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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.


Talisman Image found at Shipcomplient.com

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.


Images found at Shipcomplient.com

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.


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 www.parkcityshotski.eventbrite.com, 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.