Ogden Beer Company: A Brewery for All
Beer & Spirits
Whether you’re a seasoned beer-drinker or new to the territory entirely, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll find a new drink to love at Ogden Beer Company in Ogden, UT. Formerly Ogden River Brewing, this new and improved brewery is thriving under the leadership of Head Brewer Jacquie King and co-owners Brian Zinsmann and Lane Montoya.
Having previously worked in research and development brewing at Roosters Brewing Co., King jumped at the opportunity to step out of a supportive role and begin her own venture at Ogden Beer Company. “It’s super exciting for me to get to spread my wings and test the waters in a head brewing role,” she says. “I started officially in January of 2023, and we’ve just been putting out really fun, drinkable beers for the past two months now.” The brewery has hit the ground running with a lineup of five flagship beers, including 1851, an American lager named after the year Ogden was founded; Cougar Juice, an American wheat ale with tangerine; and Hibiscus Haole, a pink wheat ale with hibiscus.
“We want to open all of our drinkers up to other breweries that either they haven’t had a chance to try or haven’t heard of.”
Apart from their unique collection of beers, Ogden Beer Company also serves a variety of American brewpub-style food, including burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads. One particular Mexican-Hawaiian fusion flatbread called the Hola Aloha is loaded with pork carnitas from Wimpy and Fritz, a taco spot in Ogden also owned by Zinsmann and Montoya. Although you can never go wrong with classic brewpub food, Ogden Beer Company isn’t stopping there. Currently in the works is an additional, entirely vegan menu set to launch this spring. “Especially in northern Utah, we don’t really have any breweries that have a dedicated vegan menu,” King says. “Our quality and creativity are going to start setting us apart.”
Latino-owned and women-led, Ogden Beer Company strives to create an inclusive and comfortable space where everyone can explore the world of beer. They hope to be a spot where people of all backgrounds can come to enjoy the beer, food and atmosphere, from small family gatherings to Pink Boots Society meetings. “We want everyone to feel welcome there,” King says. “We want to be approachable, so if you see me or any of the owners we want people to come up to us, talk to us, ask us anything. We’re all about community and being that beer-is-for-all spot.”
“I started officially in January of 2023, and we’ve just been putting out really fun, drinkable beers for the past two months now.”
Even though Ogden Beer Company is just getting their feet off the ground, they already have a plethora of projects, events and new ideas in store for the future. Once fully up and running, King plans to have a draft line that is dedicated full-time to collaborative beers, hoping to strengthen even further the already tight-knit and collaborative craft beer community. “If we can’t have a collab beer on, then we’re definitely going to have guest taps,” King says. “We want to open all of our drinkers up to other breweries that either they haven’t had a chance to try or haven’t heard of.” The brewery also plans to use their two-story outdoor patio space for tasting and pairing events, bringing together all kinds of beer drinkers and creating a welcoming community for everyone. “There is a beer, especially in craft, for everyone,” King says. “Even if you don’t consider yourself a beer-drinker or think that beer isn’t really your style, we’ll find a beer for you.”
Visit Ogden Beer Company at 358 Park Blvd in Ogden Mon–Thurs 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sun 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Find them at @ogdenbeercompany on Instagram.
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