Wasatch Brews a Good Time


A Milwaukee boy moves to Utah in the 80’s and finds a Milwaukeean’s worst nightmare: there’s no beer here! So, Greg Schirf founded Utah’s first brewery in 1986 and hasn’t stopped cranking out award-winning craft brews ever since. Here in Old Town, we have the state’s very first brewpub as well thanks to Schirf. The Wasatch Brewery and Brewpub has an interesting and impactful history on our town and state. Here are just a few reasons why you need to visit Wasatch Brewery on historic Main Street:

Local Craft Beer, Need I Say More?

Sprinkled throughout the Park City brewpub are gold, silver, and bronze status awards from countless festivals and conferences, including many from the World Beer Cup. No big deal, they probably also have a storage closet where they keep the dusty old piles of awards which they don’t have the space for. Popular award-winning beers include: Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale, Chasing Tail Golden Ale, and the infamous Polygamy Porter Nitro.

The taps are constantly pouring Wasatch classics as well as daring and delicious seasonal beers that are on rotation year-round. Right now their seasonal beers are White Label Belgium Ale (6% ABV), Chasing Tail Orange (6% ABV), and Tropical Hop Rising (9% ABV). My hands down favorite of the Wasatch family beer tree always makes you do a double take reading the menu: the Jalapeno Cream Ale. And to elevate this smooth spicy ale even further, ask for a splash of the Apricot Hefeweizen in the summertime or a splash of the Pumpkin Ale in the autumn. Sounds weird, but trust me, it’s the best kind of weird.

Good Grub

Not a lot of brewpubs are known for phenomenal food and that’s because they’re focused on their beers. We found that Wasatch can do both. Their in-house prep yields tasty dressings and sauces, batter for their famous Hefeweizen fish and chips, Polygamy Porter meatloaf, hummus, desserts, and much more. Stoneground Bakery, of Salt Lake City, provides their bread products.  Their superior meats are sourced from Wasatch Meats, which is locally produced and turned into their tried and true 100% buffalo burger. They also source their outstanding coffee out of Millcreek Coffee Roasters, based in Salt Lake City.

Location, Location, Location

Located at the top of Main Street, it’s the perfect place to start your Old Town adventure or end it. Even bring your furry best friends to drink and dine with you on the dog-friendly patio which will open the middle of this month. Have the best view of the street when you purchase tickets for their Savor the Summit event on June 16. Find tickets at www.wasatchbeers.com.


The To Go Case

The sadness of the end of your visit to the brewery doesn’t have to set in immediately. Ease the pain by taking home some 6-packs of award-winning beer or bottle up your favorite concoction in a crowler (32 ounces) or a growler (64 ounces). The Wasatch family this year made the change from glass to aluminum, enhancing their care for the Park City environment we know and love.

Wasatch Brewery is the only place in the state where the phrase “Utah beers” have a different meaning. Beer snob or not, the awesome staff will find you your beer soul mate. Make sure you stop by during Craft Beer Week: May 14-20, where they will be offering $2.50 12 ounce drafts all week! You can find ice cold brews and great food at 250 Main Street in Park City, UT 84060.

Hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., weekend brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


About Author

Meredith is a Chicago transplant and ski bum turned freelance writer. She has been in the restaurant business off an on since she was 16 and learned to cook from her parents, so she knows a good dish when she sees one (especially if it's deep dish). Park City has been home base for 4 years and counting and when she isn't working you can find her skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing, or camping.

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