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Holiday Beers 2012

The Bayou's 2012 Holiday Beers now Available

 

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Our 2012 holiday beer order has arrived. Supplies of all these beers are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Mikkeller Hoppin Loving Christmas Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 25-  
  Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character.
Mikkeller Ris A La Male Belgium 8% 375 ml 16-  
  Save this one for dessert. Risalamande is a Danish Christmas dessert made using rice, vanilla, sugar, salt, cream/milk, cherries and almon extract. Mikkeller took that recipe and decided to brew it into a distinctively sweet cherry beer with a nice tartness for balance. Nutty and vanilla undertones finish off this very unique beer.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 25-
  An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 15-
  A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
“Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 16-
  Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. A bit rough when we first received it in 2011, we have aged a bunch of it and it has really come together.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 750 ml 16-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
Serafijn Christmas Angel Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 22-
  A tiny Belgian brewery wedged into a crowded garage on a quiet street in a small Flemish town. Started by an ex music teacher, Achilles Van de Moer, makes simple, honest beers and takes as his symbol the Seraph, a six-winged high angel of heaven. A hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming with just the right spirit.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 11-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

The Bayou
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Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake Tribune Fry Sauce Contest

Many, many of you are huge fans of The Bayou's fries. One of the more probable reasons for that is our amazing fry sauce. Now, I'm not saying that our garlic-chipotle aioli has crack in it for additional addictiveness but one could be led to think so.

Anyway, why am I going on and on about our fry sauce? Well, the Salt Lake Tribune has done a shout out for the best restaurant fry sauces in Utah. If you think ours is particularly delicious give them a shout out at food@sltrib.com with "fry sauce picks" in the subject line. We'd really appreciate it.

Russian River/Sierra Nevada Brux

One of our most requested breweries is Russian River. Their Pliny the Elder has perhaps the strongest cult following of any U.S. microbrew. Well, if we all held our breath as long as possible most of us would probably pass away before we see Pliny in Utah. However, one of the great things to come out of the current trend of collaboration beers is that we are seeing beers from breweries we never thought we'd see.

This time it is a collaboration between Russian River and Sierra Nevada called Brux. Their description of it as a "Domesticated Wild Ale" is spot on. It is most certainly an American interpretation of Belgian Wild Ales. An amazingly balanced Belgian style farmhouse beer brewed using Brettanomyces but with a clear American microbrew influence. Unlike many other "Brett" beers, this one is without the sourness from Lactobacillus. At the current time the Brett is nicely mellow but we expect it to develop even more in the bottle over the next few months.

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