Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Shot-Ski Record Returns to Park City

In January of 2014 the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado set a world's record for the longest shot-ski at 219 skis and 666 people at 973 feet long. In case you're not sure what a shot-ski is, think of a traditional snow ski that has shot glasses glued to the plank. Now get a bunch of friends, fill the shot glasses with whatever and drink it down at the same time without spilling. That's basically it.

On October, 22nd Park City, Utah broke that record as people celebrated the 30th anniversary of Wasatch Brewery. 1,191 people lined up in the middle of Park City’s Main Street to throw back some of Wasatch’s Premium Ale with a 961-foot-long shot-ski. That record lasted for about three months as Breckenridge took it back in January of this year with 1,234 people drinking from the 1,997-foot shot-ski.

Well, guess what? Park City and the Wasatch Brewery is looking to take it back once again. The one long ski (actually a total of 440 skis bolted together) will be hoisted at 2:00 p.m. on October, 14th in an attempt to re-break the record.

And to keep the celebration going, Wasatch Brewery will host a beer garden in the Brew Pub lot from noon until 6:00, complete with games, live music, a food truck and of course, a selection of Wasatch Brewery’s award-winning craft beers. This year's goal is to sign up a total of 1,250 beer-lovers.

There will be several different ticket options in 2017 including:
$20 ticket, good for one unreserved spot on a ski
$25 ticket, good for one unreserved spot on a ski plus entrance to the beer garden, plus your first beer (capacity limited to 600)
$500 VIP Team Ticket, which includes:
6 reserved spots on two skis
2 skis wrapped with your team or company name to take home as a souvenir
6 entrance passes to the Wasatch Beer Garden
6 beer tokens.

Now that the word has gotten out about what a fun event this is, organizers anticipate that it will sell out very quickly this year, so they are encouraging all potential participants to purchase tickets as soon as possible by going to, says Wasatch Marketing Director Judy Cullen. And to inspire everyone to dress up in costume, Wasatch Brewery founder Greg Schirf will be handing out gift cards and Wasatch “swag” to entrants dressed in the best regalia. The goal, like last year, is to have fun while raising money for the Sunrise Rotary of Park City, a very worthwhile cause.

I had a blast participating in the record last year, I'd recommend that you all give it a "shot", see what I did there? Go Park City!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beer Preview: Moab's FMU Double IPA

I've got another sneak peak of a new beer coming from Moab Brewing Co. This brand new creation is a Double IPA, called FMU. When it hits liquor store shelves in the coming weeks, it will contain four pounds of hops per barrel (31 gallons) and feature Columbus and Simcoe hops at it's base with Centennial and Cascade hops rounding it out later in the boil.

The ABV will be 9.6% and it will be packaged in Moab's standard 16 ounce cans. The release date is probably not too far down the road, as soon as it hits you'll see it here.


Friday, August 11, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/11/17

In today's New Beer Friday we have some "out of the box" stuff to help you find your weekend groove.

Avenues Proper's Brett Pale Ale -  The nose has musty leather and funk with some tangerine and lemon notes. No tartness as expected. The flavor is tangerine peel with yeasty bread dough. some leather as well. Not a lot of sweetness, mostly hops and Brett. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lighter and drier side. Mild hoppy bite in the finish. Tasty for sure and easy to drink. Brett pales aren't for everyone, gives this a try and let me know what you think. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper (only)

Proper's Redrum - Red Ale. Not tried this one yet. 4.0% ABV @ Proper

Hopworks Urban Brewery's HUB Cider - Mostly tart apples with some sweet apple juice rounding out the back end. Not quite Jolly Rancher tart, but in that neighborhood. Nice cider. 6.8% ABV @ Beer Bar.

What did I miss? Please let us know.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Snowbird's 45th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

One of the ten best Oktoberfest celebrations in America is just two days from it's eight week run. Snowbird's Oktoberfest is without a doubt one of the most visually stunning settings you will find and the beer selection is a top notch collection of local and regional brands.

Oktoberfest runs every Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 12 through Oct. 15, 2017, including Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4. There are a few special events that will be happening during the fest as well, including:  
Beard & Moustache Competition: August 12
Military Appreciation Weekends: August 12-13, 19-20
Bratwurst Eating Championship: August 19

Snowbird is encouraging carpooling and parking is $5 cash and no pets are allowed.

One more thing. If you have previously purchased a beer mug at Snowbird you can bring it back with you and have it filled. That way you don't have to buy a new mug every year. It must say Snowbird on it though. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Epic Launches a Series of New England-Style IPA

From Epic - It’s true! We have a new series of New England-style IPAs coming your way in August. These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Through months of R&D and long nights cleaning out the clogged heat exchanger we’ve developed several different recipes - because our approach to the New England-Style is simple: more is better!

The series will launch in 12oz cans and on draft across our entire distribution footprint. Each release will have its own code name

The first cans will begin packing the middle of August before being rushed to distribution. We are optimizing batch sizes and distributor orders so the beer hits shelves as fresh as possible. Keep your eye peeled these beers may come and go as we brew to meet demand. Follow us on social media for updates and new recipe releases.
and rotate recipes every 2-3 months. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe. Our first release goes by Citralush and its over-the-top use of late addition Citra and Mosaic hops gives the beer huge notes of sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and a very subtle touch of Colorado dankness.


Friday, August 04, 2017

New Beer Friday 8/4/17

New Beer Friday is chock-full of goodness this week. Now with twice the recommended dose of Conway Twitty!

Snake River's Eclipse Ale: This pale ale is citrusy and floral in the nose. The taste follows with a bit of tangerine and floral bitterness. There is some toasted grain sweetness rounding it out. Overall, it's a tasty pale, not bad for a one and done beer. 5.2% ABV @ Slackwater

Desert Edge's ALTernative Facts Alt: This is a light copper colored German Ale. Malty sweet aroma with a smooth bready malt flavor. Low hop flavor and dry finish 4.0% ABV. @ Desert Edge

Ballast Point's Sea Rose: Hints of pomegranate in the nose. The flavor has a creamy malts with some tart cherry flavor and pomegranate. The flavors as subtle and not in your face. Overall, the flavors are pleasant and it tastes surprisingly fresh. Highly drinkable. 4.0% ABV @ Harmon'sand othe grocery and C-stores.

Talisman Presents - North East Style IPA: Not tried this one yet. Described as juicy and tropical. 7.0% ABV @ Talisman

Melvin's Heyzues: Grassy lemon nose. The taste starts with crackers and dry malts. The bitterness is somewhat herbal with some lemongrass notes. The finish has some pine resins. This is a really great Mexican style lager. @ Slackwater, Bayou

Proper's Lei Effect: This Gose is enhanced with passion fruit. The nose is dry and tart with a slight hint of sulphides. The taste is lemony and slightly briny with tart passion fruit. Some dry cracker notes round out the tartness. 5.0% ABV. Debuts later this afternoon at Proper Brewing. 

Mother Earth's Primordial IIPA: Thus has a subdued nose of mostly citrus peel and flowery hops. The taste has pine, citrus and floral notes. The malts are somewhat muted. A bit of alcohol makes it slightly drying in the finish. A nice west coast style IPA, it's just a tad dry. 9.5% ABV @ Slackwater, Bayou, BeerHive 


Thursday, August 03, 2017

Bonneville Needs You, and Your Beard Could Earn You Some Dough.

Have you mastered your home brewing skills? Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Then my friend it's time to set aside you kitchen's brew gear and get paid for doing the thing that you love. 

Bonneville Brewery is seeking a driven, passionate individual to join its production team. The position is for an assistant brewer. Bonneville Brewery is located in Tooele, Utah, about a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City. Local residence a plus.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, clean and willing to work under a variety of conditions. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license, flexible schedule and a passion for producing high-quality product.
Duties to include, but not limited to:

Keg cleaning/filling
Packaging on a Meheen bottling line
Operate a forklift (We’ll teach you if you never have)
Draught line cleaning at multiple locations
Beer delivery/retrieval of empty cooperage
Cleaning of fermentation and storage vessels
Transferring beer from fermentation vessels to storage tanks
Assistance during wort production
Craft soda making
Shipment receiving and organization
Facility cleaning and maintenance
Public events and promotion
Physical requirements include: Ability to lift 50 pounds over head, multiple times per day. Ability to lift/move kegs (175 pounds), crouching, reaching, pulling et cetera in a hot/cold, wet and noisy environment.
Home brewing experience is a plus, but not required.
Brewery experience also a plus, but not required
Compensation DOE
Send resume and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in Bonneville Brewery to:

1641 N Main St
Tooele, UT 84074-8023
Snowbird's Oktoberfest is still weeks away, but if you want in on the 4th Annual Snowbird Oktoberfest Beard And Mustache Competition you'd better start planning planning your attack now. 

Hosted by The Salty Saints Social Club and Facial Hair Society and presented by Olio Skin And Beard Co., this competition celebrates the artistic and creative side of facial hair. It's not only about length and style (and men), there are chin sweater categories that women and kids can get behind as well. 

Here are the details:

August 12, 2017
Registration 12:00-1:00pm
Comp starts 1:00pm

Main Event Information follow us on Facebook:

Main Event sponsor:
Olio Skin & BeardCo. 

Charity :
Wasatch Adaptive Sports

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird Oktoberfest

Competitor Tickets:

Oktoberfest is a free event! 
No charge for spectators.
Competitors' tickets will be $20 if you pay in advance, and $25 at the door.
Special Guest Judges:
1. Nick Bacon 
2. Matt Gatica
3. Rose Geil
4. Marc McShane
5. Tiffany Manning

Natural Moustache
Styled Moustache
Partial Beard
Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache
Natural Full Beard under 4"
Natural Full Beard 4"-8"
Natural Full Beard 8"-12"
Natural Full Beard over 12"
Freestyle Beard
Whiskerina (Fantasy)
Whiskerina (Natural)
Kids Exhibition (non-competitive)