Greg Schirf, founder of Wasatch Brewery in Beehive Spirits.
Directed by Tyler Measom
For only being a 30-minute documentary, this film does a great job cramming the history of booze in the state of Utah, as well as highlighting what’s going on in the present day. Locals are probably familiar with more recent history, such as the end of private clubs, and the “Zion Curtain,” as politicians try to determine what the difference is between a bar and a restaurant. But most people will be surprised to learn about Utah’s thriving alcohol business at the turn of the 19th Century, which abruptly ended as Utah adopted prohibition, two years before the nation-wide ban of alcohol in 1920. Aside from the basic history, the documentary also features the individual stories of David Perkins, founder of High West Distillery, Greg Schirf, founder of Wasatch Brewery, and Colin Fryer, founder of Castle Creek Winery in Moab. Narrated by Doug Fabrizio, and with help from Rod Decker, who turns out to know more about Utah’s history of alcohol than perhaps anyone else, the film is a quick, fascinating history lesson, and one that easily deserved an hour-long feature to give more depth to the topic. The film premieres tonight, Oct. 30, on KUED at 8:30 p.m.
This episode of Beehive Spirits can also be viewed:
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 @ 12:31 am on KUED HD Channel 7.1
Friday, November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:00 pm on KUED World Channel 7.2
Monday, November 5th, 2012 @ 12:30 am on KUED HD Channel 7.1
Monday, November 5th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm on KUED World Channel 7.2
Friday, November 9th, 2012 @ 9:30 pm on KUED HD Channel 7.1