No limits in Utah

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(A version of the following column was published on Aug. 1, 2012, in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American.)

By Will Siss

Beer culture in Utah is surging.

Several commercial brewers in the Salt Lake City region alone make complex beer, and the homebrew society there is equally as enthusiastic.

Imagine living in a candy store staffed by world class chocolateers and pepperminters. In this store there is one rule: you can only eat Tic-Tacs. That’s a bit like what beer lovers experienced in Utah for generations.

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Beers in Utah and beyond

I discovered Yellowstone’s grand canyon. It’s nice.

I just got back from a week-long trip to Utah, which included a jaunt north to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming en route to Yellowstone National Park. Along the way, I tried some amazing beers, and if my Untappd account is valid, I drank a whole lot of them (well, 18).My objective for the trip was to have a blast with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. I achieved that manyfold.

The other objective I had was to learn about the beer culture in Utah — specifically Salt Lake City — and whether the Church of Latter Day Saints had any impact on it.

I did, and it does.

You’ll read more about these discoveries when I profile two breweries (Epic Brewing and Wasatch Brewing) for a Republican-American “Beer Snob” column. I’m also going to write something related to the homebrewer world, perhaps for the column, or perhaps just for here. Stay tuned.

Preparing for Utah

Next week, I’ll be headed to Utah to visit my sister. I’ll be based in Salt Lake City, which is of course the Mormon capital. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a religion that shuns alcohol consumption, and I’m eager to learn how — or if — this has impacted beer drinking in the region. Perhaps it’s held the state back, since there is such a large percentage that do not drink. Perhaps it’s made the state’s drinkers that much more aggressive. Continue reading “Preparing for Utah”