Drink news: Proper Brewing Co, Vida Tequila, Annex September 8, 2016 by Stuart Melling Proper Brewing Co. MabonProper Brewing Co: – Proper’s recently expanded brewery operations are now starting to generate a buzz of activity – with three new brews coming online this month. Firstly, Proper Brewing Co‘s Ainsley Amber Ale is now on sale. The release party for the beer is tomorrow evening, September 9th, held in conjunction with local nonprofit Heart & Soul. Here’s a description of the beer, courtesy of head honcho brewer Rio Connelly:Brewed in honor of local non-profit organization Heart & Soul, this beer brings a unique twist to a traditional amber ale. By using Colorado-malted buckwheat, a grain-like seed more closely related to rhubarb, and a Belgian-style yeast, we’ve added rich earthy and fruity flavors to compliment the full-bodied amber base. The result has a nutty tang, a malty middle and a dry, dark chocolate finish. This amber ale is imminently drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. Try it with our Proper Burger!Two more brews, Mabon and Triple Stamp will debut this month as well, with release parties on September 22nd and 30th respectively.Proper Brewing Co. TripelStampAlso keep your eyes peeled for Proptoberfest, the very first annual 2-day outdoor German-style event on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th. Held at the businesses new facilities on Main street, the event feature a beer garden, live music, German food, games and activities for adults and kids, and last but not least – an exclusive collaboration beer brewed with Epic. More info to follow as details are announced. Prost!Vida cosmopolitan Vida Tequila – Looking for something raise a glass and to toast the end of Summer with? Vida Tequila have a couple of drink inspirations to fill your glasses this weekend – specifically with the 80s in mind. Riffing on the currently in vogue era the creations look to re-imagine classic 80s cocktails with quality ingredients.Vida Cosmopolitan * 1.5 oz VIDA Blanco * 1 oz Cranberry Juice * 0.5oz Lime Juice * splash of triple sec Voyeur’s motelVoyeur’s Motel (Marcus Macdonald, Bar X) * 1.5 oz VIDA Blanco * 0.5 oz Montenegro * 0.75 oz Lemon Juice * 0.5oz Simple Syrup * 0.25oz Averna float * garnish with a cherry and serve in a Collins GlassFor even more further ideas and imagination, check out several entrants in this month’s SL Mag’s Farm To Glass Cocktail Contest. Drinks such as The Ruin’s Rosary offer even more fun ways to enjoy Vida Tequila.Bar area at Epic Sugar HouseEpic Brewing Sugar House – Finally, news just in that The Annex By Epic is set to shutter. Lovers of Epic needn’t fret though, the update is more re-orientation and re-branding than closure. The new business is set to be known as Epic Brewing Sugar House.The move makes sense in my mind, despite some excellent cuisine in parts over the past few years, patrons seemed to expect a more direct extension of the brewery brand, rather than a dining experience. Hold the food, pour me a cold one. The update sets to address this experiential mismatch – with the focus now on the breweries range of brews first and foremost. As Utah Beer Blog puts it, “If you’re a fan of Epic’s beers and haven’t visited Epic – Sugar House, it is in my opinion the best way to enjoy Epic’s complete line of beers. Yeah, Epic’s Tapless Taproom at the downtown brewery is tiny, quaint and close to the brewing action. However I’d like to emphasize the “tiny part”. A party of four is pretty much filling up the place.”The reworked business will retain The Annex’s patio, the large and comfortable indoor space and also the cold case featuring Epic’s award winning brews, available to go seven days a week.Stuart MellingHi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate” “I thought he was older” “I don’t share his feelings” Signup to our free newsletter and never miss a single update. We will send you an email just once per week with every story from the last seven days. You can signup for free here. This article may contain content provided by one of our paid partners. These are some of the best businesses in Utah. The current businesses we work with include: BGR Bourbon House BTG Wine Bar Caffe Molise Cafe Niche Current Fish & Oyster Feldman's Deli Kyoto Log Haven Oasis Cafe SLC Eatery Stanza Italian Bistro Taqueria 27 Whiskey Street White Horse For a list of all our past relationships see our historical partnerships.