Beer Reviews

In these summer months, I have been doing my fair share of beer drinking—so much so that I am willing to imbibe something other than the frothy beverage that I hold oh-so-very dear. As we’ve seen over the years, Salt Lake City is no newcomer when it comes to the craft of distilled spirits. When we hear that there are new whiskeys and even a fucking tequila hitting our liquor stores, we here at SLUG consider that worthy of mentioning. So here it is, a fantastic lineup that will hopefully lead to some pickled livers.

Vida Tequila - Blanco
Distillery/Brand: Compañia Tequilera de Arandas / Vida Tequila
ABV: 40%
Serving Style: 750 ml Bottle
Description: Poured into a wine glass, this flawlessly clear tequila blanco has a rich, sweet agave aroma with a herbal spice background. The flavor has a clean/mild sweet agave character and a light herbaceous undertone to finish.
Overview: This tequila barely qualifies as local, since it is distilled in Mexico and the owners and operations are run out of Utah. If I am going to make the stretch on something, I am happy it’s with this one. This tequila is ridiculously clean to act as a sipper, or versatile enough to compliment any mixer. If you are going to take one weekend night and make some horrible decisions, make at least one good decision: Avoid that Don Julio Patrón shit, and push for the locals.

High West Double Rye!
Distillery/Brand: High West Distillery
ABV: 46%
Serving Style: 750 ml Bottle
Description: Off the dram, this rye is deep in its aroma, with heavy characters of pine, licorice, mint and cinnamon. The flavor packs a spicy rye punch with caramel, honey and a balanced-yet-herbal follow through.
Overview: This double rye (two rye blend of a 16-year and 2-year) was combined to have the matured and complex flavors of well-aged whiskey and the loud, fresh flavors of new whiskey. It fits that bill to say the least, with those heavily herbaceous aromas and the balanced complexity of smooth spice with a balanced honey finish—truly a whiskey to make even Phillip Marlowe blush. This very well may be my new bedside whiskey.

High West 12 Year Old Rye
Distillery/Brand: Seagrams Distillery / High West Distillery
ABV: 46%
Serving Style: 750 ml Bottle
Description: This one pours an amber color into my tumbler to open up with anise, honey and mint. The taste kicks off with holiday-reminiscent flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and a caramel oak finish—a fantastic sipper for sure.
Overview: If you have not seen this one at the liquor stores yet, there is a tragic reason why: This is only available at the High West Saloon in Park City. Due to its low production volume, this is a very light release and I heavily recommend getting your hands on a bottle. With the intense flavor and well-balanced complexity, I have found this to be my new summer sipper. For a full description and background, visit