BG and I couldn’t decide who could best tell you guys about our time at the Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City, so we are BOTH going to tell you about it. Â This will be the inaugural post for a (hopefully) regular segment called, appropriately, “He Said/She Said” in which we give you both his perspective and mine on a particular event, place, food or beverage. Â It’s not that complicated an idea so, we trust no further explanation is needed. 🙂
After wandering around Main Street Park City for a few hours we grew thirsty. Â Since BG is never one to pass up a local brew we, of course, wandered right on into the Wasatch Brew Pub to do a little tasting and quench our thirsts.
We were excited. Â After all, we had tasted the Wasatch Devatstator at No Name Saloon and really enjoyed it. Â At first glance, there was lots Wasatch goodness to try.
She Said: I’m sorry to say, that’s pretty much where the excitement ended and the disappointment began. Â Disappointment #1 – The brewery didn’t sell a flight or sampler. Â What brewery doesn’t sell a sampler… You know, so you can sample everything, then order more of the ones you really like. Â Hmm, I think I just answered my own question…
Disappointment #2 – The beer on the draft pulls didn’t match all the beer listed on the tasting menu.
We’re foodies. Â We like tasting notes.
Round 1: Him – Wasatch Hoptoberfest, Her – Nitro Cream Ale
He Said: Meh … Not hoppy. I’m sure there’s more to say, but when one advertises one’s brew as a “Hoptoberfest” … well, one best be bringing the hops.
She Said: I wanted the Nitro Bobsled Brown Ale listed on the tasting menu. Â Not available. Â So, I got the Nitro Cream Ale.
Blah! Â Not much going on there except a lot o’foamy head. Â Loved the Devastator from earlier today, so I’m optimistic about my next round.
Round 2: Him – Wasatch White Label (bottled), Her – Apricot Hefeweizen
He Said: A Belgian ale. (She Interrupts: ‘Cause my man loves him a Belgian!) It’s cloudy, with a pale straw color. There’s honey and spice on the nose with good flavor and a nutmeg finish, but the carbonation is overpowering.
She Said: BG had me take this pic to prove that “no fruit was injured in the drinking of my beer.”
He Said: What?!? Drink it like the brewer made it! Beer for me, hold the fruit.
She Said: Um…but we’re actually at the brewery and that’s how they served it… Whatevs! On to my apricot hef… Wonder if the Brew Master intended for there to be a lot of apricot in there? 🙂
Well, that’s apricotty…and flat. Smells like shampoo, though! Â (He Interrupts: “Let me taste that.”)
He Said: Once again, a cloudy straw color. Strong apricot smell. Strong apricot taste…strong apricot everything. Everything, but not enough carbonation. I’ll give it 3 out of 5 kegs, but I won’t drink two at a sitting.
She Said: Smells like shampoo, kinda tastes like it too.
Round 3: Snack Time – Macaroni and Aged White Cheddar Cheese
We got a little peckish admist all our tasting. Â So we decided to split some Mac and Cheese. Â After seeing this on the menu, how could be pass it up?
As good as it looked on the menu, it looked even better when it arrived.
He said: nothing. He was too busy shovelling the hot delicious goodness into his beer hole.
She said: Oooohh…dig that cheesy goodness! Â If there’s macaroni in there, it’s filler. Â That’s the best thing we’ve had since we got here. Â Maybe they’ve missed their calling. Â Maybe they should change focus from a brewery to a mac-n-cheesery!
Round 4: Him – Jalapeno Cream Ale, Her – Winterfest Seasonal
He said: And now, gentle reader, it’s time to explain the title for this post. WineGirl and I were sitting at the bar, next to a pair of other couples. The fairer of the couple to our left cried out as she tasted her Jalapeno Cream Ale. She said it was like a spicy Bud Light, and recommended it to WineGirl. “Hmm,” sniffed WG dismissively, “I’m kind of a beer snob.” I suspect that WineGirl would have been more pleased with the Bud Light.
Upon visual inspection, this hot little beer was clear and golden with a 1/4″ head.
JalapeÃ±o scent on the nose and with the first tast of foam. Whoa! Tastes of jalapeÃ±o. And the aftertaste … you guessed it – jalapeÃ±o! This would be a kick ass beer for Tex-Mex food, but on the whole feels a bit like a gimmick beer.
I look into the future, and decide that this is my first brew that actually requires Prilosec!
She said: I’m not a jalapeÃ±o fan, but he’s ranting and raving enough that I have to at least try a sip…
Man, who thought THAT was a good idea? Â Bad!! Very, very bad!! Why would you ever drink anything that tastes remotely like jalapeÃ±o? Â And I totally disagree. Â It would NOT be a “kick ass beer for Tex Mex food.” Â TheÂ Rogue Chipotle Ale was perfect for that. Â That was a nice amber ale with a slight smokey, chipotle finish. Â This was like somebody put a jalapeÃ±o in a juicer and added some carbonated water. Â There’s been so little flavor in pretty much everything else we’ve tasted today. Â Why did they decide to blow their wad on the jalapeÃ±o?Â So very, very, VERY bad…
I need to go brush my teeth and eat a Tums. Â Oh, but I guess I should tell you about the Winterfest Seasonal.
Frankly, I can’t tell you what it tastes like because my tastebuds were sacrificed in the tasting of the JalapeÃ±o Cream Ale. Â Looks pretty in the glass, although it’s a little light and yellow for my taste. Â I’m more of an amber kind of girl. Â Here’s what the marketing fliers had to say about it:
Greatest beer on Earth? Â That’s over egging the pudding a bit, don’t you think?
He said: The beer here smells good but it lacks the advertised taste. Not bad, but it gets you excited and then leaves you a bit disappointed.
In like kind, every time a truly epic song would come on the radio in the bar, the staff would change it to some less daring channel, in one instance changing from Enter Sandman to a forgettable tune by Steely Dan. (A note to the reader, BeerGuy prefers the older Metallica catalog, but the black album is good, too)
Silver lining — very good service from Susan, and the macaroni and cheese was so good that they should name the place “Wasatch Mac’n’Cheese”
She said: Generally nice and friendly atmosphere in a great location. Â I’ve got to agree with BG, though. Â The beer generally smells really good (except for the Jalapeno Cream Ale – yuck!), but doesn’t really follow through with the same flavor. Â They should narrow their focus and stick with what works – The Devastator and Mac-n-Cheese.
Even if I didn’t love the beer, this was certainly much more fun than my near-death experience on the slopes!