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New Beer from Epic

Epic BBBEpic BBBEpic has just released their latest new beers. I know, I know... it's beer hours at least since Epic released a new beer.  JK guys ;-)

#1 on the new releases is the Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout.  Perhaps you remember the Jack Mormon Stout they recently released. Quite tasty and apparenty too offensive to actually sell in the state liquor stores.  Well, proving that they are equal opportunity offenders, here comes the Baptist.

At 11.7% ABV  this Imperial Stout is flavored with coffee and cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels. 




Also arriving today is Epic's Pro-Am beer Festivious Scotch Ale.  Brewed in colaboration with local homebrewer Mike Hahn (long time friend of The Bayou and Beer Nut's Mark Alston) this  Scotch Ale should be great. 

If you are not familiar with the Pro-Am beers here's the scoop.  The Great American Beer Festival has introduced a new category in their competition for beers brewed using a local homebrewers recipe with that homebrewer.  Several local breweries have jumped in to this program and have produced some amazing beers.  We still have Uinta's Schwartz Pro-Am beer which was brewed withTravis Grimm's.

Tenaya Creek in the house

We just received a shipment of beers from the great Las Vegas brewery Tenaya Creek.  Fortunately for us, it is a total myth that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Tenaya Creek was established in 1999 by ex Utahn and Uinta brewer Tim Etter with his brothers and sisters. In early 1993, during his college days at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Tim's roommate introduced him to the art of making beer. From a hobby in the tiny apartment, a full time career started to blossom. Attendance at UC Davis in Northern California studying Fermentation Science was next, then back to Salt Lake City to work with a new start-up: Uinta Brewing Company. After enjoying  tremendous success at Uinta, it was time to break away and create Teneya Creek Brewery.

Tim's beers are amazing and while he left Utah in order to produce them luckly for us he is bringing them back up for us to enjoy.  I mean that literally as well, this order of ours was driven up to SLC by none other than Tim himself.

Hop Ride India Pale AleHop Ride India Pale AleHop Ride India Pale Ale (7.2% alc/vol)…This beer is brewed using 2-Row, wheat, Vienna and caramel malts and is hopped with Summit’s for bittering and flavor and Ahtanum for aroma. This IPA was also dry-hopped,  with Ahtanum, Challenger and Chinook hops. Tenaya Creek's IPA is an American style IPA that has a high amount of bitterness but is well balanced and very drinkable.



Calico BrownCalico Brown

Calico Brown Ale (5.6% alc/vol)…Light brown in color, this ale is quite malty while the hop flavor is generally lower than that of the other ales. Don't let that leave you thinking that this beer is boring. On the contrary, this is a great brown ale. Perfect for these cooling autumn nights.




Tandem Double IPATandem Double IPA

Tandem Double India Pale Ale limited release (9.0% alc/vol) Didn't get enough hops or alcohol from Tenaya Creek's IPA? Give this Double IPA a try.  While definately agressively hopped, this DIPA is incredibly drinkable and a superb addition to our ever growing list of double ipa's.

BrewDog beers in the house!

After a long, long wait we have finally received an order of BrewDog beers. Due to the recent buyout of Anchor Brewing by BrewDog the order took much longer than normal and we were only able to get 4 of their beers.  Hopefully we will be able to add more in the future.

BrewDog 5AM Saint 7.00

Garnering a whopping 96 points out of 100 at this 5% abv is often described as the best red ale around. I know that if I had to pick one desert island beer that this would be on the top of my list

Malts: Marris Otter, Crystal Malt Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops





BrewDog Hardcore IPA 8.00

You thought 96 out of 100 points was impressive? Hardcore IPA is rated 99 points out of a hundred! 

This Imperial/Double IPA is "hopped to hell, then dry-hopped to hell too."

According to BrewDog "This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars."

All we know is that we are damned glad to finally get it in.



BrewDog Tokio 22.00

Holy crap! Tokio is an 18.2% "intergalactic fantastic oak aged" Imperial Stout. Make sure to bring some friends down with you to help drink and pay for this one.  

This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation BrewDog dry-hops this killer stout with a bucketload of their favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips.

Yes, I know the bottle at the left says "Tokyo".  The batch we received is from a previous naming of Tokio and trust me this is a good thing. This beer could be laid down for years with it's insane level of alcohol.

BrewDog Paradox Smokehead 22.00

This whisky cask aged imperial stout spends a full 6 months in cask before being bottled. It seems to me that there is quite a bit of whisky left in those casks as well. You won't easily forget this beer.

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