Beer is having its moment; brews have never been bigger. Utah now boasts more than 30 craft breweries — from Moab to Ogden and with many great brews in the Park City environs. Here are a few sudsy spots to get your beer ‘stache on.
The O.G. Brewers
When Greg Schirf launched Wasatch Beers in 1986, he became the first person to officially brew in Utah since prohibition. And his Wasatch Brew Pub is still one of the most popular spots to enjoy a freshly crafted beer. High-gravity brews like Devastator Double Bock and Polygamy Porter are on tap alongside the zippy Jalapeño Cream Ale and the lower-alcohol Landbier Swiss-Style Lager and Collaboration Dry Irish Stout.
Squatters Pub Brewery followed suit in 1989, with a location in Salt Lake City. Their Squatters Roadhouse Grill in Park City offers classic, award-winning brews like Squatters Chasing Tail Golden Ale, Full Suspension Pale Ale, and Hop Rising Double IPA, along with seasonal brews.
Brews With a View
Spectacular mountain views from the base of Park City Mountain Resort accompany a terrific selection of craft brews at The Corner Store Pub & Grill. Their brews include the Juicy New England Style Sessions IPA from Squatters, Uinta Brewing’s Yard Sale Lager, RoHa Brewing Project’s Shambo Juicy IPA, and Wasatch Brew Pub’s Ghost Rider White IPA.
Or enjoy the views from the rooftop deck at the bustling Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive while sipping great locally brewed beers on tap — including 2 Row Brewing’s hIPAcrit Session IPA, Kiitos Brewing’s Kiitos Blackberry Sour, Johnny’s American IPA from Moab Brewery, and UTOG Brewing’s Son of a Peach Hefeweizen.
Take in Main Street from your perch on the year-round rooftop patio at No Name Saloon and dive into the extensive list of bottled and canned beers — from Epic Brewing Company’s Son of a Baptist Stout and Level Crossing Brewing’s Suss It Out Rye IPA, to Salt Flats Brewery’s Salt Flats Hefeweizen and Shades Brewing’s Peach Cobbler American-Style Sour Ale.
Looking to rub elbows with Park City locals? Look no further than O’Shucks Bar & Grill on Main Street, which proudly labels itself a “dive bar” and has been serving cold brews for over 26 years along with free peanuts and $3 schooners on local’s night. Despite its diminutive size, O’Shucks was named the No. 1 Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) account in the world for selling the most PBR in 2014.
Another popular local haunt is The Cabin, with live music, DJs, great bar fare, and local beers from Moab Brewery and Bohemian Brewery, among others. In Kimball Junction, Park City Brewing serves up a badass brisket burger that’s best enjoyed with their Powder Buoy Pilsner.
If you’d prefer a posh place to nosh and enjoy your beer, the Bar at the Goldener Hirsch in Deer Valley is just the ticket. There’s fab fondue and schnitzel to pair with a stellar selection of domestic and imported brews, like Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Big Sky Brewing’s Moose Drool.
A few steps away at the Troll Hallen Lounge in Stein Eriksen Lodge, there’s a great sampling of Utah brews that include Red Rock Brewing Company’s Paardebloem Belgian Ale, Epic Brewing Company’s Pfeifferhorn Lager, Bohemian Brewery’s Sir-Veza Mexican-style lager, and Templin Family Brewing’s Ferda IPA.