Suggested Glassware: Tulip or Oversized Wine Glass
Malts: 2-Row, Carapils, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Saaz, Willamette
Most Utah beers are capped at 4.0% ABV, so we're thinking that Uinta's recently launched "Four +" line of beers is an effort to get some higher ABV Utah beers produced & perhaps marketed outside the state. Now, we didn't have time to sort through all the legalese surrounding Utah's restrictive beer laws, so we're just venturing a guess here, but we suspect a sort of 'under the radar' approach to creating an above 4.0% ABV beer, and that this effort is encoded in the name "Monkshine" (the idea being that this is a sort of "moonshine" in the form of a Belgian style pale ale, and many traditional Belgian pale ales have been brewed by monks, hence, "Monkshine"). Clever really, but maybe we're reading way too far into it. Let's just drink it… On the nose, look for juicy, fruity notes with some spicy & earthy Belgian yeast character, atop a lightly sour, slightly floral note, and noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose, with some faint banana flavors toward the finish. A great beer to cook with. Why not pair Monkshine with Monkfish? There's a great recipe originally printed in Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook by Ruth Van Waerebeek (Workman Publishing, 1996) that calls for this style of beer—give it a shot—and pair with more Monkshine. Visit www.winemag.com and enter "monkfish" in the search field, then click on "Pairings: Cooking with Beer" for the full recipe.
The Uinta (pronounced "you-in-tah") Brewing Company was established in 1993 with the intent of crafting fresh, flavorful domestic ales in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner. The brewery is named after a major east-west-running mountain range located in the Rocky Mountains, and the word "Uinta" comes from the Ute Indians, the tribe from which Utah derives its name.
In 2001, having outgrown their original facility, Uinta Brewing Company moved to a 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewery built with energy efficiency and conservation in mind. The brewery's new nesting grounds are fully equipped with the latest in brewing technology—including systems that ensure that the facility is 100% wind powered. That's correct folks—powered entirely by nature herself! Pretty sweet, huh? Looking at it this way, by enjoying Uinta beers, you're playing a part in preventing the release of 440 tons of carbon dioxide per year—the equivalent of planting 174 acres of trees, or not driving 951,270 miles per year. The new building reflects Uinta Brewing Company's efforts to be a leader in the brewing industry while remaining committed to conservation.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (801) 467-0909 or check out their web site at www.uintabrewing.com.
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