The Best Breweries In Salt Lake City, Utah

Ilana Herzig

Considering its contentious history with alcohol, Utah may not constitute what people associate with excellent brews. Luckily, the days of buying club memberships to enter a bar are officially over. Here are the best breweries in Salt Lake City.

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1. Squatters Pub Brewery

Brasserie, Pub, Pub Grub

Housed inside a historic hotel, this successful restaurant and pub features lunch, dinner and evening finger food. Don’t miss the highly acclaimed garlic fries. Open since 1989, Squatters is one of the state’s oldest brewpubs. It offers mixed drinks and wine on its multi-level set up and outdoor patio. Almost always at high capacity, Squatters draws a vibrant young-adult crowd. But for real rowdiness go after games or concerts, or just to enjoy their popular beer flights sitting atop actual skis. For a higher-level ABV with a bit of a cult following, ask for a creamy Carmel bottle of Wasatch’s Devastator. At 8% alcohol, this will definitely do the trick. The pub also has crowd-pleasers like Full Suspension Pale Ale and Polygamy Porter, to get into the Salt Lake spirit.

Brewvies Cinema Pub

Want proper good beer and a movie but can’t decide? Come on down to Brewvies and you won’t have to. This cinema-come-pub’s understated vibe is ideal to catch a showing of its featured “nearly new” movies or cult classics on special theme nights. The pub also contains a kitchen offering appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts from 11.30am to 10pm daily. Food of choice and golden ale in hand, walk to the back of the theater and snag one of the couches replete with individual coffee tables. Not in the movie mood? Take a dip in Brewvie’s free pool (open till 5pm) or go get good deals all day on Tuesdays.

677 S 200 W, SteD, Salt Lake City, Utah, US, 801-355-5500

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2. Bayou

Pub, Restaurant, Cajun

Uinta Brewings Detour Double India Pale Ale
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Cajun restaurant, jazz venue, home of billiards, and last but not least award-winning pub, Bayou has it all and then some. As they say, “Welcome to Beervana!” to drink, play, or eat (until 11:30pm or reduced menu until 12pm) while enjoying some live music and an overall great atmosphere. Other than the extensive beer menu, don’t miss the gumbo, blackened catfish, or famous Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries. You can even go 50/50 for all those fries-lovers out there.

Uinta Brewing Company

Distributed across the state, Uinta Brew Co proliferates countless tastebud enticing beers. However, the Company also has its own brewpub just 15 minutes west of downtown Salt Lake City. Thanks to Utah law, Unita doubles as a restaurant, with build-your-own sandwiches, hearty soups or piping hot chili to either complement or counteract the beer. The brewpub also operates using eco-friendly power. The pub utilizes 100% wind-generated power and solar-electric paneling while still managing to crank out more than 20 beers with 4-13% AVB since 1993. They too offer tasters (but only two at a time). They also have a beer store featuring community favorites such as the Baba Black Lager. Don’t forget about the food and look out for the handmade chips and Cutthroat trout battered in actual Cutthroat pale ale.

1722 S FremontDr., Salt Lake City, Utah, US, 801-467-0909

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3. BeerHive

Bar, Pub Grub

With mainly North American craft beers (with a couple Belgium and European styles), the BeerHive offers more than 150 different labels with 25 Utah craft beers on draft at reasonable prices. Hold onto your ski poles, the pub also contains an ice rail. This is, in other words, a trough of ice that runs the length of the bar to maintain the chilled crisp temperature of your beer of choice. Located on Main Street, adjacent Vienna Bistro provides food compliments of chef Frody and a view of the Edinburgh Castle.

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