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

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

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

A Tribute to Krista Moroge-Beutler

A Tribute to Krista Moroge-Beutler
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May 9, 1974 ~ May 24, 2010
Inspirational, motivational, talented, sweet, caring, supportive, ambitious, teacher, leader, thinker, friend, loving wife, skateboarder, snowboarder, motorcycle racer, business owner. A confident, strong, and amazing woman: THESE ARE ALL THINGS KRISTA—The most killing-it Lady and beautiful Angel. … read more

 
 
Localized: Fox Van Cleef, The Boomsticks and  Big Trub – June 2010

Localized: Fox Van Cleef, The Boomsticks and Big Trub –...
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There’s no better way to celebrate SLUG’s annual beer issue than by knocking back a few at this month’s Localized. Bands from all over Utah’s musical landscape will converge at The Urban Lounge in the name of booze on June 18, as Ogden psych-rockers Fox Van Cleef, Salt Lake surfers The Boomsticks and Provo garage rock openers Big Trub take the stage. As always, five bucks gets you in, and you get what you pay for. … 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

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

Bohemian Brewery: The Road Less Traveled

Bohemian Brewery: The Road Less Traveled
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Bohemian Brewery is a homegrown business reimagined from Czechoslovakia to Utah. An alpine feeling brewpub making traditional Czech beers and homey food, Bohemian Brewery makes some of my favorite comfort meals. I go there when I need fried fish or a killer bratwurst.  My friends from Vienna and from Romania heartily approve of the food as authentic central European fare.  All the food is made fresh on the premises every day, as is the beer. … read more

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

The Real Care Package

The Real Care Package
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Last year, I taught SLUG readers the hypothetical scenario of transporting beer, porn and fireworks (the BPF run) across Utah’s borders. This year, I figure we can teach you about the possibility of shipping beer over state lines. … read more