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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Solstice

It's the holiday season. But today seems like the best of holidays. It the longest night of the year. Time to celebrate the coming of light. Each day will now get longer and longer. The solstice is here. At least in the northern part of our globe. All our friends down south are hanging out on the beach. We have our new beer cellar set up now. Stocking up for the long holiday is key to surviving the cold.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bohemian Brewery has two new 12 packs!

Bohemian Brewery

Posted by Utah Stories in Local Spotlight, News

Bohemian announces its expansion, two new products, and awards

by Jacob Hodgen

Over the last few months, the industrious gentlemen at theBohemian Brewery in Midvale have been very busy. You might think that coordinating a massive expansion that has helped allow them to nearly double their barrel per year output would be sufficient, but this family owned enterprise still has few tricks up its sleeve.

Pete Petras shows off the new batch of Cherny Bock that will be soon be distributed in cans throughout the country.

Though they have been brewing their award winning Cherny Bock for years now, thirsty Utahns have been discontent with only being able to find it on tap. Bohemian’s answer is to launch Cherny Bock in cans, and this month over 55,000 will ship from their Midvalebrewery to locations around the region, and even as far as South Carolina.

Pete Petras is the son of Bohemian owner Joe Petras. He maintains an active role in the growing family business, and he is an evangelist of aluminum cans, which Bohemian has exclusively adopted instead of bottles.
“Cans are much more environmentally friendly,” Pete says. “People are much more likely to recycle them. They weigh a fraction of what bottles do empty, and so the carbon footprint of just getting the package to the brewery is significantly lower. Plus they chill quicker and block out 100% of all light. There really is no comparison.”

Pete took Utah Stories on a tour of their newly expanded facilities and showed us the canning process. He says that massive canning machines used to be impossible for smaller, craft breweries to be able to afford or find space for, but recent advances in technology have simplified the process

“Other breweries use bottles,” Pete tells us, “because they can buy up a bunch of bottles and then just slap on whatever label they want. They do it because it’s easy. Buying cans requires commitment, and that’s what we are all about.”

Cherny Bock with a growler of Pumpkin Patch lager. The word Cherny literally means “black” in Czech

Pete tells us that they have also been promoting the use of refillable glass growlers. “There’s no better way to go green than to take your growler down to your local brewery for a refill of your favorite hand crafted beer.”

Bohemian has also just launched a new holiday beer entitled Pumpkin Patch. And before we could conjure up memories of the ghosts of bad pumpkin ales from our Christmas pasts, Pete reminds us that at Bohemian, it’s all lagers all the time.


Apres Ski Tasting Event featuring Local Beer and Spirits

A great Tasting paired up with Underground Liquor, High West Vodkas and Bohemian Brewery beers up at the Hideaway at the Canyon's Ski Resort. Great Cherny Bock Chili!!!! Man-o-man did the chef up there kill it using our Schwarzbier as the stock for his spicy southwest style chili. Don't miss out next time!

Saturday, December 18, 2010 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

LocationThe Miners Club
4070 Willow Draw Dr.
Park City, UT

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More InfoThe Miners Club will be featuring a chef’s tasting menu which highlights local beer and spirits. Festivities begin at 5pm Saturday December 18, 2010.

Menu includes:

High West Whiskey Bread
Hideaway Salad
Bohemian Viennese Chili
Uinta Labyrinth Ale Short Ribs
Vodka 7000’ Cured Salmon
Underground Ice Cream

An evening of good spirits and good company as we sample selections from:

High West Distillery
Ogden’s Own Distillery Underground Herbal Spirit
Uinta Brewing ‘Crooked Line’
Bohemian Brewery & Grill

$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Call The Miners Club at (877)646-3779 to pre-order tickets.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Craft Rooster, Conway, SC

We have our beer in this great little spot in historic old downtown Conway, South Carolina. Get some good live music to pair with your canned Bohemian Beers. Tell them we sent you!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bohemian Czech Pilsener iPhone 4 Case

Here's a stocking stuffer if I've ever seen one! A Bohemian Brewery Czech Pilsener iPhone 4 Case.

Speck® Fitted™ Hard Shell Case Bohemian Brewery Czech Pilsener for iPhone 4

Take your favorite Craft Brewed Lager with you in your pocket.Show off your signature style with a sleek and customizable Speck Products® brand case for your iPhone 4. Combining luxury with ultimate protection, this fitted hard plastic case is covered with an easy-to-grip fabric that is richly printed with your favorite design. Pleasing to the touch, this lightweight and durable custom case allows optimal access to all sensors, ports, and controls on your iPhone 4, while offering superior comfort in-hand.

Product id: 176836092734260413
Made on 11/19/2010 10:25 AM

Rated R

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Utah Stories Night at the Bohemian!

Utah stories joined us at the Bohemian to take in some good food, great beer and even better people. "Utah Stories Magazine presents. . .

A casual night out at the Bohemian Brewery and Grill in Midvale on December 7th at around 8:00 pm.

bohemian breweryCome join us for food, friends, and schnitzel at one of Utah’s most innovative, local institutions. Oh yeah—they have amazing craft beer there too! Celebrate with us their new Pumpkin Patch Lager and the much anticipated release of Cherny Bock in cans.

The kind folks at the Bohemian have agreed to give everyone who comes for Utah Stories Night a take home, 15% discount coupon that can be used on a return visit to the Bohemian. Drink specials include $3.50 pints and $10 pitchers of all their unique and award winning local beers.

Our group will meet in the downstairs area. This is an informal gathering, so feel free to grab your own table. Na zdraví!"

Friday, December 3, 2010

Brewer's Sampler is now available! Bohemian Rhapsody

We now have our Brewer's Sampler available for purchase everywhere fine craft beers are sold. Now you can take 4 of each can in one package to sample with all your friends. You get 4 Czech Pilseners, 4 Viennese Lagers and 4 Cherny Bock 12 oz. cans giving you a complete Bohemian Rhapsody of Craft Lagered Beer to go. What could be better? These make great stocking stuffers too! (hint, hint)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Desert Racing Bohemian Style

We were out in the desert this weekend playing the sand. There's nothing like a beer at the end of a long off road adventure in the Bohemian Rail.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Win a Trip for Two to GABF

Register as a user and win a trip to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival!

To qualify for the contest, all you need to do is register as a user on Register before midnight MST on November 30, 2010. Soon after, the AHA will pick a winner at random from all registered users of It could be you!

The contest winner receives airfare for two, 3-nights of hotel accommodations and two all-session passes to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO, September 29 - October 1, 2011. See the Prize Giveaway Rules.

Once registered on the website, AHA members can update their contact information including email, mailing address and phone numbers, and sync their member record to access special sections of the website. A brand new area is Ask the Experts, where AHA members have access to pick the brains of notable brewing experts and access the Commercial Calibration fromZymurgy magazine

Register as a user on for great member content and you could win a trip for two to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bohemian Brewery Premier's LifeCycles Film

Bohemian Brewery is proud to bring Life Cycles to Utah.

Life Cycles tells a spectacular story of the bike, from its creation to its eventual demise. A visually stunning journey, with thought provoking narration, Life Cycles uses Ultra HD to document the many stories surrounding the mountain bike and its culture. Ride along into breath taking natural settings.

We're premiering this at 7:00pm at Brewvies Cinema.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1000+ Fans on Facebook!!!

Today we hit our 1000th fan mark on facebook. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to and friend or like us!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who We Are... A Tribute to Utah

All my favorite parts of Utah come together with the groove of Utah local Codi Jordan's "Who We Are" to celebrate the beauty, style, & spirit of Utah. Codi, I hope you don't mind if I used your song for this - it's just too good! Thank you Warren Miller, Utah Bureau of Tourism, & "Forever Strong".

Friday, November 12, 2010

Go Heather!

Show some support for Heather in her Iron Man out in Clearwater Florida! Good luck Heather. The Bohemian Brew Crew is rootin' for ya!

New Fall Seasonal Beer Is Here! Pumpkin Lager!

Our new seasonal is here!!! The Pumpkin Patch Lager is just in time for Thanksgiving. Come and try this unique Pumpkin (NOT AN ALE) Lager. This is more Thanksgiving spice v. Sweat Halloween Trick or Treat on your tongue. This beer was designed to be paired with your Thanksgiving feast. The snap to the crisp spice is wonderful. Don't forget to bring home a growler of this lovely spiced lager.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Join Bohemian for Movember!

Join our team for the month of Movember. We're fighting prostate cancer. The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Join Team Bohemian:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween at the Bohemian

Come by and join us for some Halloween fun. Show us your best spirit!

Bohemian Brewers Hockey Game

Bohemian Brewers Official Hockey Game.

Brewers v. Bruins

@ SLC Sports Complex (Steiner). 8:45 PM

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beer Pairing & Brewer's Dinner at MacCool's


Beer Squash Soup Paired with Bohemian's Bavarian Weiss

Autumn Salad Paired with Bohemian's Czech Pilsener

Brats & Brew Paired with Bohemian's Viennese Lager

Cheese & Olives Paired with Bohemian's Czech Pilsener

Chocolate Bread Pudding Paired with Bohemian's Cherny Bock!

$39 per person.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bohemian Brewery releases Cherny Bock Schwarzbier in a can.

"Darkness Cometh!" That's right, we are now offering our darker, richer and roastier black lager in the form of a canned Schwarzbier called "Cherny Bock". Can you say awesome?

Photo Credit: Pete Petráš

From the Bohemian site:

"The word Cherny literally means ‘black‘ in Czech referring to the color of the rather surprising dark Schwarzbier with gentle bitterness to appeal your palette. A true gem to be discovered by specialty beer lovers."

Bohemian is currently selling cans of their Cherny Bock the brewery but those of you in their distribution area should see it on shelves relatively soon. For those of us that don't live close to the brewery, well, we can just sit around and hope that maybe someone we know who does will send us some!

Check out this great video of Bohemian Brewery's canning line filling and sealing fresh cans of Cherny Bock!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cherny Bock is famous

Cherny is getting some glamour shots for our packaging and displays.
The 6 pack

With the tall snifter. This is the recommended glassware of choice for this chocolately schwarzbier
Once you go black you'll never go back.

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Canning Cherny Bock!

We have begun to can Cherny Bock... All can now rejoice!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bohemian Fan Bikes the Distance

If you’re only slightly interested, here are the quick stats right up front. The ride went better than planned and I was finished by October 3rd including one day off in Rochester, NY. That averages out to 80 miles per day. Most days were tail or cross winds, but two days were pretty miserable weather as Tropical Storm Nicole swept through New York and battered me with headwinds as well as constant rain. I had two broken spokes and one broken rack mount, but none requiring me to delay things severely. I camped five nights, spent one night in a hotel, and the rest of the nights were passed inside various homes. Riding with packed panniers day after day was slower than I expected and I spent a lot of each day riding. All in all it was a great time, a memorable life experience, and something I’m excited to do again. I want to take this opportunity to heartily toast Bag Balm and a surprising absence of saddle abrasions.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The snow is here!

Up in the Utah high country you can see the snow is already here. We hope it will be a good ski season. We can't wait to get back on the mountain.

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CANFEST, Reno’s International Canned Beer Festival is About Sustainable Drinking

CANFEST returned for its second year in Reno, NV at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino last weekend. Over 20 breweries showed up including 21st Amendment Brewery from California, Capital Brewery from Wisconsin, Oskar Blues Brewery from Colorado, and Tall Grass Brewing Company from Kansas. It’s a festival showcasing craft beer in an environmentally friendly aluminum can. The festival’s proceeds go to The Nature Conservancy. You won’t see bottles here. It’s all about beers in a can! Let’s take a look!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bohemian Brewery Wins Gold at CanFest!

We won gold in the lager category at CanFest. The Viennese Lager is officially THE best lager in a can!!!! Woot!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We're down at the Red Bull Rampage

We jumped into the Brew Van and headed down to Zion. Or at least just outside of Zion. In Virgin, UT. Twenty-one of mountain biking s best riders threw down all they had while battling wild weather but when the skies cleared it was Zink who took home the trifecta the contest win Utah Sports Commission Best Trick Award and the Freeride Mountain Bike FMB World Tour season overall title.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LDS Scooter Rally at the Bohemian

We hosted the final day and events at the Bohemian Brewery. Full on Scooter Gymkana, prizes, music and more. Check out this major air!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Viennese gets an A rated our Viennese Lager as an "A". Have a look!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Utah Crew at GABF

Some of the top Utah beer people at GABF. Great people and great times!

Friday, September 17, 2010

We just blew our first keg at GABF!

We just blew our first keg... beer is going fast people! Get down here ASAP!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Utah Beer Fest is Back!

We're had a blast with all the other Utah breweries at the Utah Beer Fest. Everyone was in having a blast and the event quickly filled to capacity by 3:00pm. I hope the event is bigger next year.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Beer 101: How to taste a beer

How to Taste Beer

Sight: After you have poured your beer into the proper glass with a 1-1½ inch head, take a moment to observe the color, effervescence and clarity.

Aroma: You interpret 90% of the taste of something by it’s smell. Take 3 short sniffs of your beer. What does your beer smell like? Floral, grainy, fruity, roasted like coffee beans, nuts, bread-like.
malts and barley
Taste: Finally...take a sip and let the beer fill your mouth and pass over all areas of your tongue before you swallow to get the full flavor spectrum from the start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Pay attention to the texture of the beer: Is it light? Heavy? Does it coat your mouth? Is it a clean finish? Can you feel the carbonation?

Sensory Chart


Monday, August 30, 2010

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good Beer

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good Beer

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good BeerAmerica makes some of the world's finest beers. And now those beers are getting the conveyance they deserve—cans.

Why do people always sit in a circle? I'm leaned back in my nylon camp chair, fishing around in the mesh net of the cup holder for a lighter. Most of the people at this BBQ know each other from work, so conversation sometimes takes a little time to ramp up.

"What's that beer?" The guy across from me is wearing a metal band t-shirt and flip-flops. Later he'll grill me about Android phones. But for now he wants to know what I'm sipping from my steel-and-saffron can.

"Mama's Little Yella Pils. There's more in the cooler. Try one."

"I'll just have a sip if you don't mind." He daintily avoids backwashing, which isn't very metal. "Fancy."


Canned Beer Is The Future of Good BeerVintage cans photographed by Sean Tubridy

Cans Are Better, QED

I'll spare you the "craft beer vs. mainstream beer" sermon. If you're happy drinking beer from the big brewers, it's no skin off my dick. And while I don't prefer the standard American pilsner, I think it's laudable that the big brewers can pump out millions of gallons of Bud, Coors, and Miller every day that tastes consistently similar year after year. It may not be art, but it's sure as hell engineering to be proud of.

But truck no guff about drinking beer out of a can, from real ale snob or otherwise. Bottles are fragile, heavy (620 grams compared to 366 grams on average for a standard 12-ounce bottle), let in light that can skunk your beer, and are harder to pack in and out on float trips and hikes. Bottles don't stack in the refrigerator. Plus if you drop a can it doesn't shatter into a hundred tendon-lacerating shards. Half the time you can pick it back up and finish your drink! (Dropping a can on a sharp rock was how a caveman first discovered how to shotgun a can of beer—another thing you can't do with a bottle.)

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good BeerVintage cans photographed by Sean Tubridy

Cans on the Trail
Backpacking in the Sierras is an exercise in deprivation. You have to carry all your food in bear-proof canisters, which limits what you bring even more than usual. It's hot. It's dusty. And after a few days on the trail, I'm typically fucking dreaming of beer. I mean that literally. I'll actually dream of beer at night. And so as soon as I get into a joint with refrigeration, I'm drinking a beer, usually an Epic IPA. It has these hints of sage and pine and juniper that remind you of the trail. There's a satisfying emotional connection I make by actually popping the top on the can, it feels rough and manly and rugged like the wilderness. Moreover, you can hardly find it on the Western side of the Sierras—it's a 395 thing—and that only adds to the appeal. It's a vacation beer.

Oh, and if you are only out for a day or two, you can totally take a can with you. Pop it in a frigid Sierra stream for an hour when make camp, and enjoy it as the sun sinks behind your favorite mountain. – Mat Honan

The "Metallic" Myth

Bottles are fine, I guess, if only because so many beers I love come only in bottles. But the thing that matters most—taste—doesn't change a bit in a can.

The next time someone says canned beertastes "metallic", cut a can in half and ask him to show you where the metal ever actually touches the beer. Then he'll point at the inside of the gleaming can and say, "Right there, asshole. I'm guessing all the metal."

What your friend is missing is the epoxy lining that is sprayed on the inside of every can, the same stuff we've used for about 40 years. You might get a littlebisphenal A leaching into the beer, sure, but no metal.

There's not enough BPA to fret about in cans, frankly, especially since beer isn't heated at home. (Unless you're making beer-can chicken.) Nevertheless, Ball, one of the largest producers of aluminum cans in the world, as well as the company that makes the cans used by the majority of craft brewers, announced plans to make a BPA-free epoxy lining within the next couple of years at a recent packaging conference, according to an attendee.

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good BeerVintage cans photographed by Sean Tubridy

Cans: The Real Mini-Keg

Think about your beloved draught beer. That comes in a keg, right? A big, metal keg that is lined with the same type of coating as your humble little can. In fact, back in the '30s—January 24th, 1935 to be precise—when American brewers started selling beers in cans they advertised it as "keg-lined." Unlike a lot of beer marketing, the claim wasn't that ridiculous.

Is it possible that canned beer tastes better than bottled beer? Well, sure. Maybe. Probably not. But that's often because of the way beer is transported from the brewery to the store. Light will accelerate the oxidation of beer—that's why most brewers use brown bottles, not green—but it's not the only way a beer develops off flavors like that of the aldehyde trans-2-nonenal, which can make light-colored beers taste like lipstick.

Heat's actually just as big a factor. If your beer stays refrigerated from the brewery to the store, without sitting on a shelf somewhere at room temperature, everything should be great. And a canned beer won't be subject to light oxidation like a bottle beer would. But to be fair, one of the things that makes a canned beer great—that it cools more quickly—is also going to make it more subject to the vagaries of heat differential. Factor in that many retailers view canned beer as "cheap" beer not worth keeping cold and canned beer's advantages on the oxidation front start to wane a skosh.

Canned Beer Is The Future of Good BeerCask Brewing Systems's latest automated canning system, the ACS V3.5

By "Cask" We Mean "Cans"

You can thank one company for making craft beer in a can a reality: Cask Brewing Systems, a small Canadian firm that made their first canning system in response to the then-flagging "brew on site" phenomenon. Amateur brewers were finding their beers were going off too quickly, often because of less-than-optimally cleaned glassware.

Cask created a manual canning system and sold dozens to brew-on-site facilities. In 2002, Colorado brewery Oskar Blues bought a Cask canning system. Now nearly ten years and a handful of fully automated systems later, Cask can't make enough canning systems to keep up with demand. Cask told me the company is backordered until December. "We can't make them fast enough."

What that means for the craft beer drinker is even more canned beers coming online from your favorite breweries over the next year. It wouldn't surprise me if every mid-sized craft brewer has a canned option in the next couple of years. That's excellent news for beer drinkers and can collectors alike.

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