bready malt flavor. Low bitterness and a Dry finish.

2 Row's Feeling Hazy N.E. Style Double IPA -This new beer from 2 Row is a tropical fruit salad. made with Mosaic and El Dorado Hops, it's huge with mango, pineapple grapefruit, tangerine and berry flavors with little bitterness. It's more murky than hazy, but that just adds to the perceived juiciness. It comes in at 9.0% ABV - which can be a problem. since it's hardly detectable. You need this! @ 2 Row, Bayou, Beerhive, Beer Bar, Slackwater

Fisher's Citra Bomb Tom -Missed out on this one yesterday, It's described as being a citra hopped pale ale. If you've had it please share your thoughts.

Tune in for more New Beer Friday as we discuss these and other beer related topics with Mick and Allen this afternoon at 3:30pm on KBER101.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bohemian's Pro/Am Lagerpalooza IPL

Yesterday, I gave you some info on Lagerpalooza, Utah's preeminent lagered home brew competition. In that story I told you about Bohemian Brewing Company's plan to package and sell last year's winning beer Lagerpalooza entry. Today, I have a preview of this new beer.

This Pro/Am beer was brewed by home brewer, Don Robinson. It's an India Pale Lager that has an American citrus hop profile. The lagering will give the beer a nice clean feel on the tongue. 6.0% ABV - 60 IBUs. This beer will debut at the Lagerpalooza party at noon on Sunday, May 7th. It will be packaged in 12 ounce cans. Can't wait to try your IPL, Don!

Also today, We're down to our final four beer in the Low Point Utah Beer Challenge. Shades of Pale's Grapefruit Revolution goes up against Uinta's Baba Schwatrzbier and Epic's Sour IPA challenges RedRock's IPA Junior. These beers are all quite different, it could be anyone game. Please share the beer bracket love!

Voting ends Saturday morning. The finals will begin Monday morning. Good luck!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lagerpalooza 2017

It's time again for Lagerpalooza Utah's premier home brew competition that focuses on the art of lagering beer. This year, organizers have added a public event to go along with the actual competition. The Bohemian Brewery will be opening up their back lot for a food and drinking area where the public can enjoy not only the regular Bohemian fair, but also try the winning recipe from last years Lagerpalooza winner. This beer will also be canned by Bohemian and sold at the brewery.

Lagerpalooza also coincides with the National Homebrew Day and the Lauterday Brewers Home Brew Club will be there for the Big Brew event. The public can take tours of the Bohemian, but also see how home brewers accomplish the same thing on a much smaller scale. 

This will probably be the biggest event in the area to celebrate National Homebrew Day - a real fusion of the amateur and professional brewers coming together to celebrate making beer. 
If you have a lagered beer that you'd like to enter, there's still time. You have until April 30th. Here's the info page.  

Judging Location and public festival:
Bohemian Brewery
94 East 7200 South, Midvale, UT 84047

Judging: Sunday, May 7 at 9:00 AM (closed to public)

Food, Brew Demo, Beer: Sunday, May 7 at 12-5:00

Brewer’s Awards: Sunday, May 7 at 5:00

More Info:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nitro Pumpkin Ale in Cans - Later This Year

Is it too early in the year to be talking about Pumpkin beers? Most definitely. Even though this beer won't be hitting shelves 'till later in the year, it seemed worth mentioning. Wasatch Beers - who is currently transitioning to all cans, will have nitro options of their popular Pumpkin Ale in widgetless cans and nitro taps. Imagine all of the possible black and tan combos that you could come up with. 

The votes are in on the tie breaker - Utah Pale Ale moves on. Now we have eight beers left. We have two IPAs, a Pale, a Schwartz, two Pilsners, a Sour IPA and a Red. Voting ends Thursday morning.

Total Answer
56.6%Desert Edge Utah Pale Ale
30 (56.6%)
43.4%Proper Foreign Gentleman Coffee Stout
23 (43.4%)
(53 Total Votes)
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Barrel Aged Dubhe is Coming Your Way

If you missed out on drinking any Dubhe on 4/20, this news will make it all better. Uinta Brewing will be producing a special Barrel aged version of the hemp seed infused Imperial Black IPA. This barrels selection will feature Bourbon whiskey, which should make for a tasty brew. Keep checking back for it's release.

It looks like we had a tie in the last round of the Utah Beer Challenge. This has never happened before. It was apparently a pretty tough call for y'all to choose between these two fine ales. So, we're going to do a quick little tie breaker. Over the next 24 hours we will push one of these forward before continuing to the elite eight round. If there's another tie? I will break it.

Total Answer
50%Desert Edge Utah Pale Ale
40 (50%)
50%Proper Foreign Gentleman Coffee Stout
40 (50%)
(80 Total Votes)
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Friday, April 21, 2017

New Beer and Brewery Friday 4/21/17

I love it when a new brewery hits on Friday. It's like Pie and Beer Day got all freaky with Christmas! So we'll start this special New Beer Friday off with all the new suds the RoHa Brewing Project which will officially open at 11am today.
The RoHa Brewing Project - Back Porch Pale Ale: Clear ruby color. The nose is mostly bready malts, with a bit of pine and citrus peel. The taste starts malty with caramel and butterscotch which quickly slides into an herbal hop bite combined with pine and orange peel. 4.0% ABV @ RoHa

The RoHa Brewing Project - Big Green Couch DIPA: Clear ruby color. The nose has caramel, toffee, grapefruit and light orange. The taste starts with toffee and caramel along with light melon notes. Grapefruit comes next with a bolder and lingering finish of caramel sweetness, some light alcohol, some grapefruit and light citrus flavors, as well as some healthy hop bitterness. Plenty of sweetness up front here as well. 8.0% ABV @ RoHa

The RoHa Brewing Project - Kensington Grand Saison: Clear ruby color. The nose is grainy and fruity with some light yeast phenols and spice. The taste is less grainy than aroma, not much biscuit or wheat, then sweeter esters with some light yeast byproducts. It's sweet, bready and lightly dry. Earthy hops round out the end. Very light dryness on the finish. 6.8% ABV @ RoHa

The RoHa Brewing Project - Three Deep American Ale: Clear ruby color. The nose is light with some biscuit malt and earthy/leafy hops. The taste has light earthy and leafy hops mixed with lightly sweet biscuit malt. Some citrus peel on the back end dries out the finish. 4.0% ABV @ RoHa

The RoHa Brewing Project - Thursday IPA:  Clear ruby color. The nose has slight citrus, pine and is a bit bready. The taste starts with lemon, pine and tangerine. Malt sweetness comes in next with some floral bitterness. Clean finish but the hops still lingers on the palate. 6.5% ABV @ RoHa

Wasatch - Snowbird Session IPA: This being released today at the Utah Brewers Cooperative. It's described as being North East Style Session IPA. 4.0% ABV @ UBC

Squatters - Aussie Hop Pale Ale: Grapefruit in the nose with some caramel. The taste has some berry qualities with vague sweet citrus flavors. Some pithy bitterness in the finish. Nice, super crushable. 4.0% ABV @ Squatters

Boulevard - Changeling: The nose is tart berries and not much else. The taste starts with a big tart punch. Plum and raspberries dark malts dominate. Not terribly complex but very tasty. Mouth feel is a little prickly but it works well. Medium body. Probably a little pricey for what it is. 7.3% ABV

Fisher - The Chocolate Conspiracy Nitro Stout: . Faint milk chocolate and hints of roasted malt in the nose. The taste follows with subtle cocoa and roasted malts. Not super sweet but there is a hint of vague spices in the finish. On the light side. 4.0% ABV @ Fisher Brewing

Samuel Adams - Rebel Juiced IPA: Not tried this one yet. @DABC 6.2% ABV

Dog Tag - Legacy Lager: Not tried this one yet. @ DABC 5.0% ABV


Thursday, April 20, 2017

23rd Annual Mountain Brewers Festival

Listen up! One of our favorite "local" beer festivals, the Mountain Brewers Festival in Idaho Falls, Idaho is just around the corner and there are some big changes that you need to know about.

First off. The ticket sales ($40) are advance purchase only and are limited to 5,500 attendees – no ticket sales at the gate. Here is the link to get your tickets. There will be tickets available at some of our local SLC/Ogden breweries. When those go on sale, I'll give you the when and where. They're usually at Uinta, Roosters and Bohemian.

Hotels: They are aware that this is a big weekend in Idaho Falls and their pricing is starting to reflect this. Start shopping around and book your rooms soon!

The week prior to the beer fest is Idaho Craft Beer Week (May 28 - June 3). If you can go up early you'll find a shload of special events, special tappings and tap take-overs. If you want to get you beer geek on, there's plenty happening.

There will be free buses to get you to and from the festival on saturday. Locations in Idaho
Buffalo Wild Wings
Hilton Garden Inn
LaQuinta Inn
Firehouse Grill
The Frosty Gator
Sam’s Club
Shilo Inn
Snow Eagle Brewing
The Zone

This is still a 21+ event, so don't bring the papoose(s). I hope to see you there!

We're now in the Sweet 16 Round of the Low Point Utah Beer Challenge. This is when things start to tighten up in the voting. There are quite a few tough choice this round and there is a rainbow of styles represented. Voting for this round will last 48 hours as well and will end Saturday morning. As you can see, the ballots are in the column to the right.


Photo Credits: Crafty Beer Girls (top)  Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune (bottom)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Uinta Brewing Donates Proceeds to Nation Parks

We are currently in the midst of National Park Week across the United States. In an effort to help the National Park Trust, an educational and  non-profit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. 

For nearly 35 years, NPT has enhanced our national park system through the acquisition of high priority parklands. To date our work has benefited 62 projects including 40 national park units in 31 U. S. states, territories and Washington, D.C.

In an effort to assist the National Park Trust, Uinta Brewing will be donating $1 from every can or draft sold of their Park Series Golden Ale all this week. This fundraiser will take place in multiple markets across the country. If you wish to participate locally, I've included a list been of participating bars and restaurants that will be supporting this cause. 

With the new administration's slashing of our national park's budgets, they need the help now more than ever.

Bayou: $5.50 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Beer Bar: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans. Beer Bar will be matching Uinta’s donation to the National Park Trust! Come be a do-gooder and support NPT in their efforts of park preservation. Come score some Uinta schwag on 4/20.
Bourbon House: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long, proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Brewvies: Watch movies and support preservation of parks with Uinta’s Golden Ale. $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long, proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Campfire Lounge: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta & Campfire Lounge to the National Park Trust. Drink beer for parks
Cannella’s: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Dick&Dixies: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Este Pizza: Sugarhouse & Downtown: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long, proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust. Park preservation pairs well with pizza.
Fiddlers Elbow: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
The Garage: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long, proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust. Come support the parks and enjoy live music Wed-Sat.
Gracie’s: $6 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust. Join us April 18th for Geeks Who Drink Trivia featuring #parkbeer.
Hog Wallow Pub: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Johnny’s On Second: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds to benefit National Park Trust.
Oasis Cafe: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Piper Down: Join us 4/19 for Geeks Who Drink Trivia and $3 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans to benefit National Park Trust’s park preservation efforts.
The Ruin: $6 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans. The fine folks at the Ruin have stepped up to match Uinta’s donation to the National Park Trust! $2/can will be donated!
Slackwater: Featuring #parkbeer Golden Ale cans. Slackwater will be matching Uinta’s contribution of $1/can to benefit the preservation of our parks.
Trolley Wing Co: $5 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long. Proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.
Whiskey Street: $6 #parkbeer Golden Ale Cans all week long, proceeds donated by Uinta to the National Park Trust.

Also today, Round Two of the Utah Beer Challenge's Low Point Competition begins. It was supposed to start yesterday, but life got in the way. Ballots are in the collumn to the right and voting runs for 48 hours. 


Friday, April 14, 2017

New Beer Friday 4/14/17

I hope your holiday break is nice and relaxing. You can tell spring is in the air by looking at the beverages we have today. Enjoy!

Epic's Oak and Orchard Syrah: Blueberry, Boysenberry and Black Currant - Haven't had this yet, it comes out today. Look for big berry flavors backed by tart vinous fruits. Can't wait! 8.5% ABV @ Epic

Mountain West Cider's  Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider - The nose has fresh apple skins and nondescript flower petals. The taste has tart apple, some apple tannins along with a vague citrus snap. It finishes with some botanical bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Slightly sweeter and more tart than Ruby. Another highly drinkable cider from Mountain West. 6.9% ABV @ Mountain West Hard Cider. This goes on sale 3/15/17 at 11am. 

HUB's Ferocious Citrus IPA -This must be very good, because it came and went before I had a chance to try it at Beer Bar. I assume more is coming. If you come across any, please let the rest of us know please! 6.2% ABV 

Ninkasi's Velocihoptor - The nose has herbal hop, some orange peel and berries. The taste is much the same with caramel, berries, herbal hops, and an earthy finish. There is a high amount of bitterness on the palate as well. It's okay, didn't blow me away. 8.4% ABV @ Beer Bar

Ninkasi's Pacific Rain - The nose has lemon, tangerine and pine. The tastes is full of lemon and tangerine zest and is backed up with a perfect balance of caramel malts. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable. 5.4% ABV @ Beer Bar

Desert Edge's Top Rope Rye - Not tried this one yet. It's described as being a light copper colored ale with low hop flavor and bitterness and a light spicy rye flavor. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge 

Desert Edge's C.K.Kolsch -  Not tried this one yet. It's described as being a golden German ale with light bready malt and subtle hop flavor. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge

Did I miss something? Let me know please.

Round One of the Utah Beer Challenge's Low Point competition is over. There were a couple of very close races, some beer narrowly winning by just one point. The second round begins on Monday. The bracket above has been updated. Check it out. Comments are always welcome.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The RoHa Brewing Project Announces its Opening

(Salt Lake City, Utah) - RoHa Brewing Project’s new Tap Room, located at 30 East Kensington Avenue (1500 South), will open to the public on April 21, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m..
Patrons can expect a full lineup of current RoHa beers:
Back Porch Pale Ale - 4% ABV, a hop-forward, golden-colored ale with just a glint of amber. It is a precise balance of malt and bitter, the hallmark of a great Pale Ale. Your go-to beer for every occasion. Available on tap, in 12 oz cans, and in 22 oz bottles.
Three Deep American Ale - 4% ABV, in honor of RoHa’s three founders, our American Ale has a classic golden wheat color with light but pronounced malt flavors and a slightly hoppy finish. Available on tap and in 12 oz cans.
Thursday India Pale Ale - 6.5% ABV, an homage to our Thirsty Thursday tradition. Our rules required a new beer each Thursday to taste, dissect, and rate. But we hope you’ll enjoy this American IPA over and over. Brilliant gold with a dry, distinctive hop finish. Available in 12 oz cans.
Kensington Grand Saison - 6.8% ABV, this Saison is grand because it packs a bit more punch. Brilliantly red with a host of hops, spice, and malt. Effervescent, tart, and complex. Regal enough for a special occasion, yet versatile enough for a backyard BBQ. Available in 22 oz bottles.
The Big Green Couch Double India Pale Ale - 8% ABV, an IPA with enough malt character to stand up to the high alcohol, bitterness, and hops. Strong but balanced, this IPA is a brewing ode to life’s serendipitous twists. Available in 22 oz bottles.
All beers in our lineup will be available in the package store. RoHa also recently contracted with General Distributing and will begin introducing RoHa beer along the Wasatch Front.
Chris Haas, co-founder and Master Brewer, states “In the midst of an American craft beer revolution, there’s no room for another good beer. But there’s always a place for a great one.”
About RoHa Brewing Project:
At its core, RoHa is great beer done right for the beer drinker who demands that same level from his or her bikes, skis, jobs, and life. 

RoHa was 10 years in the making, the dream of Rob (the Ro in RoHa) Phillips. Long before Rob was plotting breweries, Chris Haas was busy creating award-winning beer. Haas (the Ha in RoHa) is a Utah brewing pioneer with two decades in the business. The last piece of the RoHa puzzle Josh Stern, the Driver. Those three personality traits created the ideal triumvirate for an emerging brewery. Yet, it’s the similarities that define RoHa: a clear passion for beer and dedication to the craft balanced with a craving for a great life along with outdoor adventure — powder, single track and rivers.
RoHa Brewing Project looks to inspire and empower beer lovers. Seeking greatness with every beer, brewed with precision and without compromise. To learn more about RoHa Brewing Project, visit www.RoHaBrewing.com

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Epic's Oak and Orchard Syrah

The next beer in Epic's Oak & Orchard series will be released this Friday in Salt Lake City. This sour is made with Blueberry, Boysenberry, Black Currant and is aged in Napa Valley Syrah foeders. April 14th is the day. Don't miss out!

In other news, part 2 of Round One begins today in the Low Point competition in the Utah Beer Challenge. Round One will end Friday morning at the time stamp listed on the post. The results for part one are posted in the bracket above.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vernal Brewing's Ms Beer Hiven

Vernal Brewing will be releasing their newest beer in the coming weeks. Ms Bee Hiven is a Blonde Ale made with Yack Brother's Honey out of Roosevelt, Utah. Ms Bee Hiven will have an ABV of 4.0% and will be officially released on April 22nd at Vernal Brewing. 

As soon as it starts hitting it's distribution chain, we'll fill you in to where it's at.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Epic Session Series Cans Debut Today

Epic Brewing is release of three of its Utah Session Series beers in 12oz cans. The initial offering will feature Epic's popular Session IPA, Mountain Ale and the new Salt Lake Lager. Each brand will be available in 6 packs and 12 packs and sold exclusively in Utah grocery and convince stores.

Epic originally released its line of Utah Session Series beers in December of 2015 with 5 beers sold in 22oz bombers at grocery stores and on draft at local bars and restaurants. The popularity and success of these beers led them to expand the package offerings. The new 12oz cans will be sold alongside the original 22oz bomber.

The Session IPA is an exciting, contemporary-style India Pale Ale featuring tropical flavors such as passion fruit and tangerine from late-addition Mosaic and Simcoe Hops. It’s a bright, hop-focused beer that’s refreshing and bold.

Mountain Ale is a smooth malt forward English Ale that’s great to kick back and relax with. There are minimal hop additions with hints of vanilla, honey, and a mellow graham cracker sweetness on the finish.

The brand-new Salt Lake Lager is a quaffable American Lager with a European backbone featuring authentic German Pilsner malt and spicy noble hops. This lager packs in the flavor but is light enough for any session.

The Utah Session Series Cans will be available starting April 10th from local grocery stores such as Harmons, Smiths, and Fresh Markets as well as Maverick and other convince stores. Distribution will be state wide and handled by General Distributing Company, Golden Beverage Company, and Bald Eagle Beverage Co.

Also happening today, The Utah Beer Challenge's Low Point Competition begins AGAIN today. I believe I've got my shit together this time and have the appropriate beers listed. The seeds have been re-randomized and will be available for voting for 48 hours from the time stamp below. Part two of round One will begin Wednesday morning. Thanks for you patience.