New Breweries: Chappell Brewing and Helper Beer
Beer & Spirits
The Utah brewing scene is constantly growing and expanding—in this year’s Beer issue, we can barely wait to introduce two new brewers and their innovative brewing styles. Whether you’re reading this in a brewery, on the mountain or simply at home, take a moment to crack a cold one and meet the brew kids on the block.
2285 S. Main Street, South Salt Lake
Wed–Sun 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
For, many homebrewers, the goal of opening their own brewery starts as a pipe dream. This rings true for brewer Tim Chappell of Chappell Brewing. During the housing crisis of 2008, Chappell came across craft brewing, which led him to the heart of Oregon’s hop country where he started visiting with hop farmers and rapidly got into homebrewing.
Soon after, Chappell’s beer education would take him to China. Chappell assisted the US Agricultural Trade Office in Guangzhou to promote the import of United States and international brewing ingredients into China, creating a homebrewing club with apartments full of grain, hops and yeast. It wasn’t until Chapell moved to Salt Lake that the pipe dream from years ago began to form.
In 2016, Chappell started modeling and remodeling his business plan, eventually found a building and raised some funds from which Chappell Brewing emerged. The taproom at Chappell Brewing is focused on bringing a creative approach to the customer experience with a relaxed and warm atmosphere where modern industrial beer laboratory meets contemporary farm-house patio. Along with a unique taproom, Chappell also brings an unapologetic approach to beer quality and style through unparalleled beers, such as their rotating hoppy beer, Playground, and Chappell’s take on a Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) called War Pig.
159 N Main St, Helper
Although Jaron Anderson may not be the most famous name in SLC’s brewing scene, it should be. Starting out under the tutelage of TF Brewing’s Kevin Templin, Anderson has bounced around Utah’s breweries, including Red Rock Brewing, gathering all the tips and tricks of the trade. It wasn’t until 2017 that the idea of Helper Beer was born under the beautiful sight of a total solar eclipse in rural Idaho. Helper, Utah (located in Carbon County halfway between Salt Lake and Moab), may seem like an unusual place to launch a brewery, but Anderson fell in love will Helper after frequently visiting his best friend who moved there in 2009.
Helper is widely known for its vibrant art scene, and amazing outdoor recreational areas allow for great views and even greater brews. Anderson’s beers include IPAs as fresh as the day brewed, lagers so crisp they could cut and stouts as sultry and warm as a summer evening. On top of fantastic beer, Helper Beer also offers an amazing, family-friendly pizza kitchen with an “inclusive, clean, energetic and hard-working atmosphere in order to artfully craft world-class beer and delicious eats,” says their website. The brewery’s design brings a fresh and inviting ambiance, giving the community a stunning space to create real, lasting memories. Next time you find yourself indulging in Carbon County’s adventures, make sure to stop in for some adventurous beer, as well.
Read more on local breweries:
Saltfire Brewing Co.: The Brewery Built from the Bottle Up
Desert Edge Brewery is Home to the Canned-Beer Comeback Kids
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