Tuesday, September 29, 2009

God, Beer, Porn & Wheat Wine?

What do you get when when you mix Craft beer enthusiast - Women of Faith and the Porn Industry?
I don't know but I assume it would tend to look a little like this photo here.

Believe it or not that was all going on this past weekend in Denver. Less The Women in Faith conference I doubt you'd see such a sight in SLC.

Anyway Utah represented well at GABF this year, there were a lot of great discoveries and some promising deals being made. Nothing is set in stone mind you, but look at Jolly Pumpkin and Cascade Brewing as two big possible gets for the SLC market.

On the local front we did make one new discovery that I can't believe we missed. Apparently Wasatch Brewpub head brewer Matt Beamer has put together a tasty Wheat Wine and slipped it in compleatly under the radar. Simply named Wasatch Wheat Wine.

These are a somewhat new American concoction akin to Barleywines in strength, but they contain a large portion of wheat malt; upwards of 50%. The wheat provides a soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Color and bitterness varies. Matt's was a cloudy golden-amber color with a very small sized off white head. The nose wheaty and toasty with a hint of floral hops. The Tastes was the same starting with floral bitterness, wheat and toast, The end was light with citrus. The 8.5% ABV was well hidden.

No release date has been set for Wasatch Wheat Wine but it should be a couple of months away. Matt Said it may spend some time againg in oak before it's bottled. And as of now; when it is released it may only be available at the Wasatch Brewpub in Park City. Cheers!

Top Photo: Beer Missionaries - Jon, Heather, Dave, Matt(Beamer) & Adam From Utah Brewers Coop & Wasatch Brewpub.

9 comments:

Douglas said...

Jolly Pumpkin and Cascade would be awesome! The Wasatch Wheat Wine sounds great as well. I'd expect that it might make its way down to the Co-op you'd think. They had/have a new Pale Ale, Hop Bandit on tap at the Co-op. I'd like to see more of the seasonal/small batches being sold via growler in the Co-op. Man, that place kicks ass. I can't imagine how much Hop Rising they are selling.

Jon Lee said...

Thanks for the good comments all!
As far as the seasonal/small batch, all I can say right now without giving away to much is that you'll all be quite pleased very soon!!

Also the Winterfest 2009 will be bottled in less than 2 weeks. It tastes delicious!

That was pretty fun to dress up as a missionary of good taste. We got a lot of weird looks from people that had never seen a missionary before though. Those that had, had a good laugh.

Mikey said...

Oh c'mon Jon!
Throw a dog a bone will ya!??

Jon Lee said...

Mikey, There will be many a delicious bone headed your way very soon! We can't play all of our cards at once right? Hell we are still reeling from the release of the Hop Rising.

Lots of ideas and experimentation going on now, and I can almost guarantee that what is coming will be very new and very exiting to most, if not all of you!! In fact I just tried some of it today, as well as some two other things last week.

Jon Lee said...

I did also give you a bit of kibble in my first reply.......

Winterfest 2009 will be released in 2 weeks. Scheduled packaging is set for the week of Oct. 12th! It is even better than last years! I can hardly wait as this is one of my favorite beers that we make.

Mikey said...

Thanks Jon, I had to try. My lips are already smacking for the Winterfest, it's my favorite!

Douglas said...

The Winterfest just blew me away; massive hops, a great balance, the right ABV- it's awesome. It had me at hello. Hell, I even love the label.

Wasatch & Squatters Beers said...

Check out our Facebook page(wasatchbeers)for wild upcoming draft selections at the Co-op. We post every time there's something new on draft and give updates to our new bottled brews etc. It's hot! Maybe not as hot as Jon Lee though but hot.

Jon lee said...

Winterfest 2009 was filtered into the bright tanks today and ready for packaging on Monday and Tuesday. And yes it's even better than you remember it because it's better than I remember it!!!
Very drinkable and there will likely be a few unintended bundles of joy this holiday season because of it!!

-Jon