Utah Beer News | December 2018

A Golden Age.

As we prepare to turn the page on another year, it's only natural to reflect on the past and look toward the future.

Tim Haran | Utah Beer NewsFor Utah craft beer, the near past appears to be sparkling and the immediate future looks equally as bright — by at least one measure.

The variety of quality beer available.

The (relative) influx of new breweries opening their doors and out-of-state beer offerings finding their way to liquor store shelves is exciting.

A half-dozen or so new breweries began brewing in Utah in 2018, and several more are poised to begin operation in the coming year.

I asked recently on social media: Will 2018 go down as the "Year of the Brewery" in Utah? Or are we just getting warmed up?

As a craft beer enthusiast and one who loves to see local businesses thrive, I definitely hope we're just getting started.

That's not to say certain forces couldn't disrupt the landscape.

  • How many craft breweries can the market successfully support? 
  • Will breweries, retailers, and others be saddled with additional regulations?
  • Could 2019 be the year the state ditches 3.2% beer in grocery and convenience stores?

That last question could be a hot topic during the next legislative session. This commentary in The Salt Lake Tribune addresses the issue and highlights a few of the hurdles related to selling (and drinking) beer in Utah.

No matter what the future holds, 2018 was, by and large, a good year to be a beer drinker in Utah. 🍻

What do you think? As always, if you have comments, questions, complaints, critiques, or story ideas, please let me know.

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Solstice Malt: After 60+ Years, Malting Returns to Utah

Solstice Malt Founder James Weed | Utah Beer News
Solstice Malt is Utah’s first malting operation in more than a half-century. Its founder, James Weed, in many ways is a throwback to a time when maltsters manually turned grain into the so-called “soul of beer.”

BONUS:  Listen to our full interview with James as part of the Utah Beer News Podcast. Hear him explain the three main stages of malting, as well as how he largely built his malt house from the ground up.
Inside Solstice Malt

Pre-Christmas Cheer: Hurry to Enjoy These Beer-y Events

Pre-Christmas Beer Events | Utah Beer News
The holiday spirit is alive and well this weekend in Utah's craft beer community. We put together a roundup of events that caught our eye. Special releases, holiday-themed events, and more.
Your Weekend Planner

Beer News & Notes

Here are a few beer-y stories of note that I've come across in the last few weeks:
  • Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) asked for feedback on its liquor stores. Here's what people are saying.
  • The Brewers Association agrees to revise "craft brewer" definition.
  • CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, which includes Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, is named Craft Brewery of the Year by Brewbound.
  • Check out the story behind Red Rock's annual Holiday Bottle Tree, via Crafty Beer Girls.
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