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Friday, April 19, 2019

New Beer Friday: 4/19/19

You don't have to appreciate everything in your life, but please don't abuse your New Beer Friday.

Saltfire - Gin Barrel Aged IPA:  Nice juniper aroma.  Right off the bat, the barrel pops with more generous berry notes. Then the spruce part comes in, it is more subdued, but it swirls around the berries like a Christmas tornado. Tangerine peel and orange zest round out the end. This is the second gin barrel aged IPA to come from a local brewery (shades had the first). You wouldn’t think a gin barrel aged IPA would work very well, but the juniper aspect is perfect with the hops used. 8.0% - Available at SaltFire starting today.

Uinta - "Get in Looser, We're Going Hopping": This Kolsch is hopped with the same blend that the recently released Pink Boots beer was made with. The hops dominate this beer. There’s lots of melon, grapefruit and berries. It reminds me a lot of a session brut IPA. Quite tasty! 4.0% - Only available at Uinta.

Desert Edge - Pro Tem Pale Ale 2:  This unfiltered pale ale has a hazy copper color. It features Idaho 7 and Kashmir hops. These bring forth a piney, floral and citrusy flavor. Light malt flavor, with high bitterness. It finishes dry. 4.0% -  Available at Desert Edge.

Firestone Walker - 805: This copper colored ale has an aroma of malt and hay. Flavor wise it has light mulch combined with floral hops with a grassy aftertaste.  It’s a pretty basic beer, nothing too spectacular. I will point out that it skunked after about a minute in the sun yesterday, so beware of that. 4.7% - Available at DABC, Beer Bar, Garage on Beck

Craft by Proper officially opens today! Sugar House's newest pub is billed as "Utah's only - Utah only - beer pub". Look for 36 taps and 80 to 90 different bottles and cans of all sizes to satify your Utah beer cravings.

Cheers!

Monday, April 15, 2019

New Brews Soon For You Bohemian, Red Rock, T.F. Brewing and Uinta

On a dreary Monday morning, I thought a little sunshine in the form of new brews, coming soon for you would be a simple way to cut through this soggy weather spell spell that we've had to endure. All of these beers are NOT out yet, but are are their respective schedules for release in the coming weeks or months.

Red Rock - Biere De Mars: [Pictures Above] Literally meaning “March Beer”, This French/Belgian ale is a type of low-alcohol lambic beer that was made from the second and/or third runnings from the lauter tun during the production of lambic beer. This beer looks to be less tart and more malt driven. ThisSpringtime ale will hopefully be coming our way soon. Hell, were halfway through April already. Look for this in Red Rock's 16 ounce bottles.

T.F. Brewing - Squirrel Juicy IPA: This high point IPA will follow the the New England IPA style by being high in tropical fruitiness and low on bitterness. In will hit in 16 ounce cans and dial in alcohol wise at 6.5%. This should be a big hit for those who aren't exactly big on traditional IPAs.

Level Crossing Soul Rex: This Double IPA will likely be around, sooner than later. Look for an IPA
driven by hops that lean towards tropical fruits, melon and citrus. This one will also hit in 16 ounce cans and have a respectable 8.6% alcohol content. So far Level Crossing has just offered up low point beers to get themselves established. This will likely be one of the first of many high points to make you swoon.

Uinta - Tu Meke Tart: This new beer part of Uinta's "Limited Release Series" will a variety of (as of yet undisclosed) New Zealand hops. The base beer will be a kettle sour, so look for a nice lemony tartness with a fair amount dry-hopping. I'd guess it will be close to a sour IPA. This beer will pop up at 6.5% and will be in uinta's 12 ounce cans.

Keep checking back, when these are official the where and when will show up here as soon as I get the word. Any thoughts on these new beers?

Prost!

Images found at Shipcomplient.com and appear courtesy of Red Rock, T.F., Level Crossing and Uinta Brewing.

Friday, April 12, 2019

New Beer Friday 4/12/19

Since all of the brewers in the area were busy out of town; attending the Craft Brewers Conference    there's not a lot happening this week. I did manage to find a few beers though. It's tough work, but someone got to do it.
  
Fisher Hayduke: This new pale ale has a nice citrus aroma and features a taste reminiscent of tangelo and lime with a healthy dose of bitter rind. Super drinkable. 4.0% - Available at Fisher

Proper Sour Rangers: This soured saison has a nice purple color with pink highlights. The aroma has a vague berry smell that is pleasing. The taste is tart for the most part, due to the sour base base beer. The blackberries used pile on, adding a little sweetness to counter. Some saison yeast is detected. If you like tart berries, you'll love this. 4.0% - Available at Proper.

Dogfish Head Dragons and Yum Yums: This tart ale is a collaboration with the Flaming Lips. Brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passion fruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Sounds yummy. 6.5% - Available at DABC

Sierra Nevada Sierraveza: Biscuit forward with some grain sweetness. The hops are floral and grassy. Nice dry finish. A nice Mexican Style Lager. 5.0% - Available at Beer Bar, DABC

All of these JW Lees are available at the Bayou starting today. I have not tried any of these. They look damn tasty though, look at those vintages!

JW Lees - Harvest Ale 2002:

JW Lees - Harvest Ale ‘08:

JW Lees - Harvest Calvados 2012:

JW Lees - Harvest Calvados 2017:

JW Lees - Harvest  Lagavulin Cask:

JW Lees - Harvest Port 2013:

JW Lees - Harvest Sherry 2012:

Cheers!



Friday, April 05, 2019

New Beer Friday 4/5/19


After last week's massive New Beer/Brewery Friday, it was nice to have a chill beer "research" day. This week we have another solid, all local beer showing to end the work week.

Bohemian Ode to Solstice: This beer is made with malt from local maltster “Solstice Malt”. It is unfiltered and amber in color, using healthy amounts applewood smoked malt to provide an apparent yet subdued smoke character. Bready and biscuit notes add complexity for a beer that is smoked out and loc’ed out. 4.0% - Available at Bohemian

Avenues Proper - Blackcurrant and Blueberry Brett beer: The nose has currents, with tart brett funk and a light spice. Taste is full with complex red berry notes, and yeasty spice. The addition of the blueberry works well, as they are fairly light and add an additional flavor rather than take over the beer. The Brett is strong and very flavorful. Great stuff. There aren't many local breweries that are willing to put brettanomyces beers on draft, take advantage of this special beer. 4.0% only at Avenues Proper.


Proper Brewing - Apricot SkittleBrau: Missed this one yesterday. I hope to have tasting notes for you when New Beer Friday continues this afternoon at 3:30 on KBER 101 with Mick and Allen. Please tune in.

Level Crossing - Unfiltered Kölsch: A nice toasty aroma with hints of green melon. The taste follows with some toasty grains and biscuit flavors. The hops come in late and add citrus peel and honeydew flavors. Not exactly to style, due to the hops but it's damn tasty. 4.0% - Available later this afternoon at Level Crossing.   

Fisher - Yet unnamed Sour beer with blood orange and black currents: Yogurt and berry aroma with a sharp tartness on the tongue. the berries are subtle at first but begin to pop through the tartness towards the end. Finishes dry. 4.0% - Available at Fisher.

Cheers!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The 10th Annual Tour De Brewtah

It's time to start thinking about the 10th Annual Tour De Brewtah, Salt Lake's best bicycle based bar crawl ever. If you've never had the pleasure, the Tour De Brewtah  is a one-day event open to cyclists of all abilities to tour local Salt Lake breweries and taste the finest craft beverages they have to offer.

In honor of the Tour's 10th anniversary, organizers have created a total of 10 routes, of varying difficulties to visit breweries both old and new throughout Salt Lake County and the City of Ogden. Yes you heard that right, this year has an Ogden route. This year's theme is "A Cosmic Experience" and just happens to fall on May the 4th which has commonly become known as Star Wars Day. Riders are encouraged to attend dressed in your most creative, out of this world costumes (that are bicycle friendly) and spend the afternoon enjoying the best of what Utah's craft brewers have to offer.

This year the Tour De Brewtah has also added the Local Beer Festival, where patrons who are unable to make the ride can still sample all of the finest products from our local craft producers in one spot. This year the event will call The Gateway home, both as the starting/finishing point as well as the spot for the beer fest.

Now for a little friendly advice: don't wait too long to register! This event has a set number of tickets and always sells out before the day of the event. Different routes have different price points and all routes include one drink ticket per stop; you are more than welcome to buy extra food and drink along the way, so don't forget some extra cash. For info on tickets and the route that's best for you follow this link to start your adventure.

The Tour De Brewtah also donates a percentage of the ticket purchase price to support local non-profits.

Looking forward to seeing you there, and Cheers! errr.....May the Force be With You!

Friday, March 29, 2019

New Beer/Brewery Friday 3/29/19

It was a cluster F of a morning! Thank Thor that it's a New Beer/Brewery Friday, that'll make it all better. Can you believe we got two breweries days apart? Life is Good! Sorry this post is so late, It was a shit morning. However, when you see how many beers there are today, you may understated my circumstance. 

UTOG - Golden Grant: Aroma is light with floral hops. Toasted grain with a light malt profile. Hops are mostly floral with a bit of citrus peel. 4.0% - Available at UTOG

UTOG - Citra Pale Ale: The nose is mostly tangerine with a light malty aroma. The taste starts with a good dose of caramel malts then transitions to tangerine bitterness. The hop/malt ratio is pretty much even. Nice beer. 4.0% - Available at UTOG 

UTOG - Session IPA: Somewhat similar to the Citra pale ale, with less of an emphasis on the malts and a bit more on the bitterness. The hops here are more citrus and pine like. 4.0% - Available at UTOG 

UTOG - Hops Deep IPA: This high point IPA is pretty much a west coast style. Sweet malt with a good dose of pine and citrus peel. The alcohol adds a pepperiness in the back end that plays of a fairly bitter finish. 6.1%. - Available at UTOG 

UTOG - Buffalo Soldier Black Rye IPA: The aroma is mostly roasted malt and pine. The taste follows, starting with a bit of char and roast. Some caramel lurks beneath with hint of spicy rye.  The hops for the most part add pine and a bit of orange zest. Finishes dry. 7.2% - Available at UTOG. 

UTOG - John Paul Porter: Missed this one. 4.0% - Available at UTOG. 

Level Crossing - Amber Ale: Mostly malty & floral nose. The malts have a creamy feel and there’s a bit a cracker. Hops are floral & citrus like. Nice amber. 4.0% - Available at Level Crossing starting Saturday. 

Level Crossing - American Wheat: Wheat cracker aroma. The taste is similar with white bread and biscuit. A hint of lemon comes next and the hops are very light and herbal. 4.0% - Available at Level Crossing starting Saturday 

Level Crossing - Oat Pale Ale: Caramel malts up front. The oats add a silky feel that’s very appealing. The hops tropical for the most part with some nice citrus as well. 4.0% - Available at Level Crossing starting Saturday 

Level Crossing - Double Dry Hopped Oat Pale: Missed this one. 4.0% - Available at Level Crossing starting Saturday. 

Level Crossing - Kentucky Common (Jack Mormon Coffee edition): Debuts Saturday. 

Roosters - Pink Boots IPA: Enhanced with hibiscus for color and flavor; this "cold" session IPA is citrucy with that herbal tartness from the flower. It's super drinkable and finishes slightly dry. 4.0% - This is pretty much available at any local brewery along the Wasatch Front.

Uinta - Valley Orchard: Smells like Smarties candy. Tastes like it too with biscuit and floral hops backing it up. made with cherries and raspberry (this apparently a rotating series that will have different fruits). Not their best, but I'll finish it no problem. 4.0% - Available at Uinta.

Toasted Barrel - Key Lime Gose: Lime shines with a slight toastiness. It's not too tart which keeps the competing citrus sourness-es in check.  4.0% - Available at Toasted Barrel.

Toasted Barrel - Phineas: Missed this one. It their Young Bruin with raspberry and vanilla bean. Available for tasting room only.

Shades - Kveik 8 Pina Colada: I wasn't too sure about this one, but damn it's tasty. There a decent amount of pineapple and the coconut is just round enough to cut the Kveik's yeast tartness. Super drinkable. 6.3% - Available at Shades and most better beer pubs.

Saltfire - Big in Japan: This NEIPA is super tropical and enjoyable with all of the desired implied fruit flavors. True Haze bros may not like the above normal bitterness for the style. I liked it. 7.1% - Available at Saltfire and better beer pubs.

Fisher - Slam Dunk: This pale ale is hopped with Idaho 7 And El Dorado. it has a nice citrus punch with a slight herbal bite. Yum! 4.0% - Available at Fisher.

Epic - Chasing Ghosts: This Double NEIPA is a citrus tropical bomb. If you dig high abv, low bitterness IPAs this one is right up your zip code. It's in growlers for very limited time. 10.1% - Available at Epic.

T.F. Brewing - Boston Pale Ale: This session NEIPA is a super juice box beer. little to no bitterness, it's full of mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Wonderful and sessionable. 4.0% - Available only at T.F.

2 Row - Juice Bob Omb: Missed this one. This was made with a new hopping technique. I hear good things. 6.8% - Available at 2 Row and better beer pubs.

Cheers!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Two New Breweries Open This Week

You know you've got a strong beer culture when two new breweries hit the scene just days apart. That's what happening this week as Level Crossing and Utah Ogden (UTOG) Brewing companies  open their doors just days apart.

Concept wise both breweries are pretty much on track with what people are looking for from their beer destinations. Each place is making high and low point beers in cans and on draft - in comfortable re-imagined urban storehouses and have opted to go with in house kitchens versus food trucks.

UTOG Brewing Co. will have their grand opening today in Ogden. This new addition to Northern Utah's beer scene boasts a large spacious dinning area with a full bar and liquor license to go with it. The brew house is sunken below the pub area and has an easy to access walkway around the perimeter if you'd like to see the beer making happen. UTOG also has a
package agency license with beer to go and swag.

Beers offered for grand opening: Golden Grant, Citra Pale Ale, Session IPA, Hops Deep IPA and Buffalo Soldier Black Rye IPA.

Interesting note: Linguist Field home of the Ogden Raptors Baseball Team is located directly behind  UTOG for easy free views of the parks events. (coming soon).

Level Crossing Brewing Co. opens it doors to the public this Saturday March, 30th. Though one of their beers has been out in the market for the last couple of weeks this will be the first debut of all of their current beers. The South Salt Lake space offers huge windows both inside and out which give the space a huge feel. Level Crossing has a dozen tap handles that will probably be half full by Saturday. High point beers will be coming soon (still awaiting federal label approval) and will feature head brewer, Chris Detrick's infamous Rye IPA. Level Crossing also has a full bar license. 

Beers offered for grand opening: Amber Ale, You-Tah Uncommon, American Wheat, Oat Pale ale, Double Dry Hopped Oat Pale,
Kentucky Common (Jack Mormon Coffee edition). 


Interesting note: Level Crossing features a separate tasting room for groups and tours and also features an indoor mural by famed artist, Jann Harworth who co-designed the Beatle’s Sgt Pepper Album cover [for which she received a Grammy]. Pretty cool, eh?

I hope to have tasting notes on most of these beers for you tomorrow on New Beer Friday. Welcome to the Utah Beer family!

Cheers!

Friday, March 22, 2019

New Beer/Brewery Friday 3/22/19

It been two months since I've been able to announce a new local brewery; lately that seem like along damn time, considering that the end of 2018 saw a new brewery every damn month. Today, I'm happy to say that Level Crossing Brewing Company is Utah's newest brewery. Though their official opening isn't until March 30th, their beer is already hitting the streets. So congrats to Mark, Katie and Chris on creating a new beer oasis that will be a welcome edition to Utah's craft beer family.

Level Crossing - You-Tah Uncommon: Dark amber in color with an aroma of subtle spicy rye and sweet malt. The flavors follow the nose with rye and corn notes that mingling with caramel malt and light herbal hop notes. The finish is lightly dry with a grainy aftertaste. A highly drinkable first brew. 4.0% - Available only at Lucky 13 for now.
 
Desert Edge - Pro Tem Pale Ale:  Meaning "for the time being" this is a new rotating pale ale series with each batch using different hops. This version uses Denali, Citra and Cascade hops for a bright citrus aroma and tropical fruit flavors. It's unfiltered with a light malt character, medium bitterness, and a dry finish. 4.0% - Available at Desert Edge

Desert Edge - Frühlingspunkt: Meaning "vernal equinox" in German. This is a golden colored lager with a very light toasted malt flavor and floral hops. This lager is a balance between the darker, malty flavored beers of winter and the crisp refreshing beers of summer. It's a perfect beer 
for the transition to the sunny days and cool nights of spring. 4.0% - Available at Desert Edge.

Epic/Ellipsis Brewery - Wheat Wine: This collaboration beer between Epic and Florida's Ellipsis Brewing has a light copper color with an amber hue. The aroma starts with sweet honey and lightly burnt caramel. From there alcohol soaked raisin and hints of banana begin to emerge. Lots of peppery alcohol. The herbal and piny hops become more pronounced towards the end. The finish is dry with a slight but lingering bitterness. 10.1% - Available at Epic Brewing.

Hoppers - Hell’s Backbone Porter: Named after one of Utah's iconic destinations for dark skies and dramatic scenery, this beer is made with Utah grown barley and malted here in the Salt Lake Valley. The owner of Solstice Malt personally smoked some of the barley with mesquite wood. English Chocolate Malt and Crystal malt are added for color, flavor and full body. The flavor is a smooth chocolate and caramel with a light smoke flavor that becomes more noticed in the finish as it warms.  4.0% - Available at Hoppers.

T.F. Brewing - Delmar: This new Imperial Stout is full of dark roast components with big molasses and burnt toffee. Coffee flavors come in next adding some astringent qualities. Char and caramel duke it out towards the end. The finish is quite hoppy and bitter with a bit of heat as well. Not for the timid. 11.5% - Available at T.F. Brewing and at better beer pubs.

T.F. Brewing - Pineapple Berliner: Like most Berliner Weisse beers this starts with a good dose of lemony tartness, then bam! your hit with pineapple. It's not super sweet like juice it closer to the green part towards the rind. A super refreshing sour beer. 4.0% - Available at T.F. Brewing.

Proper - SEE YA LATER, DENISE:  Named tor an an obscure infamous specifically Utah-flavored misinterpretation of the phrase "bye, Felicia", this whirlpool-hopped American pale ale is juicy and full of fruity aromatics - and most importantly, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Hunstman Cancer Institute in honor of our badass friend, cancer warrior, and amazing beer lady Jamie Burnham - come enjoy a pint of Denise for a great cause while it lasts! 4.0%

Lagunitas - Secret Agenda: It has a very clear deep gold appearance with a nose that is malty and hoppy. The tastes is mostly malt driven with a caramel nuttiness. Some grapefruity hop flavors round out the back end. There's a slight bitter finish. If your looking for a traditional bock, this ain't it. The hop bill is somewhat unconventional for the style. 7.1% - Available at DABC.

Elevation - Apis IV: Aromas of plum, fig, caramel and honey with hints of chocolate and molasses. Rich and dark flavors with an interesting honey flavor. Next comes Fig Newtons along with the dark roasted malt. Some dank and earthy sweetness rounds out the palate. 10.7% - Available at DABC.

Elevation - Pilsner: The aroma has some light, cereal/grainy notes with grassy hops. The flavor starts light and toasty with minimal malt sweetness. From there a good dose of Saaz hop bitterness blasts the palate. Finishes crisp and dry. Nice pils. 5.0% - Available at DABC.

Elevation - 8 Seconds Kölsch: The nose offers up some hay, honey and some grainy breadiness. The flavor was quite similar with hay, lemon, honey, floral and some light grainy bread. Not quite traditional but it's got good flavor and it kinda reminds me that it's finally spring. 4.5% -  Available at DABC.

New Belgium -Glütiny Pale Ale: This beer is brewed using an enzyme to break down the proteins that trigger a reaction from gluten sensitive drinkers. Therefore, these beers are being referred to as “gluten removed” instead of gluten free. The beers fall within the FDA guidelines of less than 20 parts per million. Glütiny features Equinox hops, for flavors of guava and papaya. 6.0% - Found at the Bayou.

New Belgium Liquid Paradise IPA: Missed out on this one. It's described as having Mosaic, Incognito, Azacca and Cascade hops that boasts a mélange of tropical notes to create a delicately bitter and extremely aromatic IPA.7.8% - Found at the Bayou.

Cheers!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Epic And Ellipsis' Wheat Wine

Once a year Breweries in Colorado team up to make collaborations beers for the state's big Collaboration Beer Festival. Each participating brewery makes a beer with one in state brewery and one out of state. Epic's in state partnership was with Comrade Brewing Company; while their out of state collaboration was with Orlando, Florida's Ellipsis Brewing Company. Sadly, the Comrade beer was made at Comrade and won't be available to Utah residents. However the Ellipsis beer was made at Epic's Denver brewery and a limited supply has been made available to Salt Lake City's beer nerds.

The beer is a Wheat Wine. If you're not familiar with the style: they're an American style of Barley Wine that have a high malt bill. The difference is the amount of wheat used. At least 50 percent of the ale is wheat malt, these full-bodied beers feature big bready candy flavors with a spicy/sweet finish. The Epic/Ellipsis Wheat Wine was also made with Honey, Jazmine Flowers, and Chamomile Tea. As far as hops; it was dry hopped with fruity/dank Motueka hops.

This very limited beer goes on sale today in SLC and will only be available in Epic's special Thursday growlers. I don't have to tell you that this will not last long, so don't too long. 10.1% ABV.

On a side note: The Utah Brewers Guild has an in state collaboration fest in the works. Stay close for info on this beer party coming soon.

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Elevation Beer Company to Debut Today


Elevation Beer Company out of Colorado will begin distributing beer throughout the Wasatch Front and Back starting today. The brewery hails from Poncha Springs, Co. and currently has a portfolio of fifteen packaged beers. Elevation has a relatively small footprint with beers available in Colorado, Wyoming and now Utah.

Look for three beers to debut:
 
Elevation Apis IV - A Dark Belgian-Style Ale brewed in the Trappist tradition. With a touch of locally sourced honey, the name Apis is a nod to the hardworking genus of the honeybee. Boasting notes of plum, fig, and molasses, Apis IV has a medium to heavy mouthfeel and finishes with subtle floral hops. 10.0%

Elevation Pilsner - Pours light gold, with aromas of honeysuckle and German noble hops. Moderately dry and slightly bitter, this beer has all of the traits you have come to expect from a celebratory lager. It is fermented cold, in America, near mountains, using difficult procedures,
and you know it is ready to drink when it is in your hand. 5.0%

Elevation 8 Second Kolsch- Brewed to be a true representation of this easy drinking crisp ale. First brewed as a special beer for our local rodeo, it quickly became a hit. Now a staple in our core brand, 8 Second is perfect for an everyday craft beer. 8.0%

These are the brewery's descriptions, I hope to have tasting notes for you later this week in New Beer Friday. DABC stores will be your best bet to find these. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Cheers!

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Beer Friday 3/15/19

Saint Patrick's Day is Sunday, but it will likely be celebrated all weekend long. There's no need for green beer, when you have a full board of new beers to choose from this week. Enjoy your weekend and please be safe!

 Zólupez - Hibiscus Wheat Beer: Inspired by Mexican Agua de Jamaica - brewed with coriander, chamomile/aka manzanilla, orange peel, and Pineapple Pale Ale (inspired by Tepache Mexicano- brewed with brown sugar. 5.3%. Available 3/16 at Zólupez Beer Store.

Zólupe Pale Ale: Described as having sweet fruity Pineapple notes, balanced with the hoppiness of a true pale ale. The unusual fresh aftertaste that hangs around after each sip derives from yerba buena (spearmint), the Mexican herb used a traditional “cure all.” Although unfiltered, nice clear appearance, solid head retention. Inspired by Mexican Tepache (a traditional fermented Pineapple beverage). Naturally bottle conditioned. ABV. 5.25%. Small batch 12 oz. bottles available Saturday 3/16 at Zólupez Beer Store.

Uinta Test Phaze IPA: The unique hop profile in this beer comes from an experimental hop that will likely never be used again. It starts grassy and herbal, then transitions into a good dose of citrus peel, then wraps up with pleasant melon notes. There's a slight hoppy bite in the end as well. One of the more unique tasting IPAs out there. 6.5%. Available at Uinta.


Odell 180 Shilling:  A hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. 9.6%. Avaialble Beer Bar, Beerhive

Odell Bull Proof: This barrel aged imperial stout has a nutty chocolate Aroma. Taste of almonds, hazelnuts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. A little marshmallow in the slightly boozy finish.

Rogue Outta Line: The aroma is full of pineapple and orange peel. The starts with ripe pineapple, orange along with other tropical fruits. malt profile is honey-like and balancing. Finishes with a nice hop bite. Nice IPA. 6.9%. Available at Beer Bar, DABC

Upslope Blackberry Lemon Kettle Sour: Missed this one. Look for Blackberry and lemon (duh) and low bitterness. 4.2%. Available at the Bayou

New Belgium Mural: Slight pink hue with a fruity and sour aroma. The flavor starts mildly tart with a light malty base. Hbiscus pretty much, lime, melon and some unidentified elements. Beer Bar, Dick n Dixie’s

The following are "beer adjacent". They're not beer, but may appeal to beer drinkers. 

Squatters Grandeur Peak: Grapefruit aroma with light grapefruit peel in the taste. It watery because it's an alcohol based seltzer water. Defiantly a summertime pool beverage.  4.0%. Available at the UBC's West side Tavern.

Lagunitas - Hop: This sparkling water has heavy hop aromatics with citrus flavored water. This will give Mormons and non alcohol drinkers a good idea of why beer nerds like IPAs, This is a good non-alcoholic representation of what we are talking about. 0% ABV. Found at Harmon's.

Returning favorite

Epic - Elder Brett: I know we keep saying this but this may be the last release of this beer. This batch was hidden away for over a year and you can defiantly taste it. It's very tart with an almost balsamic fruitiness. Considering its age, this one is perfect for drinking now. Cellering this one may make it a bit too over the top.

Cheers!

Friday, March 08, 2019

New Beer Friday 3/8/19

Today is International Women’s Day. It will also be the 2nd Annual Pink Boots Brew Day in Utah. Our local chapter of the Pink Boots Society will be brewing a Cold Session IPA at Roosters' B Street to raise money for causes related to the organization.

In conjunction with the brew day, the ladies will be having a fundraising event in the B Street tap room. Utah Pink Boots Chapter leader, Jamie Burnham has been diagnosed with breast cancer. To help offset medical bills, Roosters will be donating a portion of all pints sold at B Street on March 8th. Come by to check out the Pink Boots Members brewing, and to support one Utah's best beer advocates. Now, on to New Beer Friday.

2 Row - Divine Lunacy: This new barrel aged beer from 2 Row is a begian quad aged in "new" bourbon barrel for nearly a year. The bourbon is nearly overpowering at first, but once you palate adjusts the bubblegum and peach from Quad begin to assert themselves. Very nice! 11.5% - Available at 2 Row, Beer Bar, Bayou, Dick n' Dixie's.

Strap Tank - Cosmic Fog: This beer looks like some kind of acid trip while watching an episode of My Pretty Pony. It's a swirling cloud of purple hued pearl essence. The taste is subtle tartness with vague berries. Not Bad. 4.0% - Available at Strap Tank, Fisher Brewing's guest tap. It's going fast!

Hopkins - Hipster AF: This beer is "triple dry hopped" with citra, mosaic, and cascade hops - brewed with lactose for that “milkshakey”, juicy, hazy. 4.0% - Available at Hopkins.

Telegraph West Swell Juicy IPA: Epic's newest acquisition from Santa Barbara is finally in our market. The West Swell IPA has a nose of grapefruit and papaya. Flavor-wise we get orange and pineapple from the hop selection. Bitterness is low, while sweetness is high. Nice example of the style. 6.7% - Found at Slackwater.

Dogfish Head - Perfect Disguise: This Double IPA is supposedly a Kolsch at heart; made with Kolsch  yeast and German malts. Hopped with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach. 8.0% - Available at DABC.

Elysian - Dayglow IPA: Aromas of citrus and flowers. The flavor has grapefruit peel and is strong with some caramel and pine. The bitterness isn't too overpowering. Nice. 7.4% - Available at Slackwater, DABC. 

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

New Brews Soon For You: Bohemian, Epic, Saltfire

More beers from the future! That's right, in an effort to help better plan your beer purchases, I'm happy to bring you these new local suds that'll be making their way into your bellies (hopefully) sooner than later.

Bohemian Lagerpallooza Baltic Porter: This Pro/Am beer from creator/co-brewer, Curt McCuistion is one of the more complicated lagers to make. To reward his "best in show" brewing prowess, Bohemian decided to brew Curt's beer making it their first ever Baltic Porter. Stay close for release info on this one.

Epic - Chasing Ghosts NEDIPA: This New England style Double India Pale Ale will be the latest in Epic's line of Hazy IPAs. Epic
has been killing with their hazy beers as of late and at 10% this beer will be beast with little bitterness and a shload of citrus/tropical flavors. You'll probably see this sometime in the second quarter.

Saltfire - Big in Japan: Not to be outdone: Saltfire will also be pushing forth a New England India Pale Ale. Saltfire's new head brewer, Mike Dymowski (formerly of Strap Tank) is looking to continue his prolific run in the South Salt Lake brewery with even more tropical forward brews. This one will feature Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic and Vic Secret hops. It's still weeks away,  I'll tell you when they tell me.

More new brews coming soon for you in the coming days, so keep checking back.

Cheers!

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Utah Beer Blog: Brewery Update 03/2019

It's time for another brewery update and it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be another fantastic beer year. We'll start with the breweries that are closer to opening. All of the information provided is a best guess; due to the ever changing situations municipalities and bureaucracies can impose on a well intended brewery's schedule. 

Level Crossing Brewing Co.: Though the taproom and other amenities are still being busily worked on, the brew house is pumping out beer as we speak. You'll begin seeing Level Crossing's suds in bars and restaurants in the coming days. Stay close for locations and beers styles.

UTOG (Utah Ogden) Brewing Co.: Ogden's newest beer spot is very close to completion and is looking at a late March launch. If you've seen the images coming out of UTOG's social media you know that this will become a major player in Ogden.

Strap Tank Brewing Co. (Lehi):  Next time you're in the Lehi area, near the Traverse Mountain Outlet Mall; take a look at a lone hill (to the north) that overlooks the Timpanogos Highway and you'll see a big, brand new - retro looking factory building. This is Strap Tank's new Lehi brewery. Taking cues from their Springville brewery, Lehi will feature it's own brew house, brewer and unique beers. Probably looking at third or fourth quarter opening. 

Zion Brewing Co. (St. George): Zion Brewing recently received a condition use permit to convert the now vacant Fire Station 2 located at 150 n. Main Street in St. George into a new brewery. The 15 bbl brewhouse will take up one of the engine bays along with a packaging line. The station's second floor will be converted into a full service pub. Looks like a bad ass site for a brewpub!

Bewilder Brewing Co.: This new Salt Lake City brewery is in the renovation phase and and is looking towards a third or fourth quarter opening. Look for a 10 bbl brew house that's perfect for rotating small batches.

Ogden River Brewing Co.: Bit by bit their brewhouse is beginning to arrive in Ogden. Construction on the brewery's Ogden River location is expected to begin in the next months or so. I've seen the architectural drawings on Ogden River, it looks to take full advantage of their river location with lots of outdoor seating and river views.

Grid City Brew Works: The South Salt Lake City brewery is currently transforming the old 'Tile For Less' building into a proper beer spot. Updates still to come on their opening.

Emigration Brewing Co.: This new brewery is located next to Ruth's Dinner, up Emigration Canyon. It occupies one of the old restaurants (Santa Fe, I believe?) No word yet on their status, but they have received a conditional use permit by the DABC.

Helper Brewing Co.: Yes, Helper, Utah may be getting a new brewery. Helper Brewing would be the first brewery to open up in Carbon County, since Pinnacle Brewing (Groggs) mothballed it's brew house over 15 years ago. Owners are seeking approval for a downtown location. More info to come as they navigate the bureaucracy.

Mine Shaft Brewing Co.: After many years of working with Summit County, Mine Shaft has decided to pull out of Utah and work towards creating their new brewery in Santa Clarita, Ca. A representative from Mine Shaft told me that they just couldn't find common ground with Summit County in regards to the brewery's concept. Best of luck in SoCal!

In reality you could likely see up to five of these breweries open up in 2019. If last year is any indication, more craft beer spots will likely hit our radar before we finish this year. Stay close for more brewery and beer news and thanks for sticking with the Utah Beer Blog.

Cheers!

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Friday, March 01, 2019

New Beer Friday 3/1/19

On this first day of March, there’s a good mix of tart and NEIPAs for this New Beer Friday. This is a good indication of what people are wanting right now from their beers. Just to mix it up, we’ll though in a pale Ale and a light lager for you traditionalists.

T.F. Brewing - HIGHbrid: This ale/lager hybrid is made with pure Kush Terpene oil. This one is limited and goes on sale today at 4:20pm. 4.0% - Available at T.F.

Squatters - Meteor Shower:  The aroma is a blend of mango, peach and other tropical fruits. On the tongue you get mandarin orange, banana and peaches. It’s like a tropical fruit punch. Very nice. This limited batch goes on sale starting today and is only available at Squatters SLC Brewpub. 7.0%

Toasted Barrel - Blood Orange Gose: This Gose is lightly tart with a moderate amount of orange flesh, peel and pith. The blood orange also adds a bit of sugary sweetness. Nice. 4.0% - Available

Rogue - Rhubarb Shmubarb: This sour ale is infused with strawberry and rhubarb. And is described as a nice balance of sweet and sour. 5.9% - Available at DABC.

Rogue - Batsquatch: This NEIPA is loaded with fruity and tropical character. I can’t tell if there’s fruit flavoring added, but it seems over the top in that regard. It’s pretty good, with little bitterness. 6.7% - Available at DABC.

Crazy Mountain - Mountain Livin': Strong citrusy, piney smell. Can tell from the smell that it is a very hoppy beer. When tasting, you get a hint of pine with a strong citrus flavor throughout. Great hoppy finish with a hint of caramel at the end. 5.7% -Available at DABC

Samuel Adams 26.2 Brew: Saw this Gose at Harmon’s but didn’t have time to snag one. If you’ve shared it let us know how it is please. 4.0%.

Deschutes - Da-Shootz: This light lager is brilliantly clear with sweet and toasty grains, along with a balancing dose of grassy/herbal hops. Clean. If you like a nice light lager this will appeal to you. 4.0% - Available at Beer Bar.

Anderson Valley Brut IPA: Just found this one moments ago. Look for a light, dry IPA. The Bayou has some of this for sale right now. 6.5%.

Cheers!

Friday, February 22, 2019

New Beer Friday 2/22/19

The theme for today's New Beer Friday is "limited". If you want today's beer you need to hit the road sooner than later and avoid throwing those elbows. Have a great weekend.

Bonneville - AnniversaRYE: This beer changes every year (less the rye), this year’s take might be a true original for our market; it’s the area’s first Brut Rye Pale Ale. The rye adds a distinctive earthy, spicy character that plays with an experimental hop: EX 10416, which has its own spicy and herbal character offset by a punch of fruity citrus. The beer is pale in color with an aroma of lemon, tangerine and hints of rye. The sweet fruitiness is offset by the dry spiciness of the rye and the ultra-dry finish. Bittering hops were not used, as the complete fermentation leaves no cloying sweetness.4.0%.
Raise a glass of the 6th AnniversaRye to celebrate 6 years of Bonneville Brewery!

Kiitos - Tangerine Dream: This fruited IPA is a breakfast lovers dream and is probably one of the best brunch beers around; I'd go as far to say it's a 'beermosa'. It's full of all of the qualities that you want from a hazy IPA with the addition of citrus juice. You can tell there's real juice (not just juicy hops) by the way it lights up your salivary glands. This one is going fast, don't wait, it may not last the weekend. 

Uinta - Old Ephraim: This Flemish style brown is tart vague berries, a little metallic and lightly tart. Fruity malt character with more berry-like qualities. Nice bretty sourness, though it’s pretty subdued. I like this but seems like it was stretched a bit thin to yield more bottles. Worth snagging a bottle or two if your a fan of the style. 7.0%

Uinta Single Barrel Migrator: When Uinta originally released Migrator last November it was a blend of many barrels into one large batch. The best tasting single barrel was set aside, allowed to mature a little more and is now ready for you to try. This is a very limited run of 160 crowlers from Barrel #27. As you may recall: this bourbon barrel aged dopplebock is full of rich caramel and toffee. Next up you get a hint of roasted malts, then the bourbon kicks in adding complex vanilla and wood flavors. Finishes a tad sweet with not too much heat. Medium mouthfeel. The previous version came in at 8.0%, the single barrel dialed in at 10.5%. This goes on sale today 11am at Uinta.


Fisher - King Fisher: to celebrate the brewery's 2nd anniversary Fisher is releasing their 6th "high point offering an amped-up version of their Fisher Lager. Look for an unfiltered beer that has a  bolder malt and hop profile. Lager nerds won't want to miss this one. Along with this beer there will be other brewery events happening all day Saturday. Check out Fisher's social media more info. 6.6%. available at Fisher starting 10am??? 

Toasted Barrel Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout: No notes on this one, the name says it all. There will be a limited released tomorrow (Saturday 2/23), with the full release coming next week.  

Deschutes - Fresh Haze: Nose is marmalade and honey, but could have been bigger. A pretty solid IPA with flavor that leans toward orange and a hint of pine. Honestly, Hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo and Simcoe. Overall, a pretty decent beer. But if Haze is your game you may come away wanting. 6.5% - Available at DABC.

Cheers!

Friday, February 15, 2019

New Beer Friday 2/15/19

I promised some great beer news the other week in regards to a new a brand coming into the state. Earlier this week The Bruery from Orange County, California became available due to the efforts of Beer Bar's Richard Noel and Duncan Burrel. These super heroes managed to bring in eight new labels with more to come. Happy New Beer Friday! 

Shades - Kveik 7:  The strawbeery is blended perfectly with the tart base. One of the best of the Kveiks yet. 5.5%. At Shades. 

SaltFire Saison de Trahison: This saison features black currents and black cherry. It's desribed as having a great balance of tart and sweet. It debuts at 3pm today at Saltfire . 6.3%

Fisher Amarillo Kölsch: Spritzy and citrusy with very a light toasted malt profile. 4.0% - Available at Fisher.

Fisher Full Nelson Pale Ale: Light toasty body that has a nice hop profile that is mostly tangerine peel along with vague berry notes. 4.0% - Available at Fisher.

Fisher Hoppy Commotion: Toasty and dry with minimal malt sweetness. Good dose of hops which are citrus like, but mostly piney. 4.0% - Available at Fisher.

RoHa Keifer Sutherland Hop Dust Pale Ale: Very resiny with pine notes and some citrus peel. There's a good amount of malt sweetness and it finishes nicely bitter. 4.0%. At RoHa.

RoHa - Sour Brown: I'm told this could debut today or tomorrow. We'll let you know when it does. 4.0%. At RoHa.

Strap Tank Sweet A’s: Sorry no notes on this. 4.0% Available at Strap Tank

Strap Tank Suave Guava: Sorry no notes on this. 4.0% Available at Strap Tank

Toasted Barrel Tropical Sour: Sorry no notes on this. 6.0% Available at Toasted Barrel

The Bruery - So Happens it's Tuesday: This stout has a nose that is full of cherries, raisins with oak, vanilla and hints of bourbon.  The taste is dark and heavy with cherry and raisin. There is some dark chocolate, alcohol and oak in the background. Finish has a mild alcohol astringency but is mostly intense dark fruit with hints of chocolate and bourbon 14.6%. Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery- Or Xata: Aromas of cinnamon, vanilla beans, and spices. Taste followed suit, but with a sweet malty undertone. Tastes sugary rather than bready. The cinnamon is quite dominant throughout 7.2%. Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - Orchard Wit: Nice hit of lemon peel-like tartness with an added touch of subtle sourness, notes of oak and spice, finish has lingering notes of orange peel, mix of tart and sweetness. 5.9% Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - Mischief: Nuce funky esters in the golden ale. It’s got a nice citrus and melon hop thing happening. 8.5%. Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery  - Bakery Coconut Maroon: Coconut and bourbon shine here. This one is definitely chewy and boozy at 13.0%. Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - Terreux More Room For More: Tart stone fruit with wheat dough and funky Barrel tannis. Think: Barrel-Aged fruited weissebier. 5.7%.  Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - Frucht Fruit Punch: Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - 11 Pipers Piping: Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry and fig. This would have killed over the Holidays. 11.0%. Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

The Bruery - The Bramble: Missed this one. It's described as an American sour ale was aged in oak barrels with fresh raspberries which impart a sweet-tart flavor complimenting the sour ale base. Pleasantly sour wit a crisp and refreshing taste. 8.7% .Available at Beer Bar, Bayou

Golden Road Wolf Among the Weeds: Missed also. 8.0%. Available at DABC.

Cheers!

Friday, February 08, 2019

New Beer Friday 2/8/19

Did you survive the latest winter blast? I narrowly did, and need this New Beer Friday badly! Lucky for you this week has all the major food groups: malty, hoppy, dry and sour. I feel much better now; please enjoy!

2 Row - Passion Fruit Sour: Starts with grainy wheat malt. Passion fruit emerges next with hints of  mixed tropical fruits. Acidic lactic notes and domestic citrus round out the flavors with earthy hoppiness. Easy to drink with a nice spritzy body and feeling to it. hint of sulfur in the finish.

Roosters - Wrong Side of the Tracks: Nice and toasty with mostly caramel and amber malts; almost nutty but not quite. Hops are very light, hint grassy with mild bitterness. Mild sweetness leads to a light crisp lager. It finishes fairly dry with slight grassy/spicy hops. 4.0% -Available at Roosters' B-Street Brewery

Toasted Barrel - Utah Double IPA: Fresh floral nose with just a hint of the malt sweetness. Light on the citrus peel aromas and lightly dosed with pine. Malt sugar sweetness starts off with light citrus hops with more of an orange and lemon fruit character than grapefruit and citrus peel.8.0% - available at Toasted Barrel.

Fisher - Kitchen Sink: This rye pale ale is malty with a good does of spicy rye that gives a butt load of character. Citrus peel bitterness adds the perfect bitting element. Tasty! 4.0% - at Fisher.

Kiitos - Double Dry Hopped: This version is a fruit salad of tropical-esque hops the result is a tasty hop forward pale that is huge on hop flavor. So damn tasty! 4.0% - at Kiitos.

Oskar Blues/Cigar City - Bamburana: Brown sugar, figs and dates start things off. Chocolate comes next and it brings raisin flavors and prunes along with it. There is a hint of bourbon floating around in the back but it's pretty subtle. Alcohol heats swirls around your head. Thick and chewy for sure. 12.2% - Found at Beerhive, Bayou

Odell - Wolf Picker: Aroma has spicy pine and caramel. The flavor is citrus, berry and slightly sweet mango. Complex tropical fruits with a bitter/tart finish. Much more interesting than your average IPA. 5.5% - Found at the Bayou and DABC.

Rogue - Rolling Thunder: I missed this one and I'm really sad about it because it sounds really interesting. This Imperila Stout is aged in barrels that  previously held Rogue's Dead Guy Whiskey (whiskey distilled from Dead Guy Ale). , add notes of whiskey and vanilla to Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. Rogue describes it as having "deep sherry notes accentuated by brown sugar and vanilla, held up against a dark roasted malt backbone with earthy hops". 12.8% - The Bayou has it and prepare to open your wallet.

Also,  SB132 (raises the 4% beer to 6%) passed unanimously in it's first committee hearing yesterday. The Utah Brewers Guild officially opposes the bill (though some member breweries are in favor of it) because it opens the door for big breweries to dominate the market and doesn't offer enough protection for local beer interests. The bill now goes to the full senate for a vote. Stay close for updates on this bill.

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

SB132 Looks to Increase Utah's Beer ABV

Your 2019 Beer legislation has been drafted and assigned a bill number. SB132 doesn't do much, beside raising the current ABV from 4.0% to 6.0%. "Heavy beer" or liquor as the state refers to it would be anything above 6.0% and would continue to be wrangled at DABC stores. Keg beer would also slide up to 6.0% ABV,; again just moving the markers up the field again.

This is all fun and good and it looks like it will help a little; reality and experience tell me this will not make it past the House or will never come up for a vote. The best case scenario in my opinion is that SB132 will be neutered in committee and reduced to around 5.0% ABV. That I believe is the best case for 2019 legislation.

I'd love to hear your comments.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Uinta Brewing Recall

SALT LAKE CITY, UT; January 29, 2018 – Uinta Brewing Company today announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of 12oz. cans and bottles due to the presence of a foreign yeast that could cause a package integrity issue over time and under certain storage conditions.

The recall comes after extensive testing by the brewery and external third-party analysis confirmed the presence of the strain of yeast that could cause refermentation in the bottle or can, building up pressure that could cause the packaging to fail. Beers affected by the recall are listed on the brewery’s website at uintabrewing.com/recall.

“While a majority of the beer in question has yet to even see retail shelves, we take quality and consumer safety extremely seriously,” said John Lennon, CEO of Uinta Brewing Company. “We’re issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution, and we will be working closely with our wholesalers to replace the beer with non-affected batches as quickly as possible.” To date, there are no consumer reports of incidents involving a packaging failure with the beers being recalled.

There are no consumption risks associated with the foreign yeast, although a batch may exhibit a slight off-flavor or aroma. Since its discovery through a post-release sensory analysis, the brewery has taken immediate steps to improve testing and prevent any further cross-contamination with its house yeast strains. The original source of the foreign yeast is still under investigation; it is a naturally occurring strain that is occasionally used for brewing specific styles of beer.

Consumers who have recently purchased one of the beers identified on Uinta’s website are entitled to full compensation of the retail purchase price. Instructions for requesting a refund, along with information about the disposal of the beer, are posted at uintabrewing.com/recall. No other Uinta beers, other than those listed on the site, are affected by this recall.



Friday, February 01, 2019

New Beer Friday 2/1/19

Many of the out of state craft beers that you enjoy were made possible by the efforts of a hand full of beer pubs that dot downtown Salt Lake. Breweries like Cascade, Mother Earth and Brewery Ommegang likely wouldn't have distribution here, if it wasn't for the efforts of the Beerhive, Bayou and Beer Bar. The Newest acquisition comes to us from SLC's Beer Bar, and I think this one will make many of you happy. As of Wednesday a half dozen of AleSmith Brewing Company's beers hit the Beer Bar's fridges. And if you think that's great news, just wait 'til next week so stay tuned for that announcement. Happy New Beer Friday!

T.F. Brewing - Dry Hopped Passion Fruit Berliner: The aroma has a tartness with tropical hops. The taste starts with a good dose of passion fruit sweetness. It's a nice balance with the lemony tartness from the base beer. It's pretty subtle. The end is fairly hoppy. 4.0% - Available at T.F. Brewing.
   
Uinta - Clear Daze IPA: The aroma starts off with tropical fruit-driven hops; pineapple, mango and tangerine smells swirl around. Taste wise tropical fruits get it started again with pineapple and mango flavors; the tangerine and big, fleshy orange show up in the middle, but not before that softly sweet, almost lactic, sugar-cookie sweetness hits. Quite light and tasty. 6.0% - Available at Uinta and better beer pubs

RoHa - Stewpid Sexy Flanders: This is basically a sour pale ale with a slight dose of tartness from acidulated malts. This slight tartness plays well off of the sweet malts and gives it an almost berry like fruitiness. The end is noticeably bitter. Finishes slightly dry. 4.0% - Available at RoHa


Fisher - Kitchen Sink Rye Pale Ale: Missed this one. 4.0% - Available only at Fisher

Talisman - Adventures in IPA: This beer was created using a Special limited release Blend of hops called “The Veterans Blend” that was created by Yakima Chief Hops. A percentage of the proceeds from the purchase of this blend were given the the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund is dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

Adventures in IPA pours a light copper orange color with big frothy slight off white head. You will get lots of aroma including earthy pine and resin complimented with big fruity notes like papaya, passion fruit, strawberry, pineapple and mango. The taste is very similar to the nose with ripe fresh fruit on the front balanced with an earthy pine dankness on the finish followed by a mild but assertive bitterness. Great mouth feel, creamy and effervescent with excellent lacing."

Toasted Barrel - Mango Tart: Missed this one. I'm guessing the name says it all. 6.5% - Available at Toasted Barrel

Epic - Maximum Cowbell NE IPA: This is part of Epic's Thursday Growler program. Cloudy orange with a fat finger of creamy off-white head. Peach, mango and orange in the nose. Same in the taste with a definite sweetness but light citrus bitterness and distinct yeast character, too. Full bodied with nice soft carbonation. An excellent IPA. 7.0% - Limited availability at Epic Brewing.

Wasatch - NE Style Double IPA: I missed this one. This part of Wasatch's new Kick-Back Series that are brewed in at the source brewery in Park City. 8.0% - It can only be purchased to-go at Wasatch's Park City brewery; however, it can be enjoyed in-house at most Wasatch and Squatters locations.

Red Rock - Peaches and Steam: I was expecting a good dose of peach flavor in this beer and was happily surprised to find the fruit here very subtle. The taste is doughy and caramel-like with lightly toasted malt and grassy, floral hops that turn more herbal towards the end. Mild notes of peach and berries round it out. Finishes with some lingering toasted grains. 4.0%. Available at Red Rock locations and at Harmon's Grocery.  

Hoppers - . Viennese Lager: A light amber colored lager with flavors of premium German malts, hops and lager yeast. Made with toasty Vienna malt and Munich malt. Hopped with German Tradition hops that have a fresh floral, spice, earthy and straw notes. Medium hoppy flavor, bright, crisp and refreshing. 4.0% - Available at Hopper starting today.

Melvin - TGR - Pilsgnar: Melvin partnered with Teton Gravity Research on this beer. It has a pale straw a nice fruity/grassy aroma. The flavor follows the aroma; excellent mild sweetness infused with a good dose of herbal and pine hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with a semi-dry mouthfeel. 4.5% - Found at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - IPA: Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a grapefruit aroma with a good piney hop. There is a hint of caramel. Not as fresh as I would like it but still good. Nice juicy taste with grapefruit and a good transition to a piney hop. There is a mild lemon tartness at the end. 7.2% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - Speedway Stout: Pours black with copper foam. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, and with some alcohol. Medium-heavy in body and medium in carbonation, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer a little boozy though. 12.0% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - Sublime Lager: The nose is malty, slightly herbal and bready. The taste is solid with toasted malt, sweet grains and herbal hops. Medium body, ABV is well hidden. A tasty Vienna/Mexican lager. 5.2% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - Nut Brown:  Aromas of caramel malt and toasted nuts The taste follows the nose with toffee and malty nuttiness a semi-sweet caramel malt finish. medium carbonation with a medium/thin body. A drinkable light brown ale .5.0% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - Horny Devil: The nose is citrusy with banana with hints of melon and clove. The taste starts with a grape-like sweetness and citrus. Sharp cloves in the middle with some vague spices. A bit of sharp, fruity alcohol in the finish and in the lingering aftertaste. 10.0% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

AleSmith - Spezial Pils: Grassy hops, grainy pale malt, and lager yeast esters on the nose. Taste is honey and pale malts, with a slightly bitter hop finish. Medium body. 4.9% - Available exclusively at Beer Bar.

We'll discuss these beers and other beer related topics today at 3:30pm with Mick and Allen as we do New Beer Friday on KBER-101

Cheers!

Monday, January 28, 2019

New Brews Soon For You! - 2 Row, Red Rock, Talisman, Uinta

This week's 'New Brews Soon for You' is more of a mixed bag than we've had in previous posts. Today we have previews 2 Row, Red Rock, Talisman and Uinta. Even though the government shutdown is temporarily over; the backlog of labels to be approved is likely a mile high, so there's no telling when we'll see these new beers. Rest assured we'll tell you all about them when they officially arrive. 

We'll start with the Red Rock's 'Peaches and Steam' that's pictured above. This beer is a California
Common at it's base with the addition of peach. Steam beers are typically toasty with mild malt fruitiness along with an herbal hop bitterness. I'm curious to see how the stone fruit addition will play
with American hybrid beer. This will be a 4.0% beer.

2 Row Brewing is barrel aging a new beer called Divine Lunacy. The name alone leads you to believe that this beer will be beast of a beer. 2 row already hold the state record for the highest ABV beer, coming in 15.1%. Divine Lunacy may not come in that big, but it does give you an idea of what owner/head brewer, Brian Coleman is capable of. This a Belgian style Quadruple Ale at it's base; They're rich and malty with subtle spicy yeast are definitely on the boozier side of the spectrum. This should be fun!

Talisman Brewing Co. has a new label for all of those higher ABV 'One Off' beers that may be coming from the Ogden brewery. This is a smart label; it gives you the liberty of having a variety without all of the federal B.S. that comes with the whole labels approval process. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what style of "one off" beer will be behind this label.


Finally Uinta Brewing will finally be putting out their take on the New England Style IPA. Uinta's Test Phaze IPA will feature a hop so new that it doesn't even have an official name yet. Simply
known as  'HCB-692, this hop exhibits grapefruit, floral, stone fruit, potpourri, woody, cream, pine, and resinous notes that apparently work well with many beer styles. This particular NEIPA will dial in at 6.5% and will be packaged in 12 ounce cans. This one has been in development for a while, this should make the droves of hazy IPA fans giddy.

Again, these are just previews of what's to come in Utah. There's no guarantee that these beers will make it to market as presented here, or at all.

Cheers!   

Images found at shipcomplient.com

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Beer/Brewery Friday: Silver Reef Brewing Company

The Saint George area of Utah hasn't been this geeked for beer since the area's first breweries opened up in the late 1870s. As far as my research has determined, the first brewery in that neck of the woods was the B. Noebling Brewery that operated briefly in 1879 and closed that same year. A year later the Welte Brewery opened and managed to make a go of it from 1878-1888.

That's the only trace of legal breweries that I could find. Now the long, long, long beer drought is over with opening of the Silver Reef Brewing Company. The name is taken from the old mining town of Silver Reef (where the two previously mention breweries hailed from) and is owned by Ellis Island Hotel and Brewery out of Las Vegas. The brewery is located at 4391 S Enterprise Drive, St. George and the beer is for sale at brewery's retail store now. Kegs are supposedly en route to Salt Lake, so stay close to see where they end up.

In addition to craft beer, St. George’s Beverage (Silver Reef) also has plans to operate as a distillery and winery producing Southern Utah wine with the existing vineyard in Chanela Farms located on Pine Valley Mountain.

St. George beer nerds, listen up! We need tasting notes on these beers so share your thoughts if you've had them! 

Silver Reef - Mexican-Style Lager: No tasting notes

Silver Reef - Fresh and Juicy Ale: No tasting notes

Silver Reef - White Dome IPA: No tasting notes

T.F. - Harvey Cream Stout: Described as having dark chocolate with roasted malts jive with slight cream sweetness. The nitro gas accentuates the creaminess giving it a silky feel. 4.0% - Available at T.F. Brewing.

Hopkins - Twilight Saison: Described as having dark roasted malts combine with spicy phenolic yeast to produce a mixed bag of cocoa/char and herbal clove. 4.0% - Available at Hopkins 

Zion - Pomegranate Sour:  Described as having fresh, mildly tart pomegranate that starts the flavors with a trace of pie crust. Light and balanced. 4.0% - Found at Beer Bar.  

Saltfire - Barrel Aged Dirty Chai Stout: Look for chocolate and coffee; combined with chai spices that play off of subtle note of bourbon. 9.3% - Available at Saltfire and better beer pubs around the Wasatch Front

Shades - Not Your Mama’s Wassail: It’s described as having a bit of wheat and is lemony/tart with spices added. 4.0% - Available at Shades starting today.

Full Sail - Atomizer: Described as having a touch of grapefruit zest and hints of pine along with a slight sugar cookie sweetness. Crisp feel, bright and balanced just bordering the bitter side with a dry finish. 7.0% - Available at DABC.

Oskar Blues - Can O Bliss:  Described as hazy yellow/gold in color with a pungent aroma of grapefruit, passion fruit and vague citrus rind. Front to back you get a salad of citrus with lots of fruity tones and little bitterness. Finishes on the sweet side. 7.2% - Found at the Bayou.

Oskar Blues - Guns ‘N’ Rosé: Described as clear Pink in color with a very botanical nose of hibiscus and rose water. The taste is prickly pear like with more botanicals and a slight tartness. Not too overpowering. 6.0% - Found at the Bayou.

Prost!

Image provided by Silver Reef Brewing

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Brews Soon For You: Utah Ogden (UTOG) Brewing Co.

This New Brews Soon for You profiles what you can expect too see from what will be Ogden's and possibly Utah's next brewery. Utah Ogden (UTOG) Brewing Comapny will be a production brewery that will be located at 2331 Grant Avenue in Ogden, Utah. UTOG is piloted by Carson Foss who is one of the co-owners and will be the ventures head brewer. The brewery is expected to go online in the next few months and will offer a full ranger of high and low point beers. Look for a full service pub that will also have a kitchen that will feature in house designed dishes. Here's a tease of what you can expect from the brewhouse.

Pictured above is the Buffalo Soldier Black Rye IPA. This will be a 4.0% Percent offering that will showcase the IPAs dark side. I'm hoping for lots of rye in this one; looking forward to trying this on day 1.
Also at 4.0% is the Golden Grant Golden Ale. There are generally rounded and smooth ales that are easy-drinking beers have no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. This will likely feature an American hop varietal that will feature a flavor profile somewhere in the citrus to piney/floral range. So, think pale ale with a lighter color and and a less hearty malt profile. 


The Wheat IPA or white IPA as they're sometimes called are an unfiltered style of ale that is light and cloudy in appearance due to the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, used in the mash. Some versions are spiced like Belgian Witbiers with coriander, orange peel; others just rely on the the base malts and a butt load of hops. I'm curious to see which way way Carson goes with with this one. This will also dial in at 4.0%.

Finally, you gotta have an IPA; to start off, UTOG's IPA will be a  Session IPA. The umbrella is pretty broad and covers damn near every varity of IPAs under the session banner. This will likely fall under the the west coast style with citrus peel qualities combined with subtle pine to floral bitterness. This will also be available in draft and cans.

There are plans for higher ABV beers as well and I'll let you know what to expect on those as soon as they are formulated. With the current state of the Federal government's shut down it could be anyone guess on when we could see those. Stay close for more news on Utah Ogden Brewing and other new breweries that will be headed our way in 2019.

Prost!

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