View of what was going on outside at Slug Mag's Brewstillery. Photo: Jayson Ross

SLUG Mag’s Brewstillery @ Trolley Square 05.18


The spring installment of SLUG Mag’s Brewstillery took over Historic Trolley Square on May 18, filling the north-west section of the Square with local breweries, distilleries, artisans, food vendors and eager patrons! From spirits and brews to games, music and food, SLUG Mag’s Brewstillery was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Whether you’re a seasoned beer-and-spirit connoisseur or you’re learning the ropes, SLUG Mag’s Brewstillery was a great opportunity to familiarize and find out the local businesses that make up the diverse craft libations landscape Utah has to offer.

No event is complete without good music. Local acts Cherry ThomasUgly Boys, Hot House West, Fur Foxen and Breakfast In Silence provided the tunes that carried the event through the afternoon, filling Trolley Square with life and excitement.

Many distilleries and breweries that participated had the opportunity to participate in various competitions. Holystone Distilling took home the People’s Choice: Best Brewstillery Cocktail Award and the Singular Contribution to Utah Spirits Award, while Bohemian Brewery won the People’s Choice: Best New Brew and Best New Brew Awards, presented by Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Ana Valdemoros for Salt Lake City Council District 4. Congratulations to Holystone Distilling and Bohemian Brewery!

While Bohemian brought a few different brews, the double winner was their Sir-Veza, the brewery’s new take on a Mexican-style Lager that was one of the more popular samples at the festival.

Thank you to all of the participating breweries and distilleries for making this SLUG Mag’s Brewstillery sensational! Feeling the FOMO? Luckily, Brewstillery is a bi-annual event and there will be another opportunity to sample, mingle and familiarize yourself with these Utah originals in the fall.

Watch SLUG‘s video recap from Brewstillery below:

Music: Hot House West, “I Found a New Baby”
Video produced by Kendall Tingey

Jayson Ross


John Barkiple