Big Mountains and Big Beers – Salt Lake City, Utah!

We’re on the road in the west! Amazing scenery, and some pretty amazing beers too. During a visit to Salt Lake City Cindy and I took some time out from sight seeing to do some tap sampling.

We stopped in at the BeerHive downtown. They have an amazing selection of brews on tap, including selections from Wasatch Brewery, Squatters, Red Rock, Uinta, Moab, and scores of bottled beer selections, including my old fave Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Glad we found the place. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area. Great food is provided by a restaurant next door. Beers on tap can’t exceed 4% (3.2% by weight) in Utah, but that didn’t really bother me. I was able to enjoy more great flavors without getting totally hammered.

Of course after her first session beer, Cindy had to step it up, as she does. She prefers the higher range of the ABV scale, so it was The Devastator, a brute of a Double Bock Lager, weighing in at 8% ABV.

How did we get an 8% beer when Utah limits the ABV to 4%? Bars can serve full strength beer in bottles. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but that’s their legislation, however “retarded,” as one server commented.

The session at The Beerhive ended with the Devastator, and I helped her finish it. From there we took a short walk to the Red Rock Brewing Company, just a couple of blocks away, to check out a couple of their selections.

I had a Hefeweizen, on tap, and Cindy had their Le Quatre Saison. Nice beers, and more on tap that we just didn’t have time to try. Our stay in Salt Lake City had come to an end, and the next day we’d be heading over the Rockies to Colorado Springs, where we had a video shoot scheduled with the head brewer of Phantom Canyon Brewing Company. Stay tuned for that right here at If you haven’t seen them, check out our other Road Trips and Brew Pub videos.

So, regardless of the ABV limit in Utah, it is indeed a beautiful state, with plenty of great brewpubs and bars to enjoy.

When you think about it, it’s really not a bad thing that the drafts are limited to 4% ABV. These are great session beers, and that allows you to enjoy more, without getting too inebriated. While the beers may not be big in alcohol, their flavor is huge, just like the awe inspiring mountains surrounding Salt Lake City.