It used to be that Utah was a beer wasteland. For decades, it was impossible to get your hands on quality beers that were made outside of the state. This all changed in 2010 when Utah’s lawmakers created a variance that would allow beer distributors to store the beer and allocate all of that precious state warehouse space for liquor and wine.
Living in Utah and loving beer has always been a bit of challenge when it comes to that fermented grain. It gets virtually no respect from a government that is tasked to control and distribute it, who treats it like a cheap, bottomshelf vodka that will remain virtually unchanged for years.
Normally, for October, I’d be pestering the shit out of all of the local breweries—hitting them up and gathering up all of the pumpkin beers I could find for one massive Utah beer “gourd-gasm.” But let’s be honest—How many damn pumpkin beers can you drink in a month? My money says a handful at best. … read more
At this year’s North American Beer Awards held by the North American Brewers Association, one of Utah’s oldest breweries had an incredible showing. Moab Brewery tends to get overlooked in Salt Lake’s beer scene for the simple fact that it’s located in the desert hundreds of miles away. … read more
Now that we’re in the midst of summer’s full heat, it’s time to think about those thirst-quenching beers. Sure, you can visit the occasional double IPA or Belgian golden strong ale but, after mowing the lawn on a 90-degree-plus day, are you seriously going to tell me that you want something sweet with a little bit of alcohol burn? … read more
I run with a very tough crowd. Most of the guys in my little circle of friends aren’t the ass-kicking, troublemaking type of guys, though. The “tough” that these guys have been honing in their DNA is from years of liver-beating, bottle-crushing and craft beer drinking. … read more
It’s a new year and the forecast on the local craft beer front could not look any better. Squatters will be releasing an array of Belgians, RedRock will be pumping out more with the help of their new facility, Bohemian brewery is slowly producing more seasonals, Hoppers has got a bottling line and Bud Light Golden Wheat has managed to take a fat hot carl on us all. What a great fuckin’ way to kick off the year. So, in honor of this mass-market piece of shit, I figured I would toss out some wheat reviews. … read more
I have not had a chub for beer like this since they said The Rêve was coming back. Why am I so giddy, you ask? Well, that’s simple–the craft beer scene in Utah has hit an all-time high in my book. We are seeing the release of new styles of beer that years ago were just a dream in a Utah brewer’s recipe book. … read more