Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
2 Row Breakfast Stout: The newest entry from 2 Row has a nice aroma of coffee and some herbal hops. The Taste follows with some smoked molasses added and cocoa as well. The end is surprisingly hoppy and herbal. It's slightly over-hopped which seems to muddle the coffee flavors in my opinion. It looks like it's quite a hit. Don't wait too long, it moving fast! 7.8% ABV Available at 2 Row and your better beer bars and restaurants.
Lagunitas Eroica: Th is new beer from Lagunitas pours a light amber color with little head retention. The nose tart and oaky with a bit of vinegar. It tastes mildly tart with oak-y red wine and tart cherry. A bit of vinegar in the end as well. It finishes dry with lingering sour notes. It's light and tasty, though I'm note sure what this beer is trying to be. Fuck it. Let it just be a tasty, tart beer. 8.0% ABV. Available at Dick n Dixie's, Beerhive with more places being added.
Firestone Walker 2017 Helldorado: This "light barley wine" has notes caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Big malt sweetness hits right off the bat. with nutty cereal and caramel. Some honey flavors try to push out next but it's soon overtaken by oak-y bourbon. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the wood rather than hops. Seems to lack some of the balance it had from previous years. Still; a fine barley wine in any regard. Available at Dick n Dixie's and Beer Bar.
Talisman Witches Brew: I haven't hooked up with this witch yet. This is a Kolsch at it's base. And it's brewed with cranberries, orange peel and typical fall spices. 6.1% ABV. Available at Talisman's Brewery.
Mother Earth Four Seasons Autumn: I haven't had this one yet. I just couldn't commit to 22 ounces of 11.7% beer, solo. This is a barrel aged version of their Sin Tax Peanut butter Stout. I'm currious to see how this one works out. Have you had it? Please share, if you have. Available at Beerhive, Beer Bar, La Ferrovia, The Bayou.
Park City Oktoberfest: Caramel sweetness, a little nutty with Nilla Wafer notes and some grassy herbal hops. A nice seasonal offering from Park City Brewery. 4.0% ABV. Available at PCB's Brewery and Beer Bar.
Great Divide Chai Yeti: This new edition to Great Divide's Yeti series has dark chocolate and bitter cocoa notes with smooth chai and autumn spices rounding it out. It has some sweet latte qualities that chai fans will love. 9.5% ABV. I found it at Beer Bar.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Over my vacation I spent some time in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, where two Utah breweries managed to bring home gold medals from the competition. Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24 percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries in 2016).
The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S. In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries. Red Rock and Squatters both earned gold in this; the mother of all competitions.
Red Rock's Zwickelbier: Basically Zwickles are unfiltered lagers. The Zwickel is that spigot that comes off the bright tank that brewers can sample from. Get it? This fantastic lager is full of toasty grain, just a hint of malt sweetness and a generous dose of balancing herbal and floral hop spices. Brewmaster, Kevin Templin has a knack for lagers and you can tell from this offering. At 4.0% ABV this is a textbook example of this great German style. This seasonal is on tap now at all Red Rock locations.
Squatters Hell's Keep: This beer was originally created back in 2009 by then head brewer Jennifer
Talley. It was originally designed to be a seasonal/limited release. It was such a hit that they decided to move the production over to the Utah Brewers Cooperative for wider distribution. The beer has been in good hands as you can see; UBC Head Brewer, Jon Lee and his team have managed to keep the small brewpub flavor on a much larger scale. Look for bubblegum, banana and clove with clean caramel and a balancing herbal bite. 7.7% ABV. Available year-round.
You should put your device down right now and git sum of deez!
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Pictured Above: Kevin Templin, Laren Lerch and Jon Lee
Friday, September 29, 2017
Epic Barrel Aged Barley Wine: The nose has sweet dark fruit and vanilla a bit of bourbon. The taste Is very pleasant, with toffee along with vanilla and a hint of raisin. Bourbon wraps it all up with a minimal amount of piney bitterness. Quite tasty. 12% ABV. Available at Epic SLC/Sugar House
Uinta Barrel Aged Dubhe: The aroma is boozy bourbon with vanilla, chocolate and piney hops. The tastes is dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee like malt and big whiskey running throughout. This is defiantly not the Dubhe your familiar with. Aged six months in Buffalo Trace barrels. It says, 9.3% on the label but tastes much bigger. Available at Uinta starting today - two bottle limit.
Uinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh: A big fresh grapefruit nose. The taste starts with a sweet backdrop of malt with added grapefruit puree, grapefruit rind and hop derived grapefruit flavors playing off one another. The interactions of the various grapefruit elements make this a very tasty beer. A little less pithy than it's tangerine brother. 7.3% ABV. Available at Uinta today.
Kiitos Amber Ale: The aroma has some light hints of caramel. The taste is toasty and brings back the caramel really strong while adding a decent yet subtle flavoring of hops. A very nice crisp aftertaste adds to this. The palate is about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and is very sessionable and clean. 4.0% ABV. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.
Kiitos Blonde Ale: Clear golden color, with a decent white head that fades into a thin ring. Malt forward on the nose. Quite a bit of sweetness, with a light body and an almost leafy dryness and a touch of pleasant, spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Should be popping up at some of the better beer bars around town and will be in Harmons and Maverik stores by Oct 3rd.
Kiitos Pale Ale: Pours orange amber. The aroma is subtle and sweet of floral and pine notes. The taste is malt forward but light as expected from a session pale ale. The hops primarily shine at the end creating a toasty pine finish. The mouthfeel Feel is unsticky and crisp. 4.0% ABV. Available at Liberty Taphouse and Big Willy's.
Strap Tank LopLop: I've not tried this one yet, it's described as a more full-bodied than version of their Sgt. Holtz Stout. The play of Belgian yeast and specialty malt brings forth notes of fig-like sweetness, vanilla, cherry and smoke. Named after avant-garde painter Max Ernst's. 4.0% ABV. Available at Strap Tank.
Boulevard Love Child #8: I haven't had this one yet either. This is always a great wild ale that changes a little bit every year. It's generally quite tart and on the high side alcohol wise. I saw it a Beer Bar. 8.2% ABV.
Don't forget that you have the 4th West Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday. It's hosted by Red rock Brewing and Mountain West Hard Cider. Also, happening Saturday is the 5th Annual Boho Fest. Both will be offering food and music along with great German beers and cider.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Monday, September 25, 2017
Stay close, more coffee/beer news coming tomorrow.
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