With a wealth of expert brewers and people with a passion for hops, wheat, water, and yeast, the craft beer industry is buzzing, and the beer culture is thriving in Utah Here are some of the top picks to head for if you want to taste some of Utah’s best brews.
1.Park City Brewery
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Park City Brewery was founded by the Ray brothers who wanted to build a brewery and produce a delicious beer that the local community could enjoy on their doorsteps. Located in a building just off I-80 near Kimball Junction and inspired by the great outdoors, the inviting brewery produces a range of sessionable four-percent ABV beer and recyclable aluminum cans. Signature beers include three styles – an India Pale Ale, An American Pale Ale, and an Imperial Pilsner, along with Session Series Brews such as Breaking Trail Pale Ale, Last Pitch Session IPA, Hooker Blonde Ale, and Boogie Water Brown, all of which can be sampled and bought at the taproom or purchased at various spots around the city.
2720 Rasmussen Rd. Suite A1, Park City, UT 84098, Phone: 435-200-8906
© Bohemian Brewery
Inspired by the ancient beer brewing traditions of Bohemia, which date back to the 1200s, Bohemian Brewery is a locally owned and operated an establishment in Midvale that creates European-style lagers. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Bavarian brewer Josef Groll, who created the first batches of fresh pilsner lager using age-old techniques in 1842, Bohemian Brewery owner Czechoslovakian Joe Petras used his knowledge and skill of conventional European Lager brewing to produce delicious lagers. Bohemian Brewery’s wide selection of draft beers and bottled beers are made from traditional recipes and are available at local bars and pubs, and at state liquor stores.
Bohemian Brewery & Grill, 94 7200 S, Midvale, UT, Phone: 801-566-5474
3.Bonneville Brewery Company
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Bonneville Brewery Company is a microbrewery and taproom that began producing its unique line of craft beers in 2012 and has grown from the strength to strength ever since. Located in Tooele, Utah, Bonneville Brewery Company’s roster of brews continues to grow with new staples and a continually developing line of tantalizing seasonal beers, including Antelope Amber Ale, an American-style amber with a creamy caramel and biscuit malt flavor; Peaches and Cream Wheat Ale with specialty caramel and honey malts, and Ton Up Brown Ale, a Northern English Brown Ale made with caramelized brown malt and chocolate. Bonneville Brewery Company has an elegant second-floor dining room that serves delicious American cuisine against a backdrop of spectacular Great Salt Lake views.
1641 N Main St, Tooele, UT 84074, Phone: 435-248-0646
4.Desert Edge Brewery
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Desert Edge Brewery was opened in Salt Lake City in 1973 and serves a selection of handcrafted beers which are produced on site, along with casual fare in a relaxed, laid-back setting. Located in a charming historic trolley garage on Trolley Square, Desert Edge Brewery has been part of the Salt Lake Dining scene for over 30 years and is a favorite spot which attracts both locals and visitors alike. Desert Edge Brewery produces signature brews such as the Latter Day Stout and the Happy Valley Hefeweizen, Gazacca Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, Poptire Porter, and Belgian Witbier, which are available by the glass, pint, pitcher or growler. Desert Edge Brewery also features a casual restaurant that serves a menu of New American fare such as house pasta salads and gourmet sandwiches.
Desert Edge Brewery, Trolley Square 273, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-521-8917
5.Epic Brewing Company
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Founded over a decade ago, the aptly named Epic Brewing Company is owned by a group of beer-lovers, foodies, and adventurers with a passion for creating great beer and sharing them with the community. The brewery produces high-octane brews strong beers with soaring ABVs in three different styles: classic, elevated, and exponential, all of which have perfect balance and pack a punch when it comes to flavor. Award-winning beers include Epic Armageddon IPA, Epic Pale Ale, Epic Mayhem, Epic Barrel Aged IPA, Epic Porter, Epic Lager, Epic Thornbridge Stout, Oak Barrel Aged Epic Thornbridge Stout, and NZ Craft Beer TV Mash Up.
Epic Brewing Co, 825 State St, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-906-0123
6.Fisher Brewing Company
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Originally founded in Salt Lake City in 1884, Fisher Brewing Company is a community-focused craft brewery and taproom that produces and serves handcrafted beers, ales, and lagers, along with casual fare from local food trucks. Located in the Granary District of Salt Lake City, the Fisher Brewing Company features a rotating selection of core, seasonal and limited release beers, which can be sampled on tap in the tasting room, or purchased in various bars, restaurants, and stores around the state. Signature beers include Piney Brown, a hoppy brown ale, Beet Saison, a farmhouse ale, Citra Bomb Tom, an American Pale Ale, Mild Child, an English Dark Mild Ale, and Amber Lager, an American Red Lager. Food can be bought from a rotating cast of local food trucks and enjoyed on the dog-friendly patio from Monday through Sunday at various hours.
320 W 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, Phone: 801-487-2337
© Kiitos Brewing
Located next to the railyard in the burgeoning Granary District, Kiitos Brewing is a trifecta of environmental, social and beer-making concepts and one of Salt Lake’s latest microbreweries. Founded by Andrew Dasenbrock and helmed by brewmaster Adam Bulson, Kiitos Brewing features a high-efficiency brewing system (HEBS) that produces a minimum of 5,000 barrels of 100-percent wheat ale and other beer annually with the lowest environmental impact. Kiitos Brewing produces a core grocery store line-up of an amber ale, blonde ale, and an American pale, with ten beers on tap and single and a double high-point IPA, which are also for sale in their bottle shop. Signature brews include the Mosaic Pale, Holiday Ale, Coffee Cream, and 16 oz. cans of IPA and Double IPA.
608 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, Phone: 801-215-9165
© Moab Brewery
Founded in 1996 by John Borkoski and Dave Sabey, the Moab Brewery is the region’s only microbrewery, producing a range of ales on tap and a root beer. Naming their ales after the beautiful surrounding landscapes of the desert, Moab Brewery produces over ten brews, including Dead Horse Ale, Red Rye IPA, Derailleur Red Ale, Over the Top Hefeweizen, and Raven Stout, as well as house-made root beer. Conveniently located on Main Street in Moab, the Moab Brewery also has a favorite restaurant that serves lunch and dinner of classic pub-style fare such as steaks, burgers, chicken dishes, pasta, and salads, as well as a vibrant bar which draws a crowd on the weekends to sample the brewery’s products and socialize.
686 S. Main Street, Moab, UT, Phone: 435-259-6333
9.Proper Brewing Company
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The Proper Brewing Company is a relaxed and comfortable neighborhood brewpub in Quakertown that produces and serves up to 12 craft beers on tap, and local wine and ciders, along with freshly prepared food made with ingredients sourced from local family-owned providers. Right, Proper Brewing Company produces a range of core beers such as the flagship Proper Beer, a combination of an English Maris Otter pale malt, German Pilsener malt, English hops, and an American yeast, along with quirky selections, such as the honey-based saison The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull. Other favorites include the Hospital IPA, Lake Effect, Patersbier, Brumblin’ Brown, Instigator, and Faultline IPA.
117 W Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951, Phone: 267-490-5168
10.Red Rock Brewing Company
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Founded in 1994 in Salt Lake City, Red Rock Brewing Company produces both draft and bottled beers and has successfully earned a national reputation in both the local and national craft beer scene. Hailed as one of the most creative breweries in the country, Red Rock Brewing Company produces beers that are carefully crafted according to Utah law and offer exceptional full-bodied flavors, such as Reed Rock Classics like Red Rock Session IPA, Amber Ale, Honey Wheat, Hefeweizen, and the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner, Organic Zwickel Bier. Customers can sample and buy draft and bottled beers at one of the brewery locations, several local bars, and pubs, or one of Red Rock’s four restaurant locations, which also serve excellent food.
Downtown: 254 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, Phone: 801-521-7446
11.RoHa Brewing Project
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Founded by two friends, Rob Phillips and Chris Haas, RoHa Brewing Project is a mashup between the original partners Rob Phillips (Ro) and Chris Haas (Ha) and has been brewing handcrafted beers for more than two decades. Located in the South-Central end of Salt Lake with Salt Lake Community College South Campus around the corner and Smith’s Ballpark a couple of blocks away, RoHa Brewing Project is ideally located for locals and visitors to pop in and enjoy some of the brewery’s best brews. RoHa currently offers five beers in bottle and cans, including Big Green Couch Double IPA, Back Porch Pale Ale, Kensington Grand Saison, Three Deep American Ale, and Thursday IPA, along with a selection of seasonal drafts and a rotating guest tap.
30 Kensington Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, Phone: 385-227-8982
12.Roosters Brewing Company
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Housed in a 119-year-old building dating back to 1890 on Historic 25th Street in Downtown Ogden, the first Roosters Brewing Company was opened in 1995 by Kym and Pete Buttschardt and features a lovely outdoor patio and welcoming ambiance. The second Roosters Brewing Company location was opened in 2005 in a new location just off ‘Restaurant Row’ in Layton and was Davis County's first and only microbrewery. The brewpub produces and serves 26 unique beers including originals such as Bees Knees Honey Wheat, Two-Bit Amber, and the well-known Polygamy Pale Ale, as well as homemade Orange Cream Soda or Roosters Root Beer. Visitors can tuck into hearty, homecooked cuisine such as a variety of appetizers, entrées, pasta, and pizza while tasting the brews.
OGDEN: 253 Historic 25th Street Ogden, UT 84401, Phone: 801-627-6171
LAYTON: 748 W. Heritage Park Blvd, Layton, UT 84041, Phone: 801-774-9330
13.Salt Flats Brewing
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Salt Flats Brewing pride themselves on being all about great beer – producing and serving it in a friendly, inviting environment. The locally owned and operated brewery in Draper creates a variety of handcrafted beers, ales, lagers and IPAs, ranging from the Daytona IPA, Top Gear Ale, and Salt Flats Hefeweizen to P1 Pilsner, Backseat Blonde and Baja Mexican Ale. Salt Flats Brewing is home to the Garage Grill, Draper’s only brewery and restaurant, which serves a variety of homecooked cuisine such as appetizers, wood-fired pizza, pasta dishes, meaty entrées, and gourmet sandwiches. Salt Flats Brewing and the Garage Grill are open Monday through Sunday at various hours.
4260, 2020 Industrial Cir B, Salt Lake City, UT 84104, Phone: 801-828-3469
14.Shades of Pale Brewery
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Shades of Pale Brewery was established over 15 years ago by Trent Fargher who began brewing small batches of beers at home and grew his home business into a thriving brewery. Shades of Pale Brewery was established with the long-standing mission of developing inspired recipes and producing beers with refined twists on classic styles. Today, the brewery produces and serves exceptional, handcrafted beers of different styles, including pales, ales, IPAs, imperials and more. Signature beers include Jack Wagon Wheat, a creamy brew with a fluffy body and a slightly bitter finish; Malosi Pils, a pilsner with a sweet malt character and smooth body; Ready To Fly Amber with an earthy hop bitterness; Misdirected IPA, a dank, piney, citrusy brew; and Nitro Stout, a beer with aromas of cold brewed coffee and flavors of bitter, dark chocolate.
154 W. Utopia Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, Phone: 435-200-3009
15.Squatters Craft Beers
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Squatters Craft Beer was founded in 1989 with the goal of providing our customers world-class handcrafted beer and food in a warm, friendly environment, and still do so to this day. Using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, along with environmentally friendly products and services within the region, the sustainable microbrewery have been producing outstanding beers that have been winning awards for decades. Award-winning signature beers include the Hop Rising Double IPA, the Chasing Tail Golden Ale, the Full Suspension Pale Ale, and Provo Girl Pilsner, all of which can be tasted in the taproom and purchased in various locales around the city.
Squatters Brewery, 1763 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-466-8855
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16.Strap Tank Brewing Company
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Named after the 1907 Strap Tank Harley-Davidson motorcycle that resides in the Legends Motorcycle building located across from the brewpub, Strap Tank Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery that produces and sells a range of distinct beers that offer something for everyone. Strap Tank Brewing Company brews a variety of core beers, which include a California Common, Stout, Lager, and Session IPA, each of which offers a crisp, full-flavored example of the style. Signature beers include Flathead American, Sgt. Holtz Dry Stout, Sportster Session IPA, Highside Utah Hefeweizen, and Far Eastside Ride Aged Spiced Amber.
1750 West 596 South, Springville, UT 84663, Phone: 385-325-0262
17.Talisman Brewing Company
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Talisman Brewing Company is a small batch craft brewery that brews full-flavored high-quality craft beers and serves them for tasting in a friendly, inviting taproom. Located in Ogden in Northern Utah, Talisman Brewing Company was founded by Dusty and Joann Williams and was named after the good luck charm that brings luck to those who carry it. Inspired by their passion for beer, Owner and Brewmaster, Dusty Williams, who is of Celtic descent used the Talisman as the company logo – a Celtic knotting shaped in the trinity design to symbolize the past, present and future, and to represent what the brewery means to him - heritage, family and the passion of brewing. Talisman Brewing Company produces a range of beers using high-quality ingredients and traditional brewing method, including signature brews such as Uplifted Scottish Ale, The Dagda India Pale Ale, Season Ale, and Killer Grove Blood Orange Wheat Ale.
1258 Gibson Ave, Ogden, UT 84404, Phone: 385-389-2945
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The Bayou is a vibrant bar and eatery that serves an extensive menu of craft beers, Cajun-inspired fare, and live music. Owned and operated by Mark Alston, The Bayou has fast become one of Salt Lake City’s excellent craft beer bars that features a unique draft system with 30 taps that offer an impressive variety of draft beers brewed throughout Utah. Attracting beer enthusiasts, amateur brewers, and aficionados, along with people who just love beer, The Bayou is an ideal spot for enjoying fantastic beer from around the state, freshly prepared food, live music and a friendly, fun-filled ambiance with like-minded people.
645 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, Phone: 801-961-8400
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19.The West Side Tavern and Cold Beer Store
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Located in the heart of historic Old Town, the West Side Tavern and Beer Store is the combined production operation for Squatters, and Wasatch Beers run by the Utah Brewers Cooperative. Located next to the Utah Brewer's Cooperative's Beer Store in Salt Lake City, the authentic neighborhood gastropub and gathering space offers a range of handcrafted brews, an impressive array of signature cocktails, whiskeys, and fine wines, and a menu of creative and gourmet cuisine in a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere. The tavern features 24 tap handles, four of which are dedicated to nitro taps, and two for rotating seasonal offerings by both Squatters and Wasatch. The West Side Tavern and Beer Store is open seven days a week.
1763 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, Phone: 801-466-8855
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20.Vernal Brewing Company
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Located in downtown Vernal in the heart of Uintah County, Vernal Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery and gastropub that brews and sells a range of handcrafted beers and ales, as well as offers delicious fresh cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. The gastropub features lovely outdoor patio seating for summer dining and a creative menu of American cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients from the brewery’s organic garden. Vernal Brewing Company produces a variety of unusual and flavorful beers, including Little Hole Lager, Pilgrimage Pale Ale, Allosaurus Pale Ale, Rigor Mortis Red Ale, and Mama’s Milk Stout, all of which can be enjoyed in the gastropub.
55 S 500 E, Vernal, UT 84078, Phone: 435-781-2337
21.Wasatch Brewery & Utah Brewers Cooperative
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Established over 30 years ago, Wasatch Brewery & Utah Brewers Cooperative paved the way for the Utah craft beer scene, despite the strict state laws allowing such establishments to exist. Located in Park City, the brewpub was the first of its kind in the state, and today is enjoying wide popularity with its attitude-filled brews that are inspired by local culture. Founded in 1986 by Greg Schirf, the company currently operates five brewpubs and a wine and ale house with a wealth of award-winning brews that are well-known all over the state. Signature beers include the Polygamy Porter: a dark, brown porter whose name plays on Utah’s history of polygamy in the 19th century, and the light, crisp German pilsner, Provo Girl. Wasatch draft and packaged beers are available in several states across the country.
Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main Street, Park City, UT, Phone: 435-649-0900
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22.Zion Canyon Brewing Company
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Zion Canyon Brewing Company is a microbrewery that produces and serves a unique combination of handcrafted beers and ales in a beautiful location with spectacular views of Zion Canyon National Park. Located in Springdale, Zion Brewery was Southern Utah's first microbrewery and features a welcoming brewpub with a beer garden where visitors can enjoy a unique range of signature beers, ales, lagers and other craft brews. Signature brews include Burnt Mountain Brown, Foray Kettle-Soured Pomegranate Ale, Harvest Wheat, an American Pale Ale, Paradox Session IPA, Red Altar, Zion Pale Ale, and Springdale Amber Ale.
2400 Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767, Phone: 435-772-0404
23.2 Row Brewing Company
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Established by Brian Coleman in Midvale, Utah, 2 Row Brewing Company has made a name for itself with a range of flavorful craft beers. Growing from a home brewery hobby to a fully-fledged operation, the brewery now produces a range of core beers, along with a rotating selection of seasonal and limited release brews. Signature beers include Feelin’Hazy New England Double IPA, Tastes Like Citrus New England IPA, Chasing Haze New England IPA, Dangereux Farmhouse Ale, Accelerator IPA, and The Shorter Porter. 2 Row Brewing Company has a tasting room where the beers can tasted and purchased and is open Monday through Saturday at various hours.
6856 S 300 W, Midvale, UT 84047, Phone: 801-987-8663
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23 Best Utah Breweries
- Park City Brewery, Photo: Park City Brewery
- Bohemian Brewery, Photo: Bohemian Brewery
- Bonneville Brewery Company, Photo: Bonneville Brewery Company
- Desert Edge Brewery, Photo: Desert Edge Brewery
- Epic Brewing Company, Photo: Epic Brewing Company
- Fisher Brewing Company, Photo: Fisher Brewing Company
- Kiitos Brewing, Photo: Kiitos Brewing
- Moab Brewery, Photo: Moab Brewery
- Proper Brewing Company, Photo: Proper Brewing Company
- Red Rock Brewing Company, Photo: Red Rock Brewing Company
- RoHa Brewing Project, Photo: RoHa Brewing Project
- Roosters Brewing Company, Photo: Roosters Brewing Company
- Salt Flats Brewing, Photo: Courtesy of Evgeniy Kalinovskiy - Fotolia.com
- Shades of Pale Brewery, Photo: Shades of Pale Brewery
- Squatters Craft Beers, Photo: Squatters Craft Beers
- Strap Tank Brewing Company, Photo: Strap Tank Brewing Company
- Talisman Brewing Company, Photo: Talisman Brewing Company
- The Bayou, Photo: The Bayou
- The West Side Tavern and Cold Beer Store, Photo: Courtesy of David Tran - Fotolia.com
- Vernal Brewing Company, Photo: Vernal Brewing Company
- Wasatch Brewery & Utah Brewers Cooperative, Photo: Wasatch Brewery & Utah Brewers Cooperative
- Zion Canyon Brewing Company, Photo: Zion Canyon Brewing Company
- 2 Row Brewing Company, Photo: 2 Row Brewing Company
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