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New beers at Fisher Brewing 

Piney Brown and Cerveza are among the latest offerings

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In the midst of a new expansion and the acquisition of a dedicated canning line, Fisher Brewing begins to expand its portfolio with new suds and alcohol-enhanced versions of some staples that you may already be familiar with. Here's a sample of what's hot at Fisher right now.

Fisher - Piney Brown: This 7.3 percent beer pours a stalwart brown color and with near clarity, showing off garnet highlights. An off-white head of creamy stature caps the beer with great persistence and moderate lace—a solid but expected appearance for American Browns.

Medium aromas of chocolate, toast, nuts and a grassy citrus note emerge from the glass. The balanced nose never allows dominance from one aspect of the beer, but carries the scent in a melded and focused sense.

Flavors become a very direct carryover from the scent. Initial toffee sweetness from malt develops into an overall "malty" taste accompanied by cocoa-rich chocolates, medium toast, walnuts and a somewhat rich taste of malted milk at mid-palate. The hop flavor of citrus and freshly-cut grasses also develops at the midpoint, and continues a transition to clean grassy/citrusy bitterness to finish the beer. Where I would have preferred more attention from the hops, this beer stands just beyond what English versions prescribe.

A medium mouthfeel to start allows for the creamy carbonation to carry the beer into the mid-palate. but the fleeting carbonation and quickly-drying finish leaves an empty feel. Though drinkability is high, I wish that the malty-rich body extended further, and that the citrusy hop flavor and bitterness had greater showing to help round out the beer, along with more dryness in the end.

Verdict: This American Brown Ale is a very easy-drinking, and likely to complement a wide range of food pairings. Clean, crisp and casual, it's effortless in drinkability and helps to break that IPA rut we tend to get stuck in.

Fisher - Cerveza: This 4.7 percent lager is one of Fisher's best sellers. Its nearly clear pale straw color—almost golden in appearance—comes with a medium head despite hard pour, and a high amount of carbonation is present based on the amount of bubbles and how quickly the bubbles rise to the surface. A very light malt profile peeks in on the nose, with a hint of rice and white bread; grassy hops are prevalent.

Lightly toasted white bread is the initial note to jump out at my tongue, followed by a hint of yeast and corn. Rice, along with a hint of more corn, strikes me in the middle, as well as a slight pepperiness. It finishes grassy, with a bit of green apple and a slight lingering bitterness. Carbonation tickles rather than delivering a burn, despite the amount of carbonation visibly present. Ultra-light, with a slight drying astringency on the back end.

Verdict: A great lager here featuring lots of pale malts with some nice yeast and just the right amount of sweetness, plus a hint of corn and cream. It finishes very well-rounded, simultaneously crisp and smooth. Though almost indistinguishable from an American lager, it has slightly better malts with just a hint of spice, and drinks not dissimilar to an American adjunct lager.

Fisher's offerings are still mostly available at the source, with the exception of a handful of bars, pubs and restaurants along the Wasatch Front. The 32-ounce crowlers are still available for people to snag and take home, but the standard can for pre-packaged beers is now 16 ounces. Keep your eyes open for new and existing beers in the coming months as well. As always, cheers!

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Mike Riedel

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Local boy and pilot of City Weekly’s best gig, The Beer Nerd column since 2017. Current photojournalist at KSTU TV (Fox 13) and host of the Utah Beer Blog and Beer Nerd Radio on KUAA 99.9 FM radio.

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