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post #1 of 18
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I am going to be staying on the mountain in Utah soon so I wanted to bring some beer up there.  Last time I was there the pricing at the state liquor store for beer was so high we ended up buying hard liquor.  I heard there were alot of good microbreweries out there...does anyone know if there pricing is alittle more competitive and if they can sell larger quantities of bottles directly to consumers?  I don't mind paying alittle more for good beer, but i dont want to put a hole in my wallet.
post #2 of 18
Yeah, there is a place you can get micro brews for a good price.  It's called Evanston Wyoming.  About a 70-80 minute drive from Park City...
post #3 of 18
I do not know any good microbrews in Utah, and liquor in Utah is always a little tough.  I will however offer suggestions on my favorite micro brews (that are readily available).
Breckenridge Brewery 471 small batch IPA
Mirror Pond from Dechutes
Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard (their vertical epic 8-8-08 is the best beer I've ever had, but good luck finding even 1 of them).  I fortunately have 15 22 ozers stashed away.
I'm not a HUGE fan of it, but Dead Guy Ale is pretty darn good and you can find it in a gallon bottle for $11.99.  The other ones, with the exception of mirror pond will save you money in the long run because 1 of those is = 3 to 5 coors lights.
The only other advice I can offer is to drive to Wyoming to pick it up like Matthew Lillard in SLC Punk.
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post

I am going to be staying on the mountain in Utah soon so I wanted to bring some beer up there.  Last time I was there the pricing at the state liquor store for beer was so high we ended up buying hard liquor.  I heard there were alot of good microbreweries out there...does anyone know if there pricing is alittle more competitive and if they can sell larger quantities of bottles directly to consumers?  I don't mind paying alittle more for good beer, but i dont want to put a hole in my wallet.

 you can get the microbrews at any grocery store or gas station in utah. it is slightly cheaper at the brewers as well.
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 you can get the microbrews at any grocery store or gas station in utah. it is slightly cheaper at the brewers as well.

I am a big of a beer fanatic. I am sure that you know better than me, but when I was in utah, the grocery store selection was pretty weak. There are some local microbrews available, but I think they were low in ABV, like 4% and under. This meant that some of the beers were a little thinner than their style would suggest. Wasatch's Polygamy Porter wasn't all that great, although I do love the name. Full Suspension Pale by Sqautters was a bit better.

The liquor stores had a better selection. I am told that it is expensive by american standards, but it seemed pretty cheap for this Canadian. While the selection can't compete with stores on the pacific coast, they had a full line of sierra nevada, and that was more than enough to keep me happy.
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I am a big of a beer fanatic. I am sure that you know better than me, but when I was in utah, the grocery store selection was pretty weak. There are some local microbrews available, but I think they were low in ABV, like 4% and under. This meant that some of the beers were a little thinner than their style would suggest. Wasatch's Polygamy Porter wasn't all that great, although I do love the name. Full Suspension Pale by Sqautters was a bit better.

The liquor stores had a better selection. I am told that it is expensive by american standards, but it seemed pretty cheap for this Canadian. While the selection can't compete with stores on the pacific coast, they had a full line of sierra nevada, and that was more than enough to keep me happy.
 
Sierra Nevada would get me by for a while.  Just so this guy knows what he's in for, do you remember what a 12 pack cost there?  A 12 pack of Sierra Nevada should be 13-14 bucks. 
post #7 of 18
The gas stations and grocery stores are all 3.2 micro brew.  I think the brewery's are even regulated in that manner.  The buck a bottle charge at the state run liquor stores makes it ridiculous to buy a six pack.  If you want the real stuff, go to Wyoming...
post #8 of 18
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I do not know any good microbrews in Utah, and liquor in Utah is always a little tough.  I will however offer suggestions on my favorite micro brews (that are readily available).
Breckenridge Brewery 471 small batch IPA

 

Second that IPA recommendation!  I got a free tour of their brewery last month, and walked out with a free case what I thought was 1/2 Christmas Ale and 1/2 Lucky IPA.   I was down to my last 6 pack in the box last night, and low and behold, it wasn't the regular IPA, but the small batch double 9.2% abv IPA.  Love those guys!

I'm not sure why you started at the state liquor stores for microbrews?  Most big chain grocery stores sell a decent selection, and killclimbz 3.2% comment is incorrect.  As far as where to get good Utah microbrews, here's some help:

Bohemian Brewery in Midvale - buy their outstanding Czech/Bavarian brews right at the brewery.  They actually make lagers, which many microbrewers avoid.  Na Zdravi!  94 E. 7200 South (www.bohemianbrewery.com lists what stores carry their brews)

Great deals on Squatters microbrews can be found at any SLC Costco.  No, it's not all 3.2% swill.  1st Amendment lager and full suspension pale ale are very worthy, and come in at 4.0%.  Really, if you are buying a microbrew, you are buying it for taste first, right?  If ethanol content is your prime concern, buy cheap malt liquor.

You can find Moab Brewery's Scorpion Pale Ale in the local grocers (Smiths, Albertsons, Fred Meyer).  Can you tell I'm a hophead yet?

Last but not least, make it yourself with the help of the Beer Nut on 1200 S. State in SLC.
post #9 of 18
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 No, it's not all 3.2% swill.  1st Amendment lager and full suspension pale ale are very worthy, and come in at 4.0%.

3.2 ABW is 4.0 ABV
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post

The gas stations and grocery stores are all 3.2 micro brew.  I think the brewery's are even regulated in that manner.  The buck a bottle charge at the state run liquor stores makes it ridiculous to buy a six pack.  If you want the real stuff, go to Wyoming...
 

Just discovered DaveCo in Thornton up at I-25 and E-470 after my tour of Breckenridge Brewery.  We don't have anything like that in Wyoming!  I thought I'd walked into the Emerald City! Two football fields of brews.
post #11 of 18
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Sierra Nevada would get me by for a while.  Just so this guy knows what he's in for, do you remember what a 12 pack cost there?  A 12 pack of Sierra Nevada should be 13-14 bucks. 
 
I don't remember the price. In alberta I pay $12 for a six back of western canadian craft beer. 15-20 for American craft. So obviously my sense of a fair price is a little off....
post #12 of 18
 I buy microbrews so i can get drunk while the beer still tastes good, without filling up my stomach.  1 arrogant bastard and 1 small batch ipa 12 oz do the trick for me.  If all there are are crappy buds, coors, whatever, I've been known to grab a Steel Reserve.
post #13 of 18
The best beers in UT are homebrewed. I am not a great fan of the Wasatch and Uinta breweries (though i do like full suspension), Moab is better IMO. If you want some specific craft brew from out of state forget it. It is like $20 for a12er of sam adams, but its also $13ish With tax for Sierra Nevada. Which is chepaer than other places I have lived before. I have been drinking that and Full Sail almost exclusively since I moved here.

I have largely switched over to wine and recommend drinking that as its relatively cheap. Forget about beer.
post #14 of 18
Tried the sampler of every beer on the menu at Squatters in the SLC airport last time I was there on a layover.  My own opinion as an experienced beer connoisseur, (with an emphasis on the sewer) is that their beers range from the perfectly servicible to the prettty darned good.  I wouldn't apolgize to anybody for filling up a ski condo fridge with their stuff.
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post

I am going to be staying on the mountain in Utah soon so I wanted to bring some beer up there.  Last time I was there the pricing at the state liquor store for beer was so high we ended up buying hard liquor.  I heard there were alot of good microbreweries out there...does anyone know if there pricing is alittle more competitive and if they can sell larger quantities of bottles directly to consumers?  I don't mind paying alittle more for good beer, but i dont want to put a hole in my wallet.
There are several very good local beers available in the State stores that I would  recommend:

Squatters IPA  6%

Squatters Hop Rising  9%

Wasatch Winterfest Seasonal Ale
7%

Wasatch Devastator Double Bock 8%

These are all $1.34 a bottle.  They are not refrigerated at the store so you will need to stick a few in the snow while you unload the car.

As already mentioned, Squatters Full Suspension Ale 4%, is a great tasting beer available in grocery and convenience stores.
post #16 of 18
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Has anyone tried purchasing the beers at the brewery themselves or at the beer store (utahbeers.com) is it cheaper or more expensive than the state owned stores?  i gotta buy beer for alooooottta people so it adds up lol
post #17 of 18
 sounds like it adds up to a trip to Wyoming.
post #18 of 18
The Squatters IPA mentioned above is really good.  I have been enjoying some over the past few weeks at our local hill.
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