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April 1, 2017

UTAH - On Tap: 7 Favorite Salt Lake Brewpubs



March 30, 2017. Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake has become the capital of “Brewtah” thanks to its lively and highly creative brew pub scene, which is beloved by locals and comes as a surprise to some first-time visitors. Spread out across the city, from Downtown to Sugarhouse to the Avenues, these brew pubs serving craft beers and hearty fare are perfect on an aprés ski spring day, ideal for a quick bite before a Broadway show at The Eccles Theater and tailor-made for a long session after a day of mountain biking in the adjacent Wasatch Mountains. Here are seven Salt Lake brew pubs that demonstrate the art of brewing in one of the West’s most hospitable cities.


Avenues Proper  
Located in the Avenues’ neighborhood, Avenues Proper has the feel of a neighborhood hangout and offers an extensive comfort food menu for lunch, dinner and brunch. Think General Tso’s pork belly tacos, a meatloaf sandwich or chicken and waffles, paired with an array of brews that have become local favorites, such as Brumblin’ Brown, Faultline IPA and Patersbier.

Desert Edge Brewery
Located in historic Trolley Square, Desert Edge was serving beer back in 1972 and got into craft brewing in 1995. Their signature is to make all of their beers at 4% ABV (3.2 ABW), meaning they’ve been producing “session” beers long before it was cool. And their brews, such as Happy Valley Hefeweizen, Utah Pale Ale and Cluster Fuggle, have a strong core of devotees. The lunch and dinner menu is broad and casual, covering salads, sandwiches and Mexican fare. 

Epic Brewing Company
Epic is for serious lovers of high-octane beer, with brews like Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist, Smoked & Oaked Belgian Style Ale and Hopulent IPA. The welcome four-ounce tasters are for those who want to tread gingerly. For eats, head into the new Black Sheep at Epic Brewing, which is a cut or two above standard pub fare and offers a small but ambitious lunch and dinner menu serving burgers, Mexican-inspired dishes and Native American influenced fare like Brisket Navajo Tacos.  

Red Rock Brewery
A downtown favorite since 1994, Red Rock Brewery has earned such awards as “Brew Pub of the Year” from Brewpub Magazine and “Large Brewpub of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival. They offer lunch, dinner and late-night bar snacks seven days a week, alongside such brews as Drioma Russian Imperial Stout, Frohlich Pils German Style Pilsner and Grand Bavaria German Style Weiss, beers that have earned more than 100 regional and national awards.

Squatters Pub Brewery
Founded in 1989 and housed inside a historic hotel, Squatters has long been a go-destination for beer lovers and those seeking a fantastic casual dining option in the heart of downtown. Their Jambalaya, Black & Blue Burger and Blackened Tilapia Salad are tried and true favorites, especially when paired with a Full Suspension Pale Ale, an Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout or a refreshing American Wheat Hefeweizen. It’s lively and you can expect a wait at dinnertime, which of course gives you more time to enjoy their brews.

Uinta Brewing Company's Brewhouse Pub
Whether it’s a Baba Black Lager, a Piggyback Peach IPA or their signature Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta has made a big name for themselves in the world of craft beers in Utah. Brewing since 1993, the pub serves a small menu of apps, sandwiches and burgers, ideal for those afternoons when après ski beer tasting slides into dinner. Their General Store offers all of their beers to go, including limited releases.

Wasatch Brew Pub
When Greg Schirf opened Utah's first brewery since Prohibition--Wasatch Brewery, in 1986--it was a game changer for Salt Lake. Two years later, he took it further, proposing a bill to the Utah Legislature that resulted in the opening of the state’s first brew pub in 1988. Today, the Wasatch Brew Pub in the Sugarhouse neighborhood is where to find the beers with the cheekiest names in the state, including Polygamy Porter, Provo Girl and Evolution Amber Ale. Wasatch also offers a large menu of great pub fare, including burgers and pizzas.

Go to Visit Salt Lake for more on the Salt Lake brew pub scene.
Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a vibrant, modern destination brimming with unexpected dining, lodging, nightlife and entertainment options, a destination well suited for convention and leisure travel alike. In partnership with Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake’s mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to www.VisitSaltLake.com.