Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RedRock's New Fröhlich Pils

Prescription Pils. That's what we were supposed to be talking about this morning, but the gubment said, "no, no, no you don't". Ya see, the happy - beer loving kids at RedRock Brewing have this brilliant new brew coming out for you to enjoy, but the branding fell apart. Prescription Pils apparently implies a "health benefit" to consumers. As often happens in these situations serendipity stepped in perform damage control and the world is a better place for it.

So the RedRock crew, knowing that the government only speaks english, came up with the idea to change the name to "Happy Pils" (get it) and just to make sure they wouldn't have a problem with that - "Happy" took on it's German wording Fröhlich and now we have Fröhlich Pils! It's great name, don't you agree? 

Now, names aside; the Beer Yogi, Kevin Templin takes his German Pilsners very seriously.  “The recipe for a German Pilsner is very simple, but it’s not easy to make”,  says Templin.  “There’s nowhere to hide a flaw in this beer.  You can’t mask it with alcohol and you can’t hide behind your hops…you have to nail it every time.” This beer has a great floral and grassy nose that full of toasty grains and dry herbal grassy bitterness. The finish is dry and lingering. 
The ABV is 5.5% and is packaged in RedRocks signature 500mL bottle.

Fröhlich Pils will be available beginning Thursday at all Red Rock Brewing pubs and the Red Rock Beer Store located at 443 North 400 West.

If you've fallen away from the classic pilsners now is the perfect time to start. There are many new local pilsners floating around the market and this a perfect lager to start with.


Friday, August 15, 2014

New Beer Friday - We Got the Funk Edition

Oww, we want the funk, give up the funk
Oww, we need the funk, we gotta have that funk
Oww, we want the funk, give up the funk
Oww, we need the funk, we gotta have that Funk 

- Parlement

Epic Wild Brainless on Cherry
Me no have yet. Look for a more tart version of the standard version

Epic Wild Brainless on Peaches
Me no have yet. Look for a more tart version of the standard version

These two special editions from Epic are labeled "Beautiful Disaster" Wild Brainless on Peaches and Wild Brainless on Cherries. There will be less then 150 numbered bottles of each for sell from the Salt Lake City brewery. Customers are limited to one bottle of each starting Friday morning at 10am. Price is $19.99. They likely won't last the day.

Brasserie Trois Dames - Espresso Stout
Looks like your typical stout. The nose is earthy with espresso and a hint of pine. The taste starts with creamy milk chocolate. Lemony espresso comes next with some earthy dark fruit and oak rounding out the end. Finishes slightly hoppy with a bit of ash. 7.5% ABV @ Beer Bar

Brasserie Trois Dames - La Fraîcheur

Pours an orange/straw color. The nose is floral with some juicy citrus notes below. The taste starts with doughy wheat and light spices. Juicy tangerine and grapefruit come next. The end is slightly malty and yeasty. Finishes dry and refreshing. 4.60% ABV @ Beer Bar

Brasserie Trois Dames - L'amoureuse
Pours a hazy orange color The nose smells of white grapes and oak with a hint of vinegar. The tastes follows suit with vinous grape-y notes (not wine) with tart vinegar. Sweet malt comes next with a touch of wood and hops. The finish is dry and tart. Nice beer. Not at all what I was expecting - considering I couldn't read a dam thing on the label. 8.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Brasserie Trois Dames - Grande Dame

Pours a dark red berry color. The nose is of cherry, mango and vinegar. The flavor starts with tart cherry skins and apricot followed by tart vinegar and dank sweet malt. There's a really nice balance between the malty sweetness and the lactic tartness. Quite nice! 7.2% ABV @ Beer Bar

Mikkeller Hues
Pours hazy orange color with a thin fizzy off-white head. The nose is sour, dusty and funky with yeast, lemons and hay. The taste starts sour and funky with dough, lemon juice, grape must and oak. Leather and earthy hay come next with a bit of orange zest rounding out the end.
The finish is sour and slightly fruity. This is all Gueuze. It is a bit thin, but it doesn't take away from the puckering enjoyment. 5.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Wasatch Black o' Lantern
Pours black with a nose full of pumpkin pie spices (especially nutmeg) that combines nicely with roasted malt and chocolate. The taste starts with pumpkin pie spices and transitions to the base stout's roasted malt and chocolate character. Nice medium bodied, with an ABV of 6.5%. @ Beer Store, Squatters/Wasatch locations

A reminder that the Utah Beer Festival is tomorrow if you haven't got your tickets yet, here's a link for info. Check out City Weekly's Beer Edition as well. Also, Oktoberfest at Snowbird begins this weekend as well, if you can't do the downtown beerfest - Little Cottonwood is always an option.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hop Pick'n and Grin'n

It's nearly time to start harvesting hops and the fine people at Desert Edge Brewing could use a hand if you have a few minutes to spare. On Tuesday August, 19th Desert Edge will hold their annual Hop Picking party to help in the creation of D.E.'s seasonal beer Radius.

Radius, is made with ingredients grown within 150 miles of the Wasatch Front. Head Brewer, Chris Haas acquires the malt just over the state line in Idaho and the hops grow wild and are picked just a few miles away from the foothills near the brewery.

It's an all day affair at the brewery. So come on down and bring a friend, or anyone that can separate a flower from a stem - even if you can only spare 10 minutes. This is a community event for beer lovers, beer drinkers, beer enthusiasts, people who like to talk about beer, people who don't like beer etc.

Spread the word and just show up at the brewpub on the morning of the 19th. I suspect there will be beer involved. Weird, huh? Any question, hit the Desert Edge Facebook Page.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Black o' Lantern from Wasatch

You'd never know it from the temperatures outside, but Autumn is here. Well, as far as beer is concerned anyway. Oktoberfest-biers, Feld Beers (pumpkin) and Harvest Ales will all be showing up in the coming days to get an early start on you third quarter beer enjoyment.

One of the new entries into the local fall beer scene is Black o' Lantern from Wasatch. This beer owes it's existence to the blending of Wasatch's Pumpkin Ale and Polygamy Porter at festival and tap rooms from years past. The Honchos at the UBC figured they had a winner on their hands and developed a new recipe feturing an all new recipe with a Stout Base instead of a Porter and it's all wrapped up in one handy-dandy package.

Look for a black beer with a nose full of pumpkin pie spices (especially nutmeg) that combines nicely with roasted malt and chocolate. The taste starts with pumpkin pie spices and transisions to the base stout's roasted malt and chocolate character. Nice medium bodied, with an ABV of 6.5%.

Black o' Lantern was just bottled and is in the cold case at the the UBC's Beer Store. Look for it in Liquor Stores and better beer bars in the coming weeks. Black o' Lantern also get's my vote for best beer name to come along in quite some time.

Wasatch's Seasonal Pumpkin Ale is also out right now, if your really craving that slice of pie in a glass.


Friday, August 08, 2014

New Beer Friday 8/8/14

Yesterday was International IPA Day - which was appropriate because we got in a shload of hop bombs delivered into the market.  

Avenues Proper Patersbier: Mostly pilsner malt with a healthy dose of flaked oats and a good amount of German Tettnanger hops, the complexity really comes from the fermentation. This yeast produces complex notes that compliment the dry, slightly bready body. This beer is highly carbonated for a crisp, refreshing finish. 4.0% ABV @ Avenues Proper

Base Camp Ripstop Rye Lager: The nose has a nice blend of floral and grass with some nice rye spiciness. The starts with the slight caramel and toast. The rye comes in next adding spice and a slight tartness. The end wraps it all up with Noble hop spiciness. Nice rye lager. This finish is dry, clean and refreshing. 5.7% ABV @ Beer Bar

Base Camp In-Tents IPL: The nose is grassy, piney with slightly floral notes. The taste starts with  biscuit and apple notes. Grassy herbal hops comes next with a bit of pine resin. The end has a touch of bready sweet malt. It finishes somewhat dry and clean. It's a nice IPL. I'm really digging this style. 6.8% ABV @ Beer Bar

Base Camp Celestial CDL: Deep brown in color with a big juicy citrus and roasty nose. The taste starts with roasted malt and chocolate. Grapefruit and orange peel comes next with sweet, spicy dough rounding out the end. Finishes moderately bitter. 5.1% ABV @ Beer Bar

Base Camp Lost Meridian Witbier: The nose is full of lemon, sweet citrus and wheat. The flavor starts lemony with wheat and hints of clove. Orange and champagne like dryness round out the end. Quenching and refreshing. 5.0% ABV

HUB IPX Ahtanum: The nose is citrusy with tropical fruit and floral hops. The flavor starts with mild malt and toast. light grass and citrus rind come next and turn slightly herbal. The end is slightly fruity and dry. Nice and very drinkable it has a moderate to thin body. 6.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

HUB Ace of Spades: The nose is all orange and grapefruit. The taste starts with a bit of caramel malt and quickly transitions to big tropical and citrus fruitiness. Sticky pine resin comes next with a hint of pineapple in the end. Slightly boozy finish. 9.2% ABV @ Beer Bar

HUB Pig War White IPA: Bright citrus in the nose with pine needles. A hint of dough and pineapple as well. The taste starts with light grapefruit and tangerine. Caramel malt and bubble gum come next with more of those doughy bread notes. The end has a slight hop spiciness with hints of crackers. Finishes slightly dry. A nice mix of Witbier and IPA. 6.0% ABV @ Beer Bar

Payette Ales of No Return (Mutton Buster): Very clear brown color. The nose is nutty with toast and caramel. The taste starts with hazelnut and pretzel. Cocoa notes come next with earthy/piney hops rounding ou the back. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. 4.0% ABV @ Beer Beer

Alameda El Torero Organic IPA: The nose starts out with big juicy citrus and resinous pine. The taste follows, starting with grapefruit Lots of biscuity malts and leafy tea. Earthy hops come in next with sweet caramel and a touch of citrus rounding out the end. It has a creaminess as it warms and it's fairly malt forward. 7.1% ABV @ Beer Bar


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

5th Annual Utah Beer Festival Update

As promised, We have an updated list of beers/breweries pouring at the Utah Beer Festival coming your way Aug 16 from 3pm-8pm.

Angry Orchard
Ace Apple Cider
Avenues Proper
Beer Bar
Blue Moon
Bonneville Brewery
Boulevard Brewery
Deschutes Brewery
Desert Edge Brewery
Epic Brewing Company
Firestone Walker
Hopper’s Grill & Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewery
Moab Brewery
Moab Brewery (full Strength)
Payette Brewing Company
RedRock (full Strength)
Rogue Ale
Roosters Brewing Co.
Samuel Adams
Smith & Forge
Squatters Craft Beers
Squatters (full Strength)
St Killians
The Annex by Epic Brewing
Uinta Brewing Co.
Uinta Brewing Co. (full Strength)
Vernal Brewing Co.
Wastach Brewery
Wasatch Brewery (full Strength)
Wing Nutz: Nut Job Beer

We'll keep the updates coming!


Monday, August 04, 2014

Uinta Cahoots Saison

The latest edition to Uinta's Cahoot's series is days (or hours) from being released. The Cahoots labels are collaborative brews that are based on local Utah home brewer's recipes. This newest beer, a Saison was co-brewed with home brewer Tom Shivers. 

Uinta Cahoots Saison was brewed with grapefruit peel, orange peel, grains of paradise, and coriander. We'll let you know when it officially pops up at Uinta's Bottle shop.