Wednesday, June 30, 2010


There will always be an asterisk* next to the total number of brews I have sampled because I don't consider cider to be all actuality, I consider it to be Satan's ass sweat. With that being said, to appease friends or maybe because I lost a bet or two, I have sampled a disgustingly high number of these foul "brews". In an effort not to have to remember these horrible concoctions on an individual basis, I will list them here and swear to never sample another cider of my own volition ever again! (I know, I am setting myself up for more instances where this will be the losing bargaining chip...)

Keep in mind I consider this to be a Public Service Announcement to stay away from this prison hooch...some of which looks as innocent as my daughter's Juicy Juice, and may smell like a Blow Pop - but this stuff is worse than any Smirnoff Ice or Mike's Hard Lemonade you will ever come across. Some of it will give you diabetes with its smell of vanilla frosting or the taste of honey mixed with pear (guys...I just gagged!). Any way you look at it, after sampling one of these I am left wishing I had a bottle of Jagermeister to wash my mouth out!

Here are the pedophiles drinks of choice that I plan to NEVER try again:

Hornsby's Hard Cider - Amber Draft

Magner's Irish Cider

Original Sin Hard Cider

Woodchuck Amber Draft

Woodchuck Granny Smith Draft

Woodchuck Limited Release Spring Cider 2010

Woodchuck Pear Draft

Crispin Honey Crisp

Crispin Original Cider

Harp Lager

This beer was originally made in 1960, and despite many common misconceptions, it was not produced by Arthur Guinness or his famous brewery in Dublin. This confusion is a result of the brew's use of the Brian Boru Harp as its logo, the same emblem found as part of the Guinness crest.

Harp Lager itself is underwhelming, and although it serves its purpose for a good Black & Tan, I will always prefer a Bass. This beer is a clear, bright yellow with a one-finger head of small bubbles. The smell is a bit lemony, with some faint hop aroma. The taste is simply too light - not watery because the mouthfeel is medium-bodied - but just not much flavor. Light, sweet malt and a bit of hop balance is all you will get from this one...

Harbin Lager

I am surprisingly fond of Asian brews, maybe because they pair so well with the foods I tend to order - heavily sauced and usually very spicy.

Harbin Lager is one of the best in my opinion...A perfectly clear, light yellow beer with a thin head that settles to just a ring around the glass. The smell is of lemony hops, and the first taste is crisp with a hoppy bite to it. Unfortunately, in 2004 the brewery was taken over by Anheuser-Busch, but at least so far they haven't messed with the recipe. The other advantage to this brew is that it comes in an army tank of a bottle, perfect for BBQ's where kids might be around to knock it over (or you yourself if you have too many!).

Legacy Brewing Hedonism Red Ale

So, apparently Legacy Brewing Company - the world-class makers of Hedonism, Hoptimus Prime, Brown Aled Girl, Dear Abbey Dubbel and others is OUT OF BUSINESS?! I just learned this while searching for their website...Guess I had better stock up while I can!

Legacy's Hedonism Red Ale is a ruby red/copper color with a small head of tiny white bubbles. The brew smells of butterscotch and hops. This beer has a heavy, 7 malt base with a smooth, buttery flavor and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The 7% ABV brew is very good with an even better aftertaste...what Legacy calls an "orgy of hop aroma and flavor". I'm just glad I was able to grab one after production had stopped!

Brasil Palma Louca

You would really think the host of the world's largest party (Carnivale) would be able to come up with a better brew! This beer is produced by the Cervejaria Kaiser in Brazil, and its Portuguese translation is "Wild Palm".

Kaiser's Brasil Palma Louca is a clear, watery gold pilsner beer with literally no head whatsoever. The brew smells dry like a Riesling, and tastes skunky and fruity. There is a little bit of hops, a little bit of malt, and just a little bit of flavor - and what I can taste is not good. I think after this brew it is about time I start checking labels to stay away from pilsner beer...

Cape Ann Brewing Fisherman's Brew

Is there anything good that comes out of Massachusetts? I mean the Celtics pretty much fail at life, Tom Brady needs to go ahead and come out of the closet, and the Red Sox seriously can't keep their best players from running off to the Yankees...The only good thing the state has going for it is Samuel Adams!

Case and point, Cape Ann's Fisherman's Brew is a completely forgettable beer. Based out of Glouchester, Massachusetts, this American amber lager produces a thin white head of tiny bubbles. It smells of toffee and caramel and the first taste is sweet malt and a bit of nuttiness. It is all ok, but I have had a million brews (probably literally) like it and they have all begun to run together. I'm gonna go grab a Sam Adams Latitude 48 to get this taste out of my mouth...

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Man, they really know how to do it right down under! I am now 3-for-3 with Coopers, and I guess now I really need to try their homebrew kit...

Coopers Sparkling Ale is a very hazy, gold to almost brown at the top with a thick foamy head. This lacy brew smell of pale malt and light hops. The first sip is bready malt and spicy hops, and is very good. The brew is medium-bodied and has a unique flavor I can't quite place...This flagship brew is top fermented, and produces a sediment when bottled so the brewers recommend "the rock" (gently rocking the bottle from side-to-side) prior to the pour to stir it all. This brew has been in production since 1862 when Thomas Cooper himself developed the recipe. How's that for a legacy?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Carlsberg Pilsner

I have literally been looking for this beer for over 3 years! It is nearly impossible to find, because technically the only place it is distributed in North America is Canada...

The official beer, and title sponsor of the Liverpool FC of the Premier League, Carlsberg Pilsner is brewed in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon finally finding this beer (thanks Ned's Beer & Wine!) I was a little worried about the green bottle...

This beer is a light pilsner gold with a foamy white head that looks like Styrofoam. The brew smells of pale malt, and is a little buttery in the first sip. The taste of this beer is light, refreshing and good - not incredible, but certainly great compared with a Heineken or Grolsch, which it resembles. Just wondering why they have no US market?!

Belhaven Wee Heavy Scottish Ale

From the makers of Twisted Thistle - probably my favorite IPA ever - comes another incredible brew. I mean, honestly who knows a Scottish ale better than the Scots themselves? Especially since Belhaven has been making this brew since1719!

Belhaven's Wee Heavy Handcrafted Scottish Ale is the color of a well aged single malt Scotch - a light mahogany. Poured from its over-a-pint bottle, this 6.5% ABV brew produces a three-finger off-white head of small, lacy bubbles. The aroma smells oddly like rye to me, but the first taste is malted barley over hops.

This is definitely a beer to sip, it is heavy and delicious. The brew is full-bodied (is there heavier adjective we can come up with?) and tastes like a brewed rather than distilled version of Glenlivet. In other words, it has been brewed perfectly for almost 300 years! Why mess with a good thing?....

Unibroue La Fin du Monde

This is one of the most highly touted beers of gave it their coveted Bros. A+ rating, and it has won a total of 24 international medals.

Unibroue's La Fin du Monde translates as, "The End of the World", in a nod to the European explorers that thought they had discovered the edge when they landed in the New World. The brewery spent 18 months researching the yeast for this brew, and as a result this beer has won more awards than any other Canadian brew.

The beer is hazy yellow in color and in appearance is similar to a German hefeweizen. It produces a huge head of white foamy bubbles, and smells fruity and of heavy yeast. The first sip is a bit alcohol heavy, but not overwhelming, and has notes of citrus and varying spices. This triple fermented beer sits heavily at 9% ABV, but still maintains its sweetness from the malts and yeast.

All of this to say I am now questioning my beer mettle, because despite all of its honors and awards I thought this beer was just is already known that I have trouble with Tripel style ales, but in my opinion something like Duvel or even (and this may be blasphemous) a local, Starr Hill's Trippel have this one beat. Don't get me wrong, this was a good beer, but I just don't buy into the hype. Feel free to throw your comments at me below...

Black Sheep Brewery Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale

Being that its namesake is one of the greatest movies of all time, I was hoping that this beer would live up to my expectations. Unfortunately, this was not the case...

Black Sheep Brewery's Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale is nothing short of a failed gimmick. The idea was great, and the description, "tempered over burning witches" may be funny, but the brew just couldn't live up to the hype. In reality, Black Sheep was commissioned to make this beer for the 30th anniversary of the Pythons - in my opinion they should have picked Fullers!

The problem with this beer is in the addition of fruity hops...they add a distinct dry taste to the brew that is not unlike a homemade wine I have tasted. The beer itself is a golden yellow hue with a very thin white head. It smells like a Belgian tripel, but the taste is very fruity and bitter - a combination I didn't enjoy. The beer was bubbly, and tasted a bit similar to Dogfish's Midas Touch with the muscat grapes and saffron. The only good part of this beer was the small amount of bready malt in the finish. Was really hoping for more with this one!

Left Hand Good Juju

Right there with Terrapin, another brewery I have been very impressed with lately is Left Hand. Their personal history is a page right out of any craft beer drinker's fairy tale...a guy was given a home brewing kit as a Christmas present from his brother, and after roughly three years of experimenting and letting his friends taste the samples he moved to Colorado to start a brewery. A couple of Great American Beer Festival medals to get their name out, and now they are distributed in 29 states! Quite a story, and something definitely to get you thinking...

Left Hand's Good Juju, a Spring seasonal, is a beer brewed with ginger - what they call a, "refreshing frivolity". The labels for the Left Hand brews just keep getting cooler - this one sports an awesome Mexican candy skull with a cobra and a mongoose for eyes and a variance of little animals making it look like a Highlights Hidden Pictures puzzle (don't tell me you don't remember them!).

The beer is a golden color with a one-finger foamy white head. It smells of the ginger, and is VERY good! Like a cross between an American pale ale and an English bitter, the ginger is noticeable in the finish of this medium-bodied brew. The crispness is incredible, and would pair very well with spicy food. Find a witchdoctor and grab some of this brew!

Leffe Blonde Ale

Another Belgian Abbey ale, Leffe Blonde, has been produced by the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe since at least 1240, the earliest date on record for the brewery - but its history could go back further.

The ale is a deep gold color with a two-finger lacy white head. This brew smells of sweet malt and the instantly recognizable sourdough smell of Belgian yeast. The beer is very sweet, and it is good although after all these years I am still having trouble getting past the absence of any bitterness...However, after tasting Leffe I just might be finally coming around to Tripel style ale!

Speakeasy Brewing Prohibition Ale

During the Prohibition, San Francisco became a hub for illegal bars and secret mob run breweries. The city's underground network of tunnels and abandoned subway systems linked the basements of buildings and provided the perfect set-up for illicit booze consumption. Lately, entrepreneurs have attempted to revitalize some of these old watering holes - with modern updates of course.

In an effort to take advantage of the renewed interest of this era, Speakeasy Brewing has produced a mob-influenced line of brews including their Prohibition Ale.

This beer is amber colored with a huge 3-4 inch tan head of large bubbles and lace. It smells heavily of floral hops and the first taste is sweet caramel malt followed by bitter hop flavoring. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and the finish is all grassy hops leaving a very bitter aftertaste. Speakeasy's signature brew is a good one!

Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale Farmhouse Ale

Could there be a more white-trash craft brew on the face of this planet? The orange can, pig mural on the front, and a name like "Porkslap"?

But despite the sketchy exterior, Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale is a real winner...This all malt, hazy amber ale pours with a 3 inch tan foam head. It smells like hickory smoke and bacon fat mixed with grassy hops, and despite that pleasant description the brew is very appetizing. The brewers add a touch of ginger that gives the beer a very distinctive flavor. This medium-bodied brew has a very crisp finish, so grab a six-pack of these crazy cans to take to your next barbecue!

Iron City Beer Premium Lager

So you can probably guess where this beer originates - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but could you spot it as I could in the new, soon-to-be-hit movie "She's Out of My League"? The brew was a fixture throughout this hilarious film, but unfortunately no amount of product placement will ever make this a good beer...

Iron City Beer has been brewing this Red Stripe lookalike since 1861. The beer comes in a full pint medicine bottle (hence the giant Red Srtipe comment) and pours a clear straw color with a two-finger head of small bubbles. The brew smells like a white wine and at first taste is slightly bitter. There really isn't much flavor to speak of, and the beer is kind of dry. It isn't terrible, but definitely not impressive either. I hear it is Ben Roethlisberger's drink of choice, so just one more reason to stay away from it!...

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Yet another fantastic brew from Terrapin!...and this one is a true IPA, in my opinion one-upping their Hop Karma Brown IPA.

Terrapin's Hopsecutioner IPA is an orange colored brew with a thin, off-white head of large bubbles that fades quickly. Surprise, surprise, the beer smells like a large batch of hops due to the 6 different types of hops used including the Cascades used in dry-hopping. The blending of these batches creates a delicious hop flavor. The 7.2% ABV kind of helps you warm up too. You just can't go wrong with Terrapin! The catchphrase of this one says it all - You may lose your hophead over this one!

Terrapin Hop Karma Brown IPA

I have been absolutely infatuated with everything coming out of Terrapin's Athens, Georgia brewery! Their Monster Beer Tour was awesome (still have yet to locate a Gamma Ray), and their lower ABV brews have been delicious as well...

Continuing in the sampling of their year-rounders, Terrapin's Hop Karma Brown IPA did not let me down. This dark brown/ruby brew produced a three-finger tan head of big bubbles. The smell is of floral hops, and the first sip is a heavy earthy malt base chased by a bitter hop finish.

There is an obnoxious amount of ingredients that go into the production of this beer: 5 different types of hops for the IPA mixed with a 7 malt brown ale. The catchphrase is fitting - Peace, Love and Hoppiness!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Left Hand Brewing 400 Pound Monkey

When I saw this brew I thought, "Left Hand, IPA, funny name, cool label, we go". Little did I know how exquisite this beer would be!

Left Hand's 400 Pound Monkey is an IPA, but the likeness stops there...the brewers decided to go in a completely new direction with this one, starting with bready English malt and rare hops. The beer is a clear straw yellow with a one-finger white foam head. It smells of hops, but has overtones of caramel and butterscotch.

The first taste of this beer is very strong grassy hops, but the flavoring is a little different. The Magnum, Boadicea and Sovereign hops used are more earthy and herbal (quoting the website, and I agree). Soon after, toffee sweetness comes in a wave from the malt. At 6.8% ABV the sweetness was very surprising, and the aftertaste is the best part! Full of flavor, creamy and smooth this beer is one to savor.

Stoudt's American Pale Ale

Ten years in a row, this beer has been Stoudt's "flag"ship brew (yes, pun intended). This Adamstown, Pennsylvania brewery was established in 1962 and they make some really good beer!

Stoudt's American Pale Ale is a honey colored brew with a foamy head of small bubbles about two-fingers high. The beer smells of floral hops and citrus. There is immediately a wonderful hop taste, and the piney, bitter hops stay with this medium-bodied beer the whole way through. I really enjoyed this beer!

UPDATE: This just in...Stoudt's American Pale Ale was just ranked the New York Times' #3 best Pale Ale for 2010!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Geary's Summer Ale

Geary's is a brewery in Portland, Maine founded in 1983. Each year in a unique way to help out the community, the brewery puts on a competition for students at the Maine College of Art to design their Summer Ale's packaging. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship to be applied to their school bill.

Geary's Summer Ale itself is a clear, golden orange with a big bubbly head that is both fluffy in appearance and lacing. The brew smells of apricot and you can taste pale English malt. Their is a good spicy hop balance to the beer that makes this a great summer session brew.

Abita Amber Ale

Checked out the "official" grand opening (I have been several times already) of Ned's Beer & Wine during their Block Party yesterday.

A good time with some good food (Rivermont Pizza was serving their chocolate chip stout ice cream, ribs from Bedford Avenue Meat Shop, and sides from Mangia and Fainting Goat Catering), I went with my brother-in-law and we were part of the first ten people in the door - meaning I picked up a sweet Abita frosted pint glass from which to sample their draft root beer, straight from the keg! With the pint glass in hand, I just had to pick up Abita's Amber Ale to sample when I got home.

Back to the beer...all Abita beers are brewed with their local Louisiana spring water. This brew in particular is a Munich style amber brewed with pale and crystal malt. I am starting to be able to pick out the differences now, and I really am starting to stray away from the lighter crystal. However, the combination in this beer is great! The beer is more orange than red, and has a big bubbly head. The nose is all malt.

This was Abita's first brew and is their flagship. The taste is a lot lighter than I was expecting from a heavily malted brew, but that speaks to the crystal malt. There is still a lot of flavor, and the beer is incredibly refreshing. This beer is very easy to drink!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

O'Hara's Irish Red

So the night started off bad with the Old Brown Dog, but then this beer comes in to redeem the evening!

O'Hara's Irish Red is an incredibly flavorful dark ruby beer that smells a bit like lightly buttered toast. The beer has a small off white head of tiny bubbles. This brew was very complex - a first taste of spicy hop bitterness turns to malty sweetness. The flavor palate is very unique and delicious, malty and wonderful - where else can you make an Irish Red but in Ireland?  Not to mention that O'Hara's stout is one of the best beers I have ever had out of a bottle!

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Back to that brewery with the crazy labels...

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is a light brown/amber color with a tiny brown head. The aroma is of roasted malt and pecans. The mouthfeel of this beer was way too thin in my opinion - it completely detracted from the flavor of the beer. The taste is all roasted and caramel malts, and there isn't much flavor to speak of...the little bit that I get is earthy, like smoked peat. There are no hops to balance the flavor, and where there is usually a bit of sweetness there was only bitterness. This was NOT a great beer, and I know Smuttynose can do better.

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner

I sampled North Coast's Scrimshaw Pilsner several years ago, but haven't been able to relocate it since...until now, and even better - this time it was on tap!

This beer is absolutely delicious, and can be drunk by the keg! The beer is a golden wheat color with a thin white head. The smell is of floral hops and pale malt, but the first sip is ALL HOPS. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, something I always expect from a pilsner, but the amount of flavor that comes out is abundant. There are both bitter and spicy hops in the flavor, and just enough pale malt to add some texture. Really a great beer! Now if only I could find some of the North Coast Acme line...

Allagash White

Wheat beer is just perfect for summer, and really pairs well with about anything. And if I am going to drink a wheat beer, (no offense to Blue Moon but it just can't hang) I'm gonna drink an Allagash.

Allagash White is a hazy gold with a foamy, thin white head. It smells almost like a melted stick of butter, but the first taste is doughy Belgian yeast and warm alcohol. The buttery flavor fades in quickly and brings in some very complex flavors. There is some definite spiciness in this brew, which could not be better because of the incredible nachos I was tasting with the beer at Rivermont Pizza. At some point about 3/4 of the way through the beer I couldn't tell where the jalapenos left off and the beer began! Great beer!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale

Yet another big winner at Rivermont Pizza...and might I add that this tiny strip of stores and restaurants now makes up 95% of my beer purchases! Between RP, Magnolia Foods, and the newly added Ned's Beer & Wine, I need only drive about 7 minutes from my house to find an incredible array of suds!

Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale is an amber ale with a medium sized tan head. The nose is intensely floral hops due to dry hopping. Taste is very smooth, despite the heavy hopping because of the heavy caramel malt base. Well balanced until the finish, where the sweetness of the malt leaves a delicious toffee flavor. Is not currently being produced, so if you can find one - grab it!

SweetWater Brewing 420 Extra Pale Ale

Don't you just love layovers? I do, especially when it means dropping $8 for a beer in the Sam Adams Atlanta Airport Brewpub...(hopefully you can sense the sarcasm)

So, having already tried everything that ole' Jim Koch had to offer at this establishment, I found the only beer not produced in Boston, SweetWater Brewing's 420 Extra Pale Ale. SweetWater is located right there in Atlanta, so I figured that even if the beer sucked at least it was brewed locally! Plus, it always helps when they drop it off in a 1 liter mug...

The brew is a brilliant gold color with hardly any head whatsoever. There is also very little smell - I may have picked up a little floral hop/citrus. The first sip picked up a little more grassy hop flavor and a lot of sweet malt, a little too sweet for me, but still maintained a very light mouthfeel. This brew was a little too watery - the taste overall was good but the thinness ruined it for me - good, but not great.

Squatter's Provo Girl Pilsner

Sitting at the Salt City airport getting ready to head back to VA, I notice there is a Squatter's Brewpub in Terminal C - I still have a chance to sample another one of their fine beers!

Their Provo Girl Pilsner is a pale yellow brew with a one-finger white head of medium bubbles and heavy lacing. The smell is of pale malt, and the first sip has a light mouthfeel but good taste of the malt, some spicy yeast and bittering hops. This was literally the perfect beer to gulp right before hopping on the plane as it wasn't too heavy and had a great clean finish...If only I had had time for a couple more!

Bohemian Brewery Cherny Bock

I normally try to go as local as I can when I visit a new city, but when traveling with other people I sometimes get outvoted...

However, I can definitely think of worse chain restaurants to go to than Buca di Beppo, an amazing family-style Italian chain. Plus, they sell local craft brews straight from the tap!

Bohemian is yet another SLC brewery that, judging by this beer, makes some really good stuff. Their Cherny Bock is actually the favorite of their brewmaster - and they normally know best! The beer is a deep dark black with a thick foamy tan head. It is truly a stout, with roasted caramel and chocolate malts and the delicious aroma of fresh brewed java. This beer was incredible, and was served in a huge nearly two-pint glass!

Squatter's Brewmaster Special Weisse Grip

After the amazing Nitro Cream Ale, I was scared that any of Squatter's other year-round brews wouldn't measure up, so I asked if there were any other specialty drafts not on the normal beer list. With a surprised look, the waiter stared at me for a second, and then brought out a tall hefeweizen glass.

Squatter's Brewmaster Special Weisse Grip isn't on their website, so I won't direct you there to look it up. The bartender explained that it is a ramped-up, limited release version of their Kindig Weizen. All wheat malt and a sprinkling of hops, this beer is hazy gold with a small, white head of tiny bubbles. The beer smells noticeably of banana and clove, but is VERY heavy on the alcohol. They couldn't tell me what the content was, but from taste I expect that it was over 8-9% ABV. Despite the warming, this beer was very flavorful and refreshing!

Squatter's Nitro Cream Ale

Squatter's Nitro beers have become somewhat infamous around SLC. They inject nitrogen into the beers to condition and balance heavy hop flavoring, and their Cream Ale is the staple at the brewpub.

Squatter's Nitro Cream Ale is blonde in color with a huge creamy head. This English style ale is the only beer served in a tulip glass for flavor - which were awesome and I had to bring one home. The beer smells of biscuit like an ESB, and the flavor is far off, but the texture is out-of-this-world. There is the perfect amount of hop flavoring, bitter mixed with bready malt and hops again in the finish.

This brew is incredibly smooth, and may be the thickest beer I have ever sampled. Regardless, it was the best brew that I sampled during this trip!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Squatter's Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout

For the second brew sampled during the visit to Squatter's Salt Lake pub I decided to go a bit darker. It also helped that the chicken from the Barbecue Chicken Pizza that I ordered was cooked in this delicious oatmeal stout!

Squatter's Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Sout is black with a tan foamy head. It smells of delicious milk chocolate and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The first taste of this brew is the sweetness of the oatmeal and smoked peat. Silky and smooth, the base of this brew is made from three different malts, roasted barley, oatmeal and a small amount of hops. It paired incredibly well with the pizza!

Squatter's Full Suspension Pale Ale

This is one of the greatest weeks of sports in the world: You have the NBA finals, the US Open at Pebble Beach, and of course the kick-off of the World Cup - including the all important US vs England match. And of course, where do you have to watch this match? In a pub!

Squatter's Brewpub in downtown SLC was the perfect location for the big game. They have an unparalleled approach to conservation, winning numerous awards including the Nation's Greenest Brewpub in 2009. Not to mention they make awesome beer!

So, we showed up about an hour before the game to eat and I started with this beer. Squatter's Full Suspension Pale Ale is a 2-time Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner. The beer is an orange-tinged gold with a thin white head. The smell is of citrus and piney hops with first taste of bready pale malt and hops. This beer was unfiltered, dry hopped, very good, and a perfect starter to a great lunch!

Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock

Perhaps the hardest part (but also the most fun) of visiting a new city is picking out where to eat each night. So, on Friday looking off the balcony of a hotel room we got the bright idea to check out a local spot featured on the hit TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Guy Fieri knows his mexican food! If you ever get to SLC, you have to head to the Red Iguana and sample the Tacos Don Ramon (same thing he tried while there)...and while at, why not pair this amazing cuisine with a glass of Wasatch Brewing's The Devastator Double Bock.

This brew is an amber lager that weighs in at a hefty 8% ABV - and considering beer brewed for a brewpub in Salt Lake is limited to 4%, this is actually considered liquor! The beer is light brown with a foamy off-white head, and smells like freshly baked bread. A full bodied, slightly sweet beer, there is a heavy warming sensation from this brew considered "liquid bread".