Get an early start and head over to The Annex for a brunch beer. Or, enjoy their high-alcohol content beer of up to 4% ABV (with a side of delicious food per Utah state law), before the six seats get taken. The small size of this tap-less tap-room (they pour from bottles to take advantage of another way around Utah state law) limits availability. However, it also provides a close-knit sense of community. This – in conjunction with one of its famous Sour IPA – facilitates friendly conversation with other patrons and the amicable owners David and Peter. The four-ounce taster (available in every flavor of Epic beer) doesn’t hurt either. That being said, be sure to check out the award0winning Brainless Belgium-Style Golden Ale. Alternatively, be a little contrary and order a Big Bad Baptist. This, as the name suggests, is massive and has all the pep of an after-dinner coffee. Watch out for the Sage Saison with a lamb burger or perfectly seasoned crab cake for some surf and turf winners of local acclaim.
1048 E 2100 S,Ste 110, Salt Lake City, Utah, US, 801-742-5490
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
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