Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wasatch 1st Amendment Lager

Today I'm drinking Wasatch 1st Amendment Lager brewed by Utah Brewers Cooperative in Salt Lake City, Utah. This beer was a sample provided by the brewery. On the back is a great story: Wasatch produced controversial ads, the Utah Legislature raised beer excise taxes, Wasatch reenacts the Boston Tea Party  by dumping this beer into the Great Salt Lake, commemorating their protest. The Man is probably watching them now. Anyway, "Give Me Liberty & Give Me A Cold One!"

The label depicts this beer dumping with a guy in patriotic garb shooting beer from a barrel tap. Born 08/23/11. The neck label lets you know this beer won two medals, Gold from the World Beer Cup and Silver from the North American Brewers Association, not sure the years.

Grainy sweet corn aroma with a touch of citrus. Corn grain flavors start things off and meet an earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Some malty bread flavors meet orange citrus. Really nice balance leans lightly bitter. Great carbonation, light to medium body, refreshing, good flavors. Nice job. I liked it.


Patrick said...

I think these Utah brewers are impressive, for these beers to be as good as they are - at least with their draft beers, they work under a stifling 4% ABV constraint. They've had to coax more flavor from lower-ABV beers....I like that.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Patrick. Very solid. I still have a few more from them. They sent me a full 12 pack.

You know what originally sparked my conversation with them was that 4% conversation. And I think that limiting factor is one of their coolest talking points. The low ABV ones are my favs so far.

Anonymous said...

As a New Yorker living in SLC for the past 7 years, I didn't Utah beer would amount to much upon my arrival. I was completely wrong. To address the ABV thing, beers brewed in Utah are exempt from the 4% thing. Epic Brewery in SLC actually brews only higher ABV beers.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Cool. Thanks for the comment. I've enjoyed a bunch of these that the brewery sent me.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

As for the patriotic guy on the label... the brewery told me that he's the Head Brewer from Wasatch in Park City.