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Revisiting the Reef

St. George-made beers return with more umph.

Slump Busters

Sometimes you need more than a beer

Weird Beer

Culinary influences take these brews in a whole new direction

Revisiting the Reef

St. George-made beers return with more umph.
This week, I have the pleasure of bringing you their line of bigger beers—an India Pale Ale and a Golden Bock—each of which represents their respective realms as solid performers.

Sensory Assault

Two beers that stimulate all of the senses
It's nice to see some full-bodied beers popping up as the temperatures begin to climb. Right now, I'm all about the lighter beers—until I get a whiff of something dark, malty and chewy.

Silver Linings

There's a bright side to Southern Utah's brutal heat
Did you know St. George, Utah has its own brewery, too? It's co-owned by Las Vegas' Ellis Island Brewery and Casino, and has taken on the mantle of the official thirst-quencher of Southern Utah.

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.

If They Brew It, You Will Come

Two different ales with the same hop blend keep SLC brews interesting
The Pink Boots Society is an organization that supports women in the brewing industry worldwide.

Confinement Aids

These beers may be just the things you need to make it through anti-social times.
I'm a social drinker, always have been. I love to be with friends or strangers in neutral territory to simply decompress together.

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.


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