When you think about the great beer cities of the world, Salt Lake City probably doesn’t come to mind. As the capital of a state that’s famous for not drinking alcohol, Salt Lake City has earned an unfair reputation as a dry and beer-less town. In fact, there are some amazing beers out there that you can only get in Salt Lake City, a result of breweries who had to work just a little harder to make sure they could deliver a full-taste beer that also met the lower alcohol content mandated by state law.
The alcohol laws in Utah have changed and you can now enjoy these amazing local beers at full alcohol content, making Salt Lake home to some of the all-around best beers in America. Here’s just a sampling of the top three microbrews that have come out of this Utah valley:
1. Wasatch Polygamy Porter. Coming out of Park City’s Wasatch Brewery (which happens to be my personal favorite in all of Utah), Polygamy Porter is probably the most famous and most delicious of all the Utah microbrews. With advertising slogans such as “Bring Some Home to the Wives” and “Why Have Just One?”, this brew pokes fun at Utah’s famous polygamous past. The amusing slogans aren’t necessary to keep this beer at the top of the popularity list, however, since this smooth, medium-bodied dark ale can stand on its own feet. As a local favorite, you can find this beer at almost any alcohol-serving restaurant or grocery store in Salt Lake City.
2. Squatter’s Hop Rising. Squatter’s is a popular brewery and restaurant here in Salt Lake. They offer a wide selection of microbrews, but the most popular and palate-pleasing is Squatter’s Hop Rising, a well-balanced Double India Pale Ale. This delicious beer stands out from the crowd not only because it’s yummy, but also because it’s 9% alcohol, which is pretty high in these here parts. The alcohol content means that you can only get it at select places, such as bars, state liquor stores, and (of course) Squatter’s Pub. It might be hard to get, but this one is definitely worth tracking down!
3. Uintah’s Cutthroat Pale Ale. Another local favorite, this is a smooth beer with well-balanced hops and malts that seems to go with any food you can dream up. It won the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009 and became even more popular, so you can now find it on tap at many restaurants around town. It’s also an average 3.2% alcohol, so you can easily pick it up at the local grocery store, which makes this beer a good choice if you’re looking for something to take to a party or other social gathering. There’s nothing like being the guy who just walked in with everyone’s favorite beer!