Friday, October 01, 2010

New Beer Friday 10/01/10

We haven't had a New beer Friday in a while, so I'm pleased to announce these new beers. Some are long overdue.

Epic Brainless on Peaches. Haven't had it yet. It's most likely being bottled as you read this. It's Epic's award winning Brainless Belgian put into oak barrels and aged with fresh peaches. Should be available sometime this afternoon (10-1-10). Available at the Brewery.

Big Sky Trout Slayer. This is a straw colored filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops. It's a smooth drinkable session beer. 4.7%ABV. Available DABC.

Pike Monk's Uncle Tripel. The aroma has notes of pineapple, mango, white pepper and coriander. The flavor has a honey sweetness upfront, along with some spices (white pepper, clove, coriander), as well as apple, pear, white grape and alcohol. 9.0% ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Bayou.

Full Sail Sanctuary Belgian Dubble. Rich malt aromas followed by the flavors of biscuit and roast that are rounded by a rich sweet malt character. With a light chewy finish. 7%ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Bayou.

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary - Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock. This one is long overdue. released last May this beer is a collaboration between Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart. Two men who launched a thousand breweries. Their writing on the art of homebrewing and steadfast promotion of beer culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work Sierra Nevada on this special ale in honor of SN's 30th anniversary. It's an Imperial Helles Bock. Bold yet balanced with distinct toasted malt character, moderate sweetness and clean and floral hops. 8.3%ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Bayou.

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary - Jack And Ken's Ale. Another overdue beer. Released last July this is the third in the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Series. A collaboration between Jack McAuliffe and SN's Ken Grossman. McAuliffe was the first American "micro" brewer. His tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless dreamers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale. This Black Barleywine Ale is a nod to the legendary ales New Albion served at their legendary summer solstice parties. Rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors, balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years. 10.2%ABV. Available at the Beerhive, Bayou.

The fourth and final beer in Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Series is set to be released in a couple of weeks. It shouldn't take as long to get this one in state. But the way things go around here... don't hold your breath.

Cheers!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to these beers, and I am all for increased selection, especially of quality craft beers. I will likely go to Epic and pick up some Peach Brains sometime this weekend. I have been lookinig forward to it ever since it was announced. I would also like to try the Full Sail Dubble.

Related, I have a question that I have not seen addressed anywhere else. I like going to the Bayou and Beerhive as much as anyone else, but cannot afford to go very often. How is it that these two bars can get exclusive beers? We should be able to get them through the DABC.

Prost!

Scott

Douglas said...

Technically, you should be able to order things through the DABC, including craft beer. However, it seems that the system is difficult. I put in an order and heard nothing back some years ago. Maybe you will have better luck.

http://abc.utah.gov/online/special_orders.html

kent said...

Very excited to try these. Also saw a tweet from Epic saying the peach is in the cooler.

Douglas said...

Red Rock has two new (at least to me) beers on right now.

Mikey said...

The Bayou and the Beerhive get "exclusive" beers frankly because they're the only one buying special order beers.

Anyone can buy beer through the DABC if your willing to pay for them. The DABC has very limited space and doesn't even have a dedicated beer buyer. It's frankly not a big priority in the eyes of the DABC.

Yeah, it sucks that a bar far from your home gets a lot if beer in that you'd like to try. But if they were'nt doing it, the beer landscape in Utah would be far less diverse.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info Mikey! Please don't misunderstand, I am very glad that the Bayou and Beerhive are here. I enjoy taking friends from out of town. These two places completely destroy everyones perception about Utah regarding drinks. I have no problem with these two places.

I have a problem with the DABC, and government control in general. Granted, they have loosened rules up recently, but I resent the fact that they have so much power over what I am allowed to drink.

I realize that I am not being very articulate, and I need to think about this issue more.

Prost!
Scott