With a variety of breweries in the state of Utah, it may be difficult to narrow down which to visit. That’s why we hand-picked five of Utah’s most unique and popular breweries to enjoy while attending the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, Sept. 21–23. You won’t have to venture far, since the majority of breweries are within walking distance of The Grand America Hotel. Now let’s get started!
Within walking distance:
If you walk south on State Street, from The Grand America Hotel, you will nearly run right into Epic Brewing Company (825 S. State St., SLC). Their unique artisan beers have become a hit with locals and out-of-state visitors alike. Epic offers tours of its facility Sept. 22 and 23. If interested, call (801) 906-0123.
Ever tried a certified organic beer? If not, head over to Squatters (147 W. Broadway (300 S.), SLC), and order Respect Your Mother™—a certified organic amber ale. While at Squatters, dive into the pub’s menu of signature entrees, including Bacon Topped Meat Loaf, Chicken Pesto Linguini and their Pub Top Sirloin.
If award-winning brews are what you’re searching for, look no further than Red Rock Brewing Company (254 S. 200 W., SLC). The beers on tap have earned more than 100 regional and national awards, not to mention the establishment was named “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year” in 2007 by the Great American Beer Festival.®
A short cab ride south will land you at the doorstep to one of Salt Lake City’s most historic locations, Trolley Square, where you will find the Desert Edge Brewery (273 Trolley Square, SLC). Desert Edge crafts over 20 different styles of beer, which range from easy-drinking brews to ultra-hoppy ales. The great atmosphere will help you relax after a bustling day at the convention.
Worth the trip – Don’t forget your designated driver!
Feel like enjoying some history? Wasatch Brewery (250 Main St., Park City) was established as Utah’s first brewpub. In 1988 Wasatch Brewery’s founder, Greg Schirf, proposed a bill to the state’s legislature making brewpubs legal in Utah. In 1989 Wasatch Brewery opened its brewpub’s doors, and has since been serving its signature brews, including a Jalapeño Cream Ale.
The assortment of breweries will provide fun, easy-to-find entertainment during your stay at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention. Enjoy your travels, and please remember to drink responsibly.
Next week we will examine the area’s Top 5 Outdoor Locations.