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The Beehive State

The first Utah brewery was opened near Lehi in 1856 and given the name, the Hot Springs Brewery Hotel. Railroad workers and miners were the main Utah beer consumers at all drinking establishments for a long while. However, in 1864, Henry Wagener opened the major production brewery, California Brewery, which became wildly popular and successful thanks to being located in Emigration Canyon. If you can’t tell by the name, this is where many emigrants came through to enter Utah.

In 1873, a Utah law was passed that made Brigham Young the only allowed producer and distributor of all Utah beer and liquor. The church producing their own wine, beer, and liquor brought in a great deal of money for them. However, by 1887, the churches alcohol production slowed way down and even stopped producing wine all together.

Being a heavily Mormon populated state, it is important to note their religious values have some effect on the alcohol production and distribution in Utah. The religion believes that partaking in heavy alcohol consumption should be discouraged, and the same applies to tobacco, coffee, tea, and meat, which should only be consumed sparingly.

A couple of breweries managed to have some success before prohibition commenced, including Salt Lake City Brewing and Becker Brewing.

In 1989, a bill was passed legalizing brewpubs. A few years prior to this in 1986, the oldest Utah craft brewery and brewpub, Wasatch Brewing opened their doors. A little later in 1989, the Salt Lake City establishment Squatters Pub Brewery/Salt Lake Brewing opened. Squatter’s prides itself in taking home more GABF awards than any other Utah beer establishment, earning 26 in total. As a whole, Utah has garnered 88 GABF medals.

A few Utah beer laws still exist today. One major one is the Utah beer alcohol percentage, which states that if it has an ABV over 4%, state-run liquor stores have control. Another law raises the questions, can you buy beer on Sunday in Utah, and how late can you buy beer in Utah? Simply put, the sale of beer from Utah is prohibited on Sundays; therefore it cannot be purchased on Sundays. Monday through Saturday, beer can be sold and purchased between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Salt Lake City, Utah has separated itself a bit allowing the sale of beer to occur at later hours and even on Sundays.

The Utah Beer Festival is an event that has been occurring in Salt Lake City for just over a decade, and usually occurs in August. It is a popular Utah event filled with great beer, food, and music.

With so many incredible Utah craft beers, we have found the most popular and visited Utah breweries are: Epic Brewing, Moab Brewery, and Uinta Brewing.

We have had the pleasure of featuring some of the best beer in Utah from some of the best breweries in Utah, including: Uinta Brewing Company and Bohemian Brewery. We are always looking for new Utah craft breweries to add to our monthly craft beer club shipments, and hope to have more in the near future. Cheers!

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