While in Utah, I quickly got hooked on Uinta Brewing‘s Golden Spike Hefeweizen. It’s a delicious, light, fruity wheat beer and, thanks to its low alcohol content, you can enjoy a couple and wake up hangover-free the next morning. That’s one often overlooked advantage of the state’s alcohol content restrictions.
Since we were in Salt Lake City and bored, we decided to visit the Uinta brewery — we had discovered that they had that rarest of all things in Utah, a brew pub. Wow!
Rather than being filled with tourists, this Friday afternoon the Uinta brew pub had a regular working-guy clientele, and they all knew each other by name. Paul and I split a sampler, tasting all eight beers on tap. As usual, I gravitated towards the wheat and dark beers while Paul preferred the hoppy beers. Delicious. And so unexpected — we found ourselves in a place where having a beer didn’t feel like a crime, it just felt normal. We didn’t get this feeling anywhere else in Utah, especially in Provo, where we had a beer in the only bar and overheard the bartenders disparaging their customers as alcoholics.
You probably can’t get Uinta beers in your home state, but the next time you find yourself in Utah, try the local stuff instead of the low-booze version of that same old crap you can get at home. After all, they’re “keeping Utah the way we found it — except with beer.”