New Year, New Brew
While winter is a wonderful time to enjoy a festive beverage, dessert-like libations garnished with sugared cranberries and ribbons of sage might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to seasonal cheer. If a hearty stein of ale, pilsner, or lager is in order, Park City has several welcoming breweries with a wide range of local favorites and specialties.
Park City’s newest hop-forward brewery, Offset Bier debuted on the local beer scene with the highly drinkable Dopo (Italian for “after”), a refreshing ale intended for après skiing or biking. Enjoy a dopo or choose from plenty of other brews, ranging from the Riwaka single hop pale ale and Czech-style dark lager to the Extroversa fruited quick sour. The word “offset” can mean many things, but co-owners Conor Brown and Patrick Borque hope to offset the negative effects of alcohol by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The brewery hosts a running club on Wednesday nights—finished with pizza and a beer in their taproom—that’s popular with locals and open to all abilities. They plan to keep that tradition going in the snow with Thursday night skins up Park City Mountain Resort all winter. 1755 Bonanza Dr, 435-659-7517; offsetbier.com
Park City Brewing
Every beer featured in Park City Brewery’s new taproom—including Siren’s Call American lager, Sneaker Tree IPA, Silver Creekwater amber lager, Powder Buoy pilsner, and Gold Town pale ale—is a nod to Park City’s history and a great conversation starter, which is part of the fun and on par with the establishment’s credo, “beer created for locals by locals.” Stop by the taproom and pair your lager with pretzel bites, amber lager-braised bratwurst, or a Wagyu burger—best enjoyed on the heated patio on a bluebird day—and keep an eye out for small-batch stouts over the winter. 1764 Uinta Way, 435-200-8352; parkcitybrewing.com
Wasatch & Squatters Brew Pubs
Family-friendly dining and a large selection of craft beers have kept locals and visitors coming back to Wasatch and Squatters Brew Pubs for more than 30 years. Seasonal favorites including Snow Bank (malty notes and heaps of hops) and Wonderful winter ale (deep red ale with caramel malt and fruity hops) will keep you warm and toasty as the powder piles up. Pop into Wasatch Brew Pub at the top of Main Street (250 Main St, 435-649-0900; wasatchbeers.com) or get cozy in a booth at Squatters Brew Pub (1900 Park Ave, 435-649-9868; squatters.com) while you’re out and about this winter.