The Annex by Epic Brewing has completed the installation of their new seven barrel (217) gallon
brew house and has finally begun brewing.
If you haven't been by the Annex yet, the brew house is situated in the basement of the restaurant with an open section near the entrance, where patrons can view down into the brewery. The two kettle system was specifically designed to fit the available space and provide the flexibility needed to brew a wide range of beers styles.
Some of the initial beers produced at The Annex will be house-only draft beers. The lineup will include an American Golden Ale that will showcase individual hops, including newly developed varieties such as lemon drop. A classic Oatmeal Stout that will be dispensed on nitro and an aggressively hopped Belgian Saison. “The Annex brew house provides a unique opportunity to experiment with very small batches and explore the variety within a beer style,” says Brewmaster Kevin Crompton.
These new beers will be available on draft for the New Year along with Epic's full portfolio of Utah made beers.
Stay tuned there's an interesting new offering coming from Epic Brewing in the coming days that will completely arouse your inner beer geek.
Photo Courtesy (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
Its origins date back to the 1500's in the town of Bamberg, Germany. They typically have a dark ruby color and have similarities of Märzen biers. Green malts are dried over an open fire of beech wood, imparting a unique smokiness to the malt.
That's why I was happy to hear that Uinta's newest addition to their Crooked Line is to be a nice smoked lager. It's not a conventional choice, it's got a narrow audience, but the Crooked line isn't about conventionality. Tinder is made with German smoked malt from Bamberg; the beer will likely have notes of vanilla, coffee and toffee malts beneath the smoke - as well as slight earthy tastes, but the smoke will always be the star of the show.
Tinder is lagering as we speak and should be making it's debut in January, 2014. What are your thoughts?
Other great local Rauchbiers include RedRock's Bamberg Rauchbier and Desert Edge's Inversion.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Epic - Barley Wine: A nice mix of sweet malts, caramelized brown sugar with some grapefruit and pineapple bitterness. The end is a mix of toffee dark fruit and grapefruit with a hint of molasses and booze in the finish. @Epic
Squatters - Specialty English Pale Ale: A nice, highly quaffable English pale ale with floral and pine notes. @Squatters
Desert Edge - Holiday Raspberry Stout: This year Santa Haas made the stout with 145 pounds of raspberries and 15 pounds of cocoa nibs. It really has a nice balance between stout roastiness, raspberry aroma and flavor and a delicate chocolate flavor. @Desert Edge
The Firkins today at the Bayou and Poplar St. Pub are courtesy of Squatters. This week's offering is a Peach Witbier. If it's not too sweet and "peachy" I'll be all over it!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune today about Utah's role role in putting an end to Prohibition. Please raise a glass today, weather at home or your favorite watering hole. Yeah, it's ironic - I guess that's what makes it so cool.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Join the Hop Bombshells and celebrate the holidays by giving back! The areas only ladies home brew club invites you all to stop by Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co., to participate in a fundraiser to help the YWCA of Salt Lake City, The Road Home and the Utah Food Bank.
The Hop Bombshell's have put together a new 2014 pin-up style calendar, featuring some of the members of the club. $20 gets you a calendar signed by the Bombshells or you can bring in a bag of food, a blanket, or a jacket to receive $5 off the calendar. These donations will go to above mentioned charities.
That's not all, in addition to calandars the Bombshells are also raffling off a brand new, in the box electric "kiddie" Chevy Camaro. Be the hero this Holiday as you introduce the toddler or "mini person" in your life to the joys of being a full-on motorhead.
The event is at Hopper's on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 4-7 pm. There will obviously be beer and food. This event is open to the public so invite your friends and help the ladies give back to the community.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
If you happen to make it to the Bayou last Friday, you may have gotten an opportunity to try Brighton's new beer via Firkin. The new beer made by Uinta Brewing is called, Brighton Revolver Session IPA. This new brand is designed to be a rotating Session IPA that will change in hop profile throughout the ski season.
The first release, or “season opener”, was brewed with Mosaic and Cascade Hops which give it a bright,
floral & citrus essence. Full of ripe, fruity notes - I think it occupied my glass most of the night, it's damn tasty. The next rotation in the series is still being formulated, when it makes it way around we'll let you know.
It's available at Brighton Resort and a few tap handles around town, not in bottles or cans. If you see it, tell us where and tell us what you think.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Great news! It looks like Utah has another small batch distillery on the way. The Sugar House Distillery, SLC's newest producer of adult beverages received it's federal permit two months ago on September, 23rd and is awaiting it's state permit to begin operations in the coming weeks. The distillery is planning to be up and running by Jan 1st if everything goes as planned in the Dec meeting with the State of Utah and will start off by making a vodka and will be releasing a honey whiskey shortly after opening.
While we're waiting for the new distillery to go online, SHD could use your help in deciding what their Logo should look like. Check out these options and visit their Facebook Page to lend your support.
The Sugar House Distillery will be located at 2200 south and West Temple in Salt Lake City.
We'll bring you updates on their progress and specifics of the operation in the coming weeks. Welcome to the family!