Food briefs: New Utah wine for holidays. Hop Bombshells, more

Published December 11, 2013 9:25 am
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Queens' Tea holiday sale

The Queens' Tea, a Salt Lake company that specializes in high-quality loose-leaf tea blends, will hold a holiday sale at its commercial kitchen in downtown Salt Lake City. The company sells a variety of black, green, white and oolong tea blends and tea accessories, which will be available at discounted prices. There also will be samples of hot tea, ginger cookies and prizes. For holiday tea ideas, look for the company's Christmas Magic, a vanilla-flavored black tea with mint and chocolate; and Spice Noel, a chocolate-flavored black tea with cinnamon bits.

When • Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Where • 423 W. 800 South, Suite #A109, in Artspace Commons.

Details • thequeenstea.com

New Utah wine available for holidays

Utah's Kiler Grove Winegrowers recently released a Late Harvest Zinfandel for holiday parties and gift giving. Winemaker Michael Knight said to make this slightly sweet aperitif, the grapes were left on the vine about three weeks longer than normal, which concentrated the sugars.

While not as sweet as a typical port wine, it was fortified with brandy, elevating the alcohol level to 17.1 percent. Thanks to a little-known Utah liquor law, customers can sample the wine before they buy in the Kiler Grove tasting room in South Salt Lake.

Where • Kiler Grove Winery, 53 W. Truman Ave, South Salt Lake; 801-746-0977

Hours • Open Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m.

Cost • $19.50 for a 500-ml bottle

Serving ideas • Before the meal to warm up your guests or after the meal. Goes best with chocolate, cheeses or a fruit-based dessert.

Sexy side of beer brewing

The Hop Bombshells Home Brew Club, an educational group for women, has compiled a 2014 Calendar that showcases the sexy side of beer brewing. The G-rated calendars are $20 each, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the YWCA. They can be purchased at The Beer Nut, Salt City Brew Supply and The Bayou. The Hop Bombshells' next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Whiskey Street, 325 S. Main, Salt Lake City.

Colorado beer now in Utah

Two beers from New Belgium Brewing company in Fort Collins, Colo., the nation's third-largest independent craft brewery, are available in Utah liquor stores. Fat Tire Amber Ale and Accumulation White IPA, a winter seasonal, are $11.70 per six pack.

Utah is New Belgium's 34th state of distribution. The company has wanted to be in Utah for several years, but was hesitant because it was concerned about the state's shipping and storage practices, said Brian Krueger with New Belgium sales.

Until a few years ago, beer bound for state-run liquor stores were kept at an unrefrigerated state warehouse for three to six weeks. New Belgium did not want its beer to be at room temperature for more than 30 days. Utah dropped that rule in 2011, allowing for direct shipment to stores.

New Belgium has struck deals with eight distributors in Utah who will keep the beer between 35 and 50 degrees before taking it to stores for display. For more information, visit http://www.newbelgium.com.

Vegan eateries moving

Frisch Compassionate Eatery has outgrown its tiny Salt Lake City location and plans to move to a larger spot in January. It will take the Cakewalk Baking Co. with it.

Frisch owners Rachel and Leigh Kade opened their vegan eatery at 779 S. 500 East about 18 months ago. It quickly become a favorite dining spot for vegans, vegetarians and other compassionate diners.

In October 2013, Cakewalk Baking Co. — a vegan bakery — began sharing the Frisch kitchen.

The two businesses will move to a larger space at 1300 S. State. The move is "somewhat unexpected," Rachel Kade said, and the businesses need help funding the cost. So they are holding a fundraiser.

Customers who buy a $20 gift card through the end of December can redeem it at the new location for $25 worth of food — a 20 percent savings.

Customers can buy the cards for themselves or as gifts. Cards even can be mailed for $1 shipping.

To purchase, visit https://squareup.com/market/frisch-eatery/giftcard.

The Kades are no strangers to fundraising. They used a Kickstarter campaign to help get off the ground in 2011.

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