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Episode 17: A View of the Brew at UTOG Brewing in Ogden

On this episode of the podcast we return to Ogden, Utah. We speak with Carson Foss, co-owner and brewer of soon-to-be-opened UTOG Brewing Company.

Utah Beer News sat down to talk to the proprietor of what will be Ogden’s newest brewery and restaurant. Final inspections were taking place during our visit and UTOG hopes to be pouring its first pints in April 2019.

Carson, who is a former airline pilot and an award-winning homebrewer, put his heart and soul — and two years of his life — into building a truly unique brewery. In this episode:

  • Carson takes us through the ins-and-outs of his 15-barrel brewhouse. For starters, construction included hauling away 90,000 pounds of concrete to build a spectacular “brew pit” that allows guests a front-row view to the brewing process.
  • We discuss the incredible feats of engineering required to turn a building with a fascinating history into a state-of-the-art brewery and restaurant.
  • And we walk through the lineup of beers that you can expect to enjoy once UTOG Brewing opens to the public in the coming weeks.

Oh, and baseball fans — like me — will love the planned patio that practically butts up against the outfield of Lindquist Field, home to the Ogden Raptors minor-league baseball team. Beer, baseball, and summertime. That sounds pretty good right about now.

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: A View of the Brew at UTOG Brewing Co. to learn more about the brewery.

Episode 16: Roosters Flying High with New B Street Brewery

Founded in 1995 on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street, Roosters Brewing Co. is one of the oldest breweries in the state. Our visit, however, took us to the newest jewel in the Roosters crown — the B Street Brewery. It’s a beautiful 30-barrel production brewery and taproom that opened in December 2018.

We open the show talking briefly with Colton Layton, Roosters Brewery Engineer. But he only had a few minutes before he needed to head downstairs to oversee the latest canning run of Patio Pilsner.

From there, we dive into the past, the present, and the future with Roosters Head Brewer (Ogden) Jacquie King.

  • We talk about the legacy of Roosters Brewing in Ogden and how it helped to revitalize Historic 25th Street
  • We discuss Jacquie’s role as head brewer and how she is a well-respected advocate for the Utah craft beer community
  • And we chat about a few events Roosters has planned to celebrate Women’s History Month

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: Roosters Flying High with New B Street Brewery to learn more about the brewery.

Episode 15: Hoppers Grill & Brewing: ‘Boutique’ Brewery a Perfect Fit

Hoppers Grill and Brewing is a Midvale institution and one of Utah’s longest running breweries. The brewpub opened in 1996 and is located at 890 East Fort Union Boulevard. It’s known for brewing award-winning lagers and offering tasty pub food.

Utah Beer News traveled to Hoppers to visit with Marketing Manager Natalie Rogers and General Manager Brock Blonquist.

  • They sit down to discuss the brewery’s history and how it came to be locally owned and operated. It’s a fascinating journey propelled by a hole-in-one.
  • I ask if they believe Hoppers sometimes gets overlooked — especially with all the new up-and-coming breweries in the state.
  • And we chat about the future of beer in the Beehive and the role Hoppers hopes to play as a longstanding member of the Utah beer community.

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: Hoppers Grill & Brewing: ‘Boutique’ Brewery a Perfect Fit to learn more about the beer directly from brewmaster Donovan Steele.

Episode 14: Level Crossing Brewing on Track to Open in South Salt Lake

Level Crossing Brewing is set to open in South Salt Lake in March 2019. On this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear from three key players on:

  • The joys and challenges of starting a brewery from scratch
  • The booming craft beer scene in Utah
  • Their favorite local beers of the moment
  • And we even touch on some political stuff
  • Plus, we talk about the beers that will be available when Level Crossing Brewing opens to the public

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: All Aboard! Level Crossing Rolls Into South Salt Lake.

Episode 13: Salt Flats Brewing Puts Foot on the Gas

Salt Flats Brewing isn’t a stranger to moving fast and jockeying for position. Its tradition is steeped in high-powered, high-performance racecars.

And that’s where the name Salt Flats Brewing comes in — an homage to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats located 125 miles west of the brewery.

Utah Beer News visited the brewery to talk about the history of Salt Flats as well as its current projects and its ambitious plans for the future.

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: Salt Flats Brewing Puts Foot on the Gas.

Episode 12: Solstice Malt Founder Puts Heart & Soul Into His Craft

Solstice Malt is Utah’s first malting operation in more than a half-century. Its founder, James Weed, in many ways is a throwback to a time when maltsters manually turned grain into the so-called “soul of beer.”

Hear Weed explain the three main stages of malting, as well as how he largely built his malt house from the ground up.

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read the accompanying article: Solstice Malt Founder Puts Heart & Soul Into His Craft.

Episode 11: Utah Craft Beers to Sip During the Holidays

Dave Baker and Tim Haran savor the last days of warm weather while discussing — and tasting — seven Utah craft beers perfect for the colder days ahead.

  • Brut Style India Pale Ale (Kiitos Brewing)
  • Griswald’s Holiday Ale (Red Rock Brewing)
  • Young Bruin Sour Brown Ale (Toasted Barrel Brewing)
  • Sweet Dreams Imperial Porter (Shades Brewing)
  • It’s Not Just For Breakfast Stout (2 Row Brewing)
  • Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout (Epic Brewing)
  • Barrel Aged Barley Wine Ale (Kiitos Brewing)

We also highlight a few beer-themed events happening in Utah between now and the end of the year.

Once you’re finished listening to the podcast, be sure to read Dave’s accompanying article: Unwrap a Six Pack of Utah Holiday Beers.

Episode 10: Meet Utah Homebrewer, Pilot, Bassoonist Ryan Van Liere

Ryan Van Liere — known to many as The Flying Bassoonist — is a Utah-based homebrewer who also happens to play the not-so-common bassoon and pilot/build aircraft.

Utah Beer News sat down with Van Liere to learn how he got started in homebrewing, where he found his love for craft beer, and what he thinks of the Utah craft beer scene.

One quick clarification from the audio interview: Big Bad Baptist (not Son of a Baptist) from Epic Brewing Co. is one of Van Liere’s beers of the moment.

Once you’re finished listening, be sure to check out the accompanying website article as well: Meet a Homebrewer Who Plays Bassoon and Flies Airplanes.

Episode 9: Shades Brewing — New Branding & Kveik Updates

In some ways, it’s always been simply Shades Brewing. It’s rare for someone to refer to the South Salt Lake brewery by its formal name — Shades of Pale Brewing Company.

So Shades is going all-in to better leverage what it believes to be strong name recognition and brand equity.

Utah Beer News talks with Shades CMO Dave Murray about the shift, which goes deeper than merely a name change and label reboot. Instead, it’s positioning Shades as an identity, a personality.

We also chat with Trent Fargher, Shades founder, about what’s next for the line of kveik golden sour ales. The brewery is fresh off a gold-medal win at the Great American Beer Festival for its Kveik 1.

Once you’re finished listening, be sure to check out the accompanying website article as well: Shades Brewing Unveils New Name, Branding.

Episode 8: Craft Beer Educator — Eric Meyer of Purgatory Bar

Eric Meyer manages Purgatory bar in Salt Lake City. Even though it’s known for fun, unique cocktails, Purgatory’s laid back atmosphere, upscale food, and attention to its beer menu, draws a beer-drinking crowd. Its selection includes 60+ varieties of bottled/canned beers and 20 tap handles.

Utah Beer News sits down to chat with Meyer to talk about beer and taste a few local brews. Included in the episode:

  • Meyer is studying to become a Certified Cicerone®. What does that mean?
  • We taste — and evaluate — three local beers. Hop Nosh IPA (Uinta Brewing), Double Trub’l IIPA (Shades Brewing), and Bobcat Nutbrown Ale (Red Rock Brewing)
  • Meyer talks about a new beer bar — Boiler Room — that’s in the works

Once you’re finished listening, be sure to check out the accompanying website article as well: Craft Beer Education: Eric Meyer’s Class is in Session.

Episode 7: Fall Beers — From Oktoberfest to Pumpkin Spice

Fall drinking means letting the leaves be your guide. You can switch to suds with a little more color — amber, copper, etc. Dave Baker and Tim Haran sit down to sip and evaluate five fall beers perfect for the season. They also talk about the origins of Oktoberfest and highlight a couple local events happening around town.

Once you’re finished listening, be sure to check out the accompanying website article as well: Fall Beers: From Oktoberfest to Pumpkin Spice.

Episode 6: 2 Row Brewing’s Brian Coleman

2 Row Brewing, which opened in 2015 in Midvale, Utah, helped to usher in a new wave of breweries in the Beehive State. Brian Coleman, founder and president, sat down with Utah Beer News to talk about his love for brewing. Our wide-ranging interview touches on several beer-related topics:

  • 2 Row Brewing’s wild ride to opening up shop
  • The value of developing your palate for beer
  • The brewery’s approach to its social media
  • How 2 Row’s super-cool bottle labels came about

And much more! Be sure to check out the accompanying website article as well: 2 Row Brewing: A Breath of Fresh Beer

Episode 5: Utah Beer Event Grab Bag

It’s not a question of which beer event to attend. But rather how many can I squeeze into my day? This episode of the podcast takes listeners on a Hops Hunters Hike and to downtown Salt Lake City for the annual Pie & Beer Day festivities. It also crosses state lines to visit the Evanston Brewfest. The episode accompanies an article that discusses even more beer-related events. Check it out.

Episode 4: Utah Summer BBQ Beers

Utah Beer News discusses a handful of craft beers perfect for your next summer BBQ or other gathering. David Baker and Tim Haran talk about six beers, each of which is readily available at your local Utah grocery store. David writes about these six and adds four more in his article 10 Utah Craft Beers Perfect for Your Next BBQ. Don’t go to your next get-together unprepared! Listen to what beers you should be taking with you to be the hit of your BYOB BBQ.

Episode 3: Mountain West Hard Cider

In June, Mountain West Hard Cider invited Utah Beer News to tour their cidery in the Marmalade District of Salt Lake City. Mountain West is the first established cidery in Utah. I chatted with Laci Brown — aka “Ciderella” — and Jess Pechmann. During our conversation I learned a lot about the cidering process and the products Mountain West offers. We also talked about how Mountain West works diligently to build a community around its ciders. The latest example is The Garten, an all ages, outdoor gathering place next to Mountain West. Events are planned throughout the summer.

Episode 2: Hops on the Hill

Utah Beer News attended the season-opening Hops on the Hill event at picturesque Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. It pairs craft beer with delectable food. Live music is also on the menu. We chatted with Chef Zane Holmquist, as well as representatives from RoHa Brewing Project and Squatters Craft Beers. The series, now in its sixth summer, runs each Tuesday through Aug. 28, 2018.

Episode 1: Shades Brewing Company

Utah Beer News sat down with Shades Brewing Company‘s Trent Fargher and Marcio Buffolo to discuss the brewery’s history. The majority of the interview, however, centers on kveik — an ancient yeast the brewers are using to create a series of golden sour beers.