Every Friday is Firkin Great at The Bayou

Every Friday @3:00 pm The Bayou taps a new firkin from a different brewery.  Each firkin is unique and available for that night only.   We announce each new firkin on our facebook page www.facebook.com/utahbayou the day of tapping so keep an eye out there for the latest info.
Ok fine you say, but what the heck is a firkin?  A firkin is actually a size measurment for the most commonly used container for cask beer.  A firkin is basically a 9 gallon (or so) keg.  The main way a firkin differs from regular keg beer is how it is carbonated and served.  A cask beer served from a firkin is dispensed without the use of any external carbon dioxide.  The beer is usually simply gravity dispensed via a tap which is hammered into the cask (as seen in the picture).  The beer is naturally carbonated in the cask by the introduction of a small amount of fermentable sugar during the filling process. 
Most of the firkins we receive for our Firkin Fridays have had something unique added to them in the cask. Our first firkin was from Desert Edge where they added Cedar and Ash wood to their LDS stout which gave it a nice licorish flavor.  The second was from Hoppers where they added Hallertau hops to a beautiful Weiss Kolsh. This weeks is a blood orange wit from Epic brewing.  Who knows what is coming next.  This one off nature of our cask beers is what makes them so exciting.  If you miss one you won't see it again sadly.  

The fight over beer distribution

Wondering where this fight over self distribution of beers is coming from? I certainly was. Well, if you go to the National Beer Wholesalers Association page you can see their rationale for pushing all beer sales through distributors. Without them we'd apparently be drinking poison and dying all the time.


Here is a decent article outlining the fight over self distribution nationally. http://www.examiner.com/article/small-brewers-battle-for-self-distributi...

Also, this page shows you the states that still have self distribution and describes the relevant laws. http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/self-distribu...

So, it looks like the NBWA is really trying to eliminate these self distribution laws and we just got to experience the methods.