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High West Distillery and Saloon celebrates “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on Saturday, May 3, with its fifth annual Derby Day Party. Guests of all ages are invited to don their best Kentucky Derby attire and head to High West to watch the 140th running of “America’s Race,” which will be screened live on the saloon’s big-screen TV. Festivities will include:

* Live foot-stompin’ music from David Halliday and the Riverboat Hustlers

* A gourmet Derby-inspired buffet featuring house-made hors d’oeuvres, house-pickled crudités, local cheeses, charcuterie, a “Big Pan Derby Tailgate,” and Distiller’s Room desserts;

* A “Best Derby Hat” contest for ladies, and a “Best Derby Attire” contest for gentlemen.

* And a cash bar serving High West’s famous spirits and cocktails.

The party runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are sold out. A limited number will be available at the door the day of the event, beginning at 2pm, for $45.

“The Kentucky Derby is a great opportunity to join with friends and celebrate the start of summer with the best whiskey cocktail on the planet, the Mint Julep,” High West proprietor David Perkins said. “Grab your hat and come on down for some fantastic live music, delicious food, and of course, truly excellent spirits. ”

703 Park Ave, Park City, UT
(435) 649-8300

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After exhaustive testing (*cough*drinking*cough) and weeks of voting, the excellent Utah Beer Blog announced the winner of their 2014 Beer Challenge. The hoptastic champion that bested all contenders? Red Rock’s Elephino Double IPA, a self styled “enormous beer” with six different hop varieties creating a brew described as:

intense citrus, floral and perfume-like, resinous and piney aroma come from the use of a copious amount of American hops. This beer is double dry-hopped on whole leaf Amarillo hops for a vivid, fresh aroma. The huge hop profile is backed up by a malty sweetness that lends a hand in this fine creation’s balance.



Finally, catching my eye this week was a post on the Skyscraper Page forums by developer Ken Bretschneider, about his upcoming SLC project. Ken wrote:

“what was called the AIR Center which is now named AIR HOTELS. We slowed this project down as we decided to expand the idea to include a very cool Modern/Urban style Boutique Hotel instead of office space. We decided that there was plenty of office space in the downtown core and that a fresh new hotel with location based entertainment was something SLC really needed. The AIR project has doubled in size and we have already secured most of the additional capital. We hope to get construction started now in the early fall. We have also added additional entertainment components as part of this new design including an amazing roof top pool/club and a 350 person multi-use/theater space. The new building will now have 14 stories compared to the previous concept of 8 stories. We are partnering with one of the top hotel management groups in the country and are finalizing negotiations for an amazing GM to run our hotel. We will announce additional details as we get closer to breaking ground.”

Here are some renders of what you might expect to see opening in downtown SLC come 2016 – and the reason for the mention here – fancy schmancy restaurant space. Definitely one to keep an eye on:

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