beer fest

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. 

Sour and Wild Ales Fest Sunday Nov 6th


The Bayou will be hosting our first ever mini-beer festival this Sunday November 6th at 5:00 pm. The theme of the first festival is Sour and Wild Ales. Many very knowledgeable beer folks (including our own Mark Alston) will be here to help guide you through these interesting and complex beers.
 
Here is how the festival will work. For $25 you will get a wrist band and a 20 beer punch card that will enable you to sample all 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 punch card 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 9:30 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. Due to the fact that this is our first mini-fest and we have no idea how busy we will be, we will not be able to guarantee seating and tables will be available only for those planning on eating.
 
Here are the beers we will be pouring at the fest:
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir
Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam
Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga "The Firefly"
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Deschutes Dissident
Mikkeller USAlive
Mikkeller Funky (e)* (funky e-star)
Red Rock Reve
Squatters 529
Squatters Fifth Element
Bacchus
Orval
Boulevard Saison-Brett
Boulevard Tank 7
De Ranke XX Bitter
Lindemans Faro
Lindemans Cuvee Rene
 
Quantities of some of these beers are quite limited so we cannot guarantee their lasting throughout the entire fest. 
 
If sour and wild ales are not your bag baby don't worry. We plan on continuing our beer fests on a semi-regular basis with varying themes each time.

Idaho Beer Fest

First day back after judging the Mountain Brewers Festival in Idaho Falls. It was a great experience as usual and our Utah brewers did very well.

It was awesome to see so many Bayou fans at the actual fest. They don't call this festival the biggest Utah Beer Fest for nothing.

Mikey has a list of all the medals that Utah brewers won on his blog at http://utahbeer.blogspot.com

Judging the beer fest is an amazing exerience but seriously quite a bit of work.  All the beers are presented blind (poured by the stewards in a different room) and it is always surprising to find out what beers you ended up giving medals to.  It is nice when I find out that I gave a gold to a beer that turns out to be one of my favorite local beers.  I didn't recognize Desert Edge's Mild ale in the medal round for that category but knew that the beer we were drinking deserved gold. Same goes for Uinta's Barley Wine and Cutthroat neither of which I recognized blind but gave medals to just the same.

Here are the categories that I judged:

Day 1: American Blonde Ale, Scotch Ales, American Brown Ale, American Strong Pale Ale, American Barley Wine.

Day2: English Brown Ale, American Amber Ale, Double/Imperial India Pale Ale (ouch),Marzen Oktoberfest Medal Round, American Blonde Ale Medal Round, American IPA Semi-Finals.

Day3: Vienna Lager Medal Round, Ordinary Bitter Medal Round, American Amber Ale Medal Round, American Barley Wine Medal Round.

SB 314 to kill Utah Beer Fest

Perhaps you have heard about the liquor law changes being proposed in the Utah Senate. You probably didn't hear that one of the changes in Senate Bill 314 would stop City Weekly from putting on their Second Annual Utah Beer Fest.

Didn't it feel great last summer, being part of a REAL beer fest where you could sample the brewers wares without the need of tokens or chits or any silly payment per sample. Ahh, it was just like everywhere else.

Well, Senator Valentine noticed you enjoying yourself and decided to put a stop to it. Here is the relevant summary from the bill:

prohibits event permittees from selling, offering for sale, or furnishing an indefinite 60 or unlimited number of alcoholic products during a set period for a fixed price

Other fun (read that sarcastically) changes are the push back of beer sales to 11:30 am, an hour and a half later than current law of 10:00 am.

Perhaps it would be worth your while to either go to the committee meeting or call your Senator and/or Committee members.

The committee meeting is tomorrow (Wed 23rd) at 7:30 am in room 210 of the Senate Building.

Link to text of SB-314: http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/sbillint/sb0314.pdf

Link to committee schedule: http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2011&Com=SSTBUS

Link to Legislative Roster: http://le.utah.gov/Documents/2010roster.pdf

Link to post on Utahbeer: http://utahbeer.blogspot.com/2011/02/your-pound-of-flesh-is-due.html

Here are the committee members contact information:

John L Valentine 
857 E 970 N 
(R) OREM UT 84097 
Utah Home (801) 224−1693 
Office (801) 373−6345 
Fax (801) 377−4991

Curtis S Bramble 3663 N 870 E
(R) PROVO UT 84604
Utah Home (801) 226−3663
Cell (801) 361−5802
Fax (801) 812−8297
Gene Davis 865 PARKWAY AVE
(D) SALT LAKE CITY UT 84106
Salt Lake Home (801) 484−9428
Fax (801) 484−9442

David Hinkins P O BOX 485
(R) ORANGEVILLE UT 84537
Carbon, Emery, Home (435) 384−5550
Grand, San Juan, Office (435) 748−2828
Utah Fax (435) 748−2089

Dan Liljenquist 553 S DAVIS BLVD
(R) BOUNTIFUL UT 84010
Davis Home (801) 294−2378

Karen Mayne 5044 W BANNOCK CIR
(D) WEST VALLEY CITY UT 84120
Asst. Minority Whip Home (801) 968−7756
Salt Lake

Stephen H Urquhart 634 E 1100 S
(R) ST GEORGE UT 84790
Washington Phone (435) 668−7759
Fax (435) 272−4484

Kevin T Van Tassell 3424 W 1500 N
(R) VERNAL UT 84078
Daggett, Duchesne, Home (435) 789−0724
Summit, Uintah, Office (435) 789−7082
Wasatch Fax (435) 789−8411


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