The Best Craft Beer and Top Breweries in Utah 2023

Best Craft Beer and Top Breweries

This past week, I went on an epic trip to Utah, one of the best places in the entire United States.

We traveled all over the place.

Saw five national parks, went to tons of restaurants, and camped out everywhere from Downtown Salt Lake City to Park City to Moab (and the middle of nowhere too)!

And everywhere we went, we went hiking.

We hiked so much that for most of the trip, our daily steps totaled well over 20K.

So, as you can imagine, we worked up quite the appetite, for both beer and food.

We’re quite the brewery wanderers, and put together this awesome list of Utah Breweries to check out, all over the entire state.

As Utah continues to grow and expand, so does its craft beer scene. From Salt Lake City to Park City, there are plenty of breweries to explore. Here are some of the best breweries, best brew pubs, and best beers in Utah.

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Bewilder Brewing Co.


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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bewilder Brewing Co is a small-batch brewery that focuses on crafting complex and interesting beers.

“How interesting,” you may ask?

Their beer selection often features unique flavor combinations, like their “Raspberry White Chocolate” stout or their “Mojito” sour.

Don’t knock them ‘til you try them. Both of these beers, especially the RWC, are to die for.

The taproom has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to grab a pint and catch up with friends.

Bohemian Brewery and Grill


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This Utah-based brewery specializes in classic Czech-style lagers and hearty pub fare, with a focus on quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant is warm and rustic, with exposed brick walls and wooden accents. It’s within these walls that you can find a variety of beer on tap, including Bohemian Pilsner, Czech Dark Lager, Viennese Lager, and more.

The menu (and I’m drooling just thinking about it) features hearty meat dishes such as pork schnitzel, goulash, and bratwurst, as well as vegetarian options like roasted vegetable skewers and mushroom stroganoff.

Desert Edge Brewery

With two locations in Salt Lake City, Utah (it’s that good you guys!), Desert Edge Brewery is a local staple known for their classic and approachable beer styles.

Their flagship beer, the “Happy Valley Hefeweizen,” is a crowd-pleaser and a nod to their location at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, but both of the Salt Lake City breweries have this beer on draft.

The local breweries are also serving up hearty pub fare, with menu items like nachos, burgers, and fish and chips.

You really can’t go wrong with any of those combinations. This place is popular for a reason!

Epic Brewing Company


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With locations in Salt Lake City and Denver, Epic Brewing Company has won numerous awards for their unique and experimental brews.

Epic Brewing Company offers a range of innovative seasonal and year-round brews, including an award-winning imperial stout. Try their Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout or Tart-n-Juicy Sour IPA.

Fisher Brewing Company

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If you guys have read my articles, you know:

A sign of a good brewery is a good pilsner.

And man, do these guys have it.

Fisher Brewing Company operates out of a restored warehouse in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, which includes a spacious taproom and outdoor patio area.

The brewery produces a variety of the best craft beers using only the highest-quality ingredients, including traditional styles like pilsner and IPA, as well as experimental brews like a cherry sour and a lime gose.

Hopkins Brewing Company

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hopkins Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated brewery that prides itself on using local ingredients and sustainable brewing practices.

Their selection of draft beers features traditional styles like IPAs and stouts, as well as experimental flavors like their “Green Tea Cream Ale.”

The taproom has a cozy and intimate feel, with exposed brick walls and plenty of natural light.

Perfect for your next get together with all of your friends, or a wonderful stop on a road trip, just as it was for us!

Kiitos Brewing


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Kiitos Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery situated in Salt Lake City, Utah, that has quickly gained popularity for its unique approach to beer-making.

And what is that, you might ask?

Kiitos’ modern taproom is built around its sleek stainless steel brewing equipment, offering visitors a first-hand glimpse of the beer-making process.

The atmosphere is trendy and laid-back, attracting both beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike.

With a focus on sustainability and community involvement, Kiitos Brewing offers a range of unique, hand-crafted popular beers like a peanut butter stout and a hazy IPA.

And trust me, the peanut butter stout had me drooling. You need to try it.

Level Crossing Brewing Company

Located in South Salt Lake, Level Crossing Brewing Company prides itself on amazing beer and a welcoming environment. What more could you ask for? I mean seriously?

This Utah-based brewery offers a range of creative, small-batch beers, including a popular series of fruit-infused sours and a barrel-aged imperial stout.

If a brewery is known for their sours and stouts, that’s like the biggest green flag you could ever find.

Try their Rookie Mistake Hazy IPA or S’mores Stout.

Moab Brewery


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I try not to pick favorites from all of the craft breweries that I visit, but damn, this place is really giving me a run for my money. For that, I want to tell you a little story about my experience:

We stopped here after a long day hiking in the Arches national park. And when I tell you I gulped my Juicy Johnny’s Hazy IPA down… I have never enjoyed a great beer more.

It was seriously incredible. So much so, that we bought a 4 pack of local beer just to keep for the campfires that we had.

The brewers are experts at their craft, brewing concoctions that all of the beer lovers passing through will love.

And the food.

The food was just as good, if not better than the beer. From overflowing salads, yummy sandwiches, and delicious options and entrees straight from the grill, you can’t really go wrong with anything you’d get from here!

Proper Brewing Co

Burgers and beers.

Together in holy matrimony.

Located in Salt Lake City, Proper Brewing Co. offers a variety of locally-sourced beers, including a popular series of barrel-aged and sour beers.

This great place offers an extensive range of craft beer and food options. Be sure to try their Lake Effect IPA or their Proper Burger.

It’s one of the most popular spots in the Utah craft beer scene for a reason!

Red Rock Brewing Company

This brewery has been crafting beer since 1994.

Before it was cool.

Based in Salt Lake City, Red Rock Brewing Co. specializes in high-quality, classic beers like porter, pilsner, and lager.

They offer a diverse range of beers including Amber Ale, Hefeweizen, and Milk Stout. Make sure to try their Elephino Double IPA.

Saltfire Brewing Co.


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Located in West Valley City, Utah, Saltfire Brewing Co. is a community-focused brewery that often partners with local nonprofits and organizations to give back to their community.

Which is why we love them so much.

Their beer selection often features unique and creative flavors inspired by their mountainous surroundings, like their “Trailhead Pineapple Wheat” or their “Mango Habanero” sour.

The taproom has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with plenty of seating options and a rotating art gallery.

Shades Brewing


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This South Salt Lake-based brewery is known for their clean and crisp brews, which include a variety of IPA selections and ales.

This great local spot offers a range of innovative, small-batch beers, including seasonal and experimental brews like a cherry jalapeno-infused blonde ale.

Try their Citra Chops IPA or Sunnyside Hoppy Wheat.

Squatters Craft Beers

Also based in Salt Lake City, Squatters Craft Beers has been producing beer since 1989.

Again, before it was cool.

This Utah-based brewery offers a variety of craft beers ranging from hoppy IPAs to refreshing wheat beers, all made with organic ingredients.

Their beers are locally sourced and brewed with passion. Try their Hop Rising Double IPA or Full Suspension Pale Ale.

Strap Tank Brewing Company

Strap Tank Brewing Company is a well-liked craft brewery situated in Utah County, Utah, that offers an excellent selection of beers to suit every taste preference.

Strap Tank is known for producing high quality, handcrafted ales and lagers, by using only natural ingredients.

The taproom features a comfortable and relaxed vibe, making it a perfect spot to socialize with friends.

This Utah-based brewery takes inspiration from classic American craft beer traditions, with a focus on bold, flavorful brews like a maple bacon porter.

The classic inspiration is evident in each and every sip.

Talisman Brewing Company

Based in Ogden, Utah, Talisman Brewing Company is a local favorite microbrewery that has rapidly established its reputation as one of the best in the state.

This old time charm styled tasting room offers a range of unique, locally-inspired beers, including a popular series of barrel-aged sour beers.

Again, a general rule of thumb:

If they make a good sour beer, it’s a huge green flag.

Uinta Brewing Company


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Located in Salt Lake City, Uinta Brewing Company has been producing award-winning beers since 1993.

This environmentally-conscious Utah brewery focuses on producing organic and sustainable beers, including a popular line of sour beers.

Be sure to try their Cutthroat Pale Ale or Baba Black Lager, two of the beers that they are most known for.

Wasatch Brew Pub


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Founded in Park City in 1986, Wasatch Brewery has been a staple in Utah’s craft beer scene for over 30 years, with a particular focus on creative, flavorful brews like apricot hefeweizen.

Their beers are brewed with locally sourced ingredients, and include classics such as Polygamy Porter and Evolution Amber Ale.

(Yes, you read that right. Polygamy Porter).

Vernal Brewing Company

Based in Vernal, Utah, Vernal Brewing Company is a family-friendly brewery that offers a selection of approachable and easy-drinking beers.

Their flagship beer, the “Split Mountain Lager,” is crisp and refreshing, making it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.

The taproom has a rustic and cozy feel, with plenty of seating options and a large outdoor patio for enjoying sunny days, which in my opinion, makes for a fantastic brewery experience.

Come over and see what all the hype is all about!

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