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.

Slainte!

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!

Prost!

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.

 
  Prost!

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

Cheers!


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
Roosters
Selkirk Abbey
Sockey Brewing
Squatters
Talisman Brewing
Uinta
Upslope Brewing
Wasatch Brewery
Bohemian Brewing
Fort Collins Brewery
Leinenkugel
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.

Cheers!

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

Cheers!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great Basin Brewing Coming to Utah

Nevada’s oldest craft brewery is will soon be bring their beers to the beehive state. Great Basin Brewing Company, maker of beers like Ichthyosaur "Icky" IPA and 385 Scytale Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout will be debuting a handful of their Reno made beers to bars and restaurants along the Wasatch Front and Back.

Opening in 1993, Great Basin became the go to place for beer in the Reno/Tahoe area. To help with rising demand of great local craft beer, Great Basin opened the second location in Reno in July 2010 -  Great Basin then opened their Taps & Tanks location in 2012 as a production facility and taproom.

It looks like all the deals have been signed, well probably start seeing some of their beers in the coming months. Stay close for their debut locations.

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Coming Soon: Proper Brewing's Revenge

There's been a drought of sorts in Utah's beer community - an info drought. For some reason there just not a lot happening in our corner of the beer universe, hopefully that's coming to an end soon.

To fill the void, I did come across this new beer that's coming from Proper Brewing Co. This is their Revenge Double IPA. This beer looks to be a hop bomb, that will likely contain a variety of hops. No word yet on when it will be released, but trust I'll fill you in soon.

Cheers!

Label found at Shipcomplient.com

Friday, June 09, 2017

New Beer Friday 6/9/17

Here I am, still drying out from last weekend's Mountain Brewers Fest, and now I have wrap my tongue around this massive amount of new beers? I hope you all know how much I love you...

This week we have not only new beers but new breweries. Look for Ex Novo Brewing and Pfriem Family Brewers [both from Oregon]. Big thanks to Rich and Duncan at the Beer Bar for bringing these gems to SLC. Uinta Brewing has a brand new Brett Saison that should be released today as well. Guess we'd better get on with it.

2 Row Hop Dust (Simcoe) - The nose has a blast of tangerine and orange like candy. The taste is very much Clementine-like. Next comes apricot and chewy malts. The finish is on the spicy resinous side with lingering hop bitterness.9.1% ABV @ 2 Row, Beerhive

Uinta Brewing Brett Tripel - If all goes according to schedule, this should be released sometime today. I hope to have some tasting notes by this afternoon at 3:30pm on New Beer Friday - KBER 101.

Ex Novo Dynamic Duo - The nose has apricots, peach, citrus and malt. The taste is malt forward, earthy and spice mixed with big NW citrus and pine hops finish. Bitter and resiny. 8.0% ABV @ Beer Bar 

Ex Novo Eliot IPA - Haven't tried this one yet. 6.6% ABV @ Beer Bar

Ex Novo Cactus Wins the Lottery - The nose is fruity and juicy. The flavor starts off with tangy prickly pear. It adds a nice sweet balance to the lemony base of the beer. Nice, light and refreshing. 4.2% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic Dip Hoppa II Belmont Boogaloo - The nose has spicy citrus with some tropical notes. The taste is mostly orange and herbal with some ripe tropical fruit. Finishes dry. 5.6% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic Massive - Haven't tried this barley wine yet. 12.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic Mons Meg Ale - The nose has big earthy malts and herbal hops. The flavor follows suit, with rich caramel malt and light citrus and spices. A tasty, malt forward beer. 8.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic PipeWrench - Haven't tried this one yet. 8.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Gigantic The City Never Sleeps - The nose on this is very Imperial Stout like with big roasted notes of char. The taste is far more subtle. Molasses, plums, toasted barley to start it off. Chocolate, brown sugar, plum and vanilla round it out. The finish is slightly herbal. Very nice! 7.6% ABV

pFriem Family Brewers Saison - The nose is phenolic and wheaty. The taste has dry crackers, spicy phenols and pepper. Next come a mild sweetness combined with white grapes and green banana. surprisingly vinous.Very nice. 6.5% ABV @ Beer Bar

pFriem Family Brewers Brett Wit - Nice doughy, horse blanket nose. The taste is very brett forward with some malt fruitiness, dough and peppercorns. The end has a splash of tartness. Very Yummy! 5.6% ABV @ Beer Bar

Oakshire Citrafonix - Haven't tried this one yet. it's described as having deep citrus zest and piney hop nose. It is a light bodied American Pale ale with a balanced bitterness and a mildly tangy finish. We used a mélange of citrus including, orange Peel, lemon peel, lime peel, grapefruit zest, and a splash of grapefruit juice in both the kettle and the fermenter to give a citrusy fruit character that perfectly compliments the American hops. 5.5% ABV @ Beer Bar

Oakshire Sun Made Cucumber - Haven't tried this one yet. 4.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Deschutes Cultivateur -  Haven't tried this one yet. It's described as having rustic brett notes of pear and apricot blended into this bright oak aged saison.8.0% ABV @ The Bayou

Cheers!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Talisman Celebrates One Year

Talisman Brewing Company will be celebrating their first year in business this Saturday, June 10th from 7-10pm at the brewery. This is a family friendly event with activities for all ages, live music by Bill and Diane, food trucks, bounce house and other kid activities. And of course great beer will be available for purchase in the outdoor beer garden. There is no admission fee. The brewery is located at 1258 s. Gibson Ave in Ogden.


Also, in Talisman news - I have a preview of their upcoming Wheat IPA, called Coming in Hop. This wheat based IPA will feature citrus and pine in it's hop profile and will likely be available in stores sometime in the coming weeks. Sounds tasty!

And if that's not enough Talisman news, I hear their looking for a Production Specialist/Assistant Brewer.

Position Responsibilities:
• Daily CIP of various types of brewing Vessels        
• Inventory and process raw materials, stage brewing process to keep production running smoothly and on schedule
• General cleaning of floors, piping/hoses, and other items
• Continually maintain all productions areas including equipment - (mill room, brewhouse, fermentation, filtration, spent grain, grain storage, as well as walkways within production area)    • Attention to detail, good organizational skills
• Self-motivated and able to stay on schedule
• Team oriented with strong communication skills (verbal and written)
• Able to follow direction and willingness to take on additional responsibilities
• Monitor CO2 levels
• Time management and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
• Professional and ethical conduct and adherence to all company policies and procedures

• Able to work all facets of a brewery production environment - (packaging, kegging, cellaring, assist with brewing, milling, water composition, brew prep, cleaning, inventory ect.)
• Able to work various beer festivals and events (sometimes out of normal business hours)

Minimum Requirements:
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Ability to work well independently and with a team
• This is a physically demanding job.  Must be able to repetitively lift 55 lbs, be on your feet and handle hazardous chemicals
• Ability to work occasional flexible shifts
• Must have the ability to get to work on time and keep a production schedule

Preferred Skills:

• Commercial brewery experience or having worked in a production  environment

Compensation:

• Depending on experience
• Beer Perks 


Please email resume to info@talismanbrewingco.com

Cheers!

Image found at Shipcomplient.com

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Utah's Winners of the 2017 Mountain Brewers Beer Festival

We're back from vacation! Sorry for the local beer news drought, but time away from everything beer related has really been good for the ol' psyche. While I was gone I did spend some time judging at the North American Brewers Association's Beer Competition. myself and 100+ other judges spent three days judging some incredible brews from our region of the U.S. and from around the globe. I've put together a list of the local winner of the competition. Please go out and support some of these outstanding breweries and their outstanding beers. 

Bohemian Brewery, Midvale, Utah
Silver - Cottonwood Common 
14A - California Common

Silver - Best Of Show IPL
14C - Hybrid Style Beers (two or more style
traditions)

Proper Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, Utah
Gold - Patersbier
12I - Other Belgian-Style Ales

Gold - Ragman IPA
12H - Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

Redrock Brewing Co, salt lake city Utah

Bronze - Bobby Brown the Cat
9C - American-Style Brown Ale

SilverAnniversary Ale
8I - DoubleImperial Red Ale

Bronze - Viva La Hatu
1C - Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or
Ale

RoHa Brewing Project, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bronze - Thursday India Pale Ale
7E - English-Style India Pale Ale

Bronze - Kensington Grand Saison
12C - Biere de Garde

Roosters Brewing Co, Ogden, UT, USA
Silver - Honey Wheat
16A - Honey Beer

Shades of Pale, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bronze - Misconception
12H - Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze - Uinta 801 Pils
2B - German-Style Pilsner

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Silver - Squatters Outer Darkness
9L - Imperial Stout

Silver - Squasatch Hoppy Pils
2B - German Style Pilsner

Bronze - Wasatch Raspberry Wheat
16B - Fruit Beers

For the full list of winners, please click here.

Cheers!