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Friday, November 29, 2019

New Beer Friday 11/29/19

I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving. Due to it being a holiday week, not much hit shelves and taps over the last few days. Here are a few things to help continue your (hopefully) extended weekend. Keep an eye on Utah Beer's social media for updates later this afternoon - and if you found something I missed please share! Happy New Beer Friday!  

Heber Valley - Bishop Brown: Missed this one. This is a Belgian style brown ale - said to be inspires by the famous Biscoff Cookies. 5.0% - available at Heber Valley Brewing. 

Goose Island - 2019 Bourbon County Stout: This year’s Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels. This one goes on sale today at 11am; From what I understand, It has a very limited availability and you should be able to find it at the Avenues DABC, Harris Ave Wine Store, Cottonwood Heights and Murray DABC. Some of the better beer pubs are picking some up as well, so if you miss out, pubs like Dick n' Dixie's, Beer Bar, etc will be grabbing some as well. This one is a beast at 14.5% 

Brewery Ommegang - Dubbel Merlau: This Belgian style dubbel was fermented with Merlot grapes and aged in red wine barrels. Look for oak and tannic acidity with a burst of malty goodness leading  to blackberry, cherry and raspberry. The finish is long, with layers of drying tannins and malt sweetness. A must try. 8.7% - Found at the Bayou.


Friday, November 22, 2019

New Beer Friday 11/22/19

This week's new beers offer plenty of quality time. How you use it is up to you.

Saltfire - Putin on the Fritz: The aroma is dark charred malt and a little bakers dark chocolate. The taste is roasty malts up front, then some dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with a good amount of   semisweet chocolate. Nice round mouthfeel with a hint of booze. 9.4% - Available at Saltfire

Toasted Barrel Strawberry Stout: There's a good amount of chocolate happening here, it's not overpowering, more like dry cocoa. The strawberry is noticable and pleasant and gives the beer an almost holiday like feel. 9.0% - Available at Toasted Barrel.

Kiitos - Egyptian Honey Wit: This beer with made with Egyptian purple barely from local Solstice Malt and local honey. It starts with bubblegum and clove. Clover comes next with a smidgen of lemon peel which drags you into a thankful dry finish. This one is pretty yeast driven with a lot of phenolic pepperiness.Very limited batch size. 5.0% - Available at Kiitos

Salt Flats Barrel Aged  Kilted Harley: Right off the bat this Scotch Ale offers great toffee and fruity esters from the yeast. From there you get a bit of dark fruit and rum soaked cake. The barrel adds more dark rum & bourbon - rounding out the sweet maltiness of the beer. Quite tasty. 9.0% - Available starting today at Salt Flats.

Roadhouse - Mountain Jam Vol 5: Missed out on this new NEIPA. 6.5% - found at DABC


Friday, November 15, 2019

New Beer Friday 11/15/19

There's no need to hire bounty hunters to track down this week's New Beer Friday releases. Everything available this week is local (less one) and they're fresh, fresh, fresh. Go Utes!

Talisman - Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (2019 Limited Exclusive Release): Aged for 6 months in Sugar House Bourbon Barrels, this beer has a strong and pleasant bourbon aroma, roasted malt, very nice. Nice blended bourbon taste, strong upfront. Roasted malt backs the bourbon well, with some cocoa flavors breaking though. Easy and smooth drinking. 10.5% - Very limited. Available at Talisman.

Proper Brewing - Monolith: The taste starts off with a rich roasted coffee flavor and a bit of chocolate until mid-sip until the depth of the barrels starts to come through. Very pleasant and usual whiskey flavors come in, adding some typical spicy rye notes with added hints of tart vinous-like qualities. 10.2%.

Saltfire - Mobius Trip Raspberry: This next iteration, like its predecessor, was aged for well over a year in Chardonnay oak barrels before aging again for several months, in this case, on Raspberries. Flavor wise you get a fair amount of raspberry on top of the barrel sour base. It's slightly intense and it swells around the sour. 8.0% Available today at Saltfire 

Zion/Saltfire - SSCXWC19UT-FVB: Yes, that is the name, it's not a typo. This collaboration pale ale was dry-hopped with a new hop called "Soltano". It provides some orange peel up front with some big resinous pine in the finish. 5.0%. Available on draft at Zion and Saltfire.
The following beers are a new line from Shades Brewing. F.i.t. is a low calorie, low carb edition to the Shades portfolio that is targeting the more active/health conscious beer drinker. 12 ounce cans are hitting stores right now, you can also get them at the Shades Taproom. 

F.i.t. - Blonde: Light body with nutty, toasted grains and lemon grass. 4.0%

F.i.t. - Brut IPA: This IPA is bone dry and is hopped with Simcoe and Motueka hops. Some citrus qualities with a hint of tartness - due to the very low levels of sugar. 4.0%

F.i.t. - Light Lager: Very light honey malt and toast with a hint of noble hops. Sparkling carbonation. 4.0%

Dogfish Head - 75 Minute IPA: This is basically a west coast IPA. The maple syrup element isn’t very present in the flavor beyond a faint sweetness, but does add a nice smooth mouthfeel. Hops are piney and grapefruity but not too bitter. Nice. 7.5% - Available at DABC.


Friday, November 08, 2019

New Beer Friday 11/8/19

Before we get into New Beer Friday I have some news about one of the state's oldest adult institutions, the Cotton Bottom. If you're not aware, the Cotton Bottom is a tavern located in an area of the City of Holladay known as Knudsen's Corner (6200 s.). The tavern was originally a general store operated by the Knudsen family until 1966 when Helen Chlepas bought the property and turned the store into a tavern. The Cotton Bottom has been a staple in the area ever since, noted for being the first Coors bar west of Colorado, its infamous garlic burgers and of course it iconic Bugs Bunny looking sign.

The property has been in a state of flux after the passing of Chlepas, changing hands between her heirs and the current owners of the property the City of Holladay. The city has had many plans for the property, including a park and fire station. Luckily for us the city has chosen to keep it as the Cotton Bottom.

Now comes word that the City of Holiday and Cotton Bottom's current owner, Ashley Chlepas are selling the land, the bar and and some of the adjacent parcels to the owners of Salt Lake City's Bar X and Beer Bar. All the players in this deal seem to have a great respect for what the Cotton Bottom is and want to see it thrive going into the future. I spoke with the new owners last night, who expressed their delight in acquiring the Cotton Bottom and noted the importance of maintaining the spirit of the tavern.

Personally I think the Cotton Bottom is in great hands, and I look forwards to its new future. We'll have more news on this as it becomes available. Now It's beer time!    

Toasted Barrel - Hazy Session IPA: I missed this one, but I'm hearing good things about this new Hazy. Look for big tropical sweetness combined with citrus and light bitterness. 5.0% - Available at Toasted Barrel.

New Holland - Dragon’s Milk: Some roasted malt and vanilla with a touch of coffee. As in the nose, milk chocolate is dominant followed by the oak & bourbon from the barrel. Vanilla is more prominent than the aroma leads you to believe. There's a lot going on here. Complex and excellent. Available at Beerhive 11.0%

Modern Times - Space Ways:  The aroma has mango, hints of pine along with some lemon peel. Somewhat juicy taste with mild piney resin and an earthy character. Tropical fruit profile takes on notes of mango and a hint of pineapple. Available at Beerhive 6.7%

Modern Times - Orderville: The aroma is mostly papaya, mango and orange with some pine resin  as well. The grapefruit, orange and mango notes dominant the taste. Like the aroma there's the slightest dose of pine resin. Very fruity and not bitter at all. 7.2% - Available at Beerhive.

One of the advantages of the ABV hike is that we're getting access to kegged beers that we normally would never see. The Bayou managed to get their hands on some Bacchus Oud Bruin and De La Senne - Taras Boulba. These are supposed to arrive today. Both are 4.5%.


Friday, November 01, 2019

New Beer Friday: 5.0

Congratulations Utah, today is the first day of the rest of your life. One day you'll look into the eyes of your great, great, grand children and tell them of the first day that Utah got 5% beer. I imagine that day will be in the year 2105... I mean it took us 86 years to go from 4% to 5%, so getting to that magical 6% number should take about that long as well. That's assuming the LDS Church hasn't abandon Utah for Kolob by then.

All joking aside this is a big day for many of you. This will be the biggest New Beer Friday ever with over a hundred new beers hitting shelves and draft handles today. A good majority of those being reformulated versions of beers you love and are already familiar with. You will also be seeing a flood of new craft, macro and international brands starting today. This is not everything, but it gives you a good idea of what's out there. You'd better strap in.

Normally I find a way to get ahead of the game to get you tasting notes early. Because of the fierce amount of scrutiny placed on the breweries to keep 5% beers out of the public reach until Nov. 1st, few to none have been made available to me. Also, there's a shit load of beers listed below; look them over carefully, there are a few hidden gems down there that will only be around for a very short period of time. Happy New Beer Friday 5.0! 

Uinta - Hazy Nosh: Heavy on the tropical fruitiness; grapefruit, pineapple and peach. Bitterness is low with a good amount or tangerine in the end. Very nice. 5.0% - Available at Uinta.

Kiitos/Dick n Dixie's - Bourbon Barrel Coconut Stout: When Will Bourne, owner of Dick n Dixies purchased a couple of private label bourbons earlier this year he also got the barrels the whiskies were aged in (Buffalo Trace/Elijah Craig). Those barrels were sent to Kiitos Brewing and their Coconut Stout was aged in them. The result of this marriage will be made available at only at Dick n Dixie's and Kiitos. This is a very limited run of only a couple of barrels and was made for esspecially for today. probably won't make it through the weekend so get on it. 5.0%. 

Kiitos/REI - :This collaboration beer was made with input from REI Outdoor Retailers. This is an amber ale made with sage and juniper. 5.0% - Available at Kiitos.

Epic Brainless Hound: This is Brainless Belgian aged in Spirit Hound Distillers Honey Whiskey barrels. Honey forward with whiskey notes. Sweet and round with a fair herbal bite. bitter mouthfeel. The barrel aging adds some good amount of oak tannins which balances the sweetness quite a bit. In Epic's 32 oz. crowlers only at the brewery. 12.3%

Epic Deep Pocket Lager: This one is simple. Pilsner malt. Tettnanger hops. Baverian lager yeast. 5.0% - Available at Epic

Epic Lunar Transit: This new is a new IPA for the Utah market. 5.0% - Still awaiting location info. A special version of this IPA will be featured in a special firkin located at the Bayou today.

Fisher - El Gato Negro: This black pale ale has been resurrected as a 5.0% beer. I'm hearing rumors that this will be tapped at 12:01am Friday morning.

Fisher - Shoulda Been 6: This west coast style pale ale takes jab at the new 5% law, implying that this beer should have been a 6.0% beer. I'm hearing rumors that this will be tapped at 12:01am Friday morning.

Hopkins - Sauvin Blanc Brut IPA: Described as a highly effervescent and super dry beer with a low malt-profile, this beer style focuses on hops that produce a white wine-like flavor and aroma with Chardonnay grapes added to the fermenter to make this a true wine-beer hybrid. Hallertau Blanc hops were used in the whirlpool, then whole-cone Nelson Sauvin hops were used in the dry-hop. 5.0% - Available at Hopkins.

Hopkins - Utah State of Rind: Described as a wheat beer with jalapeno and watermelon. Hopkins hand-scooped and pureed watermelons then threw some grilled jalapenos in the fermenter! The watermelon and jalapeno are highly present in the aroma, with the watermelon taking over the flavor. Just a touch of jalapeno flavor and minimal spice. 5.0% - Available at Hopkins.

Hopkins - Winter Ale: Described as a malty ale brewed with mulling spices, orange peel, and lactose. A mellow sweetness accentuates the spices. Tastes like the holidays! 5.0% - Available at Hopkins.

Proper - Ahern: Caramel and toasted grains with a medium amount of floral piney bitterness. 5.0% - Available at Proper

Proper Salted Caramel Porter: Dark roasted malts with a bit more caramel than expected for a porter. Slight sodium bite towards the finish. 5.0% - Available at Proper

Proper Hopspital: 5.0% - Available at Proper

TF Brewing - Pale Ale: 5.0% - Available at TF Brewing

TF Brewing Kellerbier: 5.0% - Available at TF Brewing

Squatters - Island Hop: This Tropical IPA is more akin to west coast style IPAs with a good amount of citrus and pineapple, combined with a medium piney hop bitterness. 5.0% - Available at Squatters/Wasatch locations

Squatters - Bier: This brand new German inspired pils takes it's cues from tradition German ingredients but is formulated with more modern barley and hops. The result is a fantastic Euro tasting pils that's totally to style. 5.0% - Available at Squatters/Wasatch locations

Squatters - Pick Up Lime: This lime ale is pretty subtle with the lime. It also has salt added which gives the whole beer a Gose feel - this is not a sour beer however. Citrusy and refreshing. 4.8% - Available at Squatters/Wasatch locations

Bonneville - Redline: 5.0% - Available at Bonneville and Pins and Ales (note: pins and Ale's new West Valley location was just awarded a full bar licence)

Bonneville - Free Roller:  5.0% - Available at Bonneville and Pins and Ales (note: pins and Ale's new West Valley location was just awarded a full bar licence)

Bonneville - Ton up: Nut Brown 5.0% - Available at Bonneville and Pins and Ales (note: pins and Ale's new West Valley location was just awarded a full bar licence)

Desert Edge - UPA: 5.0% - Available at Desert Edge

Desert Edge - Pub Pilsner: 5.0% - Available at Desert Edge

Desert Edge - Dry Creek Pale Ale: 5.0% - Available at Desert Edge

Hoppers - Face Plant: This is a German style Hefeweizen. 5.0% - Available at Hoppers

Hoppers - Stein Knockers: This is a classic German Marzen 5.0% - Available at  Hoppers

Hoppers - Helles Festbier: 5.0% - Available at Hoppers

Strap Tank - Cosmic Fog: Did you miss this hypnotic glitter bomb last time around? It's back, with all of it tart, astral trip'n goodness. 5.0% - Available at both Strap Tank locations and on Fisher Brewing's guest tap.

Strap Tank Endlich: This Munich Dunkel is not on yet at Strap Tank (no room), but the UBCs West Side Tavern will have on guest tap. 5.0%.

RoHa - Grapefruit Back Porch: This Grapefruit infused beer is getting its own cans and will be on draft. Big flavors of grapefruit pith. 5.0% - Available at RoHa Brewing Project

Roosters - Irreverent: West Coast style IPA, featuring citrus peel and pine. 5.0% - Available at Roosters Ogden

Roosters - Nut Brown: 5.0% - Available at Roosters Ogden

Roosters - Black Widow: Schwartzbier 5.0% - Available at Roosters Layton

2 Row - Separation: This is a brand new NEIPA 5.0% - Available at

2 Row - Extra Lager: 5.0% - Available at

2 Row - hIPAcrit: 5.0% - Available at

Level Crossing - Look Up: This has been out for a few weeks in cans. Now available on draft 5.0% - Available at Level Crossing

Level Crossing - In the Pines: 5.0% - Available at Level Crossing

Level Crossing - Oat Pale Ale: 5.0% - Available at Level Crossing

Bohemian - Koru Pilz: New Zealand-style pilsner is brewed with NZ Wai-iti and NZ Waimea hops that provides a firm bitterness balanced by a grainy malt sweetness, all brewed with a classic lager yeast. 5.0% - Available at

UTOG - Heck Yeah Hefeweizen: 5.0% - Available at UTOG

UTOG - Son of a Peach Hefeweizen: 5.0% - Available at UTOG

UTOG - Citra Pale Ale:  5.0% - Available at UTOG

Toasted Barrel - Blood Orange Gose: 5.0% - Available at Toasted Barrel

Cerveza Zóuipez - Golden Ale: 4.5% - Available Saturday at Sonora Grill in Ogden on tap on Sat
- Angry Goat Bar in Ogden on tap on Friday

Cerveza Zólupez - Amber Ale:  It’s brewed with Piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar), and Mexican canela (cinnamon sticks). Giving it a malty, rich caramelly taste- balanced- with a good whiff and aroma of cinnamon. How it’s different: 5.0% - Available Saturday at Sonora Grill in Ogden on tap on Sat - Angry Goat Bar in Ogden on tap on Friday

Cerveza Zólupez - IPA: It’s brewed with Blue Organic Agave from Mexico, and real lime peel (not concentrated lime flavor.) The lime peel, with the Citra hops, gives this IPA a hop forward fruit taste on the palate, and aroma lift to the nose. 5.0% - Available Saturday at Sonora Grill in Ogden on tap on Sat - Angry Goat Bar in Ogden on tap on Friday

Cerveza Zólupez - Ofrecafe Cerveza:  This is a Stout, with a strong coffee bite, and chocolate aromatics. Citrus notes from the Orange Peel. Brewed in Honor of Dia De Los Muertos. 7.0% - Available at Angry Goat Pub in Ogden starting Friday Nov. 1st.

Modern Times - Fortunate Islands: Solid west coast style pale ale. 5.0% - Found at Dick n Dixie's

Modern Times - Fruitlands: passion fruit and guava dominate this gose. Comes off a little sulphury and musty. 5.0% Found at Dick n Dixie's

Modern Times - Ice Pilsner:  Hopped with Czech Saaz and Australian Summer hops. 4.8% - Found at Dick n Dixie's

Firestone Walker – Rosalie:  This beer/wine hybrid comes off mostly as wine. Very little beer happening here. That being said it is very refreshing, perfect for those times when your all beered out. 5.0% - Found at Dick n Dixie's

Lagunitas - LAGUR:  Super hoppy lager with notes of citrus and herbal grass. 5.5% - Found at Dick n Dixie's

10 Barrel - Pub Beer: 5.0% - Found at Dick n Dixie's

Pilsner Urquel - Unpasteurized: This special keg of Pilsner Urquel was brought in for this special Utah occasion. Only one keg. Exclusively available at the Bayou until it lasts. 4.4%

Rogue - Cherry Chocolate:  5.0% - Available at DABC

Golden Road - Wolf Pup: 4.5% - Available at DABC

Upslope - Spruce Tip: 7.5% - Available at DABC

Wind River - Pale Ale: 7.2% - Available at DABC

Wind River - Out of Order Porter: 5.5% - Available at DABC, Bayou

Dogfish Head - Slightly Mighty: 4.0% - Available at DABC

Boulevard - Easy Sport: 4.1% - Available at DABC, Bayou

I know that there is a lot that is out there that's not listed. For my own sanity I limited each brewery to three beers. The other homework is up to you.  Oh, and if you missed the the Budweiser Clydesdale's they'll be in Park City this Saturday November 12th from Noon - 2:00pm. Cheers!