Uinta: Straight-Up Crooked

Uinta: Straight-Up Crooked
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Releasing thoroughly unique, high alcohol craft brews in big, celebration-style bottles, Uinta Brewing Co. has gone to great lengths for their labor of love: a new line of beers dubbed The Crooked Line.  When it comes to brewing the delicious cornucopia of mass-produced Utah beers, consistency is paramount.  But with a Crooked beer, bending the rules is more acceptable, and creativity takes center stage.  The Crooked line will be, quite literally, the biggest and strongest beer ever produced in our fair state. … read more

Bayou Brewology

Bayou Brewology
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It is widely understood that Utah would be a dimmer place for beer drinkers if the Bayou’s 30 drafts and 239 bottled beers were unavailable. Lately, they’ve been making things much brighter, with a new mixed-beer menu that expands on ideas like the classic Black and Tan (Guinness and lager).  Contemporary beer blends, with names like “Chocolate Covered Cherry” and “Hummingbird Water,” have been sharing menu space with mixed brews like “Dirty Hoe” since January of this year. … read more

The Plight of the Utah Bar Owner

The Plight of the Utah Bar Owner
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Del Vance has been an important part of beer culture in Utah for literally decades. Vance has helped found both Uinta Brewing Company and The Bayou bar in Salt Lake City—aficionados and casual drinkers alike have benefited from his love of beer. SLUG sat down with Vance to talk about the everyday challenges Vance’s business faces in a state notorious for its lack of alcohol selection, the future of Utah nightlife and that most frustrating obstacle, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). … read more

Getting Wood for Utah Beer

Getting Wood for Utah Beer
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The concept of aging beer in oak casks is nothing new to the brewing world. It was how the drink was served and stored at the dawn of the beer age. Hell, even oaking beer with soured bacteria was a well-known craft perfected by the Belgians at the beginning of their artisanship. So why would this have anything to do with Utah? Believe it or not, Utah has been busting out high-quality oak-aged brews for beer festivals since 2005, and the general public since around 2007. … read more

Heavy Hitters: Getting High Point Beer to the Masses

Heavy Hitters: Getting High Point Beer to the Masses
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When I first arrived in Utah, I knew two things: I was going to ski over a hundred days a year and I would have to settle for 3.2 beer.  The second fact was tolerable because of the first.  However, over the years I have learned that this need not be the case.  Due to changes in local legislation and brewing laws, all Utah residents can enjoy high point beer—they just have to know where to find it. … read more

New Utah Breweries

New Utah Breweries
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Years of combined planning have given rise to two new breweries in Utah days apart, proving that even in a downward economy people in Utah still thirst for great beer. Epic Brewing Company located in downtown Salt Lake City received their final license on March 26 and went into production on that day. Shades of Pale Brewing Co. in Park City acquired their permits exactly two weeks later on April 9, 2010 and began making pilot batches of beer that day. … read more

Beer Reviews – May 2010

Beer Reviews – May 2010
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For those of you new to the scene, cask beer is unique because it has not undergone the carbonation process via carbon dioxide and is served without any CO2 or Nitrogen. It is served a little flatter and warmer than what the general public is used to, however it lends to the flavor and the aroma what the normal carbonation process could leave out. Luckily for us Utahns, we have a couple places around town that will serve some quality cask beer. … read more

Beer Reviews – April 2010

Beer Reviews – April 2010
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In honor of the original brother of the brew, and the holiday he has so pleasantly bestowed upon us, SLUG will be highlighting some black beers this month. If that was too “race”y please feel free to write me—I will put that into the “respond to immediately” folder along with the fan letter I received in ‘08. Hoppers’ Double Black, Squatters’ Outer Darkness and Bohemian’s Chocolate Wheat are reviewed this month. … read more

Bohemian Brewery: 1842 Pilsner

Bohemian Brewery: 1842 Pilsner
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For the Bohemian Brewery to release another pilsner-style lager, on top of those familiar silver and green cans in grocery stores statewide, you know it has to be something special. Everything about this beer is handcrafted in the oldest traditional ways known. … read more

Beer Reviews – March 2010

Beer Reviews – March 2010
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“What the fuck is that?” This is the general statement I get if I have some Zion Canyon Brewing Company beer in my fridge. Based out of Springdale, Utah at the mouth of Zion Canyon, Dale Harris (Head Brewer) and his brother Derek opened the brewery in 2005. They have five styles regularly in production (Amber, IPA, ESB, Lager and Stout) and are introducing their newest seasonal in late February. … read more