1 – Desert Edge Pub Brewery
One of the oldest pub/breweries and still 100% locally owned, is this Trolley Square institution. The business started way back in 1972, expanding into craft brewing in 1995 – way before the current fad. Indeed Desert Edge was the first Utah brewery to win a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. From there, the business grew and grew to the bustling business it is today.
Desert Edge continues to brew award winning ales. There’s always a deliciously creamy Irish dry stout on nitro, hefeweizen, a pilsner and a pale ale. Not to mention a range of rotating seasonable across various styles. Ask at the bar for what’s hot right now, there’s always something interesting.
In terms of food the offers a fun menu with a range of pub classics – think burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Over the menu There’s a particular focus on Mexican cuisine and pasta salads; which in the case of the latter, is something the restaurant side of the business has been famous for decades.
One of the great things about Desert Edge is the location in Trolley Square. Slightly off the beaten path, and with acres of seating, you can always be assured of getting a seat. The former Trolley car facility that houses the brewpub is always fun to wander and explore too.
If you’re looking to swing by and grab a brew, the bar offers an ultra cheap bar bites menu. That means you just need to grab a snack for $2 if you plan on stopping by for a drink. As such the business isn’t licensed as a regular bar, which means you can bring the whole family to enjoy the great cuisine and cool location.
273 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
2 – Avenues Proper
Up in SLC’s Avenues neighborhood you’ll find this micro-brewery backed upscale restaurant. The plates are more upscale than your traditional brew pub, and the on site ale production is more nano than micro – but great things come in small packages.
376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
3 – Bohemian Brewery
Over in Midvale you’ll find this Bavarian focused brewery and restaurant. If you’re in the market for small batch, handcrafted lagers, you’ve found the right place. If you stop by to sample a pilsner or two, you’ll also find a restaurant powered by a sturdy Bavarian menu; think brats, schnitzel and stroganoff as well as some pub classics.
94 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047
4 – Squatters
SLC’s original brew pub in the contemporary sense, kicking off a local renaissance of sorts in the late 80s. Before that, Salt Lake’s last brewery shuttered in the 60s. Yeah, we’re glad we weren’t around in that barren twenty years either.
Squatters has multiple locations around the valley including a location at SLC International Airport. We’re fans of the downtown original, that offers a wide variety of food and beer. Squatters popularity meant it was acquired by Fireman Capital becoming part of the larger CANarchy group in 2012.
147 West Broadway (300 South), Salt Lake City, UT 84101
5 – Uinta
This brew house outlet of one of our favorite Utah brewers is modest in contrast to the others listed here. You’ll find a lighter menu offering sandwiches and salads. The main appeal here are the brews and you can sample Uinta’s full range of flavors. And of course, if you find something you love, take it to go.
1722 Fremont Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84104