Cult favorites, seasonal releases, dog-friendly patios, and creative bar bites are just a few of the reasons you should head down to the valley sometime this summer to sample the goods at the following Salt Lake City breweries.
- Named after Uinta National Forest, the Uinta Brewing Co’s (722 Fremont Dr, 801.467.0909) Brewhouse Pub is a go-to hangout for outdoor and beer enthusiasts alike. Uinta is widely known for distinctive brews, like 801 Pilsner and Cutthroat Pale Ale, as well as experimental styles, including a new range of beers fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. Hop Nosh Tangerine is back for round two this summer, plus the new Lime Pilsner and the bold and citrusy West Coast Style IPA. D, F, O, T
Shades of Pale Brewing’s (2160 SW Temple St, 435.200.3009) industrial-style taproom in downtown SLC, featuring a solid outdoor beer-drinking patio, has quickly earned this Park City–born brewer serious street cred among the valley’s discerning quaffers. The brewery’s Citrus IPA and Belgian Triple sell like hot cakes, but this summer’s sour-style Berlin Weisse, with notes of plum, is sure to become a quick favorite.
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A happening downtown sports bar without the sports bar vibe and 22+ bottles and drafts await at Proper Brewing Co. (857 Main St, 801.953.1707). Add in ’80s and ’90s arcade games, a rotating guest tap beer, and the Proper Burger Co. next door, and you’ve found your ultimate weekend landing pad. Litha Imperial Saison is set to release on the Summer Solstice, and everyone’s excited to get their hands on La Belle Pêche—a Saison ale with peach that screams summer. D, F, G, O, T
With 40+ rotating brews to sample—categorized as classic, elevated, and exponential—the Epic Brewing Company (825 State St, 801.906.0123) truly has something for everyone. Tart ’n Juicy Sour IPA, Los Locos Mexican-Style Lager, and Son of a Baptist Coffee Imperial Stout are fan favorites. Stop in for Growler Thursdays for a sneak peek of what’s to come. F, O, T
The Desert Edge Brewery (273 Trolley Square, 801.521.8917) is a laid-back, family-friendly staple at the historic Trolley Square shopping center where hopped-up beers are the main attraction, along with the house-made pasta. Scrumptious, seasonal beers in all styles are released constantly, but its Happy Valley Hefeweizen and Utah Pale Ale remain thirst-quenching summer staples. F, O