Nicole Dicou

Nicole Dicou

Are hoses in your brewery put away after every shift? How many workplace accidents has your brewery reported in the past year? Do your employees that use hazardous chemicals in the workplace receive training on their proper use and storage? These are all safety items that every brewer should be explore and implement in their own breweries. As a guild, our priority is safety and we're exploring these topics to encourage best practices by forming a safety subcommitee.

This is safety subcommitte is focused primarily on spreading awareness about standardizing and maximizing opportunities for safety in every Utah brewery. We're working to reduce accidents by learning from each other. The safety subcommittee is drafting a safety quiz for member breweries, and encourages everyone to take it to assess safety standards in their workplace.

When brewers use standard operating procedures and train their employees on safety, everyone wins. 

This committee is meeting regularly. Our next safety subcommittee meeting is on Nov. 5 at 4pm at Shades Brewing. Member breweries are welcome to join us

Check out these safety resources for breweries, also perma-posted here.

OSHA general industry standards

BA Safety main page: How to developing Standard Operating Procedures and safety plan.  

BA Free Online Brewery Safety Training: Check out safety training courses on: Grain Handling, Mashing, Transfer and Boiling, Whirlpool and Cooling, Fermentation Cleaning and Sanitization, Fermentation and Cellaring, Filtering and Carbonation, Filtering and Pumping, Keg Cleaning, Keg Filling, Bottling, Canning, Grain Handling and Grain Silos and Powered Industrial Trucks. 

BA Best Management Practices: Check out downloadable BMPs for: Protective Clothing, Hazard Assessment Principles, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Powered Industrial Trucks.

What other safety resources do you use for your brewery? Email us a link and we'll add them to our list.

September 19, 2019

Resources for Brewers

Whether you're looking to learn about the industry, find out more about specific rules or starting your own brewery, check out these resources. They cover everything from brewer safety to food handling.

Safety:

OSHA general industry standards

BA Safety main page: How to developing Standard Operating Procedures and safety plan.  

BA Free Online Brewery Safety Training: Check out safety training courses on: Grain Handling, Mashing, Transfer and Boiling, Whirlpool and Cooling, Fermentation Cleaning and Sanitization, Fermentation and Cellaring, Filtering and Carbonation, Filtering and Pumping, Keg Cleaning, Keg Filling, Bottling, Canning, Grain Handling and Grain Silos and Powered Industrial Trucks. 

BA Best Management Practices: Check out downloadable BMPs for: Protective Clothing, Hazard Assessment Principles, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Powered Industrial Trucks.

 

Food Safety

Food Safety Plan for Craft Brewers


Getting started 

Beer: Getting started in a TTB-regulated industry

Brewers Association: Guide to starting your own brewery

UDABC: Alcohol Laws in Utah

Michael Best Consulting: pdfRaising capital for your brewery

 

Please note that these links are not affiliated with the Utah Brewers Guild and provided as guidance.

September 10, 2019

New directors in the UBG

The UBG members are pleased to welcome newly elected members of the UBG board of directors. Ginger Bowden of Vernal Brewing Co. and Ryan Miller of SaltFire Brewing to the Utah Brewers Guild joined the guild board earlier this month. Directors serve two year terms and there are a total five directors on the board. The UBG Board represents a diverse group of Utah's thriving craft beer industry. A complete list of all board members can be found here. 

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A big welcome to Utah's newest brewery and member of the Utah Brewers Guild! I spent the morning at Heber Valley Brewing visiting with owner/brewer Clint Jones. Clint and his business partner Greg Poirier opened this brewery in Wasatch County just two weeks ago.  

Clint, a former Olympic team member for ski jump in the Olympic Torino and Salt Lake City games was also a homebrewer for 13 years. Homebrewing gave him the foundation for his current brewery.
Heber Valley Brewing has 8 beers on draft currently, including Belgian styles as well as a kolsch. The hops in the amber ale were grown and harvested by Clint.

The interior is very well appointed: it's decorated with found wood, iron and corrugated metal. A farmhouse table made from an old door Clint found adds character and coziness to the space. The tables and bar have beautiful centerpieces that include found wood, succulents and cacti. Clint designed the HVB's logo that includes a profile of Mt. Timpanogos, a prominent mountain near Heber.

Clint and his business partner remodeled the former "custom soda shop" that was in the space before them.

Offerings include pizza by the slice, charcuterie and a pretzel. 

 

HVB Hours:

Monday: 3-9
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 3-9
Thursday: 3-9
Friday: 3-11
Saturday:  11-11
Sunday: 11-8

Save the Date! UBG Fest 2020 

Thanks to our event sponsors, volunteers and guests for a fantastic inaugural Brewers Guild Fest!

Next year's Utah Brewers Guild Festival will be held on Saturday June 27, 2019, stay tuned for early bird and VIP specials! Look forward to more collabs and a celebration for local Utah craft beer.

A link to the full photo gallery from the event is here.

August 27, 2019

Heber Valley Brewing

The Utah Brewers Guild Fest is on Saturday, June 29, 2019!

VIP tix have sold out, but there are general admission tickets still available here. We'll sell GA tickets at the door that you may purchase with a credit or debit card.

VIP tix entrance is at 1pm.
GA tix entrance is at 2pm.

Last call is at 5:45pm!

The festival is at McCarthey Plaza, just south of the Eccles Theater in downtown SLC off of Main Street. Enter the festival at either the west entrance through the mid-block alley at 150 S. Main Street OR at the north entrance on the 100 S. side of Regent Street.

There is parking available in the Walker Center Parking Garage or the Orpheum Street parking garage near the venue. There's also the 100 S. City Creek underground parking. Alternately, you may take public transit as the fest is within a block of City Creek TRAX and various bus stops. Uber/Lyft is another good option. 

Things to remember:
- Bring your ID / This is a 21+ event
- No re-entry
- Sorry, no doggos

You'll receive a tasting glass good for 12 samples included with your ticket. A tasting passport will track your samples inside the festival. A completed passport with 12 brewer initials can be turned in for an opportunity drawing to win a ticket to the Great American Beer Fest this October. Additional pours may be purchased (high point and draft) with tokens you can buy with your credit or debit card inside the festival.

This event is ADA accessible. For any specific questions or concerns about accessibility, please email us.  

Stop by the merch tent; there are limited-edition Utah Brewers Guild Fest tees by HUGE Brands and Utah Brewers Guild trucker hats you can purchase at the fest!

Cheers... see you Saturday! 

 

The Utah Brewers Guild Fest is happening on June 29! At the fest you'll find 14 collaboration beers from 28 Utah breweries, as well as new and old beers from local, Utah brewers. This one-of-a-kind event is changing the Utah craft beer landscape by encouraging innovation and exciting, special event brews for the Utah craft beer consumer.

pdfCheck out this collaboration list announced today. At the UBG Fest's collaboration bar, you'll find everything from sours to experimental fruit beers to dueling milkshake IPAs. Join us for music, beer and food trucks on McCarthey Plaza next to Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City on June 29. 

 Tickets available now!

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Last week, Katie Flanagan, Mark Medura and Chris Detrick sat down with me to talk all things Level Crossing, their new brewery in South Salt Lake. 

When I asked about the unusual name, Mark said, "It took many, many hours to find a name that worked for us. It had to be authentic and genuine, something personal to us. Katie found the name. It's an old railroad term. Where a dirt road meets the tracks is a 'level crossing.' For us it was a little deeper, a crossroads and a meeting place. Also, you can say it and you can spell it! Key qualities when you're trying to brand something. We all liked it, and so we said 'we're ready!'"

The build-out of the space started last June, and Level Crossing opened on March 30 of this year. Chris was a homebrewer for 16 years. He started in college so he and his friends could make beer they couldn't buy in stores. "The first couple batches were terrible. After I got a little more serious about it, I joined homebrew clubs and talked with the Beer Nut homebrew store. They were a great resource."

Katie describes South Salt Lake's West Temple area as an up-and-coming  brewery destination. "I just saw someone from Salt Fire. They're open on Mondays, and we're closed on Mondays. People will trickle into their place, and then after go to Shades, and then come to our place. I have to give props to South Salt Lake. They made it quite easy with permitting."

South Salt Lake has a lot going on these days, including a cool mural festival that has taken hold in the community. Katie said, "We were lucky to be part of the mural fest this year. Our mural was done by Arcy. He accomplished it in 48 hours. He was here and then gone!" The mural is on the south side of their building. 

Mark said the craft beer movement in Utah is "blossoming" and that he's proud to be a part of it. "We're here, there's a lively brewing community in our whole state." 

When asked about his favorite Level Crossing beer, Chris answered, "Right now, we just released our first high-point beer in cans. One is a rye IPA and the other is a double IPA. Today those are my favorite beers. I've been waiting a while to get it available." 

Chris finished by saying, "I wouldn't be where I am now without help from all the professional craft brewers and homebrewers in this town. They help each other out and are very open with knowledge and tips and tricks. It's a great community."

Level Crossing is participating with Wasatch in the UBG Fest on June 29. Chris said of their collaboration brew, "We're working on an experimental pale ale. We have some tricks up our sleeves. I'm looking forward to that event a lot."

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