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Friday, February 26, 2021

New Beer Friday 2/26/21

Take a peek at this week's New Beer Friday selection. This is why I love craft beer; the wide array of flavors available along the Wasatch Front are guaranteed to satisfy any beer nerd palate.

Uinta - Caravan IIPA: This is a new Imperial IPA that has a mostly clear appearance with a nose full of berries and citrus. Flavor-wise this os full of berries and citrus. It's quite juicy and full of varied citrus fruit flavors. It comes off as a low bitterness IPA at first, but wait 10 seconds and you'll get a nice lingering bitter smack. 8.5% - Available at Uinta starting today.


Level Crossing - Eternal Pursuit: This is a Belgian style Dark Strong Ale.  Poured a darkish brown color with some red and purple highlights. The aroma is composed of dark fruits, candy sugar, chocolate, peppered cloves. The palate starts with candy covered dark fruits. Some chocolate and a little bit of spiciness comes out and some does a bubble gum like note with more chocolate. The finish is a bit sweet, plenty of heat but not overly sweet and tends to dry out a bit. 8.8% - Also on sale starting today.


SaltFire - Serafina: Offered in a clear bottle too showcase the beer's dark plum-like appearance. The nose is vinious with some balsamic vinegar notes. The taste follows with a light balsamic twang. Syrah grapes are prominent but there are also some vague dark fruits as well. There's some pepperiness as well towards the finish. This beer/wine hybrid underwent spontaneous fermentation, so it has a bit of that old-world funk factor. It's defiantly a unique beer for our market that has rarely (if ever) been done. 8.0% - Available now at Saltfire.  


Toasted Barrel - Blue Butterfly: This beer is brilliantly blue due to the addition of Butterfly Pea Flowers. Look for flavors that are a bit like green tea with subtle flavors of dried lemongrass. Some citrus as well. 5.0% - Only at Toasted Barrel.


Shades - Raspberry Cheesecake: This has a nice raspberry aroma with slight sweet cream cheese notes. I spent a lot of time searching for the cream cheese part of this beer, which was difficult to find. Then I realized I was ignoring some really nice flavors. There is lactose in here but it comes off slightly different than Shades' other "pie" beers. The cream cheese element, though not immediately identifiable really makes a tasty raspberry beer. 6.5% - At Shades. Not vegan friendly


2Row - ????:  As of this writing, no name has been given to this new NEIPA from 2 Row. It has deep golden peach color with notes of citrus and passion fruit and tropical happiness. Damn, this is one of the better 'hazys' I’ve had in awhile. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit shine upfront. Passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine pop in next. It's all quite balanced and delicious. A bit of resinous pine rounds out the back end. Keep an eye on 2 Row's social media the name of this new beer. It should be out later today.


Bewilder - Barley Joe Stout: The aroma has a slightly espresso-like, dark chocolate smell. The taste was mainly dry and roasty with a nice dry roasted cocoa flavor. the same aftertaste and finish. Light body with high drinkability. Overall, this was a pretty good Irish Dry Stout that I would have again. 5.0% - Only at Bewilder.


Talisman - Czechmate: This one gets the award this week for best name. Missed this one. It's an amber lager with that classic toasted cracker graininess balanced with herbal and floral Euro hops. 5.0% - Only at Talisman.


Squatters - Smooth Operator: This is an Imperial Cream Ale made with cocoa & cherry. This has a pale amber color with an unfiltered clarity. There's a light aroma of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with hints of cherry. The taste follows the smell, but has stronger notes of cherry and nuttiness with hints of vanilla cocoa, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer begins to warm up. It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with some smoothness from the cocoa nibs. This beer is a nice change from the typical chocolate/cherry stout and seems to hit all the right notes. 8.0% - A very limited, small batch series that only available at Squatters downtown.  


Epic - Super Epic Lager: Aromas of bread and grass clippings are evident, along with a subtler hint of lemon. This beer packs a lot of flavor - nice acidic notes balance out the noble hops and bread yeast. The taste lingers impressively after taking a sip. It’s a light feeling beer, maybe a touch thin, but at under 4.8%, how could it not be? A really nice lager, flavorful and easy drinking.


Here are this week's Small Batch beers, available only at Hopkins Brewing.



Cheers!

Friday, February 19, 2021

New Beer Friday 2/19/21

Apologies to everyone for last week's lack of content. It was a good beer week that really needed to be looked at properly, I just couldn't do it. This week is lighter, but not lacking in flavor that's for damn sure.

Hopkins - Solstice Lager: Brewed with locally grown and malted Solstice Malt pilsner, wheat, and flaked oats. Then dry-hopped with Pink Boots Hop Blend (Loral, Glacier, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro). Hazy, hoppy and soft on the palette with a glorious tropical bouquet. 5.0% - Only at Hopkins

Salt Flats - Luau Rider: This is Salt Flats Low Rider milk stout with toasted coconut added. You can tell that coconut is toasted right off the bat. It tastes fresh, not artificial. The base beer is sweet with lactose and the whole thing has a pastry stout feel. 7.5% - Available now at Salt Flats and the Garage Grill in Draper. 

Bewilder - Dos Hazy Boi: This DNEIPA Pours with slight haze and is orange in color. On the nose I get orange, grapefruit pith, passionfruit flowers, honey and pine. On the palate a creamy orange, tangy, sweet and salty rounded malt hits first followed by a dry hoppy center. A tingly grapefruit, honey, floral and honey rides with it and adds a tang to the sides an tip of the tongue. Hops are more citrus pith and the malt holds it all together for a well balanced beer. 8.0% - Available today starting at noon. 

Kiitos - Light Lager: The beer pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet pale malt scent that quite close in style to a German bavarian lager. There is little in hop aroma. Taste is pleasant and refreshing with some fruit and honey notes found. As light lagers go this is much better than most. It has a refreshing taste and would be great to drink several of on a hot summer afternoon. 5.0% - Only at Kiitos.

What did I miss? I know there's something else out there.

Cheers!


Friday, February 12, 2021

New Beer Friday 2/12/21


I apologize for this half-assed New Beer Friday, but I'm under the weather and unable to deliver the goods to you in a proper way. Here's what I was able to track down.

TF Brewing - Haze Series (Batch 2): This is a single hop NEIPA featuring one of my favorite hops, Mosaic.

 TF Brewing - Kiss From a Gose: This German wheat sour wa made with coriander and sea salt and was co-fermented with Sangiovese grapes and Rose Hips

Talisman/UTOG - German Kiss: This collaboration Kolsch was brewed with cocoa nibs raspberries.

Kiitos - Peanut Butter Stout:

Red Rock - Baked Pastry Stout: 

RoHa - Transom: 

Uinta - Mango Golden Spike:

Hopkins - Aroma Therapy: This double dry hopped Blonde was made with Cascade and Citra 

Toasted Barrel - Carrot Cake: 

Fisher - Shooting Star Pale Ale:

Strap Tank - Giza Pils: 5.0% - Lehi location only.

Mountain West Hard Cider - For the Love of Cider: A chocolate and cherry infused cider.

Melvin - Sour Soul Vol 2:

*Ghostfish - Kick Step IPA:

Cascade - Gose Roselle:

Bavik - Super Pils:

Cheers?

Friday, February 05, 2021

New Beer Friday 02/05/21


Whoa! If you don't find something that you like this week your probably done with craft beer. This week's locals are all about the adjuncts (except for Wasatch's). Which tongue bending beer will you choose? Better try them all, just to be safe. 

RoHa - Pink Hibiscus IPA: It has a nice dark violet color with a floral nose. Flavor-wise it's not a hibiscus bomb. The flavors are pretty subtle with a mostly botanical feel. Some minor citrus from the hops. 5.0% - Only at RoHa.

Kiitos - Salt N' Pickle: I missed this one. This is a limited batch. 5.0% - Only at Kiitos.

TF - Imperial Schwartzbier: Made with red plum and black cherries this big-ass Schwartz is fruity with plum flavors and cocoa up front and nutty cherry rounding out he back end. The finish a slightly tart. 9.2% - Goes on sale today at TF Brewing.

Grid City - Double Dark Cherry Truffle: This brown ale is loaded with cocoa and cherry. It's meant to mimic a chocolate truffle that is provided with the beer. There's tons of cherry in the beer before having the truffle – after, the heavy sweetness from the truffle mutes those flavors quite a bit. The nitrogen makes in silky smooth. 5.0% - Only at Grid City.   

Toasted Barrel - Pink Dragon: This is a limited batch saison that features dragon fruit and watermelon. Sadly, I missed this one. 5.0% - Only at Toasted Barrel.

Strap Tank/Squatters - Lug Nut: Missed this collaboration as well. You can find it at both Strap Tank locations and UBC's West Side Tavern Squatters downtown. 5.0%

Wasatch - [Kickback Series] New England Double IPA: Sweet mango and some lime in the nose, like a sweet spiked tropical punch. The feel is creamy and glides down easy...top notch. A bit dryer than expected on the palate, I also get some peach and nectarine, with a dryer pithy finish. A solid interpretation on the style. Excellent stuff. 

Level Crossing - Backwoods Brown: This is a classic English style brown ale that features a good amount of toffee with complimenting toast. Finishes semi-dry with a hint of nuttiness. Good stuff. 5.0% - Only at Level Crossing.

Melvin - 2 x Thor: This is a new offering from Melvin. 2x Thor is basically their classic 2x4 DIPA with the addition of Kveik yeast instead of their standard yeast. The result is a cloyingly sweet DIPA that has plenty of hop presence but not a lot of balance and depth. 9.9% Found at Beehive and Angry Goat.

Ale Asylum/Brew Pipeline/Motörhead - Road Crew: This is an American pale ale packed full of hoppy citrus aromas delivering a crisp, refreshing, superior taste to celebrate the spirit of the song and those who inspired it. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar. Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

Cheers!

Friday, January 29, 2021

New Beer Friday 01/29/21


It was a strong start for Utah's craft beer scene with breweries hitting the normally dry January. If you sat out January this would be a good weekend to get back into the game. 

TF Brewing- Tangelo Berliner weisse: This is a citrus bomb. The citric acid lights up the sides of the tongue giving you a good indication of the citrus level. Full of orange and grapefruit flavors. Tartness is medium in intensity. 5.0% - Avaibale starting today at TF. 

Moab - Bougie Johnny's Rose Ale: This beer/wine hybrid is brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio grape must. Look for a slight tartness with berry fruitiness and sweet pilsner malts. 5.0% found at Harmons.

Heber Valley - Stellar Stream: Nose is muted (opens up a bit once warm), but the taste explodes with tropical fruit, papaya, guava, passion fruit, mango, kiwi, and some faint citrus. Creamy feel on the palate. 5.0% - Only at Heber Vally Brewing.

Ogden River - Chocolate Milk Coffee Stout: I missed this one. If the name doesn't entice you into trying it, then you're probably dead... or hate coffee. 5.0% Only at Ogden River Brewing.

Shades - Lemon Meringue Pie: This really lives up tot he name. There's nice tart lemony flavor that has a hint of vanilla. There's a bit of graham cracker in the background but this beer is driven by the lemon. 6.5% Available at Shades.

Hopkins - Black Sesame Stout: The sesame seeds were hand toasted at the brewpub. This beer has a nice roasty stout profile along with a toasty black sesame finish. 5.0% - Only at Hopkins.

*Worthy - Lights Out Stout: A simple and straight forward stout with a balanced amount of vanilla and light coffee. Fairly sweet but these mentioned flavors balance agreeably with the roasted malts. Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

Oskar Blues - BA20 Vol. 1: All Monde: Vanilla fudge and toasted almond hits up front, and the bourbon barrel is nice. Very balanced. The almond flavor is subtle but definitely there. Caramel, cookie dough, and roasted marshmallows. A little boozy as well. 12.5% - Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

*Bombastic - Murder: Aroma has cinnamon, cocoa nibs, a touch of cayenne pepper, not getting much of the chilies unfortunately, also tobacco, leather, toffee 10.5% - Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

*Bombastic - Attempted MurderThe aroma is strong cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, chocolate. The taste is cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate malt balls, bourbon alcohol warming and taste. 10.0% - Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

Sawtooth - False Summit: Missed this one. Look for a malty sweet body with a medium bitter finish. 5.6% Found at DABC.

Sawtooth - Stanley Juicy IPA: Missed this one too. Found at DABC.

*Offshoot - Retreat: Missed this one. it's described as having a simple malt bill and hopped heavily with fruit-forward Mosaic, Cashmere and El Dorado. Laced with delicate and aromatic tropical notes along with a bright berry medley and a crisp mouthfeel. 8.6% - Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

Melvin - Back in Da Haze: Aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, mango and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruitiness with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness in the finish. 6.5% - Found at Slackwater (Sandy).

Here are this week's small batch beers from Hopkins Brewing. 

Cheers!

*New to Our Market

Friday, January 22, 2021

New Beer Friday 01/22/21


 

Feel'n that New Beer Friday Burn? You're not alone. 

Grid City - Extra Brown Ale: Nice aroma of toasted grain crackers and white bread. Hops are light with light floral notes and pine.The taste here is pumpernickel, burnt malts: chocolate, caramel and molasses with roasted nuts and a touch of dark fruit. A floral hop smack rides in the back. Aftertaste is malty and toasty. 6.6%

Grid City - Imperial Brown Ale: Double the malt and hop bill of their standard English brown. This one comes across more like a brown IPA. A more assertive floral and pine bitterness. Much more mat sweetness along with a slight alcohol punch. 8.6%

Strap Tank - Motor Maid: This Saison was made with pink peppercorns that give it snappy kick. Some fruity eaters build on the malt profile and help compliment the notes of clove that are produced by the saison yeast strain. 5.0% - Available at Strap Tank Springville now - Lehi next week. 

Proper - Carroso: This is Proper's Gruit (beer bittered with herbs and spices rather than hops) that has been aged in Pinot Noir barrels. Fruit up front in the nose with notes of lemon, orange peel, along with vinous  berries. Undertones of oak barrel adds a vanilla note, adding aromas of pine, thyme and coriander. In the taste you get tartness up front that is quickly followed by an array of rack spices Mid-palate that brings out some fortified wine notes and a variety of herbaceous notes. The finish is dry, with more lemon and Pino Noir lingering. Excellent stuff. 9.5% On sale at noon today at Proper. Note: Proper's standard Gruit is also available today as well.  

RoHa - Blanche: The final entry in RoHa's Golden Girls Brett Pale Ale series is here. Blanche is more hop forward than the previous "girls". A quality funky aroma of damp hay and barnyard leading to pineapple, light pear, and green herbs. Flavor though is cleaner than expected - leather and straw, crisp grassy hops. Second pour is yeastier and a touch fruitier. Light bodied with frothy carb, crisp and highly drinkable. A very enjoyable Brett Pale. 5.0% - Available to go in crowlers at RoHa. 

Toasted Barrel - Kiwi Double IPA: The flavor is first and foremost fruity, but there are small nuances apparent from the  Kiwi treatment. Mostly it seems that the fruit shifted the dynamic of the hop profile, as opposed to adulterating the brew with discernible fruit flavors. The soft bitterness normally found in Toasted Barrel's IPAs is somewhat softened, allowing for a fruit-focused bouquet. Nice stuff. 8.5% - Available at Toasted Barrel.

Kiitos - Vienna Lager: Has a beautiful clear, dark copper color, rich in depth and hue. Above-moderate carbonation, thick fluffy tan head that gradually dissipates. I smell an aroma of bready and biscuit malts and grains, yeasty smell, along with a sweet caramel note. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Tastes like toasted malts, cereal, toast, bread, and yeast, along with as sweet caramel to balance the hops. Hops have a spicy kick and make the tongue tingly. Taste an orange peel in the aftertaste. 5.0% - Only at Kiitos.

Lone Pine - Chaos Emeralds: Opaque yellow gold with aromas of dank leafy herbs sweet tropical fruits, citrus, light foresty diesel, berry, with mild biscuity caramelized malt. Feels super soft and creamy with smooth carbonation. Tastes like pineapple, melon, tropical mango, fresh citrus peels, lime, grapefruit, hint of watermelon, berry, mild bready caramelized malts, with foresty diesel like dank leafy herbal flowers. Overall a really great DIPA.8.0% at Slackwater (Sandy).

Non-Beer – Because, sometimes you need a change. 

Mountain West Cider - Berry Balm: Jammy and lightly tart with apple taking a back seat. The whole package is quite nice though the lemon balm does get a bit lost in the berries. Very limited, small batch cider. 6.8% - Only at Mountain West Hard Cider.

Epic Hard Green Tea: Haven't had this one yet. This is a first for our market and rarity in the adult beverage market. This is all green tea with little no sweetener. 5.5% Available starting today at Epic.

Flying Embers - Hard Kombucha: No notes. 6.8% Found at DABC

Allkind - Super Berry Hard Kombucha: No notes. 6.5% Found at DABC

Allkind - Tropical Turmeric: No notes. 6.5% Found at DABC

Stem - Chile Guava Cider: No notes. 5.7% Found at DABC 

Cheers!

Friday, January 15, 2021

New Beer Friday 1/15/21

There's an excellent mix this week of local and out of state craft beers. There a re quite a fee new entries to our market from new breweries, check 'em out. 

Hopkins - Rye Pilsner: Another hit from Matt’s small-batch series makes it to the main tap! This pilsner has a light malty profile with a hint of spicy zest from the rye, a touch of bitterness and hop profile from Saaz hops, and a clean, crisp finish. Featuring locally grown and malted pilsner and flaked-rye from Solstice Malt. 5.0% Only at Hopkins.

Hopkins - Introduction Pale Ale: A simple and approachable pale ale featuring locally grown and malted Solstice 2-row malt. This version features the 2020 Veterans Blend hops, which comprises five different Pacific Northwest-grown hop varieties including Idaho 7, HBC 692, Sabro, Mosaic and HBC 630 in the dry-hop. The hop blend is created by veterans and a portion of proceeds support the Wounded Warriors Family Support Fund. Citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors are the highlight of this pale ale while allowing a delicate malty backbone with minimal bitterness and a dry finish. 5.0% Only at Hopkins.

TF - Zkittles Terpene IPA: This IPAs terpenes are based on a popular Inca cannabis strain that has similar aromatics as Skittles candy. Im haven't had this one yet. Look for a super dank and fruity IPA with tropical and berry accents. Available starting today at TF. 7.5%   

Epic Midnight Munchies: This new peanut butter stout hits the cold case today as well. No advanced tasting notes here either. 8.0% - Only at Epic.

Fisher Doc Sarvis: Notes of Bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt are the primary flavors here. You'll get nice chocolate in the base with light whiskey and wood rounding out the background. 5.0% - Only at Fisher.

Fisher - Valley of Gold: This Brett fermented pale ale is funky and doughy with barnyard aromas.Complex earthy quality despite being so young. Still getting some of the tropical flavors the nose suggested, but it's subdued. Medium-bodied, with a fairly crisp mouth-feel. Such a wonderful beer!

Kiitos - SahtiThis Finish style of beer is traditionally unhopped with juniper twigs used during the brewing process create balance, imparting an unusual resiny character and serving as a preservative. Meanwhile, exposure to wild yeast and bacteria gives Sahti its signature tartness. This has some rye and a woody quality. Bitterness is low, some hops are detected. 5.0% - Only at Kiitos.

Shades - Incubus Imperial Pastry Stout: This delicious dark beer reveals your darkest desires. It's sweet, roasted, creamy and boozy with medium to low bitterness and a chocolate taste. Incubus is the base for more pastry stouts to come. Malted oat, de-husked barley, un-malted barley, all roasted, and lactose.⠀8.0% - Available now at Shades.

Roosters - Winter Blues: This is a "blueberry forward" IPA. No notes one this one but it's got me curious; gunna need to get on this one. 5.0% at Roosters B-Street Brewery.

*Gruner Brothers Brewing - Devilito: This is classified as a Belgian style strong ale. Look for a lighter body with moderate sweetness and classic phenolic yeast spices of coriander, clove and a hint of citrus peel. 8.3%. Found at Slackwater Sandy, DABC:

*Gruner Brothers Brewing - Salt Creek Citra: Aromas of Citrus, tropical fruits and pine. The taste follows with grapefruit forward citrus and hints of mango. Pine bitterness enters towards the finish. 7.7%. Found at Slackwater, DABC.

Revision - Cloud Cuddles: This NEIPA hits all the right notes with tangerine, peach and melon. Late palate you pick up a good dose of mango and tangerine, but it's the sweeter fruits that dominate due to malt profile. Bitterness is very low. 6.5% Found at Slackwater Sandy.

Revision - Battle of the Lords: A Double NEIPA that  pours a cloudy tangerine orange with a juicy aroma. Flavor-wise you get orange, mango, peach and pineapple. It's a great package with slightly higher bettering towards the finish. Some warming alcohol. 8.5% 

*Slo Brew - Cali Squeeze Mango Hefeweizen: Lots of mango, orange and lemon. The Hefe base is for the most part light. Not a game changer, but nice and fruity. 5.4%. Found at Slackwater in Sandy.  

*Slo Brew - Cali Squeeze Blood Orange Hefeweizen: Same drill here, though the blood orange adds a more pleasant flavor profile for me. Some tartness with blood orange, lemon and grapefruit. 5.4%. Found at Slackwater in Sandy.  

Mother Earth - Nitro Cali Creamin: This nitro version is new and comes in a special 16 ounce nitrogen can. It still has that rich vanilla flavor, but it's more pronounced due to the less bitter nitrogen gas. 5.0% Found at various grocery and C-stores in Davis County. 

New Belgium - Voodoo Ranger Captain Dynamite IPA: Look for aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel and pine. Sweet tropical fruits on top of caramel, peach and pine on the palate. found at DABC.

Returning Favorites:

Saltfire - Mobius Trip Fate Bell: The Sotol barrel aged sour is back! if you missed it last time here are my notes from last year.  This one is in Sotol barrels from Texas. If you're not familiar; Sotol is kin to tequila and mezcal, that shares many of the characteristics of agave but it's far from that. It has a very earthy tequila profile, which comes through well in the beer. The beginning is tart and earthy with some granny smith peel. Next comes notes of pineapple and salt. The finish is oaky with puckering lemon. This is super complex and very intriguing. Never had anything like this. It's well worth your time if you like tequila flavors and sour beers. 7.1%

Level Crossing - The Black Album: This is part of Level Crossing's Black Feather Series. This is a black imperial rye IPA. The aroma is hugely dank, herbal and grainy with dense, bready malts. Flavor profile is less sticky, and a little more bold in regards to the malts  – there's a good dose of roast and char swirling around throughout. Dank, herbal, floral, zesty hops open up playing off of the bready, nutty, roastier malts flavors. The bitterness is medium to high and pretty much rules the beer from the back-end to the finish. Overall, a solid BIPA, with big hopiness. 9.2% 

Here are this week's Small Batch Series beers from Hopkins Brewing.

*New to the SLC Market
Cheers!