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Out of the Comfort Zone

Two crazy beers' unique ingredients versus one anxious beer nerd.

If They Brew It, You Will Come

Two different ales with the same hop blend keep SLC brews interesting

Confinement Aids

These beers may be just the things you need to make it through anti-social times.

Out of the Comfort Zone

Two crazy beers' unique ingredients versus one anxious beer nerd.
here are a couple of things in life that make me wince a little: tequila and cucumbers. I don't hate them; they just tend to not agree with me. So imagine my surprise when these nemeses showed up in two brand-new beers.

Beer Psychology 101

Two breweries turn their backs on conventional stereotypes
As I was sampling this week's beers, I noticed that I was sitting in front of the current alphas and omegas of Utah's craft beer scene.

Eructation-Worthy Beers

Sometime that little parting gift can make or break a brew
There's appearance, aroma and taste. Those are the primary sensory factors that we focus on as we get acquainted with our beers.

Quarantine DesirabilityFactor

A new world calls for a new way to pair your beers.
So starting this week, I'll introduce Beer Nerd's exclusive Quarantine Desirability Factor along with my traditional tasting notes.

We're Still Here

Utah's brewers aren't going anywhere, and here's the proof.
They exclaim that they're still alive and have new adult beverages for us to fill our pandemic bunkers with.

With a Little Help From Their Friends

When beer makers and beer nerds have each others' backs.
In the midst of the chaos that has taken over a good portion of our once-normal lives, it's good to see that our local brewing institutions are still trudging forward—regardless of all the setbacks they've endured.

So Long, Locals?

Some of your favorite local beers could soon disappear from liquor store shelves.
Back in November 2019, you might have noticed something changed at your local grocery and convenience stores—the beer suddenly got stronger. Well, it wasn't quite so sudden; we knew it was coming, and a lot of us were giddy to finally be out from under that 3.2% alcohol by weight bubble.

On the Grid

Utah's newest brewery, Grid City Beer Works, offers options that set them apart.
At a glance, it has a darkened gold hue with a small puffy cap of white froth. Aroma is dry and bready with an herbal grass tone.

The Benefits of a Robust Beer Scene

As breweries compete, what was old is new again.
Salt Lake City's beer selection as of late has become more than a single beer nerd can handle. There are so many good breweries that everyone has to set themselves apart to keep us consumers from getting bored.

A Beer By Any Other Name

Two brews that aren't what they first seem to be.
Words can occasionally have more than one meaning. For example, "bark" can be a tree's outer layer, or the sound a dog makes. Beer can sometimes fit into this mold as well. Stylistically, you might know your lager or ale in one way, but when you order something called a "lager" or "ale," you might get something else entirely.

A Stroll Through the Avenues

Avenues Proper's secret fringe beers.
With all of the breweries popping up downtown, it's easy to forget about the fringe brewhouses in the city.

Crafty Brewers

Two beers that take the word 'craft' to heart.
The more a brewery grows, the easier it is to become complacent about the "craft" part of "craft beer."

What's In a Name

It ain't all about romance in this beer nerd's life.
When my wife selects wine, she lets the artwork on the bottle speak to her. It's not exactly scientific, but it gets the job done—and it makes for a classy looking cellar. When I choose beer, I always look to see that there's beer in the bottle or can.

The Milky Way

How breweries incorporate dairy into their beer.
Here are a couple of local examples that do a great job of becoming something they are not.

Porters on an Epic Scale

Epic Brewing comes strong with two unusual porters.
You see a lot of local stouts in the market. The unmistakable roastiness is often greeted by beer lovers of all stripes as a welcome diversion from lighter ales and lagers.

Spring Dreams

Here are two beers that bring us back to sunny days.
It's only January, and I'm already looking toward late spring for a little sensory satisfaction. It's probably all those damn savory proteins that I've been shoveling in my pie hole as of late.


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