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Friday, January 28, 2022

New Beer Friday 1/28/22


Grid City - Madeira Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale: This is GCBW's Imperial Brown Ale aged for 10 months in a Madeira Barrel (a style of Port). Expect flavors of Intense rich malt character layered with chocolate, caramel, dried fig, sherry, toffee, spicy tannic oak, and toasted hazelnut. 9.2% - Only At Grid City. Very limited availability in 22 ounce bottles. 

Grid City - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale: This is again, the Imperial Brown ale aged for 10 months in an Apple Brandy Barrel. Expect intense rich chocolate, malty caramel character, layered with sweet oak, vanilla bean, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco and baked spiced apples. 9.8%  - Only At Grid City. Very limited availability in 22 ounce bottles.

Offset Bier - Mosaic Double IPAThe second offering in Offset's single hop series features Mosaic hops.  Hopped in the kettle, whirlpool, and dry hopped three times with nothing but Mosaic. Nose is heavy mango, papaya, a touch of blueberry, all supported by that unmistakable Mosaic musk! Flavor follows suit. Soft in texture with a balanced bitterness that makes this beer a really easy drinker. Maybe too easy. Quite sweet with just the right amount of haze to deliver maximum hop flavor. 8.0% - Only at Offset Bier, Bayou and Beerhive. 

2 Row - Dopplebock: The last time I had this we were fighting over it - whether it was worthy of best in show at the Beehive Beer-Off home brew competition in 2014. It ended up becoming the runner up to best in show. The aroma is deep and rich with malts wrapped in dark fruits with a light hop nose. It smells nicely balanced for such a big beer. The taste goes through a range of coffee and pitted fruits. A subtle light chocolate taste peeks through a caramel malt curtain. 8.0% - Available at 2 Row. 

Shades - Pecan Maple Latte It has a rich, nutty aroma. There is a complex blend of coffee, nuts, and maple with hearty malt backbone in the initial taste of this ale. In the aftertaste the maple flavor really takes over. The maple is definitely strong, but to me it is not overwhelming, though I think some would disagree. It has a very sweet finish making it a nice dessert beer. 6.5% - Available at Shades.

Beer Zombies - We Are the Weirdos: Missed this one. 9.666% - Only at Beer Zombies.

Mason Ale Works - Mason's Revenge Melon and citrus aroma. Light grapefruit that's tart and dry with lemons. Tastes of oranges and tart citrus for flavor with some tropical fruit blending in. Flowery grapefruit hops, with oily pine resins along with some dank oranges, citrus and grassiness on the finish. 8.0% - Only at Beer Zombies.

Mason Ale Works - Crimson Bouquet: Missed this. 8.1% - Found at The Bayou. 

Mason Ale Works - Daughter of the Sea :Missed this. 13.0% - Found at The Bayou. 

Prairie - Cleveland Cowboy: Missed this fruited sour. 7.9% - Found at Slackwater and the Bayou.

Roadhouse - Breath and BrambleMissed this fruited sour. 5.0% - Found at Slackwater and the Bayou.

Melvin - Yuzulander: Missed this Berliner weisse 4.0% - Found at Slackwater.


Also today, Salt and Hops is having their soft opening today. This is a new craft beer specialty store that features an array of 5.0 percent suds, snacks, mixers and and drink acceories. Salt and Hops is located at 443 27th Street in Ogden. Here's a link to their website, it looks like the beer selection is incomplete, you'll just have to go shopping in person I guess. They're open from Noon to 8pm. I'll add updates to their selection as they come in. Congrats, Ogden!



Cheers.

Friday, January 21, 2022

New Beer Friday 1/21/22


This week, New Beer Friday brings nuance and sophistication to your weekend drinking this week. Speaking of sophistication,  did you fall off your Dryuary wagon? Uncle Mikey has found a nice, soft beer-mug-shaped pile of sagebrush; perfectly cushioned to praise your valiant efforts. Now, on with the new beer.

Epic - Captain Ron: This Raisin Stout was made with rum soaked raisins and is an Imperial Stout at its base. The rum-raisins almost give this a barrel or barleywine-like boozy sweetness. It's not hot, but the rum qualities do waft into the nasal cavities easily. 9.0% - Available at Epic starting today.  

Wasatch - 147 West IPA (Broadway Cold Hazy): This is a combo of two IPA sub categories: The Hazy and Cold IPA which basically lagered. Looks for big tropical and citrus notes with less malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is compensated by the extra matter in the beer. Rouse the can if you prefer more haze. 5.0% - Available starting today at the UBC's West Side Tavern/Beer Store. 

Bewilder - Druish Princess: This Schwartzbier has a heavily roasted malt characteristics that utilizes hops to achieve a good portion of the bitterness rather than from the char on the malt. Smooth on the palate, soul lifting, and refreshing with a dry finish. 5.0% - Available at Bewilder starting today.

Avery - Liliko'I Kepolo: This Belgian-style Witbier was made with passionfruit and "spices". 5.4% - Found at DABC.  

Avery - Pomoma: This barrel-aged tart ale was made with pomegranate and blueberry. 6.5% - Found at Dick 'n Dixie's.

Avery - Night Warden: This is a whiskey-aged stout 8.2% - Found at Dick 'n Dixie's.

Avery - Ellie's Brown: This is an American Brown Ale 5.5% - Found at DABC. 

Ex Novo - City of Books: Flavor is pale malt, citrus and pine hops, lemon, grapefruit, hints of mixed tropical fruit and pine. Nice bitter piney and citrus rind finish. 6.2% - Found at Beer Bar

Ex Novo - Brash Burst: This Hazy features Strata, Mosaic, Galaxy and Nelson hops. Juicy tropical fruit notes of mango & lychee. Dense mouthfeel with a refreshing citrus-zest finish. 7.0% - Found at Beer Bar. 

Elysian - Full ContactAroma is peach, orange, pine, a touch of grass, Taste is orange, peach, vanilla, pine. 8.8% - Found at the Bayou.

Cheers!

Friday, January 14, 2022

New Beer Friday 1/14/22


UTOG - Jazzy Spice: Named after UTOG's sales and marketing manager brings the heat with jalapeños, lemon and lime. 5.0% - only at UTOG.

UTOG - Berry Spice: This has the same base as Jazzy spice with jalapeños and blackberry puree. 5.0% - only at UTOG.

Grid City - Kumquat Marmalade, Apricot Jam and Cranberry Nitro Honey Ale: It sounds quite sweet, but actually quite tame. Look for citrus, rich apricot and tart cranberry layered on top of their creamy nitro honey ale. 5.0% - Only at Grid City.

Uinta - Cold IPANose is citrus rind, lemongrass, tropical fruits - mango, papaya. A touch of dankness and it’s balanced nicely by some of the more savory aromas. There is some bitterness right off the bat here. Citrus is present in the beginning as well, and it adds to the big mouthfeel.  tropical flavors, some pine briefly in the finish. A little dank as well. 

Talisman: Keep an eye on their social media. A new beers is supposed to debut today, but it wasn't available at publishing time.  

Bewilder - Barrel-Aged Double ESB: Bewilder's Anniversary ale. Look for a nice malty ale with medium bitterness. The barrel treatments a mix of Ruby Port/High West Double Rye, Sugarhouse Distillery's Single Malt and Sugarhouse Bourbon. 10.6% - Available starting today.

Bewilder/Mountain West Cider - Home Grown: This is beer/apple fermentation collaboration with Mountain West Cider. It's made with locally grown apples and barley. This debuts on Saturday. Don't have the ABV on this one yet.

Shades - Hogshead Reserve 2021: This Imperial Porter was aged in Rye and Bourbon barrels for eight months and is at barrel strength (no blending). Look for notes of Port Wine, cocoa, whiskey and oak. 9.0% - A limited batch available at both Shades location.

Missed these.

Pipeworks - Imperial Blood of the Unicorn: Found at Slackwater and Bayou.

Propolis Brewing - Spruce Pale Ale: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Oat: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Cuvee: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Urtica: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Blue Markleberry: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Red Huckleberry: Found at Slackwater 

Propolis Brewing - Rubus Kiss: Found at Slackwater 

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


Cheers!

Friday, January 07, 2022

New Beer Friday 1/7/22

The first New Beer Friday of 2022 brings in a full range of brews that will appeal to a wide audience. If you can't find a brilliant brew this week? Then you're just being difficult, and probably need a time-out.   

Hopkins - Aroma Therapy: This blonde ale base was double dry-hopped with a blend of Cascade and Citra hops, leaving an intense floral/citrus aroma and a low perceived hop bitterness. Malt body features bread-forward characteristics and mild malt sweetness, making this a truly unique experience for the senses. Brewed with 100% Utah-grown and malted Solstice Malt. 5.0% - Only at Hopkins.

TF/Horus - Triple Bawk: This collaboration Triple Bock was aged in High West Old Fashion barrels. Look for sweet toffee, cassia bark, licorice root, orange spice and sandalwood. As this beer develops, dried cherries, allspice, whiskey and orange zest from the barrel round out this complex beauty. 9.6% - For sale starting today at TF Brewing.


2 Row - Nelson on Rye: 7.5% - I love Nelson Savin hops and rye malt, so this is right up my zip code. Look for citrus peel and vague berries with a lightly spiced, caramel-like malt bill. At 2 Row, The Bayou, Slackwater and better beer pubs around the Wasatch Front.


Salt Flats - Barrel-aged Winter Amber Ale: This spiced amber has been in the barrel for a year. It's speed with cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and vanilla. 9.0% - Available at Salt Flats and Garage Grill.


Offset Bier - Franconian style Kellerbier: A traditional style of Kellerbier, slightly darker in color than the pale kellerbier style. Notes of bread crust and biscuit dominate while being dry and easy to drink. Spicy and floral hop notes with a touch of lemon from Saphir hops. 5.0% - only at Offset.


Roosters - Black Widow: This Munich-style Helles is a caramel forward and malty lager brewed with traditional hops that will impart an herbal and grassy profile. 5.0% - This one will be available

in can and draft at Roosters' B-Street brewery and their other locations soon, if not today.


Shades - Peach Apricot Blueberry Cobbler: This beer is jam packed with flavor and brewed with peach, apricot, blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, graham cracker & lactose. 6.5% - Avaialble at Shades Downtown location and Pick it up to-go at the brewery, located at 154 W Utopia Ave.


Revision - Nelson Revenge: This is part of their single hop series. Look for subtle pine citrus and berries. 9.0% - Found at Bayou, Slackwater.


Revision - Hops in a CanLook for tropical fruit, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, and passion fruit, citrus, orange, a little lemon lime, spicy pine, a touch of bubble gum, biscuity malt, and caramel honey sweetness. A hint of alcohol comes out as it warms. 10.5% - Found at Bayou, Slackwater.


Revision - Tickle Machine: Missed this imperial stout with coffee. 10.2% - Found at Bayou, Slackwater.


Revision - Finite MadnessMissed this Imperial Stout. 12.5% - Found at Bayou, Slackwater.


Revision - Darkling: Missed this Imperial Stout. 10.2% - Found at Bayou, Slackwater.


Modern Times - Brain Vacation: Look for a gose layered with pineapple, passion fruit and guava. 3.3% - Found at Slackwater.


Illuminated Brew Works - Wiccan Chicken: Look for pineapple juice, melon, citrus, and bitter hop undertones with the addition of some dank and piney hop flavor. 7.5% - Found at Slackwater.


Cheers!

Friday, December 24, 2021

New Beer Christmas Eve 12/24/21


All I can say is, please be happy and safe this holiday. Too many wonderful people have left us this year due to COVID and other equally shitty things. Here's a merry list of beers that will be available today for a limited time this afternoon. Most of the breweries will be closing early today, so I recommend getting your Christmas Day beverages earlier, rather than later. Let's share a pint soon and happy New Beer Christmas Eve. 

RoHa - Dog Tag IPA: Probably one of the more unique IPAs from RoHa. This is very citrus forward with lotsa lemon grass, lime & floral profiles. It’s herbal, but not obnoxiously so. In closing: If lemon, lime and botanicals are on your happiness chart look no further. 5.0% - Only at RoHa.

Grid City - The Big Fruit CakeAt first swig I thought this was a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. It hits all the right notes. Then all of the dark fruits roll in; cherries, fig, dates with a shload of toffee & tobacco. It finished with cranberry & a medium citrus peel & pine bitterness.11.3% - Only at Grid City.

Toasted Barrel - Tiger's Bolld Snow Cone IPAIt smells like a milkshake, it tastes like a milkshake, but this is no lactose IPA. 44 LBS of coconut gives this unique IPA its creamy feel. The strawberry & watermelon work perfectly with the hops to make this DIPA highly drinkable & enjoyable. 10.0% Only at Toasted Barrel.    

Bewilder - Plumdog Millionaire: Nutty & malty aroma. The flavor is much more berry forward. For the most part this is all fruit, but the end still retains some of its blonde roots. PUN INTENDED! 5.0% - Only at Bewilder.

Shades Carrot CakeThe aroma is absolutely dead on. There is not much else to really say. Vanilla, cinnamon, a toffee sweet malt aroma, ginger, and nutmeg. I think that covers it. Wow, the flavor is nice, but does not quite live up to the aroma. Some toffee sweetness goes with the malt flavor, and some vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice are there as well. 

Fisher - White IPA: This is a new higher alcohol version of the Fisher favorite.  There's a very aromatic nose of citrus peel here, along with light biscuit malt. The hops finish it off with nice citrus and tropical flavors. Very nice! 7.5% - Only at Fisher to-go in 32 ounce crowlers.

The following are new from Offset Bier 


Tmavé Pivo Czech Dark Lager: Notes of milk chocolate with spicy hop character from the copious additions of Czech grown Saaz.  Packed with flavor yet so light on the palate and easy to drink due to it’s extended 6 week lagering time. 5.0% - Only at Offset Bier.


Helles German Pale Lager: A very traditional German light lager. Yeast from an old Monastic brewery, step mashed, cold fermented, naturally carbonated, and 6 weeks lagered. Bier flavored Beer. 5.0% - Only at Offset Bier.


Phone It In Modern IPA: This one features Strata and Idaho 7 hops. Potent hop aromas of Strawberry, Peach, Dankness, and a hint of Melon. Hazy 'cause it’s hoppy. 7.8% 


Pale Ale Classic American Pale Ale: Hopped with Cascade and heavy amounts of choice Centennial. Prominent notes of fresh cut lemons backed up by pine and slight floral notes. 5.0% - Only at Offset Bier. 


Divi IPA: New recipe! Hopped heavily with Idaho 7, Citra, HBC 586, and the new hot hop from New Zealand, Nectaron. Notes of Pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, mango, guava, lychee, and coconut. 

Cheers!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

New Beer Friday 12/17/21

Nearly forty beers this week, and I drank them all! Actually I probably didn't even have half. But in my tiny mind I swilled every last one! If these don't get you prepped for the holidays, nothing will. This New Beer Friday list is somewhat incomplete because I ran out of gas compiling it. Very sorry. 

RoHa - Spudnik 7: If you’re familiar with your hops, you may have guessed this is made with Idaho 7. This has mostly herbal hops with some citrus peel. malt profile is mostly toasty with light caramel. 5.0% Available at Roha.

Bewilder - WhistleGoWoo: This saison was dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin & Motueka. The aroma is all clove & bubblegum. The taste starts the same, then the hops come in with spicy orange peel and a good dose of herbal hops smacking the sides of the tongue. The hop bill here helps keep the yeast from getting too ‘chewy’ & gives the beer some balance. 5.0% - Available at Bewilder starting today.  

Bewilder/Strap Tank - Wee Heavy: The boys and girls at both breweries decided to go with a direct fire boil, to ‘amp up’ the caramelization in this single malt ale. The nose is mostly caramel and floral hops. The taste is all creamy caramel. There’s some nice vague fruity notes in there as well, but holy shit this pleasant and dangerous. The 10.4% ABV is hard to detect until it warms. Outstanding Wee Heavy. Available at Bewilder today. Strap Tank will have some to sell as well; keep your eye on their social media for the where and when. 

Strap Tank - V-Twin (Nitro): Who loves a lager on nitro? This beer nerd right here. You might ask, “this ain’t a new beer”! and I’d reply, “au contraire mon ami”. The simple change of gas can completely alter a beer’s flavor profile. You’d be surprised by how bitter co2 can be. This lager is a Vienna. It come across more sweet than normal. The nitro gives its creamy texture that amplifies the nuttiness from the base malts. Hops are grassy and herbal. Excellent stuff. 5.0% - Only a Strap Tank Lehi 

Epic - Big Boy Hoppy Brown: O.G. beer nerds will remember Epic’s Santa Cruz. It was billed as a ‘brown IPA’ and I very much loved it. Apparently I was the only one. After years of pissing in Epic’s ear in regards to bringing it back, the powers that be decided to shut me up and resurrect Santa Cruz as Big Boy Hoppy Brown. It’s not the same beer, the malts bill has been altered along with hops. As far as brown ales go this less malty and much more toasty. The hop bill offers a punch of floral & pine along with an amped-up ABV. Nostalgia seekers & beer nerds who require something different- look no further. 7.4% - Available at Epic. 

Policy Kings - WiseUp: Missed this new IPA. 5.0% - Only at Policy Kings

Fisher - Buzzard's British Brown: A medium amount of malt sweetness with an extra dose of toastiness. Light floral hops round it out.

Fisher - Desert Rose Prickly Pear Lager: Prickly pear is dominant. It's not super sweet but it does dominate most of the lager. 5.0% - Only at Fisher.

Grid City - Oatmeal Stout: This comes across as your classic Irish oatmeal stout. A medium amount of roasted grains, cocoa and light malt tartness. Textbook stuff. 4.7% - Only at Grid City 

Shades - Pecan Pie: Missed this, and I love pecan pie! 6.5% - Available at Shades

Toasted Barrel - Biere de Garde: Missed thiss sour aged in whiskey barrels. 7.0% - Available at Toasted Barrel.

BootStrap Brewing - Lush PuppyNot super juicy. Nice citrus with herbal qualities. It’s okay. 6.3% 8.5% Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

BootStrap Brewing - insane RushMore Ruby colored than your typical IPA nowadays. More malty too. A very nice, sorta old school IPA. Love caramel and the late addition citrus/berry hops. Very nice. 7.6% Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

BootStrap Brewing - Wreak HavocA very nice nice Impy Red with light citrus & berry notes. Light fruity malts as well. Very nice. 8.5% Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

Pipeworks - Abominable Snowman vs Unicorn: Missed this IPA Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

Pipeworks - Forest Fauna: Missed this IPA- Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

Pipeworks - Imperial Blood of the UnicornMissed this IPA - Found at Beer Bar, Bayou and Slackwater.

Pipeworks - Gingerbread Unicorns: Missed this - Found at Bayou Slackwater

Pipeworks - The Finest DopplebockMissed this - Found at Bayou Slackwater

Pipeworks - Picnic in the CloudsMissed this - Found at Bayou Slackwater

Pipeworks - Blood of the UnicornMissed this IPA - Found at Bayou Slackwater

Pipeworks - Layers Are KeyMissed this IPA - Found at Bayou Slackwater

As far as I know, the following are mostly exclusive to the Bayou. 🤷‍♂️

Birrificio Almond 22: This is a pink peppercorn IPA 

Baladin - Super Floreale: This is a Belgian style golden strong

Birrificio - Torrente: This is an American IPA

Bootstrap - Stick’s Pale Ale: This is an American IPA

Carlsberg Sverige - Carnegie Porter: this is a Baltic Porter 

Cascade - Baked Sour Apple: This is a fruited sour with cinnamon and maple syrup  

Cascade - Cash Nelson: A Golden sour aged in oak

De Glazen - Ondineke Triple: This is a Belgian style Tripel

Extraomnes- Straff:This is a Saison 

Perennial Prism - Centennial Hallertau Blanc: This is a saison 

Perennial Prism - Ekuanot Cryo Cash: this is a saison 

Prairie - Barrel-aged Moose Boots:  Made with maple syrup with toasted almonds and vanilla

Prairie - Double Vanilla Noir: Aged in rum & whiskey 

 St. George Brau - Kellerbier:

Stift Engelszell - Gregory’s:This is a Belgian style Quad

Wild Beer Company - Modus Vivendi: Oaked with wild yeast  

Cheers!

Thursday, December 09, 2021

New Beer Friday 12/10/21


Need a lil' extra something that'll take that holiday work party to the next level? New Beer Friday researchers have found the optimal number of fresh new suds to enhance your vocational cheer factor. 

Fisher - Maximum Mosaic: This has been out since Saturday but it didn't have a name until Tuesday.  I let this warm up a bit before jumping in. The hops are citrus forward with some hints of white pepper. Once in the mouth the bitterness is low though there is a slight tingling on the sides of the tongue. There's a lot of creamy oat and dried citrus peel. Bitterness is low, quite tasty. 5.0% - At Fisher

Saltfire - Series of Singularities (Citra): This is defiantly has a west coast IPA feel. It's not quite dank, but it has a nice chewy hop character that is almost sticky in the mouth; it all revolves around orange and tangerine peel. Not for the timid IPA fan. 5.0% - At Saltfire

Grid City - Sigri Estate Papa New Guinea Coffee Hazelnut Vanilla Maple Nitro Brown Ale: Just when you thought the crew at Grid City could possible give one of their beers a longer name, they step-up and deliver. A very nice coffee profile. I was worried the Hazelnut would take over, but it’s pretty subtle and relegated to the end. Nice vanilla sweetness for balance. Not much maple; which is fine. It would make it overly sweet. 4.7% - Only at Grid City

Red Rock - Back Door Series Double IPA There's a real nice aroma here, starting with zesty citrus oils of lemon and tangerine. The hops get into an herbal spicy like component as well. The taste keeps it simple. Juiced flavor with slight malty sweetness accents; an excellent and somewhat varied fruity hop flavor. Nice qualities of grapefruit to orange citrus juice with a spritzy lemon oil mixed in. 7.0% - Available at Red Rock Downtown.

Bewilder - Maple Lactose Oatmeal Stout: This small batch release harkens back to the home brewing days. missed this one, but I think that you get the idea. 5.0% - At Bewilder.

Level Crossing - Plum and Black Currant Philly Sour: This pale ale was fermented with Philly Sour yeast, then aged with plum and black currants. 5.0% - At Level Crossing. 

Proper - Ivar the Boneless: This is a Finnish-style Sahti aged in rye whiskey barrels. Sahtis are made with barley and rye. Traditionally they are flavored with juniper in addition to, or instead of, hops. This should be very interesting with the rye whiskey. At Proper

Returning Favorites

Ogden River - Injector: This Hazy IPA returns with new packaging - its own 16 ounce can. 7.8% - only at ORB.

Red Rock - Secale: The 2021 version is all barrel strength, no blending. pours a dark ruby color with a moderate two fingers of off-white head. The nose has a dry roasted malt aroma along with a light rye spiciness. It's rounded out with a mild caramel malt and vanilla aroma. The taste starts with Caramel malts and toffee. Chocolate covered raisins come next come next with a dry rye spiciness. Hints of vanilla and whiskey come next in the end, as well as a subdued hop bitterness that balances the malty sweetness in the finish. The body is full and the whiskey notes become a bit more pronounced as it warms. The 8.5% abv is well hidden but sneaks up you quickly.

2 Row - Chocolate Covered Raspberries: This beer mimics the holiday treat quite well. It's got a good balance of raspberry and chocolate; the raspberry is particularly tart and fruity. The chocolate part adds a nice silky element to the stout. A very nice beer. 8.3% - Available at 2 Row

Hopkins - Strawberry Sorghum: This beer is one of Hopkins’ classic Gluten Free homebrews. The recipe consists of organic strawberries, sorghum syrup, and raw local honey. This beer is light and effervescent with a nice mild tartness from the sorghum that pairs beautifully with the strawberries. 5.0% - Only at Hopkins.

Speaking of Hopkins, Saturday is their 3rd anniversary, stop in and enjoys some special pints, some of which are listed below.