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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brewing with the Enemy

F. Martin Ramin/WSJ

From left to right: Gnomegang Collaboration Ale, Highway 78 Scotch Ale and Collaboration Not Litigation Ale

A Guide to Some of Our Favorite Collaboration Beers

  • Gnomegang Collaboration Ale | Made by: Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d'Achouffe | A bottle-conditioned Belgian Strong Blonde Ale uses yeast strains from both breweries and results in golden colored brew with a white fluffy head and slightly citrusy taste. 9.5% ABV, 750ml, $11
  • Highway 78 Scotch Ale | Made by: Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co. and Pizza Port | These three award-winning San Diego area breweries teamed up late last year to produce a malty ale that has a dark reddish-brown color and a nice smokiness. 8.8% ABV, 12 ounces, $3
  • Collaboration Not Litigation Ale | Made by: Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing Co. | When brewery owners realized that they had created similar beers with the same name— Salvation—they called each other, not the lawyers. Now in its fifth year, a blend of the two recipes yields a strong ale with notes of fruit and clove. 8.9% ABV, 750ml, $10

In the dog-eat-dog world of alcohol, it would make sense that companies would try to keep out the competition. Yet America's craft brewers are routinely turning toward rivals to collaborate and create limited-run brews that highlight each brewer's strengths.

Collaborations invite camaraderie and companionship to smaller breweries, where the work can be a solitary experience, or in the case of a larger brewery, the opportunity to break free of the corporate routine and just focus on the fun of brewing.

Sun King Brewery of Indianapolis recently teamed up with the established Three Floyds of Munster, Ind., for a pale ale they will present to lawmakers as a way to showcase state-made beer and begin a dialogue about changing archaic state liquor laws. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is working with monks from the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux, Calif., to create a trio of authentic abbey-style ales made in the United States.

Upon release, brewery fans will line up early for a taste and still others will hoard as many bottles as possible. Part of the allure is bragging rights, but also the chance to cellar beers to see how they mature over time.

Last week Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Co., which produces Sam Adams, and Sam Calagione, the brewer at Delaware's Dogfish Head Ales, collaborated on a brew that will be served exclusively this summer at Savor, a gourmet beer and food event held annually in Washington, D.C.

The beer, Savor Flowers, is brewed with rose water and uses an especially floral, experimental variety of hops that goes by the number 369. The brewers added a tincture to the beer that was created inside a whiskey barrel first used by Mr. Koch in 1993 to age a triple bock. With only 30 barrels planned, the men compared it to a public art installation: Only a few people will experience it before it becomes a memory.

—John HollPrinted in The Wall Street Journal, page D5

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Draft Magazine on Utah's Beer Scene.

Beertown, U.S.A.: Salt Lake City

In Utah, the beer might not be big, but make no mistake—there’s a lot of it.

by Jill Adler


With nearly twice as many breweries per capita as New York, Utah has put itself on the map for quirky, quenching craft brews. There’s even a book to celebrate beer’s rise above the Zion curtain: “Beer in the Beehive” by Del Vance, co-founder of Uinta Brewing Co. (West Valley,, the largest independent brewery in the state. Visitors and Salt Lake International layover victims can either hang out at the airport, visit the Mormon Temple or catch a five-minute cab ride to Uinta Brewing for a free tour and a massive sandwich paired with Uinta’s 2009 GABF silver medal-winning Cutthroat Pale Ale or seasonal Hive Honey-stung Ale. When you’ve got more time, take a drive up to Wasatch Brew Pub (Park City,, Utah’s first, legal brewpub, opened by Schirf Brewing Co. in 1989. With beers like the chocolaty, malty Polygamy Porter (the tagline: “Why have just one?”) and crisp 1st Amendment Lager, Schirf pokes fun at Utah politics with award-winning recipes. Although they share the same brewing and bottling facilities with Schirf, Squatters Pub & Brewery (aka Salt Lake Brewing Co., Salt Lake City and Park City, fills its eatery and bar with college students, business professionals and conference attendees rather than ski bums. Still, the highlight of your night comes from the brew sampler of classics like Provo Girl Pilsner dished out on a sawed-off ski. Just around the corner and steps from The Energy Solutions Arena, Red Rock Brewing Co. (Salt Lake City and Park City, serves up a sophisticated menu in a boisterous, industrial-style space where regulars clamor for one of nine brews including Organic Zwickel Bier, a bronze medalist at the 2009 GABF. Snowbasin and Powder Mountain skiers do apr├Ęs at Roosters Brewing Co. (Ogden and Layton, for the Junction City Chocolate Stout and inspired pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. The Bohemian Brewery & Grill (Midvale,, founded by a couple from the Czech Republic, helps foodies pair their beer via the menu’s suggestion symbols; order a pint of Cherny Bock to go with the Blackberry Brandy Chicken, and make sure you stroll through the upstairs vintage scooter collection before you leave.


The bar scene in Utah (and yes, there is one) offers enough to do for every type of night-dwelling style. Martini-sippers strut in The Red Door (Salt Lake City, where stylish clientele seductively tip colorful drinks and listen to live jazz and DJs. At The Bayou (Salt Lake City,, about 250 beers wash down gumbo, catfish and jambalaya. On live jazz weekends, it’s standing room only. The tiny front belies the roomy yet simple Poplar Street Pub (Salt Lake City,, but locals flock to this new hangout for tap beer, lounging, live music and sports TV. The Beerhive (Salt Lake City, 801.364.4268) has one of the best selections of craft beer in the state and the bar’s unique frosted rail means that the last sip will taste just as good as the first. Dinner comes from next door’s Vienne Bistro so you can stay put either upstairs in the traditional saloon hall or downstairs amid the pool tables and foosball cave. Outside of Utah’s sports arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, The Depot (Salt Lake City, is pretty much Utah’s sole venue for national touring bands like The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti and Spearhead. Local players rock out at the Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City, 801.746.0557). The club hosts Time To Talk ’Tween Tunes, a weekly acoustic night on Sundays and excellent opportunity to catch up with friends.


Compared to larger cities, Salt Lake’s food scene is mostly overpriced and often unimpressive. There are, however, a few gems. Lugano’s (Millcreek, lively, bistro-style atmosphere and open-air kitchen make for one of Salt Lake’s best Italian restaurants. Its rival, Grappa (Park City,, is 30 miles away, gorgeously designed and one of the hottest restaurants in the state, attracting the beautiful people especially during the Sundance Film Festival in January. The eclectic Metropolitan (Salt Lake City, runs a close second in chichi factor with pristine white-linen settings and impeccable service, but if you drop in on Mondays, you can get three courses for $30 plus free corkage. On the other end of your bank account, feed your soul at Chanon Thai (Salt Lake City, 801.532.1177). The modest authentic Thai eatery has no pretense, and mismatched tableware and menus with nutritional details and homeopathic trivia only make the hot food hotter. Be prepared to wait in line for a table at the divey Red Iguana (North Salt Lake, The guys from Los Lobos eat there. Need we say more?


As a state steeped in turn-of-the-century history, Utah’s hotels are both rustic and elegant. The Peery Hotel (Salt Lake City, is full of Old World elegance with canopied beds and antique furniture; it holds a spot on the coveted National Register of Historic Places. The biggest and cushiest hotel in Salt Lake is brought to you by the owner of Snowbasin Resort and Sinclair Oil. Earl Holding’s Grand America Hotel (Salt Lake City, gets the only five-diamond AAA rating in Salt Lake City, but competes with Stein Eriksen Lodge (Deer Valley, for A-list clientele. The Five-Star, Five Diamond premier European-style resort’s biggest draw is the ski-in/ski-out access to posh Deer Valley Resort. Washington School Inn Bed and Breakfast (Park City, makes the National Historic Register and the Utah Register of Historic Places. Some say the inn, an old schoolhouse from 1889, is haunted.


Utah may be land-locked, but it’s home to one of the highest percentages of SCUBA divers per capita in the nation. The Bonneville Seabase (Grantsville, has three main dive areas with White Rocks Bay roofed so divers can use it year-round. The Homestead Crater (Midway, also offers year-round diving under a 55-foot-high dome filled with 96-degree hot-spring water. Be seen at the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, or play paparazzi as the ski resort turns into Hollywood in the mountains. Visit the Temple Square and the Utah Genealogy Museum (Salt Lake City, www.visit Forty-five minute free tours of the Square begin every five to 10 minutes at the 100-foot flagpole in the center of the block. Get up close with an intercontinental ballistic missile, thermonuclear bomb and yesterday’s war planes at Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum (Roy, It’s free. You don’t have to sit in your living room to have a beer and some chow while you watch a movie. Brewvies (Salt Lake City,, Utah’s only movie beerhouse (or is that beer moviehouse?) has free late-night screenings of classic movies plus appetizer specials every Monday night. •

GET OUT: Take full advantage of the SLC snow by zooming down a mountain, or just gazing at one while you melt in a steam bath.

Ski: Celebrating its 71st season, Alta has modernized with fast lifts and more comfortable lodges, but the resort (in Snowbird) feels like a place people come to actually ski rather than to model the latest mink-trimmed Bogner. Lift tickets remain inexpensive, and beginners ski free most afternoons. Alta averages 500 inches each year of dry powder manufactured nowhere else in the world but the Wasatch (last year, it totaled 700 inches.). In-bounds experiences include everything from blue groomers to a run called Eddie’s High Nowhere that requires entering an “experts only” gate and traversing an outcropping while clutching a rope before hiking to the top of a steep crevice. Alas, snowboarders will have to take their skiing friends’ word for it. Alta remains ski-only—snowboarders couldn’t handle the chutes.

Tube: Swap family bowling night for a few after-dinner runs down Gorgoza Park’s seven brightly lit snowtubing lanes. An arm of the Park City Mountain Resort, the park maintains several levels of tubing lanes, accessed by three lifts. The tubing’s top-notch at a fair price: Kids under 7 tube for just $3, while older kids and adults ride the powder for $8.

Chill: Sometimes city dwellers forget about amenities offered by the ski resorts that bejewel the mountain peaks. The Snowbird resort, in particular, features the Cliff Lodge spa that provides reprieve from the daily grind with killer mountain views. If you have the cash for a massage, energy treatment, facial or herbal wrap, then by all means, indulge yourself. But for those who just want to avail themselves of the outdoor rooftop pool and hot tub or a eucalyptus steam bath followed by some relaxation in the solarium, just scrounge up $20 and you’re in for a tranquil day.

[Photo: Greg Peterson]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Craft Brewers Conference - San Francisco

We meet the RedRock crew at the Toronado for some beer and a little catching up. Kevin is strainging to flip us off.
In Lower Haight catching up after a few beers.
The conference is totally sold out and packed to the gills. It's crazy here.
This is the sea of brewers and brewers to be looking for ideas, education and a little networking. Time for another beer. Man, life is tough.
Joe monkeying around. Remember Joe; speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

11 Percent Volume Growth For U.S. Craft Brewers In 2010

Brewers Association Reports 11 Percent Volume Growth For U.S. Craft Brewers In 2010

Total U.S. brewery count climbs to its highest level since 1900

Boulder, CO • March 21, 2011—The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, today released 2010 data on the U.S. craft brewing industry. Small and independent craft brewers saw volume increase 11 percent and retail sales dollars increase 12 percent over 2009, representing a growth of over 1 million barrels (31 gallons per U.S. barrel), equal to more than 14 million new craft cases.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

How Beer Saved Utah


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bohemian on this Social Drinking App

Untappd: I Will Curate My Nascent Alcoholism With This Social Drinking App
John Biggs
4 hours ago

Untappd is a beer-sharing system. You note which beer you drank where and then watch as said beer rises or falls in the ranks of beerdom. You can also find out where odd brews have popped up in your vicinity, thereby allowing you, like some inebriated, marauding Ash in Floaroma Town, to attempt to catch ‘em all.

The app itself runs on multiple devices but they’ve just announced a special SXSW version for you and yours. This allows you to compete with fellow tipplers in the streets of Austin.

If you’re thinking there’s more to this, there isn’t. Presumably you could pitch a certain beer to folks who check in, but that functionality isn’t live. It looks like a couple of dudes, tired of being ostracized for their love of the suds, have taken the necessary steps to bring their hobby mainstream. Like Beerby, the app allows you to find odd brews in odd places, a boon to the burgeoning drinker.

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Untappd is a new way to socially share the brew you’re currently enjoying, as well as where you’re enjoying it, with your friends!

Dubbed by the community as “the foursquare for beer”, Untappd allows users to check-in to what they’re drinking,… Learn More

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Goodbye freedom. Utah goes backwards yet again.

(TRENT NELSON | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Ben McAdams holds up Tuesday his state-supplied BlackBerry, offering to let people look through it. He was joined by legislators, from left, Reps. Patrice Arent, Christine Watkins and Joel Briscoe. About 200 people gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest the passage of HB477, which limits access to government records. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill into law Tuesday.
Despite rally, guv signs law shielding records

About 200 people rallied at the state Capitol midday Tuesday to demand the governor veto HB477, a bill that shields more government records from public disclosure. But Gov. Gary Herbert wasn’t swayed.

He announced after 8 p.m. that he had signed the bill into law, saying that with its delayed effective date, there will be plenty of time for a healthy public discussion about how best to ensure the public’s right to know what its government is up to without violating privacy rights.

“This bill provides a way to find the right balance between the public’s right to know and the personal privacy of both constituents and policymakers, while protecting taxpayer dollars,” Herbert said in a prepared statement. “Our goal is open and transparent government.”

“With HB477 now amended [to take effect July 1], the delayed implementation date allows us to have an open public process with robust, deliberate engagement by the public, the media and lawmakers.”

The governor’s news release came just a few hours after about 200 people held a demonstration in the Capitol. Almost all the speakers were from good-government groups — not the news media.

They chanted, “Veto! Veto!” and held signs reading, “Only a cockroach is afraid of light,” “Sunshine, not secrecy” and “Hiding something?”

Kim Burningham, chairman of Utahns for Ethical Government, said that the Legislature’s action in recalling the bill Monday to extend its effective date to July 1doesn’t fix the measure.

Lawmakers have said the extension will provide time to negotiate any needed fixes that then could be passed in a special legislative session in June.

“We do not need a pacifier on HB477. We need a veto,” said Burningham, a former legislator, to cheers. “This bill is a severe restriction on the public’s right to know and reduces the concept of freedom of information to a mere shell of its former self.”

Lawmakers kept the bill’s text secret until last week, when they quickly moved it to a committee hearing and to overwhelming votes of approval in the House and Senate. They recalled it Monday, saying a delayed implementation date was the only change needed to make it good legislation.

Claire Geddes, who, for years, has been a watchdog at the Legislature, said if lawmakers “really wanted to negotiate” effective changes, “they would have negotiated before they passed the bill.” She said if the bill wasn’t vetoed, she doubts any real changes would come.

Jordan River activist Jeff Salt, a frequent user of the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA), said, “Bad government needs secrecy to survive. ... This is a blatant attempt to keep government secret.”

Sherilyn Bennion, co-legislative director for the Utah League of Women Voters, said HB477 “has been characterized as a bill that threatens media access. However, this bill threatens access for every citizen of Utah for records that we need.”

Several legislators who opposed the bill also addressed the rally.

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, held up his BlackBerry phone, on which he receives e-mails and texts, that would be barred from release under the bill.

“You guys are paying for this,” he said. “There’s nothing that interesting on it, but you are free to read it.”

Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, added that “the public’s business should be done in public.”

HB477 would prohibit the disclosure of text messages and instant messages; allow government agencies to charge fees for information that can include administrative and overhead costs; and require those wanting records protected by the government to show — with a preponderance of evidence — that the information should be released.

Herbert said in his statement that a working group will convene to discuss the issues surrounding GRAMA and that he is committed to call a special session in June to address “further revisions.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Women Make Better Beer Tasters

Today is International Women's Day. It's time to buy a women a beer today. They'll teach you a thing or two.

Women Make Better Beer Tasters

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by Liz

There are many things that women generally tend to excel at – raising children, coordinating fashionable outfits, baking and gossiping. Also, according to recent statistics, women are now better at graduating college and being employed. This blog post, however is about women’s superior beer tasting skills.

Woman Drinking Beer

According to this article, SABMiller is hiring more and more female taste-testers. Apparently, their "sensitive woman-tongues can taste certain flavor subtleties better than men."

Despite the fact that men account for 72.8% of all beer sales (worldwide), the makers of Miller and Coors brands, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni and Grolsch are convinced that women can better detect undesirable chemicals that make beer taste skunky. The company has 1,000 advanced-level tasters and 30% of them are female – that number has more or less quadrupled over the last decade. The "Taster of the Year" at SABMiller is a 33-year-old female with an "unusual knack for identifying extremely low levels of troublesome chemicals." She chalks it up to her "love affair with perfumes."

There haven’t been any scientific studies to prove this hunch but the folks over at Carlsberg A/S tested their taste-test panelists this year and noted that they’ve observed women performing better than men. Marcia Pelchat of the Monell Chemical Senses Center seems to think that we can chalk up the female edge to the fact that women can usually smell things better.

This may sound harsh but in my humble opinion, everyone on the Miller Coors tasting panel should get their noses and tongues checked. Most of that stuff tastes like grade-A garbage to me… then again, I’m a woman so I’m in tune to that stuff, right?

It’s a fun little idea to ponder but at the same time, men can still pee standing up. In my mind, that certainly trumps the whole smelling thing.



Monday, March 7, 2011

Viennese Review

YAY! I just got my first hater! Here’s a video on haters that I think is very helpful to watch. I need more haters!

Here’s the post – it’s really long. The author only writes a post a month, so I guess that the length is warranted. I’d like to write one post a month… You know that writing is tough, yeah? Of course, you have sentences like these last three that are more stream-of-consciousness thoughts than writing. They’re easy to write and I’m finding a lot of my posts are filled with this.

Let’s take the alternative stance on my website right now. The stance that my website bad for brewers. It’s bad for the beer industry to participate in the site. It’s bad for beer with little exposure to buy content for a fraction of the price it would cost them to make it and ad space on a network of beer blogs that reaches 1,500 people a day. It’s bad for someone to watch, be entertained, and learn about a style or brand they may not have tried before. It’s bad to collaborate with other content producers and beer experts in making a show. It’s bad to just give the facts about the beer without telling people how you feel about it. It’s bad to market under appreciated craft beer. It’s bad to advertise for anything.

I know the author of that post is an intelligent guy, but click more than one page on my site before you start the name calling. From Wikipedia:

A shill or plant is a person who helps another person or organization to sell goods or services without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with the seller. The shill pretends to have no association with the seller/group and gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer.

How many different places to I have to say that I get paid for each spot? I only need 365 people to understand the business model to be successful. Right now, the people that are most enthusiastic about the site are distributors. Why? Because they actually sell beer to consumers. They have ad budgets. They have creative teams. They know what it takes to expand a brand. The brewers that are excited tend to be the younger, more social-media savvy, expansion-minded brewers. The brewers that think $0.10 a click is a pretty bleeping awesome price for an ad. The brewers that take note of the stacks of three-month old beer newspapers in the corners of darkened bars. Those brewers are pretty excited about the business model.

Those are the brewers I want to work with going forward. Thanks to my paid sponsor Bohemian Brewery for getting it.

Just The Facts

Appearance: Clear, deep orangey-gold, thick head
Smell: Floral, bright, slightly tart
Taste: Sour, sweet malty
Mouthfeel: Light body, light carbonation
Drinkability: Quaffable, clean finish

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