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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Keep Dogfish Head and Kiitos on Your Mind Today

As promised, I have info regarding the initial releases of Dogfish Head's foray into the SLC market. As of today you will begin seeing DFH beers hitting DABC shelves and specialty beer pubs. Just in case you're wonder what's available, I have that too.

General Listed:
Sea Quench Sour Ale
Flesh and Blood IPA
60 Minute IPA
90 Minute IPA

Special Order:
Lupu Luau
120 Minute IPA
Palo Santo Marron
Wood Aged Bitches Brew
Burton Baton
Liquid Truth Serum
Mixed Media

Basically, the general listed stuff will be in the DABC stores and the special order stuff will be in the bars. Of course all of this is subject to change. Happy hunting!

Also today, Kiitos is releasing their new Barrel Aged Coconut Stout. This version of the popular coconut stout was aged in Sugar House Distillery's bourbon barrels. This 4% beer is packaged in 16 ounce cans and should be available when Kiitos opens today. There will be release party/pinball tournament at the brewery starting at 5:30pm.

On a side note: The barrels the Kiitos used for this beer have gone back to Sugar House Distilling and have been refilled with bourbon to become part of SHD's Boilermaker Series: a special offering that features whiskey aged in barrels that previously featured local beers. Boilermaker #1 was aged in Uinta's Cockeyed Cooper barrels and Boilermaker #2 was aged in Epic's Smoked and Oaked barrels. These are great whiskies that are definitely worth picking up when their released.

Cheers!

Friday, August 10, 2018

New Beer Friday 8/10/18

All of this week's offerings feature a bit of tart and funk. I hope you guys like tart and funk!

Shades Kveik #2: This beer pours a purplish red color topped with a little to no head. The aroma has a fragrant sour cherry smell. Taste was tart and pleasantly fruity. Some warm spice notes in the end. The finish is very dry. Another winner from Shades' Kveik Series. 6.3%. Available at Shades Brewing.

Avenues Proper Brett Pale Ale 2:  Look for funky, earthy and tropical-fruit-like flavors in this dry and subtly tart take on the American pale ale. This beer is only available at Avenues Proper. 4.0%.

Rogue Combat Wombat: This sour Northeast-style IPA is brewed with blood orange and grapefruit. The taste has an ample amount of musty yeast tart tropical fruits, orange and grapefruit pith. It finishes with a good dose of piney bitterness. 7.2%. Available at select DABC.

Brewery Ommegang Queen of the Seven Kingdoms: Ommegang's latest beer in their Game of Thrones series features a base beer full of Belgian yeast, lemon tartness, apple and melon. The sourness is pretty light, it much more prevalent in the nose than on the tongue. A pretty smooth ale. 6.7%. Available at select DABC.   

In other beer news: Roosters Brewing Company will begin to unveil their new look and branding this Saturday at the Ogden Farmers Market from 9-2pm. There will be give-aways every half hour, from stickers and merch to gift cards and a private brewery tour of Roosters new B Street Brewery that is set to open this fall. The new brewery will feature a dining and tap room space along with an additional 6,000 sf of available space for retail and manufacturing, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and dining area.

From what I've seen the new B Street Brewery will be a beautiful addition to Ogden's craft beer scene. Stay close for further updates.

Cheers!

Monday, August 06, 2018

Oops. I Made a Mistake.

Last New Beer Friday I reviewed Salfire's new Summer Camp Crush. I believe I said that, "it missed the mark" and was out of style. A few of you contacted me and wondered what I had been smoking in regards to this review (including Saltfire). After thinking about it, I couldn't recall ever seeing the bottle with the beer that ordered so I poured a new verified bottle and found that my review was way off the mark.

Summer Camp Crush has a nice aroma of tropical and citrus hops. The taste started with bright oranges and tropical fruit is highlighted by lightly tart citrus pulp. It ended with light tart citrus hop smack with pith and pine. The finish was tropical and lingering.

There's no excuse for not verifying that I had the right beer before giving a review. Especially when I found it to be so far off the mark. My oligopolies to Saltfire and to those of you that choose to spend your precious time and bandwidth on the Utah Beer Blog.

Cheers!

Friday, August 03, 2018

New Beer Friday 8/3/18

I love a nice round selection of beers for New Beer Friday; that is exactly what you're getting this week. Nearly all of this week's beers are local. Enjoy!

Strap Tank Utah Valley Foraged Ale #1: Also known as "Treebeard" this version of Strap Tank's locally sourced ale has willow, spruce, juniper, local wheat, solstice_malt barley, and Bagley Honey. 8.0%. Available at Strap Tank.

Saltfire Summer Camp Crush: This pours a  straw color with soapy white head. The aroma is citrusy and herbal with some honey. The taste is light and grainy; like a pilsner but more hoppy. The hops are floral herbal and citrusy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. As a NEIPA this really missed the mark. As a very hoppy kolsch I give it high marks.7.1%. Available at Saltfire, Dick n' Dixie's, Beerhive.

Uinta Alpenglow: This was supposed to hit last week, however shit happens and now we have this week. This Wild Golden Ale is a blend of Uinta's soured wild ale with a brett dosed golden ale that been ageing for two years in oak. The result is a beer with a medium fruit like sour/tart profile combined with a small dose of funky Brett with perceived pineapple flavors & malt. Finishes with oak and a brut champagne dryness . It’s a winner! 7.0%. Available at Uinta

Toasted Barrel Blueberry Summer Wheat: Missed out on this one. The name says it all. 4.0%. Available at Toasted Barrel.

Squatters Umbrella Ella-Ella Nitro IPA: Fruity and herbal hops with light malt & toast. The nitro enhances the sweetness from the malt. You can't really appreciate how much bitterness CO2 gas adds to a beer until it's removed. Very light and tasty. 4.0%. Available at Squatters Brewpub.

Squatters Long Boat Red Lager: The aroma has a light floral hop presence with some toasted cereal. The taste is full and smooth with a well concocted malt presence. The hop profile is medium in strength with a spicy/herbal bite and flavor.This is a wonderful malty lager, I wish I had found this weeks ago. 4.0%. Available at Squatters Brewpub.

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale - Ume Plum Gose: Missed out on this one. This is described as being infused with grown green sour plum (ume), and finished up with a pinch of Japanese sea salt (moshio). The balance of sourness, bitterness, comes from the plum and subtle saltiness. 7.0%. It's available at Takashi in downtown SLC. Takashi actually does a great job of getting great craft beers imported from Japan, that are exclusive to their restaurant. Check them out.  

 Cheers!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Two New Breweries on the Horizon

Just when you thought the pack was at capacity, I bring word of two new players in the craft beer world that are vying for your hard earned beer dollars.

The first brewery is another addition to Ogden's beer scene. Cerveza Zólupez Beer Company will be a small batch craft brewery: Dedicated to Mexican-style artisan cervezas. Very small handmade batches will be the focus with limited beer selection and pequeño inventory. The brewery is owned by Javier Chavez Jr. an Ogden resident and attorney. His beer recipes will be influenced by the beer and food heritage de México. Javier beers will be using ingredients traditionally found in Mexican culture. Cerveza Zólupez's construction is  underway and received it's alcohol manufacturing license from the DABC yesterday. Javier plans to open Cerveza Zólupez later this year. Felicidades, Javier!

The other brewery was tracked down by Utah beer lover and photographer DJ Benway. DJ found a brewery called Emigration Brewing Company. By all appearances it appears to be appropriately located in Emigration Canyon and looks to be located at the old Santa Fe Restaurant - located next Ruth's Diner. Their website suggests that the owners may already be active in Utah's hospitality/restaurant industry and has some financial backing. 

As I get more info on Emigration and Cerveza Zólupez I'll be sure to pass it on.

And just in case your keeping score - Cerveza Zólupez would join Saltfire, Toasted Barrel, Templin Family Brewing and Saint George Brewing as Utah's 2018 new breweries. Assuming all goes as planned by the individual breweries.

In related news: Saint George Brewing received its alcohol manufacturing license from the DABC yesterday, the Templin Family Brewing received their liquor license from the DABC as well, and Policy Kings Brewery in Cedar City got their full-service bar license.

Salud!

Friday, July 27, 2018

New Beer Friday 7/27/18

It's all about local tart and sour beers this week. That doesn't happen too often.

Epic Pie and Beer Day Sour Ale: This originally hit SLC on Tuesday it has aromas of dark fruit and oak. The taste is soured blueberries and boysenberries with some oak and red wine. Finishes with a good dose of funky yeast. Very nice. 7.7%. Available at Epic and Beer Bar.

Kiitos Cherry Berliner: This tastes a little less tart than some of Kiitos' other sour beers. This gives the cherry a chance to shine and really come through. Very nice. 4.0%. Available at Kiitos.

Uinta Alpenglow: This brand new wild ale from Uinta is being bottled this morning and should hopefully be ready sometime this afternoon. I should have tasting notes at 3:30 for New Beer Friday on KBER101. 9.4%. Available at Uinta.  

Toasted Barrel Grisette: This hoppy Belgian style is herbal with tea and a good dose of citra hops. 4.0%. Available at Toasted Barrel.

Deschutes Black Butte XXX: Missed out on this one. This Imperial Porter was blended using 8 different types of oak barrels, with notes of salted chocolate, whiskey and dried fruit.13.6%. Available at DABC.

Belhaven Scottish Ale: Missed out on this one. It's described as having a nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness from Challenger and Goldings hops 5.2%. Available at DABC.

Cheers!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The 9th Annual Utah Beer Fesival Preview

We're less than a month away from the Utah Beer Festival and this year's looks to be one of the biggest yet. To give you an idea of what will be poured at this year's fest I got my hands on the 2018 line-up. It's deep and you likely will not be able to sample everything, but I know some of you will try. There will be over fifty breweries/cideries with close to a hundred options to keep you happy. Here is the complete list. Enjoy and I hope to see you there.

Ace Cider - Angry Orchard - Ballast Point - Bohemian Brewing - Boneyard Bloody Brew - Bonneville Brewing - Boulevard Brewing - Deschutes Brewery - Desert Edge - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Epic Brewing - Fisher Beer - Great Basin Brewing - Guinness - Hoppers Grill and Brewing - Kiitos Brewing - Lagunitas - Mikes Hard Lemonade - Melvin Brewing - Moab Brewing - Mountain West Cider - North American Breweries


Odell Brewing - Park City Brewing - Grand Teton - Proper Brewing Company - Red Rock - Ritual Brewing Co. - Roha Brewing - Roosters Brewing - Salt Fire Brewing - Salt Flats Brewing - Samuel Adams - Sapporo - Shades Brewing - Shiner - SKA Brewing - Sockeye Brewing - Squatters - St. Killian - Stone Brewery - Strap Tank Brewery - Talisman - Uinta Brewing - Upslope Brewing - Wasatch - Western Standard - White Claw - Zion Brewing - Schofferhofer

As City Weekly's Beer Nerd, I will be floating around the beer festival Saturday doing "quality control". It's the burden of a beer writer. If you see me, please stop and chat, I'd love to hear from you. I'll be the guy with the beer in hand.

Cheers!

Photo Credit: City Weekly - Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Epic and Matumoto Brewery Collaborate on Sister City Beer

Did you know that Salt Lake City has a sister city in Japan? It’s true, our sister city is Matsumoto, Japan. For 60 years Salt Lake City and Matsumoto have been part of the Sister City Exchange, a program dedicated to promoting cultural exchanges, business and trade relationships along with community development. Matsumoto is roughly the same size as Salt Lake and shares many of the same geographic characteristics as well. It also has a kick ass brewery which leads us to today’s blog post.


To celebrate the 60th anniversary of our two cities’ partnership, Epic Brewing Company and the Matsumoto Brewery have teamed up to brew a special brew to mark the occasion. Yesterday morning (7/23/28) Matsumoto Brewery Managing Director, Mr. Takahiro Fukuzawa, and Chief Brewer, Mr. Takumi Katsyuama Joined, Joined forces with Epic’s Jordan Schupbach, Director of Brewing Operations (and his brew team) to create a special beer that will be available both in the U.S. and Japan.


The collaboration beer that they brewed is a hop-forward double IPA inspired by Epic’s popular Hopulent but with a sweeter aromatic focus. The beer will highlight honey brought from Japan and
will possess Ekuanot, Motueka, and Mosaic hops. Epic will be utilizing some of the new techniques developed with their popular New England-Style IPA in a way that reflects current flavor trends in Japanese IPAs; a portion of the finished beer will be exported to Japan and highlighted at the Matsumoto Craft Beer Festival, September 14-17th.


The Japanese craft beer scene has been steadily gaining steam in recent years; Epic has been exporting their beers to Japan since 2012, so they’re already a known player in the region. Currently there are more than 200 craft breweries open nationwide and the Matsumoto Brewery has been leading the way in the Japan’s Nagano region.


It was a pretty cool day for beer in Salt Lake yesterday and it looks like everyone in the brewhouse had a blast. As soon as the this special IPA is ready, I promise to give you the heads up on the where and when.

And on a an Epic side note; today is Pie and Beer Day (or Pioneer Day if you prefer)! Epic has also created a special beer that will only be avaiable for Pie and Beer Day and it goes on sale later today. This is the only beer that I know of that was created exclusively for Pie and Beer Day. Feel free to thank my wife Krin for spearheading the production of this beer. The beer is part of Epic's Oak and Orchard series. It's a sour ale aged in oak barrels with Blueberry and Boysenberry. It a phenomenal sour ale that's a Utah exclusive and can only be purchased at Epic's SLC brewery or at Beer Bar. If you're into sours, you know your going to need this.

乾杯 Kanpai !

Monday, July 23, 2018

Your 2018 Pie and Beer Day Preview

You probably don't need this but you're going to get it anyway! This is your 2018 Pie and Beer Day Event Calendar. I haven't vetted most of these, so further homework on your part may be required.

The Original & Official "PIE & BEER DAY"
  
COPPER ONION, SQUATTERS
SAAG PANEER SPANAKOPEA
PAIRED W/ PROVO GIRL


DISPENSARY, ROHA
PURPLE POTATO PIEROGI W/ ONION JAM, CHEESE
CARAWAY BUTTER, & CARAWAY SALT
PAIRED WITH KENSINGTON GRAND SAISON


SLACKWATER PIZZA, ROOSTERS BREWING
FANCY 5 CHEESE PIZZA W/ FETA AND GORGONZOLA
PAIRED WITH PIOLT BREW DOUBLE IPA


RED BUTTE CAFE, DESERT EDGE BREWERY
BLACK BERRY ALMOND
PAIRED WITH UTAH PALE ALE


PROPER BREWING, PROPER AVENUES
STRAWBERRY APRICOT WITH TOASTED MERENGUE AND BALSAMIC CRUST
BOURBON PECAN PIE WITH SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN
CAROLINA LEMON PIE WITH SALTINE CRUST WHIP CREAM AND MALDON SALT
PAIRED WITH LA BELLE PECHE & GOSE LAKE EFFECT


STEIN ERICKSON LODGE, PARK CITY BREWING
BANANAS FOSTER DOLCHE DE LECHE
PAIRED WITH HOOKER BLONDE


GARAGE ON BECK, MOAB BREWERY
FUNERAL POTATO PIE
PAIRED WITH ROCKET BIKE AMBER LAGER


NORMAL, EPIC BREWING
ICE CREAM MOON PIE WITH PEACH ICE CREAM, FREEZE DRIED PEACH BITS CORN COOKIE DIPPED IN WHITE CHOCOLATE
PAIRED WITH OAK & ORCHARD SOUR BLUEBERRY BOYSENBERRY


ESTE PIZZA, HOPPERS BREWING
JALAPENO ARTICHOKE PIZZA PIE
PAIRED WITH THIS IS THE PILSNER


BEER BAR, KITOS BREWING
BLACK BERRY PIE WITH ORANGE BITTERS AND CARDAMON ALLSPICE CRUST
PAIRED WITH VANILLA NUT CREAM ALE


WASATCH BREWING, WASATCH BREW PUB
APPLE CRUMB PIE
PAIRED WITH EVOLUTION AMBER


HONEYCOMB BAKERY, RED ROCK BREWING
RASPBERRY PISTACHIO GALETTE
PAIRED WITH GRAND BAVARIA


BELTEX MEATS, 2ROW BREWING
JAMAICAN BEEF PATTY PIE WITH COCONUT CURRY
PAIRED WITH HIPACRIT IPA


TRADITION, FISHER BREWING
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE
PAIRED WITH RYE CREAM ALE


EATING ESTABLISHMENT, BONNEVILLE BREWING
VEGETARIAN QUICHE
PAIRED WITH SYNERGY SEVEN


RIO GRANDE CAFE, BOHEMIAN BREWERY
GRANDE KEY LIME PIE
PAIRED WITH BOHEMIAN KOLSCH


STEIN ERICKSON LODGE, PARK CITY BREWING
BANANAS FOSTER DULCE DE LECHE
PAIRED WITH HOOKER BLONDE


NOMAD, UINTA BREWING
SWEET CORN CREAM PIE WITH BLUEBERRY STREUSEL, SMOKED RASPBERRY JAM POPPED SORGHUM & MALDON SEA SALT
PAIRED WITH CRIMSON TART AND CROGGY SAISON


FIRESIDE, SALT FIRE BREWING
NEW ZELAND CHICKEN EMPANADAS WITH MEYER LEMON BROWN BUTTER SAUCE
PAIRED WITH NEW ZELAND PILSNER


TOSCANOS, SALT FLATS
JALAPENO ARTICHOKE PIZZA PIE
PAIRED WITH THIS IS THE PILSNER


OMARS RAWTOPIA, MTN WST CIDER
OMARS TIERRA MISSOU
PAIRED WITH COTTONWOOD HOPPED CIDER


BAMBARA, SHADES BREWING
MIXED BERRY TART W/ OAK CRUST PIE
CHERRY CHOCOLATE PORTER WITH PORTER GANACHE PIE
APRICOT PINENUT AND THYME PIE PIE
PAIRED WITH BERLINER WEISSE

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Pie & Beer Day FUNraiser 

Pie n' Beer Day at the RoHa Brewing Project

Pie and Beer day at Cheers to You (Midvale)

Pie and Beer Day at the Ice Haus

Pizza Pie and Beer Day at Gracie Barra Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

4th Annual Pie & Beer Day Tournament 

Pie and Beer Ride

Pie and Beer Day at Park City Brewery

Pie and Beer day BBQ at the Sun Trapp

Pie & Beer Day at St. Catherine Siena Newman Center

Cheers and have a happy and safe day!

Friday, July 20, 2018

New Beer Friday 7/20/18

Happy New Beer Friday! For the most part this week's option are mostly out of the Northwest, get on these while they're fresh and new. Also keep in mind that Pie and Beer Day is coming up. I'll be talking beer with Mick and Allen on KBER101 today at 3:30, then from 4pm - 7pm I'll be with Bad Brad Wheeler on KUAA 99.9 to preview Pie and Beer Day stuff.
 
Toasted Barrel Brett Brown: A malty brown base beer with a good dose of funky Brett. More beer like this is going into oak barrels to become sourlicious and funkified! 4.0%. Available at Toasted Barrel.

Rogue Kulture Clash: This beer/kombucha blend tastes malty and doughy with funky herbal tea and some orange/grapefruit rind. A hint of tartness and earthy/leafy hops round out the end. Even if you're not a kombucha fan you may like this. 6.9%. Available at DABC.
 
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 10: The nose has a good ctirus and stonefruit along with light pine and bready undertones. The taste starts off with a bit of orange, grapefruit and light apricot. Next comes a nice earthy pine bitterenss that has lightly toasty malt undertones. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering grass and a hint of citrus pith. Very nice. 5.9%. Found at Beerhive.
 
Anderson Valley Hop Hyzer: This has an aroma of toasted grains and lemon and coriander. The flavor follows for the most part; adding more citrus, a more subdued spice profile and a good dose of malts. Finishes with medium bitterness. 4.9%.  Available at DABC.
 
Gigantic Kölschtastic: A good amount of toasted cereal with complimenting floral and citrus-like hops. Slightly over hopped, other that that very true to style. 5.0%. Available at Beer Bar.
 
Gigantic Kiss the Goat: Missed out on this one. It's described a Bock/Porter hybrid if that helps. Can't wait to get into this one. 8.0%. Available at Beer Bar.
 
Gigantic High Fidelity IPA: Light citrus, tangerine and hints of stone fruit, light pine and citrus hops, semi-sweet malts. Nice IPA that veers into APA territory. 5.9%. Available at Beer Bar.
 
Cheers!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Another New Beer Friday the 13th

There's nothing unlucky about this Friday the 13th. We've got great a great selection of local and regional brews on this New Beer Friday the 13th; sounds pretty damn lucky to me!

Kiitos Kiitoria: Lime zest upfront, slightly tart with some mild acidity. Cracker in the middle with a hint of hay and grass.  Finishes crisp and clean with a light but tangible salt presence. Nice summer quencher. This beer is the first of many from Kiitos that will have a percentage of the proceeds go to a different charity with every batch. 4.0%. Available at Kiitos.

Shades Kveik #3: Tart flavors of juicy tropical fruits, citrus and berry start you off. Then a light amount of lactose sweetness kicks in, followed by light flavors of vanilla. The addition of lactose takes the tartness and gives it a very nice sherbet/gelato feel. Delicious! 6.3%. Available at Shades.    

Talisman Raspberry Gose: Very strong raspberry flavor, lightly sweet wheat/malt flavors, and a tart berry and lemon finish. This is a great fruited gose. 4.0%. Available at Talisman

Epic Drama Juice NEIPA: This dank and fruity mix of Comet and Simcoe hops produced a super citrusy and juicy IPA that has a decent dose of bitterness that comes through as orange/grapefruit pith. Very Nice! 6.2%. Very limited - only available in special growlers at Epic.

Wasatch Lemon Coffee Cream Ale: An odd combo of flavors here. It's not unusual to serve espresso with lemon peel of zest and I think that's the inspiration here. The result is a crazy salad of fruit and smoked/grilled veggies. It’s not my thing, but I appreciate the creativity. 4.0%. Available at Wasatch Park City and the West Side Tavern.

Lagunitas Cherry Jane: The aroma is a pleasant blast of sweet cherries with mild funky Brett. The taste is cherry forward, sweet and spicy pie cherries dominate for the most part. The funky Brettanomyces adds a bit of sourness to take some of the edge off of the cherry sweetness. Finishes tart and semi-sweet. This is a great beer and a nice entry beer for those looking to get into American wild ales. 5.5%. I found it at Beer Bar, Beerhive.

Ska Brewing Rue B. Soho: Subtle grapefruit on the nose. The palate is light and subtle with toasted grains and tangy grapefruit. The grapefruit doesn't linger long, and neither does the ever-so-slight bitterness of the hops. It's like an IPL with grapefruit. 5.1%. Available at DABC.

Cheers and have an excellent weekend!

Friday, July 06, 2018

New Beer Friday 7/6/18


Whoa! It's damn smokey out there today; not to mention that it's going to get in the triple digits as well. You're definitely going to need something to lift your spirits from all of this bad air. Everything that I came across this week is more on the quenchable side of the beer spectrum, I hope you find these helpful.

Saltfire Saison De Trahison: The aroma contains clove, wheat malts and some citrus. The taste starts out bready with flavors of clove and a hearty malt character. Some caramel, and ginger root comes next with just a hint of lemony citrus coming through in the end. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready. 6.3%. Available at Saltfire, Bayou and Dick n Dixie's.

Saltfire Charlotte Sometimes:  The nose is fruity and grainy, with some citrus peel, honey and earthy bread. The flavor opens mildly sweet with a peachy, fruity yeast note. There's citrus, a little bright, with honey, candied orange peel and a little grapefruit. 5.2% Available at Saltfire, Bayou and Dick n Dixie's.

Wasatch/Lauter Day Brewers - Raspberry Saison: Fresh raspberry in the nose. There is hint of spicy yeast as well. The taste is more fresh raspberry with a hint of the saison's yeast. It's not entirely noticeable, but it does add balance to the berry and helps round it out. finishes medium dry. 4.0%. Available at Wasatch Park City and at the UBC's West Side Tavern.


Odell Sunny Rain: The aroma is grassy and citrusy with a touch of acidity. The flavors start off with sweet malts, vague citrus and a touch of pineapple. A light dose of  tartness and moderate bitterness come next. The tartness is minimal, which gives the the juxtaposing citrus and fruit something to work with.  Very tasty! 6.0%. Found at Beer Bar.

Rogue 10 Hop IIPA: Missed out on this one. 10.1%. Available at DABC.

What did I miss? Please share.

Cheers!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

New Utah Law Will Affect Your Beer Enjoyment

You will probably notice a change the the next time you hit your favorite brewpub. Thanks to the infinite wisdom from our religious overlords; all local eating establishments that fell into that gray area between bar and restaurant were forced to make a choice to be one or the other. Some places that did not require you to buy food with your pint will require you to do so - others may have gone the opposite way and have gone full 21 and over bar.

I learned a long time ago that no matter what advance may come our way in regards to legalizing adulthood our favorite prairie religion run legislature will most certainly bitch slap you back to the temperance movement with stupid shit such as this.

Please don't let these new designation dissuade you from enjoying these fine craft beer establishments; if they do, then they've already won.

Here is a list of your modified craft beer adulting options.  Restaurant = Food Required/Kids Allowed - Bar = No Food Requirement/No Kids Allowed:

2 Row Brewing Co. -  No change
A. Fisher Brewing Co. - Bar
Bohemian Brewery -  Restaurant
Bonneville Brewing Co. -  Restaurant
Desert Edge Brewpub - Restaurant
Epic Brewing at Dolce Sicilia - Restaurant
Epic Brewing Co.  - Bar
Grogg's (Pinnacle Brewing Co.) - No Change
Hoppers Brewpub - Restaurant
Kiitos Brewing Company - Bar
Moab Brewery - Restaurant
Mountain West Cider - No Change
Park City Brewery - Bar
Proper Brewing Co. - Bar
RedRock Brewing - Restaurant
RoHa Brewing Project - Bar
Roosters Brewing (Layton) - Restaurant
Roosters Brewing (Ogden) - Restaurant
Salt Flats Brewing Co.(AKA the Garage Grill) - Restaurant
Saltfire Brewing Co. - Bar
Shade Brewing Co. - Bar
Squatters Brewpub - Restaurant
Strap Tank Brewing Co. - Restaurant
Talisman Brewing Co. - Bar
The Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House - Restaurant w/separate bar
The Hop 'n Keg Brewery - Restaurant
Toasted Barrel Brewery - Bar
Uinta Brewery - Bar
Utah Brewers Co-op - Bar
Vernal Brewing Co. - Restaurant
Wasatch Brewpub - Restaurant
Zion Canyon Brewery - Restaurant

High West Distillery - Bar 

Let me know if there are any mistakes.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Dogfish Head Coming to Utah


The title says it all; the East Coast's kings of weird beer are sending their suds to the beehive state in the coming weeks. A little birdie from the east coast gave me a heads up the other day and I was able to confirm it with a local bar owner so it looks like it's about to be a done deal.

If you're not familiar with Dogfish Head Brewing: Founder Sam Calagione started Dogfish Head over 20 years ago in Milton, DE. He created a brewing culture that offers a wide selection of off-centered ale that have often skewed the boundaries of what beer could be. Some of their best known beers include  Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA, Palo Santo Marron, Burton Baton and Bitches Brew. I'm not sure what beers will hit the SLC market first, but I'd put a solid bet on Dogfish Head 90 Minute leading the charge.

As soon as I get better info, I'll pass it along. I'm sure this will make many East Coast transplants very happy.

Cheers!

Friday, June 29, 2018

New Beer Friday 6/29/18

New Beer Friday really does care. Do You? This week we have an eclectic range of suds along with a local favorite that will be making it's final appearance.

Shade's Kviek #1: The aroma is very hoppy with citrus overtones noticeable lemon tartness. The taste is lightly piney and hoppy with hints of citrus and berry. All IPA upfront, tart in the middle with a lemony ice tea finish. 6.5%. Available Saturday at Shades Brewing.

2 Row Blood Orange Sour: Not tried this one yet. The only place I know of that has this is the Bayou; don't even have the ABV on this one. I hope to have more info for you this afternoon on New Beer Friday with Mick and Allen on KBER 101 at 3:30pm.

Epic Utah Session Series - Passion Fruit: Brilliantly clear appearance. Passion fruit and a little sulfur in the nose. The taste is mostly passion fruit with some Belgian-ish yeast spices. Hint of surfer in the finish that fades after a while. 4.0% ABV. Available at Beerhive, soon everywhere there's an Epic seasonal handle.   

Proper/Sawtooth Puddleduck: This draft collaboration was brewed with Sawtooth Brewery from Hailey, ID. This is a light colored, wheat-based ale using a ton of fruit-forward hops and a special yeast favored for its use in hazy IPAs. The result is full bodied and juicy with notes of mango, melon, lychee and strawberry. Available only at the Main Street brewery.

Anchor's Nelson Pale Ale: The aroma is grassy and funky, with orange, melon and blueberry. The flavor starts with citrus peel, pine and melon . Some vanilla and a vague berry round out the back end. Overall this is a very nice and complex pale ale. 5.3%. Available at DABC.

Odell Onolicious: This has a tart lemony base with a good dose of passion fruit, mango and guava. The flavors get a little muddled but you get the idea that this is a tart fruity salad in a glass.6.5%. Found at Beer Bar. 

Odell Friek: This has a dusty dry raspberry aroma with a hint of cherry. The taste has raspberry and tart cherry; it's more tart than sweet. Some nice citrus notes round it out with a noticeable amount of oak, and a lingering funk. A nice barrel-aged fruited sour. 6.5%. Found at Beer Bar.

Mother Earth Call Me Ginger: The aroma is mostly big candied ginger. The taste is much more subtle with semi-sweet malts and light dose of ginger root. Next comes a nice balancing dose of lemon peel that serves mostly to keep the root in check. I liked it more than I thought I would. 4.8%. Found at Beer Bar.

Full Sail's Citrus Maxima: Missed out on this one. 5.7%. Available at DABC.

Upslope's Rocky Mountain Kölsch: Missed out on this one. 5.1%. Available at DABC.

Crazy Mountain's Lava Lake Wit: Brand new to our marketThe nose has crackers with floral, spicy and citrus hops. Tastes of earthy floral hops, pale malt and a hint of spice. A nice Witbier. 5.2%.  Available at DABC.

Crazy Mountain's Hookiebobb IPA: The aroma is floral and citrus with some candied fruit and pineapple. The taste is citrus and pine with a lingering, pithy bitterness. A bit chewy with a touch of crackery sweetness. A nice IPA. 6.7%. Available at DABC

Stone Enjoy by 7/4/18: Lotsa peach and tropical flavors going on here. The hops are big and assertive with a descent dose of malt backing it up. It's got an ABV of 9.4%, so don't drink this one on an empty stomach. As usual we're getting this one late, so drink 'em up by Independence Day.  Should start popping up in bars and stores later today.

Returning Favorites

Elder Brett: It looks like our favorite Elder is coming home from his mission for the very last time. This is the last batch of Epic's original barrel aged sour and it will only be avaiable in SLC starting today. Elder Brett's aroma is rich with the musty, barnyard-like character that “Brett” is famous for as well as some remnants notes of white wine. The flavor also has wonderful amounts of fruity notes both from the yeast and hints of peach, all rounded out with a pleasant and refreshing acidity and incredible drinkability for an 9.5% beer. We will miss you.

Litha Imperial Saison: The nose is earthy with some funky peppery saison yeast countered by zesty rye spices, bread, alcohol and light tropical fruit. The taste starts with a bit of pepper, clove and and coriander followed by estery fruits. Brady malts come next witha touch of alcohol. The end has a nice balance berries and tropical hops. Finishes semi-dry. 8.0%. Available Proper Brewing.

Cheers!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Policy Kings Brewery Needs Your Help

To (the best of) my knowledge Cedar City, Utah has never had a brewery. I'm sure at some point in the state's distant pass a small brewery may have existed in the small Mormon founded mining community, but I can't find any trace of one. The nearest breweries I were able to located existed in nearby Beaver, Utah: The George Buchner Brewery A. A. Fischer Brewery and the Jas. Valentine Brewery. managed to stay afloat at different stages from 1874 - 1884.

Some Cedar City residents are looking to rectify this omission in the history books by finally bringing craft beer to the thirsty beer lovers of Southern Utah. The Policy Kings Brewery (named for the infamous Chicago gambling racketeers) is looking to build their new brewery/brewpub near Southern Utah University and could use an infusion of cash.

A Barnraiser campaign has been set up to help Policy Kings gain momentum. With your support, all funds will contribute to finishing construction to the building and equipment. This will also get the doors open faster. The funding effort will only be successful if they can reach $5,000 by 7/5/18. This isn't the final goal, but it's the minimum needed to keep the project alive.

If you have a few spare quatloos left in your beer fund consider throwing some their way. We all benefit from a broader craft beer community, right? Here's a link to their Barnraiser page along with their Facebook. Best of Luck, Policy Kings!

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Epic's Special Pie and Beer Day Sour

To help celebrate Utah's beloved Pie and Beer Day, Epic Brewing Co. is releasing a special edition of their Oak And Orchard sour ale for the big day.

This unique version of Oak and Orchard will feature blueberry and boysenberry and should be available just in time for the July 24th celebration. It will of course be available at Epic's SLC brewery and should also be on hand at Beer Bar's Pie and Beer Day party as well.

Keep checking back for a complete list of all Pie and Beer Day events as the day gets closer.

Cheers!

Image found at Shipcompliant.com

Friday, June 22, 2018

New Beer/Brewery Friday 6/22/18

It seems like it's only been weeks since our last New Beer/Brewery Friday - that's because it has only been weeks - four to be exact. Saturday, Toasted Barrel Brewery will open it's doors to the public and will have drafts and bottles to go. 

Toasted Barrel Four Saisons: This saison will rotate with every season. This first version has a spicy yeast forward nose with a taste that is more subdued as far as the yeast goes. The malts are fruity with some graham cracker qualities. Bitterness is low. 4.0%. Available Saturday at Toasted Barrel.

Toasted Barrel Weisse Man: Standard lemony tartness with a hint of grain lingering in the back ground. Finishes puckering and dry. 4.0%. Available Saturday at Toasted Barrel.

Toasted Barrel Cantaloupe Weisse Man: This version is much more subtle with the tartness. The cantaloupe is quite pronounced and fresh tasting. If you love melon, this will be right up your ally. 4.0%. Available Saturday at Toasted Barrel.

Toasted Barrel Utah Double: Nice citrus peel aroma Caramel and bready wheat with citrus, herbal and pine bitterness. 8.0%. Available Saturday at Toasted Barrel.

Saltfire NZED Pilsner: Nice herbal hop nose with some toasted grains. The taste has sweeter grains; combined with a large dose of spicy herbal hops along with a bit of citrus peel. If you like a hoppy lager this will satify you for sure. Very nice Pils. 5.4%. Available at Saltfire, Beer Bar, Soon everywhere. 

Kiitos N.E. Double IPA: This version is slightly tweaked the addition berries. The fruitiness is of course tropical with subtle berry flavors rounding it out. Very Nice! 8.5%. Available at Kiitos

Desert Edge Top Rope Rye: Soft bready malt, spicy rye, and low floral hops. Low bitterness and dry finish. 4.0%. Available at Desert Edge.

Cheers!


Monday, June 18, 2018

The 4th Annual Wendover Peppermill Beer Festival

There's nothing like a good beer festival to keep the brain and belly happy; all while providing some great socializing opportunities. Our local beer fest scene is growing yearly with new local breweries along with recent out-of-state brews adding to the to the hometown fest flavor.

However some of you crave more from your beer festival; many want new beer and breweries that you typically can't get in Utah and will often go beyond our boarders to chase their new brew itch. If you fall into this latter category I have just the beer fest for you.

On Saturday, June 23, 2018 the 4th Annual Wendover Beer Fest will return with 30 breweries pouring 50 beers that are mostly not available to to those of us in Utah. Admission is free, however tokens for the minimum beer pours are $1 each and must be purchased (with cash) at the Peppermill token booth on the day of the event. In addition, a $5.00 Wendover Beer Fest souvenir pint glass is required for festival beer purchases. No children are allowed.

From personal experience: I urge you to plan for the heat. This is a parking lot venue and though tents are provided it can get damn hot out there, so please dress appropriately and bring water. Hope to see you there.

Here is your list of participating breweries and cideries:
Dogfish Head Brewing
Pizza Port Brewing
Brooklyn Brewing
Odell Brewing
Deschutes Brewing
Rogue Brewing
Hangar 111 Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
Tenaya Creek Brewing
Pigeon Head Brewing
21st Amendment Brewing
Green Flash Brewing
Big Dog Brewing
Ballast Point Brewing
Lost Coast Brewing
Ace Cider
Great Basin Brewing
Boulevard Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing
Uinta Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing
North Coast Brewing
Stone Brewing
Victory Brewing
Angry Orchard
Sin City Brewing
Alpine Brewing
The Depot Brewing & Distiling
Wyders Ciders
Brasserie St. James

Cheers!

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Beer Friday 6/15/18

You have beer in your life, but do you have new beer in your life? If not; we'll fix that today.

Red Rock Mango Berliner: This lemony tart beer offers a medium amount of lemony tartness with a fairly subtle amount of mango. It's there, but not super fruity. I liked it, super crushable. 4.0%. Available at Red Rock downtown.

Rogue Cold Brew 2.0: This blonde ale with coffee has a moderate java aroma. The taste is mostly coffee with some sweet malt, biscuit and a smidge of hazelnut. 5.6%. Available at DABC.

Four Sons Brewing - The Great One IIPA: This brewery just snuck into the market the other day from Huntington Beach, Ca. This IIPA is named after Wayne Gretzky and is described as being full bodied with  Chinook, El Dorado, Cascade, Fuggle, Nugget and Saaz hops. 9.9%. Available at DABC.

Four Sons Brewing Sour K: I've not tried this one yet. This beer is listed as being a 7.9% Wild Ale but some people are reporting that they've bought it locally in C-stores; putting it at a max 4.0%. Can anyone confirm this?

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez (Lime & Blue Agave): big lightly tart limes, lemon, citrus zest, grapefruit, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white wine, sea salt, 4.9%

Stone Vituale IPA: Missed out on this one. It's described as having big citrus notes of tropical fruit while upping the dank, resin qualities of Citra & Mosaic. 7.7% 

Deschutes The Ages: Just came across this at 4am, so I have no tasting notes on this one. This is a one and done American Wild Ale that is described as being a Gueuze-Inspired, multi-year wild brew brimming with hints of savory, fruity esters, and spicy, tangy pear and white pepper flavors. Be warned: there may be some sticker-shock involved here. 8.0%. Available at Bayou.

Cheers!

Friday, June 08, 2018

New Beer Friday 6/8/18

Found some new beers.... and it's Friday. We should come up with a name for this!

Saltfire Galaxy Singularity:This has a somewhat dank citrusy nose with a good dose of tropical fruits and citrus on the palate. Probably my favorite of the Singularity series so far. 6.9%. Available at Saltfire, Beerhive 

Strap Tank Matt: I havn't had this one yet. This hazy and citra hoppped IPA uses an experimental yeast found in Indiana. It produces lactic acid similar to a kettle sour. 4.0%. Available at Strap Tank.

Strap Tank Maracuya: I haven't had this one yet. Described as being very tropical with a good dose of passion fruit. 4.0%. Available at Strap Tank.

Strap Tank Air Quality Control NEIPA: I havn't had this one yet as it is being released today. It's made with Ella and Mandarina Bavaria hops with lactose.Sounds yummy. 4.0%. Available at Strap Tank.

Zion Strawberry Rhubarb Gose: While not new in Southern Utah it is new to me; and I like it. The Strawberry and Rhubarb both shine in this subtly tart beer. 4.0%. Available at Zion Brewery and Beer Bar.


Uinta Crimson Tart: This pomegranate ale tastes mostly of the fruit with a moderate dose of tartness. Very refreshing for a 8.0% beer. Available at Uinta.

Uinta XXV Anniversary Imperial Pilsner: Spicy nose with light grains. Bread and grainy malt lead the palate to a drying, crisp finish with a touch of lemon peel. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation. Full flavored but well balanced with a pleasant bitter hop accent on the finish. 7.5%. Available at Uinta tomorrow.

Proper Buckhorn Draw: This porter is made with buckwheat and it's evident in the flavor. It's also somewhat earthy and herbal and pretty drinkable for a summer porter. 4.0%. Available at Proper Brewing and Avenues Proper.

Salt Flats Jitterbug: I havn't tried this lager yet. It's described as having cucumber added. 4.0%. Avaiable at The Garage Grill in Draper.

Latitude 33 Blood Orange IPA: The nose here is strong with orange citrus. The taste is more subdued and not as strong as the aroma, but the IPA shines with a good dose of bitterness. Nice balance. 7.2%. Available at Beer Bar.

Latitude 33 Honey Hips: Honey and pear dominate this strong ale that offers a good dose of citrus zest for balance. A tad sweet but overall very good. 8.3%. Available at Beer Bar and Bayou.

Latitude 33 Mangovaza IPA: The aroma has mango with hints of guava, papaya and passion fruit. The taste has mango followed by some mellow habanero heat. It's rounded out by guava, papaya and citrusy tropical hops. An excellent peppery IPA.7.2%. Available at Beer Bar.

Odell St. Lupulin:  The aroma has citrus zest, tropical fruit and biscuit malts. The flavor is more citrus zest along with lemon, tangerine, tropical fruit, grass while caramel sweetness backs it all up. A very nice DIPA. 6.5%. Available at the Bayou.

Odell Extra Special Red: Pine, and citrus in the nose. Brown sugar, and woody/nutty notes combined with tangy, leafy hops create a spicy/woody flavors that are nicely balanced. 9.1%. Available at the Bayou.

Three breweries are throwing anniversary parties this Saturday: Uinta, Talisman and Strap Tank are all celebrating and each would like to share their Saturday with you. For details on each celebration check out the individual social media pages for these breweries.

And if that's not enough: Snowbird's Brewfest hits this Saturday and Sunday. Over 25 Local and national breweries will be pouring their beer.

Cheers!   

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

New Brews Soon For You: Uinta, Vernal, Shades and Salt Flats

I came across a few beers that are coming soon to a brewery near you. Each of these beers have (as of today) an unknown release date. I promise to keep you in the loop as to when they hit the market.

 Pictured above is Uinta's Alpenglow. Named for a unique phenomena that happens for those of us
that live in mountainous regions of the world. This new beer will be an golden American Wild Ale that is fermented with a combination of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces that will also be blended with a two year old funky sour beer aged in oak. It will have an ABV of 9.4%.

Also from Uinta Brewing is their new Single Barrel Series. This label is described as being an outlet for Uinta's R&D department; it will feature beers that are new, different and experimental. A special section on Uinta's website will be created for feedback on these beers.

Coming soon from Vernal Brewing is their new Summer Ale. This
ale is just described as being brewed with herbs and spices. Look for it to hit cans in the coming weeks with a quenching ABV of  5.5%. No idea, as of yet if it will go to DABC stores. Keep checking back for info on this one.

Shades Brewing Company (formerly Shades of Pale) will be releasing a new Belgian Style Tripel Ale. This beer is described as having huge huge spicy and fruity flavors of coriander, peach and pear, while having a dry finish. It should come in around 10.0% ABV.

Salt Flats Brewing has a Mexican Ale coming soon. No info has been posted on this as yet, but look for it to fit the mold of hot weather, south of the border beers that are generally light and dry. As soon as the updates come in I'll share them will you. This ale will be a 4% beer.

That's it for this edition of New Brews Soon For You. What do you think of these impending beers?

Cheers!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Utah's 2018 North American Brewers Association Competition Winners

I'd like to congratulate all of the Utah breweries that won awards last Friday in the North American Brewers Association's beer competition. Breweries from all over the U.S. entered beers from all over the U.S. hoping to be named to be named the best suds made. Here are the medal winners from Utah and the categories they won in. A Good majority of these beers are available to enjoy right now. Try these winners out or revisit them if it's been a while.

Bohemian Brewery:
Gold - Bohemian Dortmunder Export. 2D - Dortmunder Export
Silver - Bohemian Czech Style Pilsener. 2C - Bohemian-Style Pilsner
Gold - Cottonwood Common. 15A - California Common

Bonneville Brewery:
Bronze - Antelope Amber Ale. 9A - Ordinary Bitter Best Bitter (ESB)


Epic Brewing Company:
Gold - Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale. 13F - Belgian-Style Pale (Golden) Strong Ale
Bronze - Epic Imperial Stout. 10L - Imperial Stout
Telegraph Brewing Company:
Bronze - California Ale. 13A - Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co:
Gold - This is the Pilsener. 2C - Bohemian-Style Pilsner.

Kiitos Brewing:
Bronze - Wheat Ale. 6A - American-Style Wheat Ale.

Moab Brewery:
Silver - Moab Especial. 6A - American-Style Wheat Ale.

Proper Brewing Company:
Gold - Proper Beer. 5E - English-Style Summer Ale
Silver - Tripel Stamp. 13E - Tripel
Silver - Mabon. 12E - DunkelweizenWeizen Bock

Red Rock Brewing:
Silver - Secale. 16C - Barrel-Aged Beer
Bronze - White Rainbow - White IPA   8E - Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

RoHa Brewing Project:
Silver - Kensington. 13C - Biere de Garde.

Shades Brewing:
Bronze - Kviek #1. 14C - American-Style Wild or Sour Ale.
Silver - Misconception. 8E - Belgian-Style India Pale Ale.

Uinta Brewing:
Silver - RS Ale IPA. 8A - Session-Style India Pale Ale
Bronze - Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA. 17B - Fruit Beers.
Gold - Croggy Brett Saison. 14E - Brett Beer.

Here is the link to the entire list of award winning beers. Congrats again to all!

Cheers!

Pictured above: Márcio Buffolo, Tent Fargher (Shades Brewing) Krin Riedel (Epic/Telegraph Brerwing).

Friday, June 01, 2018

New Beer Friday 6/1/18

Welcome to June! I haven't been around much so the majority of these of New Beer Friday beers have basic descriptions. Have a great weekend!
 
Kiitos Big Gay Ale: The is beer has a nice fuchsia appearance that has an aroma of hibiscus and lemon. The taste is somewhat similar. The hibiscus drives this beer for the most part. Some light citrus like hops in the end. If you get you ass over to the brewery's pub you'll also have the added option of getting your Big Gay Ale dosed with edible glitter. That's right; at some point you'll have disco party during your morning constitutional. Go team America! 4.0%. Available at Kiitos, Bayou.

2 Row Pineapple Mango Sour: I haven't tried this one yet. It's described as tart fruity and crisp with a dry finish. 6.4%. Available at 2 Row, Bayou.

Pelican Honey Citrus Pale Ale:  I haven't tried this one yet. Described as having Citrus honey and apricot notes. 5.0%. Available at the Bayou.

Fisher/Desert Edge Rye Pale Ale: Not tried this collaboration beer yet. It's made with Azacca and El Dorado hops. 4.0%. Available only at Fisher and Desert Edge.

Stone I'm Peach DIPA: Described as a typical Stone DIPA with the additions of peach of course, subtle pine, mandarin orange and pineapple notes. 8.8% ABV. Available the Bayou.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the 2018 Mountain Brewers Festival. You can get tickets online here or they ca be purchased at Bohemian Brewing or Roosters Brewing. You cannot buy them at the festival this year.

Cheers! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Welcome Toasted Barrel to Utah's Craft Brewing Community

That's right, this morning Sage and Lynn got the official okie-dokie from from the state's beer mafia just a couple of hours ago and are now making wort. The Toasted Barrel Brewery is Utah's 26th independent brewery and it's 31st all around beer production space.

To get things started Toasted Barrel will hit the ground with a few IPAs and a saison. Barrel aged beers will be going into wood soon after. Utah's next brewery on deck looks to be Saint George Brewing Company in you guessed it, Saint George. They will likely go online later this year.  Big congrats to Sage and Lynn!

Cheers!

Photo courtesy: Toasted Barrel

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Beer Friday 5/25/18

It looks like an all local New Beer Friday and I'm confident that you'll find something for every taste this week.

2 Row Chasing Haze: It looks like OJ. The nose is super aromatic and fresh with citrus, mango, papaya and melon. The taste opens with clementine, mango and overripe cantaloupe. It's super juicy but not overly sweet. Finishes dry with a subtle orange and grapefruit peel bitterness. Probably one of 2 Row's most well rounded hazy IPAs. 6.5% ABV. Available at 2 Row, Beer Bar, Dick n' Dixie's and The Bayou.

2 Row Dubbelicious: The nose is malty sweet with a hint of clove. The flavors here a burnt caramel, some toffee and bubblegum. Very little in the way of hop bitterness and alcohol. I really loved this one. It kinda reminds me of an old English ale with Begian yeast. The lower ABV really drives up the beer's drinkability factor. 6.7%. A very limited run on this one! Available at 2 Row and Beer Bar.

Bohemian Lagerpalooza Best of Show Pre-Prohibition Lager: This beer was developed by award winning home brewery Sasha Taddie and brewed in collaboration with Salt City Brew Supply and the fellas at Bohemian. It has an aroma of malt and cereal with some earthy yeast notes. The hops Hops are earthy, grassy. The taste is bready with dry crackers, red apple skin and Cheerios. Backing it up are  leafy, grassy, and herbal verdant hops. BoHo only brewed about 80 cases, don't wait! 6.0% ABV. Available at Bohemian


Roosters Limited Release Double IPA: Fresh hops dominate with grassy and floral bitterness. The malts have a butterscotch perfume. Big malt sweetness opens the show mostly floral and pine to counter. A hint of citrus in the back. Finishes semi dry. This seems like more of a throwback IPA; typical to the early 2000s. 8.0%. Available at Roosters Ogden/Layton. 

Fisher Galaska Pale Ale: It has a nice peachy hue with a lot of citrus peel on the nose. The flavor is also very citrus like with a good dose of citrus pith. It tastes like it was actually made with citrus peel. in reality it's all Galaxy and Denali hops. This beer won't be tapped until later this afternoon and the name listed above may or may not be correct. 4.0%. Available at Fisher.

Zion Paradox Session IPA: This isn't exactly new but it's relatively new to SLC. The aroma has citrus, pine and grass. The taste has toasted malt with a touch of light caramel up front. The back end is all hops - full of grapefruit peel and pine. This is a super crushable session IPA. 4.0%. Available at Zion Canyon and Beer Bar.


Squatters Black Rifle Coffee Cream: The nose has biscuit malts and coffee. The flavor follows with an almost nutty café cream sweetness. The coffee flavors are nice and fresh. 4.0%. Available at Squatters Brewpub.   

Cheers!

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Beer Friday 5/18/18

Not only is it New Beer Friday; it's also New Brewery Friday! Saltfire Brewing Company, Utah's newest brewery is officially releasing their first batches of beer tomorrow. Along with these we also have a shload of sour beers to talk about; combine all this with Craft Beer Week and you have a damn full weekend. Check out the updated craft beer week calendar here.

Epic Oak and Orchard Strawberry Rhubarb: The nose has a strong, dry sourness that is masking a bit of  funky strawberry. The taste is berry tart with darker berries and some strawberry sweetness. Finishes bone dry. 6.9%. Available at Epic.

Kiitos American Lager: Light spicy herbal nose with an even lighter touch of bready to grainy malts. The taste starts light and bready with bitter, but mellow, herbal hops jumping in.  Some light yeast flavor and graininess in the finish. 6.0%. Available at Kiitos.

SaltFire Dirty Chai Stout: Releases 5/19 - 6.7%. Available at Saltfire

SaltFire Fury Kolsch: : Releases 5/19 - 6.0%. Available at Saltfire

SaltFire A Series of Singularities Idaho 7: Releases 5/19 - 6.9%. Available at Saltfire

SaltFire A Series of Singularities: Releases 2:  5/19 - 6.9%.  Available at Saltfire

The RoHa Brewing Project - Red Ace: Sweeter berry-like malts with hops that have a bit of lemon peel bitterness. 4.0% ABV. Available at RoHa.

Squatters Meteor Shower: This is being released on Sunday at Squatters' Brewer's Brunch. I'll have tasting notes later today at 3;30pm with Mick and Allen on KBER 101.

Talisman Anniversary Ale: I havn't tried this Belgian style ale aged in Pino Noir barrels. 9.5% Available at Talisman.

8 Wired Cosmic Chaos: This Sour Black IPA is a bit tart with cola, some raisins + chocolate, slight char with some orange peel bitterness. 7.5% Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired Fistful of Cherries: This Wild Ale has a nose of tart cherries, grass and vinious oak. The wine barrels are surprisingly pronounced  - pushing through the tartness. Tart cherries and Brett yeast complete the flavor profile. 7.6% Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired Gypsy Funk: I havn't tried this American style Wild Ale yet. 7.5% Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired Lord of the Atlas: This American style Barely Wine has a nose of Toffee, vanilla and booze. The taste is more toffee, with marmalade and bitter pine rounding it out. 12.0%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired Big Smoked Porter: Not tried this one yet. 6.2%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired iStout: I havn't tried this Russian Imperial stout yet. It's described as having roasted coffee and chocolate malt flavors which are balanced by a brisk bitterness and bold freshness from the hops. 10.0%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

8 Wired Wireless Black IPA: Missed out on this one too. 6.2%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

Amager/Mikkeller - Frederiksen Væsel Brunch: Collaboration blend with Mikkeller/Amager. A blend of Hr.Fredriksens (Amager) and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Mikkeller) - then aged in bourbon barrels. 10.7%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

Amager/Crooked Stave - Chad, the King of Wild Yeast: This sour ale has a strawberries nose with lemon zest, and herbal hops. The taste follows with lemon zest, strawberries, and melon with a touch of herbal hops in the back. 5.0%. Available exclusively at the Bayou.

Melvin Your IPA: This is possible the most bitter beer I've ever had. The aroma is danky, dank, dank herbal grass. The taste follows with dank pine resin and herbal hops. It finishes bone dry. If you're looking for an anti-haze bro beer, this is the one. 7.1%. I had it at Beerhive.

Cheers!