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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kiitos Barley Wine Goes on Sale Today

Kiitos has announced that it's releasing a new barley wine today. Since Epic and Proper Brewing are the only other local breweries that makes straight-up barley wines (Uinta has discontinued Anniversary Barley wine) this is a big deal for local beer drinkers. Simply called Kiitos Barley Wine, it has an ABV of 11.1%  and it is set to go on sale at 11am today. Tasting notes to come!


Friday, January 26, 2018

New Beer Friday 1/26/18

"Dryuary" is finally over. Happy New Beer Friday!
Avenues Proper Brett Kriek: The aroma is big with dough, Brettanomyces and cherry. The flavor has musty dough, a fair amount of Brett funk and pie cherries rounding it out. It finishes with that nutty cherry flavor. The cherry flavor is very fresh. This is a full on brett beer. If your not a fan of brett funk you my not like this one. I think it's pretty great. 4.0% ABV. Only at Avenues Proper.

Wasatch Elemental Wit: Brewed as a traditional Belgian Wit Beer with souring bacterium from Squatters' Fifth Element. The aroma is full of yeasty esters and lemon and spices. The flavor has a descent amount of tart orange with grains of paradise and a hint of funk in the back. Very tasty. 4.0% ABV. only available at Wasatch's Park City Brewpub and the West Side Tavern at The Utah Brewers Cooperative. The tap handle at the West Side Tavern says "Session Sour".

New Belgium VooDoo Juicy Haze: I haven't tried this one yet. It's described as having a melange of tangerine, papaya, pineapple, and lemon. The mouthfeel is somewhat soft, but with fairly prickly carbonation. 7.5% ABV. Available at select DABC stores.

Great Basin Wild Horse Altbier: I haven't tried this one yet. Alts are primarily toasty and malty. 4.8% ABV. Available at select DABC stores.

Great Basin Ichthyosaur "Icky" IPA: Piney aroma with floral undertones.Traces of caramel. The taste follows with pine and floral hops; malts come through faintly with notes of cracker and caramel. Finishes with a citrus and more pine.6.4% ABV


Thursday, January 25, 2018

SLC's Brewery Mile

This week in my Beer Nerd column for City Weekly, I invite you to check out a mile long piece of real estate that I've dubbed "SLC's Brewery Mile". Cheers!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Special Edition of Epic's S.O.B Available on Friday

If you're a fan of Epic's Son of a Baptist coffee stout, you know that it's custom made for each market Epic sells it in. This means each market's version is a little different than all of the others. One of the advantages of having Epic's HQ in SLC is that we sometimes get access to these unique brews.

On Friday, January 26th Epic will be releases a small batch of Son of a Baptist in 22 ounce bombers. This version of SOB will feature Dallas' Cultivar coffee; the chosen coffee roaster for the Texas market. Normally, the SOBs that we enjoy in Utah are infused with local Blue Copper Coffee, so this is a great opportunity to compare.

If you're not familiar with SOB: The nose is full of coffee, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate with lots of roast, coffee and toffee. There's a bit of ash in the finish. 8.2% ABV.

Don't wait too long to pull the trigger on this one.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Brews Soon for You: Vernal and RPM

In this edition of New Brews Soon for You, we have three previews of coming brews. The first beer comes to us from Vernal Brewing Company. Their Bock Lager is pretty self explanatory. Bocks are the traditional Lenten beer, used by monastic monks to get them through their forty days of fasting during Lent. I imagine this high caloric malty lager will arrive sometime then. It will have an ABV of 7.0%. Yum!

Next we have two new canned offering from RPM Brewing. Both of these beers are currently available at the Garage in Draper (RPM's brewpub). The Salt Flats Hefeweizen will be a bready, yeast driven 4% beer that will appeal to those looking to stimulate their palates while keeping that clean German beer feel.

Along with the Hefe, RPM will also be bring you their Top Gear Amber Ale. This will be a hop forward American Amber that will have IBUs that pop into the 80s. This beer is also available to try at the Garage.  

All three of these caned beers will likely hit the market in the first quarter of 2018. Stay close for their official releases.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

The 2nd Annual “For the Love of Beer” Festival

Roosters Brewing Company invites you to the 2nd Annual “For the Love of Beer” Festival on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday February 4th. As luck would have it, Super Bowl Sunday is on February 4th which means in addition to “For the Love of Beer” there will also be a “Beer Bowl”, a traditional Super Bowl party with a craft beer twist.

Along with Roosters there will be four other local breweries pouring suds for the event; Red Rock Brewing, Kiitos Brewing, Talisman Brewing Company and Mountain West Hard Cider. Beehive Cheese and Daily Rise Coffee will be there too.

Purchase your tickets sooner than later because it sold out very fast last year. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 4:00 PM -- 8:00 PM
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 4:00 PM -- 8:00 PM

Union Grill
315 24th Street
Ogden, UT 84401


Friday, January 19, 2018

New Beer Friday 1/19/18

Holly Hell it's been a slow January. I apologize for the Utah Beer news drought, but there's not a lot happening right now. Thankfully, we still have new suds hitting every week. Please enjoy this week's New Beer Friday offerings.

2 Row Raspberry Sour: Three new beers in three weeks! You've gotta love Brian Coleman's passion and tenacity when it comes to his beers. This week's new offering is a bit of a departure from Utah's IPA machine. This raspberry sour is just as it sounds. Think: Unripened raspberries with a bit of lemon.The alcohol is substantial for a fruit sour, dialing in at 8.1% ABV. You can get it at the brewery and at the better beer pubs, including Slackwater, Beerhive, Bayou .

The RoHa Brewing Project has added two new draft handles You can find the following on them.

RoHa Americano: This American ale is infused with coffee and is brewed with espresso and coffee. There's a nice blend of light malt flavor and subtle coffee. Mostly made with cold brew, so there's not a lot of coffee nose but full on coffee in it's flavor. 4.0% ABV. Available at RoHa starting today.

RoHa D Street Brown Ale: This is an American Brown. It's slightly hoppy with toasted malt and caramel. It finishes with notes of chocolate. A tasty session ale. 4.0% ABV. Available at RoHa starting today.

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet:  Using a new technique, the kids at Sierra Nevada hit this beer with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—pure, concentrated hop flavor—directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops. It comes in at 8.0% ABV and is available and many DABC stores and better beer pubs. 

Snake River Earned It - NEIPA:  This “hazy” IPA is brewed with Citra, Mosiac, El Dorado and Loral hops come together to make a citrusy and floral aroma. A low bitterness and light malt body make this beer very drinkable. 6.5% ABV. Available at Beerhive, Bayou, Pizza NoNo, Outpost Spirits and Slackwater.

Returning Favorite

Squatters Fifth Element: Utah's original wild ale makes its long awaited return. This wild saison pours a cloudy apricot/straw color with a fizzy white head that reduced to a thin froth. The nose has a bit a of barnyard funkiness to it with hints of lemon and yeast spices. The tastes starts with light citrus notes then transitions into funky tart notes that are somewhat fruity. Next comes a dry oakiness that compliments the tartness well. The finish is a combination a champagne like dryness and bitter florals.This goes on sale Saturday morning at 10am at Squatters Brew Pub. There's a two bottle limit on this one.


Friday, January 12, 2018

New Beer Friday 1/12/18

RoHa State Room Brew: This beer was done specially for The Stateroom, the local music venue in SLC.  It described as "combining all the essential beer flavors you need while dancing and listening to the show.  A nice bright red color with a subdued malt character and a hop flavor in the end enough to keep you drinking but not overpowering.  It has great balance to make sure it can quenches your thirst". Think of it as "Gig beer". 4.0% ABV. Only at RoHa and the State Room.

2 Row New Zeangland IIIPA: Yet another IPA is here from 2 Row this one is a Triple IPA made in the New England style with a variety of New Zealand hops (including Motueka), hence the name. It's described as having a "sweet light fruity aroma, flavor is the same with a dryer soft bitter finish". 10.1% ABV. This is available pretty much at any craft beer bar and of course at the brewery.

Mother Earth Four Seasons 2017 Winter BBA Brown Ale: From Mother Earth - "What started as an award winning Imperial Brown eventually made its way into Mother Earth's barrel program, thanks to a dependable base recipe and customer following, they decided to double mash it, which involves using wort instead of water to gain a higher ABV and more complex favor. Finally, they threw in some brown sugar to add a light molasses favor and age the beer in toasted oak barrels to create the perfect winter-warmer". 12.0% ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Beer Bar.

Strap Tank Barrel Aged Saison:  This Saison is described as having layers of farmhouse funk that complement perfectly the aromas and tannins of Cabernet from the barrel. At least one strain of Brettanomyces was picked up, created notes of barnyard funk, pineapple and hay that we couldn’t be happier to discover as we blended the final mix. Like a wine-beer hybrid, it pours apricot-orange with an off-white head. Balanced bitterness & healthily carbonated". 11.6% ABV, This beer goes on sale Saturday morning (1/13) at 11:00am. Only available at Strap Tank.

I know I missed something, help a brother out with the info!


Friday, January 05, 2018

New Beer Friday 1/5/18

It's the first New Beer Friday of 2018! Appropriately, it's all local. Get out of the inversion and into a pub to to enjoy these great new offerings.

2 Row Coast to Coast IPA: This has a sweet, light fruity aroma. The flavor is very much the same with a dryer less intense bitter finish. 7.2% ABV. Available at 2 Row and your finer beer pubs.

Kiitos Vanilla Nut Cream Ale: I have no notes for this one. By the name I think you can figure out how it's going to taste. 4.0% ABV. Available at Kiitos.

Kiitos Citra's Lil' Sis Pale Ale: This pale is a blend of 3 unnamed hops from the north west. Delicate floral, kiwi and lemon grass notes. Dry hopped with citra and comet. 4.0% ABV. Available at Kiitos.

Desert Edge Vienna Lager: Described as a light copper colored lager with a bready malt and a light spicy hop character. 4.0% ABV. Available at

Desert Edge N.Z. Pale Ale: Described as a hoppy pale ale brewed with New Zealand Wai-iti and Waimea hops. This unfiltered pale ale has a biscuity malt flavor balanced by the bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors of the hops. Medium bitterness and dry finish. 4.0% ABV. Available at

Fisher Sour Power: A crisp, ass puckering lemony thang much like the first generation Sour Power.  4.0% ABV. Available at Fisher.

Fisher Hop Drop Sour: The same base beer as Sour Power. It's very tart, but dry hopped with simcoe. Fruity nose from the hops. Tastes like sour grass! 4.0% ABV. Available at Fisher.

What did I miss?


Thursday, January 04, 2018

New Brews Soon For You: Chasing Tail Orange Golden Ale

Squatters is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society for this naval orange version of their Chasing Tail Pale Ale. Full of Celeia and Galena hops this hop forward unfiltered golden ale will push the limits of Chasing Tail's flavor profile. Besides 12 ounce cans this will have a limited run in Squatters' quart sized crowlers.

The ABV in Squatters Chasing Tail Orange Golden Ale gets a boost as well, now at 5.2% from the standard 4.0%. I'm guessing that a portion of the sales from this beer will go to Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. To help Save Them All, Best Friends works with shelters, rescue groups and our members nationwide.

Sounds tasty, and they've got a great cause. stay close for it's release.


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