Thursday, April 05, 2007

Whisky's A-Go-Go

This really isn't beer related, but it's local and pretty damn cool! For the first time since the start of Prohibition, a Utahn will be producing home grown hooch from the states first legal distillery. Quaking Aspen Distillery is planned to be based in Park City at 703 Park Avenue. The spendy real estate consists of an old garage and two old homes. The distillery will occupy the garage and one of the old houses.

Quaking Aspen's owner David Perkins has some pretty great plans for the P.C. distillery, like a top to bottom renovation of the property and a tasting room for patrons to sample the various spirits produced. I have a feeling the tasting room is just a 'pipe dream'. Unless the state decides to give special dispensation to Mr. Perkins, which I seriously doubt they will. The state enjoys it's monopoly on liquor and would never endorse a private party being responsible for taxing themselves.
Sorry, I'm off topic.

According to the Deseret News David has got a temporary "still" set up in Salt lake so he can perfect his recipes 'till Quaking Aspen opens. No news yet on when that may be. Photo above: coutesy Deseret Morning News.

1 comment:

Bob Crane said...

Well, this isn't related to this exact post but I couldn't find a direct email link to discuss a new topic! How about giving us an email address, Mike?

Anyway, did you notice that the Utah breweries did poorly at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF)? Only two bronze medals were awarded to Utah Breweries. (Compare this with 28 medals that went to Colorado Breweries.)

The first was for Unita’s Cutthroat Pale Ale, labeled as an American Pale Ale but entered in the Ordinary Bitter Category—an English style light, session beer popular in pubs in the U.K. Now, I don’t think of Cutthroat as being very Bitter like due to the large presence of the American hop flavor and aroma (i.e. Cascade hop like), but the style description does allow for an American Hop presence, surprisingly. Ironically, I have an English friend who loves Bitters and this is favorite Utah beer.

The other award went to Redrock Brewing Co. for their Reve II beer in the Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale. This one sounds yummy. Do they serve this currently in their pub? Is it a 4.0% alc/vol beer?

Any speculation on why the Utah Breweries did so poorly? Are the judges catching on to the thick sugary mouth feel taste that Utah brewers use to mask the low alcohol content?