A. Fisher Brewing Company: Reviving a Utah Legacy

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (16,536) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    By reviving one of Salt Lake City’s beloved heritage brands with a distinctively modern approach, A. Fisher Brewing Company has earned the admiration of beer drinkers young and old.

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  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,003) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Some Rock Music/Brewery trivia:

    The father of Fleetwood Mac's and solo artist Steve Nicks, Jess (no relation) Nicks was the manager of the former Fisher brewery when it was under Lucky Lager/General Brewing Co's ownership and was the president of General when they shut it down in 1967.

    (* Not to be confused with the original and greater group, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac :grin:)

    This doesn't sound right to me. General Brewing Co. was the Lucky Lager Brewing Co. (just a reversion to it's original name) and Pabst by the 1980s was under the same ownership as General, Paul Kalmanovitz's S&P Corp.

    Don't know how Miller is connected to Fisher unless it's the fact that Miller purchased General's Azusa CA brewery or, maybe, they were contract-brewing Fisher, as they were for most other brands for S&P/Pabst in the late 90s-early 00s? Don't know when Fisher disappeared but into the '90s it was still listed as a General brand.
     
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  3. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,058) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I remember Lucky Lager out west many years ago. It wasn't bad. But I really remember many nights in the dorm listening to Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green and the fantastic historic Oh Well and Black Magic Woman. I was playing these tunes yesterday. I did like Kiln House after Green had gone on walkabout in India. I suffered through Stevie Nicks just because of Fleetwood and McVie.
     
  4. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (350) Apr 29, 2012 California

    I like the history, but I must point out it's still in Utah (a place I recently returned from and affectionately refer to as: "Beer Hell").

    4% ABV draft limit throughout the state. Oh, and they are lowering the BAC legal limit from .08 to .05 on December 30 (yes...just in time for New Years Eve). :poop:
     
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  5. Keene

    Keene Defender (664) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    All the more reason to highlight the work of those brewers who are pushing for change, right?
     
  6. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,254) Jun 18, 2010 New York
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    I travel to Salt Lake City a few times a year for work and was just back out there this month. I find the draft limit forces some creativity on styles that other brewers pass on because it is a lower ABV. And heck, the craft-centric places have bottles for those who really want the strong stuff.
     
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  7. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (350) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Fair enough. I love the history and the tale. I have a graduate degree in American History so I appreciate it in a slightly different (and "geeky") way than most BA's might. I will say though; breweries, home brewers, and craft aficionados are facing obstacles far greater than the byproduct of total ABV in the state of Utah. As I see it, the "push" is (and has always been) against brewers in Utah; not the other way around.

    As an award-winning home brewer, I can see (and appreciate) the ABV limit representing a challenge to creativity. As a published historian, I will question the mechanism in place for which all brewers must meet this challenge.
     
  8. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    If you find that troubling, avoid going to Europe. :slight_smile:
     
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  9. MFMB

    MFMB Meyvn (1,051) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho

    Fisher is fighting the good fight. As someone who is familiar with craft beer in SLC and spent a fair amount of time there I am happy to have these guys around.
     
  10. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,143) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    If I understand correctly, a lot of the brewers in Utah are not pushing for the 4% abv draft change because it is their money making market. Someone correct if I’m wrong. I lived in Salt Lake City for two years and that was what I got a sense of.
     
  11. bufante

    bufante Aspirant (268) Jun 28, 2014 Iowa
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    I visited Fisher a few months back (along with Kiitos Brewing) and I knew going into it about the 4% draft issue. Having said that, I was impressed with what they both did given the restraints. They still had good flavor and were done well.

    Fisher was a really cool spot I thought and had a friendly/relaxed vibe. Keep up the good work and I hope some day the laws change in your favor (and ours)!
     
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