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!