When I visited the newly opened SaltFire Brewing Co. in SLC recently, their pub wasn’t quite finished and open. However, I was able to score a handful of really excellent brews from their retail bottle shop and enjoy them at home.
Owner Ryan Miller has created a number of great beers, including Charlotte Sometimes Summer Blonde Ale, Füry Kölsch, Saison de Trahison, Nzed Pilsner, Dirty Chai Stout and a series of single-hopped IPAs called A Series of Singularities: each batch is brewed with a different hop varietal. I tried one of them brewed with Australian Vic Secret hops and it was wonderful, with notable fruit flavors from the Vic Secret hops.
But my favorite brew from SaltFire of the ones I tried is 12 Monkeys Double IPA. This bad boy packs a punch, weighing in at 9.1% ABV. The brewers got it right in describing 12 Monkeys at “massively hoppy.” Hopheads will love it. The hops used in 12 Monkeys are Simcoe, Columbus, Mosaic and Centennial. The malt flavors come from 2-row, Pilsner, honey malt, flaked oats and Munich malts.
Given the high alcohol content and abundant hop character, 12 Monkeys Double IPA is surprisingly well-balanced, with expected grapefruit and retsina-type flavors, and less expected blueberry notes.
Another notable SaltFire beer is their Füry Kölsch, which was brewed in celebration of International Women’s Day, with a portion of the proceeds from the limited edition Füry Kölsch going to the Pink Boots Society. The beer was brewed in collaboration with the women brewers of the Hop Bombshells of SLC homebrewers club using their proprietary hop blend (Palisade, Citra, Loral, Simcoe and Mosaic).
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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