Beer & Spirits
The wheels of the Utah brewing scene never stop turning, with new developments and happenings occurring around every corner. Keeping track of all the new brews, locations and more may seem a bit daunting, so SLUG has compiled a handful of new developments in our “Brew News” to help keep you up to date on all the latest from the world of Utah beer. Cheers!
2 (More) Row(s)
2 Row Brewing
Midvale’s 2 Row Brewing recently started canning their first, in house–canned beers. Now, you can purchase 2 Row favorites Feelin’ Hazy Double IPA and the Tastes Like Citrus Hazy IPA in 16 oz. cans. The brewery is also currently in the process of building out a new, larger location that will include the company’s first-ever tap room and brew pub. 2 Row has secured a building for this planned expansion, and they are currently seeking investors and other partners through an online fundraiser at wefunder.com/2.row.brewing. Support the brewery’s efforts here, and keep an eye out for a prospective open date of the new location later this year.
Lagerpalooza x 8
Bohemian Brewery’s Lagerpalooza returns in 2023. Lagerpalooza, likely familiar to many in the Utah beer scene, is America’s biggest homebrew lager competition, now entering its eighth year. Hosted alongside organizing partners Salt City Brew Supply and Bewilder Brewing, the Lagerpalooza Festival takes place at Bohemian on May 20. As per previous years, the winner of the homebrew competition will have their beer brewed and canned in a special Bohemian release and will get to donate a sum toward a charity of their choice. Bohemian also has a number of new beers on the horizon, so stay up-to-date to catch those!
Epic Comes Back Home
Epic Brewing Company
After a number of years working out of facilities in Colorado, Epic Brewing Company has moved all of their productions back to their headquarters in SLC. This summer, the brewery will debut their newest draft beer, the Peach Cream Ale. “It went through several months of product testing before we felt like the new beer met our standards,” says Epic Brewing Company Marketing Manager Gus Erickson. Additionally, Epic has worked with survey responses from their biggest fans to confirm the to-be-announced flavors for their annual release of six new Big Bad Baptists, their highly lauded whiskey barrel–aged Imperial Stout; keep an eye out for those this fall.
At not one but two SLC breweries, you can engage in weekly explorations of experimental beer curios. Briefly, a firkin is a small cask that begets a unique, “conditioned ale” that is fermented in its own yeast. Over the last year, both Kiitos Brewing and RoHa Brewing have undertaken a weekly Firkin Wednesday (or, sometimes, Friday) event. Here, these fine breweries show off their more esoteric flair with seasonal, uniquely flavored beverages. Recent offerings at Kiitos include Blackberry Truffle, Coconut Peppermint Patty and a Hoppy Gosé, and RoHa has boasted a Cactus Fruit Seltzer, an Orange Belgian ale and a Mango IPA. Keep an eye out on the breweries’ respective Instagram pages (@kiitosbrewing and @rohabrewing) for the weekly releases and more.
Park City Brewing
—Live and In Person
Park City Brewing
Park City Brewing is open and ready to serve in Park City. After making a name for themselves over the years as a staple brew available in restaurants and bars around Park City, the brewery opened its first tap room and public brewery in summer of 2022. With a plethora of events—including sports tournaments, trivia nights and more—and a number of new beers to augment their “core five” line up (the Gold Town Pale Ale, Sneaker Tree IPA, Siren’s Call American Lager, Powder Buoy Pilsner and Silver Creekwater Amber Lager), PCB is a haven for Park City beer drinkers. Stop by at 1764 Uinta Way C1 in Downtown Park City to check out the space and purchase beer.
A New Name at
Salt Flats Brewing
Salt Flats Brewing
Salt Flats Brewing welcomes Eric Beaner as their new head brewer, who previously held the same position at Uinta Brewing and Squatters. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the microbiology of beer and has introduced “a state-of-the-art lab program” at Salt Flats that makes their beer “some of the purest in the state,” says Operations Manager JC Straub. Additionally, the brewery recently launched their Save the Lake Pilsner, of which 5% of total sales go toward the conservationist nonprofit Save Our Great Salt Lake. “We are passionate about doing everything we can do to preserve our Great Salt Lake, and this is a great way to give back,” says Straub.
Strap Tank Brewery’s Collaborative Spirit
Strap Tank Brewery
The only brewery in Lehi, Strap Tank Brewery, is spending part of their year collaborating with other local brewers. First, they will release the Wee Heavy Scotch ale, which was created with SLC’s Bewilder Brewing and won the gold medal at the 2022 North American Brewers Association competition. Later this spring, they will debut a Belgian Tripel made in cohort with Heber Valley Brewing. This is all in addition to their numerous solo releases, including Key Lime and Lemon Meringue editions of their Pie or Die special, Hopsicle (hazy creamsicle) releases again first week in June and a number of other special surprises. Alone or alongside their brewing community members, Strap Tank has innovation and perfection on the brain.
New Brews on the
Wasatch Brewery/Squatters Craft Beer
Utah brewing stalwarts Wasatch and Squatters will collectively debut four new beers throughout the spring season. At Wasatch, hop heads can revel in their new UTX IPA, which they describe as a “high point IPA with medium bitterness, a semisweet malt backbone and incredible drinkability.” They will also offer a Salt Lime Cerveza (notice the acronym), their Top of the Main Ginger Beer, which sits at 5% ABV. Over on the Squatters front, try out the 147 West Citrus IPA, named in honor the brew pub’s well-known downtown location. Celebrate the continued legacy of these longstanding breweries through these new releases and more.
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