Salt Lake City has a robust beer scene and a home for breweries that offer a lot of epic beers to choose from. As a matter of fact, there was even a time when Salt Lake City was called the beer capital of the American West. The craft beer industry in Utah is almost as old as Utah itself.
Breweries bravely stepped up to quench the thirst of those hard-working mining and railroad men during the Gold Rush period. SLC today still has a ton to satisfy your beer cravings, from beers with a high alcohol content to good times that will give you a bayou experience. So, Let’s see what the Valley had in store for us as we go through the list of the best breweries in Salt Lake City.
1. Red Rock Brewing
Red Rock Brewing opened its doors to the public in 1994, conveniently located just blocks away from downtown hotels. Since its founding, it was set out to serve delicious food and brew high-quality craft beers that locals and visitors adore. RRB gained its reputation as Salt Lake City’s beer staple and sat on top of dozens of regional and national awards that have become a bold statement of how dedicated this brewery is to delivering the best brews in town.
Today, Red Rock has three operational branches, all committed to maintaining the highest standards. Casual drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts are more than welcome to swing by their brewpubs, packed with a casual, lively, and chill atmosphere. With more than 30 core, special release, and seasonal beers, you will surely not be in awe of the feast yet to uncover before your tastebuds.
- Crowd Favorite: Elephino Double IPA. A flagship Americal-style Imperial/Double IPA with 8% ABV, packed with a resinous, citrusy, and hop-centric flavor profile. Double dry-hopped with six different hop varieties.
- Highly Recommended: 20th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale
- Hop-py Note: Accepts delivery and takeout orders. Street parking and validated parking spaces are available. Free WiFi. Full bar. Wheelchair accessible. Provides reusable tableware. Serves lunch and dinner. Bicycle parking. TV. Outdoor seating. Great for children.
Hours: Open Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10pm
2. Bewilder Brewing Company
Bewilder Brewing Co. is relatively new to the beer landscape of Salt lake city, but it has earned its spot of the best breweries there is in the locale. In recent years, the founders have experienced running a brew supply shop, but they believed they could share their undying love for craft beers by opening their pub in the very heart of the city. Bewilder is not your ordinary small-town brewery. In fact, it is one of only two breweries in Utah that is both independently owned and craft malt certified.
Bewilder Brewing sits in the city’s heart, featuring a modern pub with industrial accents. It is known for emphasizing brewing timeless traditional beer styles with hints of its modern personal touch. Apart from outstanding brews, its kitchen also serves Bavarian-inspired meals that is truly above the rating scale.
- Crowd Favorite: Fresh Sesh IPA. A hop-forward Session IPA with 5% ABV, hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops for a bright and fresh citrus-fruity flavor.
- Highly Recommended: ESB
- Hop-py Note: Accepts takeout orders. Takes reservations. TV. Heated outdoor seating,. Wheelchair accessible. Bicycle parking is available. Covered patio. Provides reusable tableware.
Hours: Open Daily 11am-10pm
3. Proper Brewing Company
Can’t you think of any place to have a relaxing night? Proper Brewing Company will surely be a perfect spot. Even though it just opened in 2013, it had proved to break boundaries, being infamous for being the smallest commercial brewery in the area with 12 tap handles.
Its taproom is located in the Ballpark neighborhood, a few blocks away from Liberty Park. It features an enjoyable atmosphere with an inviting patio and pool tables to keep the fun rolling. It has a wide selection of beers; if you want to grab a bite, the food served here will never disappoint.
- Crowd Favorite: Yacht Rock Juice Box. A standard New-England style IPA with 5% ABV, packed with a fruit-forward profile having no bitter aftertaste. Brewed with German and Flaked wheat and undergone a series of dry hop stages for a smooth texture.
- Highly Recommended: Lake Effect Gose
- Hop-py Note: Free WiFi. Bicycle parking. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking and private lot parking spaces are available. TV. Full bar. Serves lunch and dinner.
Hours: Open Tue-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun & Mon 12pm-12am
4. Epic Brewing Company
Epic Brewing Company opened in 2010 and is infamous as Utah’s first brewery to serve strong beers with high alcohol content. EBC makes its beers with the finest malts and brews beers that live up to their name. From light lagers, barrel-aged stouts, IPAs, and session beers, their range of style is never limited.
Its taproom is located a few blocks from the Leonard museum and features a large open space for everyone. You will be amazed by their Tap-less Taproom, the only one in the city you will find. Today Epic Brewing continues to impress with its other location in Denver, leaving the impression that they are more than just a local brewery.
- Crowd Favorite: Armageddon IPA. A flavorful American-style IPA brewed with a ludicrous amount of Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops and two malt varieties packed with grapefruit, hop, and citrus flavor profiles.
- Highly Recommended: Hop Zombie
- Hop-py Note: Accepts takeout orders. Street parking and private lot parking spaces are available. Free WiFi. Designated smoking area. Offers vegan alternatives. Gender-neutral restrooms. TV. Dog-friendly. Wheelchair accessible. Bicycle parking. Offers pescetarian options.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 11am-7pm
5. Uinta Brewing Co.
Uinta Brewing Company was established in 1993 and found its way to becoming Salt Lake’s Legends as it continued to evolve as the local beer landscape changed. UBC named its brewery after Utah’s cultural and natural icons, and it is one of the largest in Salt Lake City.
With its award-winning flagship beer, you’ll undoubtedly want more of its handcrafted beers. The brewery’s relaxed industrial vibe will entice you to drink comfortably with your loved ones. If you become a fan, they have a variety of store selling their products under their name. They also have cans of beer you can carry out, so your beer cravings would not be a problem.
- Crowd Favorite: Hop Nosh IPA. A flagship American IPA with 7.3%ABV, boasting a distinctive bitterness and a vibrant ho aromatic profile, packed with notes of citrus zest, pine, and grapefruit, with a distinct flavor of caramel malt.
- Highly Recommended: Detour Double IPA
- Hop-py Note: Accepts takeout orders. Free WiFi. Private lot parking. Dogs are allowed Wheelchair accessible. Offers military discounts. Vegetarian alternatives are available. Bicycle parking.
Hours: Open Mon-Thur 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun Closed
6. Squatters Pub Brewery
Squatter Pub Brewery opened in 1989 and is one of the oldest breweries in downtown Salt Lake City. With this much experience, people in SPQ could maintain three locations and a microbrewery up and running today. Needless to say, they have won various awards at the Great American Beer Festival since 1997.
In their spacious indoor, drink their world-class handcrafted beer with your choice of their incredible food; you will never run out of space as they have a variety of booths, tables, and bar seats packed with vintage vibes and a very inviting atmosphere. Visit and unwind on their magical patio on a beautiful evening to make your SLC visit a memorable and unique experience. Today, SPB continues to grow as they support four locations in the city.
- Crowd Favorite: Hop Rising. An intense Imperial/Double IPA with 9% ABV that pours an orange amber color, featuring a malty backbone, brewed with three malt varieties to balance out its hop-forward flavor character.
- Highly Recommended: Full Suspension Pale Ale
- Hop-py Note: Covered patio. Plastic-free packaging. Heated outdoor seating. Provides reusable tableware. Handicapped accessible. TV. Offers military discount. Street parking spaces are available. Dogs are allowed. Serves lunch and dinner. Child-friendly. Offers vegan alternatives. Accepts reservations. Accepts delivery and takeout orders.
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat & Sun 10:30am-11pm
7. Desert Edge Brewery
Desert Edge Brewery is a Salt Lake gem, perfect if you’re nearing the end of your day. It is located in the lovely Trolley Square, nestled among other local stores, and is famous for its very affordable sampler. Since its beginnings in 1995, they have offered a diverse selection of beers. They also serve seasonal beer to complement the delicious dishes they serve. Drink one of their best-selling beers while listening to jazz music, and you’ll feel relaxed and classy after a long day.
If you want to drink while looking out at the Trolley Square courtyard, you can do so on the second floor, which has large windows. Aside from good food, DEB also features a futuristic industrial interior that will cap off your Salt Lake City experience.
- Crowd Favorite: Latter Day Stout. A classic Irish-style dry stout with 4.2% ABV that pours a rich, creamy head brewed with nugget hops, chocolate malts, and roasted barley for a smooth, rich taste.
- Highly Recommended: Utah Pale Ale
- Hop-py Note: Accepts takeout and delivery orders. Full bar. Garage parking. TV. Bicycle parking. Serves lunch. Outdoor seating. Offers catering services.
Hours: Open Mon-Wed 11:30am-9pm, Thur-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 10:30am-9pm