Despite what you may have heard, yes, you can get a drink ion Utah. In fact, over the past three decades, our local craft brewing scene has exploded in scale like the rest of the nation. All the brewers and breweries listed on this page make damn fine beers worthy of your time and money. Most have taprooms to sample their brews. Several of the brewers listed also have cold cases, with chilled brews ready to go, many open seven days a week. That means you can even get a high point beer on a Sunday in SLC at these locations when normal liquor stores are closed!
Most Utah breweries will be more than happy to host you on a brewery tour too; the caveat being you need to arrange this in advance. Some might be free, some may charge, contact the brewery directly to confirm.
Note: if you’re new to Utah you might want to check out our detailed guide to Utah liquor laws as well! Honestly they’re not as crazy as you might think.
Epic Brewing is the work of David Cole and Peter Erickson. After changes to brewing law in Utah in 2008 the pair were able to pursue their dream opening a strong beer microbrewery in Utah. Since then the brand has expanded and now also has a brewery operations in both SLC and Denver, Colorado. Epic offers three main lines of bottle beers: Classic, Elevated and Exponential. The brewery also offers 12oz cans and most recently has started to produce 4% ABV and lower varietals so as to be able to sell into Utah grocery stores. At the Salt Lake City brewery location (825 South State Street) you can buy bottled and canned beer to go, seven days a week.
825 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Fisher Brewing Company
Fisher has been a name in the Utah brewing world since 1884. The first business however closed in the 1960s. The business and brand though was brought back to life in 2016 by Tom Fisher Riemondy, Steven Brown, Colby Frazier and Tim Dwyer; and yes, Tom is the great, great grandson of Albert Fisher.
Fisher Bewing 2.0 is an employee owned, community-focusedbrewery. Located in the Granary District of Salt Lake City, the brewery has a taproom featuring a rotating cast of local food trucks to pair with the beer. The brewery is open seven days a week and dogs are allowed on the patio, if on leash, before 6 p.m.
320 W 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
A central theme of this contemporary SLC brewery is conservation. From producing can only beers (as a sustainable metal, aluminum can be recycled indefinitely) through to using one of the only HEBS brewing systems in the United States; which happens to use 40% less water, and 15-20% less grain than traditional brewing setups.
The Kiitos brewery has a taproom that’s open seven days a week to taste their beers. They also serve quick casual food from local Mexican brand – Rico foods.
608 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
One of our favorites. The Proper family of businesses started life with the Avenue’s based nano-brewery slash restaurant: Avenues Proper. From there demand for the creative and unique brews blossomed. Proper Brewing (and neighboring Proper Burger) came next to massively expand the scope of production in volume and styles. Proper make a variety of unique styles that change frequently. You’ll find their 4% ABV and under brews in local stores such as Harmons, Liberty Heights Fresh, Jade Market, Whole Foods and more; or just stop by the actual brewery that sports a cold case to go seven days a week, plus an expansive pub area too. Don’t forget to stop by next door and grab a gourmet burger too!
857 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Red Rock Brewing
One of the elder statesmen of Utah brewing. After Fisher closed in the 60s, Utah was a relatively wasteland of craft brewing until Squatters and Red Rock started to bring life back into the city in the late 80s. Red Rock brewing is also another of our favorites. Try the award winning Elephino IPA for starters and from there, select from their extensive range of beers, both seasonal and regulars. Always keep an eye on anything that makes an appearance on nitro too, such as their delicious English style bitter.
Red Rock has three brewpub locations open seven days a week serving an extensive food menu: downtown SLC, Murray and Park City. They also have a beer store location on the West side of town where the good stuff is (mostly) made. The beer store has a wonderful cold case, open six days a week.
Address: 443 N 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
Phone: (801) 214-3386
Another of our younger breweries, that most recently moved down from Park City to Salt Lake City proper. The tap room with cold case and patio are open five days a week (closed Monday and Sunday).
154 W Utopia Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
What more can I say about Uinta, other than that their signature Cutthroat pale ale (named after the Utah trout) largely powers your humble writer – and has done for the better part of a decade. The smooth 4% ABV brew sells all across Utah from bars to restaurants to grocery stores. Uinta brew much more of course, much much more in fact; you’ll find their brews across many Western states.
They brew everything from sessionalble modest alcohol quantity beer through heady powerful creations. Over on the West side of town at the brewery/taproom/general store you can sample brews including their more rare limited releases, and buy beer to go. There’s also a decent food menu too, should you plan on staying a while.
1722 S Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Wasatch / Squatters
Arguably the biggest name in the Utah brewing scene, and the folks who first ignited the craft brew revolution back in the 80s. Everyone else listd on this page owes a great deal of debt to these innovators that pushed local laws to the limits way back when. The undeniably set the landscape for everyone who followed.
Between the two brand names (once unique operations but now fused together as Utah Beers) you’ll find multiple brewpubs (SLC, Park City and the Airport), taprooms, breweries and selections of beer. You’ll find their bottles and beers everywhere from Smith’s to Rite Aid and beyond into dozens and dozens of states.
There’s far too much to list on this page, but you can check out their respective food and beer operations at both the Wasatch Brewing and Squatters Craft Beers websites.
The success of the businesses and the popularity of their beers saw them acquired by Fireman Capital in 2012; innovating once again, as the first local Utah brewer to make it big. Others have since followed (Uinta, Epic).
Other Utah brewers to check out
2 Row Brewing
Bohemian Brewery & Grill
Desert Edge Pub and Brewery
Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.
Mountain West Hard Cider
RoHa Brewing Project
Roosters Brewing Co.
SaltFire Brewing Co
Strap Tank Brewing Co.
Talisman Brewing Company
UTOG Brewing Company
Vernal Brewing Company
More on Utah beverages
Be sure to check our Utah Distillers page for all the details on our rapidly expanding array of home grown distilleries right here in Utah. You might be surprised by the number and quality we have.