Hot summer days and cold beers go together like peanut butter and jelly. And so, we present a few fun events beer lovers like yourself need to add to your calendar.
Hops on the Hill
Nothing quite says summer like Hops on the Hill at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. This annual 7-week series pairs scrumptious bites conjured up by Chef Zane Holmquist and his team together with favorite beers from a variety of Utah craft breweries. Add a the magnificent view from the deck of the Stein and an outdoor concert from a local band and you've just created the perfect summer evening. This year's series kicks off on July 17 and will continue every Tuesday through August 28. Pairings are $20 for food, $20 for beer and will be served on the deck from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional a la carte grill and beverages available for purchase.
The local breweries and bands featured each week of the series include:
- July 17: Squatters Brewery & Roha Brewing; Band: Sara Degraw and the Odd Jobs
- July 24: Park City Brewery & Shades of Pale; Band: Gary Tada
- July 31: Epic Brewing & Bohemian Brewery; Band: Red Desert Ramblers
- Aug 7: Melvin Brewing & 2 Row Brewery; Band: Fastback
- Aug 14: Red Rock Brewing & Proper Brewing Co.; Band: The Lazlos
- Aug 21: Wasatch Brewery & Bonneville Brewery; Band: Utah County Swillers
- Aug 28: Mad Fritz Beer & Mountain West Cidery
Pioneer Day or 'Pie and Beer' Day
Believe it or not, this is an official holiday in Utah. It's a sort of sequel to Independence Day, parades and fireworks included, meant to commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake valley on July 24, 1847. In these latter days, however, many non-Mormon and beer loving residents of Utah put their own twist on the day, combing pies (both sweet and savory) with their favorite beers. If you happen to be in Utah on July 24th, you can hop over to almost any brewery to grab a slice and a glass. Don't feel to bad if you miss it, you can enjoy this holiday any day of the year.
Oktoberfest at Snowbird
So you couldn't make it to Munich for the granddaddy of all beer festivals? Not to worry, grab your lederhosen head over the canyon from Park City to Snowbird for one of the best Oktoberfests this side of the Mississippi. Featuring alp horns, live music, a beard contest, music, games, food, and, of course, a never-ending flow of beer, this celebration of German culture is a perfect weekend outing the whole family can enjoy. This year's festival kicks off on August 18 and will be held every Saturday and Sunday through October 21, 2018, including Labor Day Monday.
World's Longest Shot Ski
For the last couple of years Park City and Breckenridge, CO have been competing to hold the record for the world's longest shot ski. Creating a shot ski that takes up the greater part of Main Street is no small task, but it's well worth it considering all the proceeds from ticket sales go to charity. The lively affair, hosted by the local rotary club, takes place in October (this year's date TBA).