Utah Beer News | April 2019

Beer Season.

Tim Haran - Utah Beer NewsSo much is happening in the World of Utah Beer. It's definitely an exciting time to be a beer drinker in the Beehive.

Since our last dispatch:

  • Two new breweries opened their doors. Level Crossing Brewing Company in South Salt Lake and UTOG Brewing Co. in Ogden began pouring at the end of March.
  • Craft by Proper, labeled "Utah's only Utah-only beer bar," opened on April 19.
  • Park City Brewery closed its taproom but expects to open again in Park City in the future. In the meantime, according to a Facebook post, it plans to share space with Shades Brewing in South Salt Lake. I've talked to owners of both breweries and as things solidify, I'll share more details about some intriguing developments.
  • And on a personal note, we've added more than 100 subscribers to the Utah Beer News E-Newsletter in the last month! Thank you and welcome to the new subscribers (if you're interested, here's our e-newsletter archives).

'Tis the Season

If that's not enough, we're entering what I believe is the start of Beer Season. That is, late-spring through fall in which brewery patios are buzzing and a beer event (or three) seems to be happening each weekend.

The unofficial kickoff to Utah's Beer Season might be the first weekend in May. That's when the 10th Annual Tour de Brewtah (May 4) and the 5th Annual Lagerpalooza (May 5) take place. Keep an eye on We'll have more on those events as they draw closer.

After that, American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19) takes center stage and launches us into a summer full of festivals. And who knows? We might just see another local brewery or two open its doors during that time as well.

I know I say this a lot, but it's an incredible time to be a craft beer drinker in Utah.

Currently Drinking: As I write, I'm sipping a SaltFire Brewing IPA aged in Beehive Distilling gin barrels. It's part of the year-old brewery's Limited Edition Series and it is mighty tasty. What are you drinking?


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Craft by Proper: Open for Business in Sugar House

© Craft by Proper

Craft by Proper — Utah's Only Utah-Only Beer Bar — opened to great fanfare on April 19. The Sugar House bar, owned and operated by Proper Brewing Co., features 36 tap handles and 80+ cans/bottles of different beers brewed exclusively in Utah.

BONUS:  Listen to our full interview with Rio Connelly, brewer and co-owner of Craft by Proper, as part of the Utah Beer News Podcast.
Keeping It Local

Ales & Allies: Beers, Board Games, & Fun!

Ales & Allies: Beers & Board Games

Jarrett Miller of Ales & Allies Game Nights loves the idea of getting to know people and making new friends over a beer and a board game. Now he's organizing weekly Game Nights at a handful of watering holes throughout Salt Lake. We caught up with him on a Wednesday night at T.F. Brewing.

FUN FACT:  With the help of Reddit, this has become the most-read Utah Beer News article ever. Thanks to Jarrett's friend for sharing it with the r/boardgames community!
Are You Game?

Beer News for Your Ears

The Utah Beer News Podcast provides another avenue for us to tell stories about the Utah beer community. We'd love for you to subscribe, take a listen, and let us know what you think!

Solstice Malt: Adding Local Flavor

James Weed - Solstice Malt
We visited with James Weed late last year as he began ramping up Solstice Malt, Utah's first malting operation in more than 60 years.

Since then, his malt's been showing up in beers at several Utah breweries. What especially caught our eye: Each beer Level Crossing opened with included Solstice Malt. It's pretty cool to see!

Your Chance to Win!

$20 Proper Brewing Co. Gift Card

To help celebrate the grand opening of Craft by Proper, the folks at Proper Brewing Co. are giving one lucky Utah Beer News subscriber a chance to win a $20 gift card (and we might throw in a couple other items as well).

Here's how you can win:

  1. Snap a photo of a favorite local beer (current or all-time) and post it to your Instagram before 11:59 p.m. MDT on April 27, 2019.
  2. Tag @UtahBeerNews and @CraftByProper, and include the hashtag #utahbeernews.
  3. We'll draw a random name from eligible entries to win the $20 gift card.
This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. 21+ only. Winner will be notified on or after April 28, 2019, via Instagram.

Good luck!


Congratulations to Recent Winners

  • Hoppers Prize PackMadison B. won a Proper Brewing Co. $20 gift card as part of a recent Utah Beer News Instagram giveaway (are you following)?
  • And Chad B. picked up a sweet Hoppers Prize Pack, right, simply for being a subscriber to this e-newsletter (we selected his name at random from our list of subscribers).
See, subscribing really does have its perks. 😉

Beer News & Notes

Here are a few beer-y stories I've come across in the last few weeks:
  • Lagoon introduces its new Biergarten. The Farmington amusement park is currently open weekends and plans to open daily in early June.
  • Colorado's Elevation Beer Company announces distribution to Utah.
  • Michigan's Bell's Brewery announces plans to distribute to Wyoming and Nevada.
  • Our buddy Mike the Janitor launched a new podcast — A Night Out with Microphones. The latest episode features Jenni Shafer of and James Fowler of Sugar House Distillery. Give it a listen!
  • Congratulations to breweries who recently or are about to celebrate anniversaries. SaltFire Brewing Co. (1st), RoHa Brewing Project (2nd), and Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House (6th).
And finally...
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