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Yes, There Actually Is Booze in Utah...and Here's Where to Find It

January 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

Because of its large population of Mormons who don’t drink alcohol, Utah gets the reputation for being a dry state. However, we’re happy to report that that’s not the case - yes, you can get drunk in Utah. There are a couple of spots in the Salt Lake City/Park City area worth their weight in liquid gold.

SQUATTER’S (Salt Lake City)
This homegrown beer brewery and restaurant is a must-visit on your Utah itinerary, and it's adorably close to the huge LDS Temple. Most of the beers are named after places nearby, including Provo Girl, Big Cottonwood, and Utah Crimson. We highly recommend their latest addition, the French Connection, made from a special hybrid kind of hops that you can only get in this very establishment. Good news for people stranded in SLC Airport because of inclement weather: there’s a Squatters there, too, and they have an alcohol license.

This old-school ski lodge likes to hang on to its unique brand of retro charm: there are family-style meals, no TVs, and zero snowboarding allowed. The resort just celebrated its 75th anniversary, and to mark the occasion they created their very own brew. They partnered with Wasatch (see below) on a custom blend that evokes Alta’s warm, homey environment. The packaging’s pretty cute, too.

If you like your drink with a heavy side of humor, then you’ll love Wasatch, whose motto is “still drinking our share and selling the rest.” Wasatch has the honor of being the first pub established in Utah after Prohibition ended, and they make the most of their vanguard reputation. The brews have tongue-in-cheek names like Polygamy Porter, 1st Amendment Lager, and Chasing Tail Ale. If you can’t choose one, they’ll sell you a mixed 6 or 12 pack.

We’ve already mentioned our love for High West and their homemade ryes, whiskeys, and vodkas, but there are even more reasons to love this Main Street bar/restaurant. There’s a gift shop that sells whiskey stones and booze-scented soaps in addition to all the best homemade liquors, and it’s the world’s only ski-in-ski-out distillery, with the Park City Mountain Resort ski lift running just outside the front door. Take off your snow boots, then shake off the cold with some of High West’s famous “Campfire,” a blend of whiskey, bourbon, and rye.

[Photo: TangoPango]

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