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Friday, April 26, 2019

New Beer Friday 4/26/19

Our New Beer Friday family may not be traditional, but we are interesting AF! This week's selection may not be huge but it's diverse a hell. Have an excellent weekend!

Proper - Hopothetical: This New England style IPA has a descent fruity/tropical nose that's full of the aromas most of you love. The taste has an Orange Julius vibe that is creamy, fruity and juicy. Very little bitterness; the 'juice' is really all that lingers. Crisp, medium body. 6.1% - Available at Proper and Craft.

UTOG Scottish Ale: This seems to be like a "wee peat" style of Scotch Ale. The aroma is malty with a bit of smoke, with little in the way of hops (which is appropriate). The taste starts lightly malty with toffee notes then transitions to a more smokey profile. The smoke comes of as phenolic and medicinal - sort of like a Band-Aid. 4.0% - Available at UTOG.    

UTOG - Kolsch: This unfiltered Kolsch a hazy golden yellow appearance. The aroma is mostly light, toasted grains.

Shades Kveik #6: Apricot and peach are the featured flavors here. Of course the kveik base is nicely tart but the stone fruits used here pretty much run the show. Though the flavors can be somewhat similar, the apricots to me steal the show. Very fruity and tasty with zero bitterness. 6.3% - Available at Shades and most beer pubs.

Mother Earth - Four Seasons Imperial Stout: Missed this one; and it makes me sad, because it sounds delicious. This imperial stout is aged in bourbon barrels and was brewed with tart cherries and liquid cocoa. Sounds tasty, eh? 11.7% - Available at Beerhive, Slackwater.


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.


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?


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:


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 K├Âlsch: 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.


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!