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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.

Thursday BBQ

The ribs are looking good for tonight's Thursday BBQ. They will be served with 50/50 fries and coleslaw! Should be ready about 4:30. Yummy

Epic Tasting for Craft Beer Week

In collaboration with American Craft Beer Week  and Epic Brewing, The Bayou will be hosting our second ever mini-beer festival Monday May 14th at 5:00 pm. We will be opening every Epic beer we have on hand including one case of the very rare Brainless Corruption brewed in collaboration with DC Brau.

Many very knowledgeable beer folks (including our own Mark Alston and Epic's Kevin Crompton) will be here to help guide you through Epic's insanely large list of beers.  Tickets are limited to 60 people so don't wait to get your tickets. Tickets are available only at The Bayou and are available now.   You must present valid ID at the door for admittance both to purchase tickets and to attend the festival.

Here is how the festival will work. For $30 (includes all taxes and gratuity) you will get a wrist band and 20 beer tickets that enable you to sample the festival beers. As this event is all about sampling high quality beers in a responsible manner, all samples will be served in 2 ounce pours. You must have both the wrist band and the tickets to be served. No sharing with non-participants!!! Anyone found sharing beer with people without a wrist band will  have their wrist band removed and they will be barred from continued participation. You may however, share freely with other participants. We will cease opening new bottles around 9:00 pm so don't show up too late. 

Be advised that, due to Utah liquor laws and common sense safety, we will not be able to continue serving "intoxicated" people so please take it easy.  You are welcome to eat dinner or appetizers at a table or the bar but food is not included in the festival fee. We will not be able to guarantee seating and tables will be available only for those planning on eating.

Quantities of some of Epic's beers are quite limited so we cannot guarantee their lasting throughout the entire fest. 

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