3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery

3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery
3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery. Beer Pictured: Cool Fuzz Hazy Pale Ale

3 Beers with a Brewer is a series in which Utah Beer News asks a local craft brewer to talk about three beers he/she finds tasty, intriguing, etc. This time, we visit with Dave Watson, of Bonneville Brewery.

Cool Fuzz Hazy Pale Ale, Bonneville Brewery

3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery - Cool Fuzz
Cool Fuzz, a 5% ABV hazy pale ale, features Cashmere hops.

Tooele’s Bonneville Brewery tapped its first foray into the “haze craze” on New Year’s Eve 2019. Cool Fuzz, a 5% ABV New England-style pale ale, features Cashmere hops.

“I’m not the guy jumping on the latest thing,” says Bonneville Head Brewer Dave Watson. “But I finally had to get hazy with it. It’s 100% Cashmere hops, which is a new hop for me.”

Blasts of lime and tropical fruit jump out. All hops were added post-boil. That contributes a juicy flavor and aroma with minimal bitterness.

“It’s not going to get widespread distribution, but I think it’s worth (the trip),” Watson says.

You should still be able to find Cool Fuzz at Bonneville Brewery and at select All Star Bowling & Entertainment centers.

In the Pines Hazy Pale Ale, Level Crossing Brewing Co.

3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery - In the Pines
Bonneville’s Dave Watson and Level Crossing’s Chris Detrick go way back. Both were photojournalist before becoming brewers. Photo Credit: Level Crossing Brewing Co.

Watson goes way back with Level Crossing Brewing Co. Head Brewer Chris Detrick. Detrick, in his homebrewing days, regularly stopped into The Beer Nut, where Watson worked. Plus, they both were newspaper photojournalists before becoming professional brewers.

“I had my first In the Pines the other day,” Watson says. “It features a lot of Cashmere hops. That was new to me, and I was talking to Detrick about it.”

In the Pines, a 5% ABV hazy pale ale, must’ve made an impression on Watson. So much so that the Bonneville brewer relied on Cashmere to power his first hazy pale ale (see: Cool Fuzz).

Redline Irish Style Red Ale, Bonneville Brewery

3 Beers with a Brewer | Dave Watson, Bonneville Brewery
Redline Irish Style Red Ale is one of Bonneville’s signature beers — it was also the Tooele brewery’s first seasonal offering. Photo Credit: Bonneville Brewery

In Bonneville’s early days, its owner sought a seasonal beer. One day, while Watson taught a class for brewery employees on how to properly serve beer, owner Brad Shepherd asked: “Are you going to do any seasonal beers? If so, what are they?”

Watson, caught somewhat off-guard with course packets in hand, blurted: “How about an Irish Red?”

And so became Redline Irish Style Red Ale.

“It’s a recipe I’ve been brewing for years (before Bonneville),” Watson says. “What has become our signature beer was also our first seasonal.”

It’s a solid recipe, it’s a style Watson enjoys drinking, and there aren’t a ton of Irish Reds in the market. “It fills a spot that isn’t occupied,” he says of Redline, a 5% ABV brew available on draft and in bottles.

Thanks to Dave Watson for sharing three beers with us. If you’re a brewer who would like to be featured in our 3 Beers with a Brewer series, please get in touch.

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