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Uinta Brewing Company

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Based on:
42 Beers
16,873 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 12
Visits: 60
Avg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1722 Fremont Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84104-4215
United States
phone: (801) 467-0909

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @uintabrewing

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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 60
Photo of IckyT2012
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

I was in town for one day and the brewery was closed for remodeling. my low rating is out of spite. Wish I could have enjoyed the place, but c'mon, no temporary drinking room

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Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My only pre-planned stop in SLC when visiting over the summer. I have always been a loyal buyer of Uinta beers. I think when fresh they are among the most consistent and tasty beers for an overall lineup of flagships that there is. I have to admit I also love the artwork on their products. Located in an industrial part of town similar to about 90% of the other breweries I have visited with plenty of parking. The tasting room was spacious with a medium sized bar and tables surrounding that. Merch room and bottles to go also located in the tasting room; a good selection of both. We ended up getting two flights and the beer was priced well and super fresh as it should be at the brewery. Having Wyld that fresh was an eye opening experience. Half of the beers I had before this visit and they were even better from the source. I think we tried 8 samples between the two flights and were very happy with the quality. Food was solid. It was a simple create your own sandwich checklist style menu but very tasty and affordable. I would consider this my favorite stop in SLC and a must visit for any craft fan in the area. After sampling the brews of Utah I now realize why Uinta has such a bigger reach than the rest; just good to great all around.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a wheat and lemon smell along with a little bit of a grainy smell. There is a hint of a grassy and hay smell as well giving it a slightly funked summer wheat smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and slightly bready taste with a hint of fruity sweetness of a tangerine nature. Right from the start there is a bit of lemon and some grapefruit hop flavor which are later joined by some more grassy and hay like hop flavors. As the taste advances the sweeter tangerine fades, drying out the taste of the brew, with some grainy and more grassy hop flavors coming to the tongue. With a little bit of hay and yeast that come at the end of the taste, one is left with a rather crisp and wheaty, slightly funked, and more intense then would be expected for a 4.0 % abv brew., flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average for a normal strength brew, but for a 4 % abv it is rather thick, with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. The thicker body and moderate carbonation really accentuate the mix of wheat and funk rather well bringing these flavors to the forfront and really allowing them to be picked up.

Overall – A rather good summer style wheat/saison at only 4 % abv. For the light alcohol level this is a fantastically flavorful brew and makes for one fantastic session . Rather nice overall!!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The setup of this place and decor is cut and dry, but somehow, that seems to come off in a Uinta kind of way and doesn't go into bland and boring territory. There were, 8 taps available, from what I can recall. Food is the standard sandwich fare that breweries offer in order to also offer alcohol. I will say that the bread was as fresh as it could be. Kind of hit my tastebuds in a surprising way. Anyways. This is a decent stop on the SLC scene. I mean, how many of them are there in the city? Regardless. It's a chill spot, and you might as well hit it up.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We stopped on the way to the airport for lunch. While not exactly cozy, it's a cool brewery atmosphere. A big operation with huge tanks and offices upstairs. All quite slick and prosperous looking. I liked all the big graphics of beer labels around the walls, boxes of beers, a cooler full of beers, T-shirts on the walls. My favorite was the big artwork for "Yard Sale" winter lager.

Efficient lunch operation: each person fills out the form to make your sandwich their own creation. Not bad (skip the "sourdough") and take along the other half to eat on the plane.

The tap selection was served in nice tall logo glasses instead of the usual yabbo pints. On tap that day was pale ale, wheat, kolsch, porter, black lager, brown, amber wheat, and the Wyld. Bottles of these and stronger ales to take home. A pleasant place in Nowheresville, UT.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stop #328 on my world brewery tour.

Visited around 6:00 on a Tuesday. At the time, they closed at 7 and only served food at lunch. A handful of people at the small bar and once I had my beers, made my way to a comfy couch in the back below a window to the impressive brewery setting. Man, I love stainless steel.

I went with what appeared to be an unfiltered Kolsch, an IPA, and a porter. All the beers were excellent although it's challenging to make a balanced IPA at 4% alcohol.

Would be nice if they had more/better views into the brewing area.

My bill for 3 ~16 beers was $6.

Go to the nearby Red Iguana for killer Mexican food (Mole Poblano or any of their Mole's)

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Photo of dtivp
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in an industrial park south of the city, the nav system took me on a route that had me wondering if I was going to find the brewery.

Once there the brewery has a tasting room with a limited menu. The tasting room was very industrial/ warehouse decor with a small indoor area with a few tables and a bar. The outside patio area was a little larger with a few more tables.
The inside area also made room for a pool table and dart area. The atmosphere at 1:00 PM was very loud with a large crowd eating lunch.

The all of the Unita brews were available with the exception of the high ABV beer, that you have purchase outside of Utah( great state laws, at least they sell beer now). There were 9 to 10 brews on tap and a a nice bottle selection of their brews.

Service was very good for as crowded as it was. the staff was friendly, helpful and in good spirits.

Food selection was limited to soup and sandwiches. The clam chowder was very good. Prices are very reasonable.

Overall this was a very good experience, I'd recommend taking the drive out of town to stop by. Lunch is served 11- 3.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Did not know I could review this brewery. Been here a few times. It's a nice little place with a bar and a few tables, also a pool table. There are about 8 beers on tap. Some are only available on the site. The bartender there is a really nice guy, and got me a sixer of some Bristlecone Brown Ale, which was only available in a Fall/Winter Sampler. They also have chili and sandwiches for sale. They also have some sweatshirt's and tee's for sale as well. If you are in the area, take a stop by, highly recommended.

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Photo of harpus
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It took a little while to find this place, it is not located close to downtown Salt Lake City, like some of the other Brew Pubs. They had several beers on tap. Two of the beers that they make they are not allowed to sell or included in the samplers becasue they have to high of a percentage and have to be sold in liquor stores. The bar tender was very helpful, he went and got the phonebook and looked up the address of some of the liquor stores in town that might have carried the beers that they could not include in the sampler or carry at there location.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: This is a tasting room attached to the brewery; it's WAY off the beaten track of SLC brewpubs: it's quite a ways west and south of downtown SLC, and really requires a car (unlike several others downtown which can be walked to from most downtown hotels.) Plenty of parking available, it's basically in an industrial park. Two visiting tips: use their map on their web page or mapyahooquest it before going, and make sure you're in their open hours: only 11-7, and only weekdays. (bummer!)

The brewery is 100% wind operated, and the taproom is designed to utilize daylight and minimize the need for extra light. Nice touches. Very pleasant interior, with a U-shaped bar, a dozen or so tables, and darts, as well as an outside deck (empty on a chilly day in April.) The inside, actually, was also pretty empty, at 1:30pm. I couldn't guess why everyone isn't drinking nine different beers at 1:30pm: I mean, it's after lunch, for crying out loud. The place has a nice feel, and plenty of free newspaper, including Rocky Mountain Brewing News, and you could easily pass a lazy day here.

Nine beers on tap at the time I went in, the bartender was pleasant, and ultimately gave me the samples of each for the price of one pint, though he said they were supposed to cost $1.00 each. (he was cool like that, but he also mentioned he was impressed that I drained each one, since usually people just take a little sip and leave all but their favorites.) Hell, as I told him, I'm there to drink beer, and hell, I'm paying for it, right? (This was before I knew it would be all the price of a pint.) And actually, if I'd known it was going to be $1 per taster, I wouldn't have bothered with about half of them...

The beer quality, overall, was pretty good considering Utah's exceptionally anti-beer laws (limiting draft beer to 4.0% ABV / 3.2% ABW.) As others have noted, you can buy their stronger offerings, including a 6.0% IPA, and a 10%+ barleywine, at state liquor stores, and "private clubs" (where you pay a membrship/entrance fee.) Sadly, you can't taste them mere feet from the brewing room, at the brewery.

As for specific beers, I liked the Cutthroat Pale Ale and a speciality belgian (blonde?) best. Both were nice to style, and impressively flavorful given the alcohol restriction. The Cutthroat had a nice hop aroma and body, and the belgian style was on the mark for a golden. The hefe was super thin, a little disappointing, since it can be done with low ABV, and the lighters styles (a pils, an amber, and a brown) were all pretty thin, and somewhat unremarkable. Yes, I included the brown as a "lighter style": really, it was. The King's Peak Porter was drinkable but not overwhelming. When I return, I'll stick to the pales, IPA, and specialties. I also had a 20oz. cup of the Cutthroat a few hours later on tap at the AAA ballpark, which was nice, and amusing that it cost only $0.50 more than the BMC swill. On the beer, I would say that I think they could do the lighter styles with more body and flavor and still keep them in at the 4.0% restriction, but hey, they brew about a thousand times better than I can, so...

The food is limited to choose-your-fillings sandwiches with a bag of chips and a pickle, see the menu on their website. My sandwich was OUTSTANDING: fresh, big bread, fresh fillings, and just right to begin a heavy day of drinking. Not a fancy lunch out kind of place, but the one thing they do, they do well, which I respect. I only didn't give the food a 5 because it's such a limited selection: for taste and value, it was a 5.

Other tidbits: they offer incentives to customers who bring in six pack carriers in good condition so they can be reused, donate spent grain to local ranchers, donate to good causes, and on and on.

Overall: friendly people, a great physical setting, even if out of the way, a few pretty good beers, nice people, a great sandwich, and great values. I'll certainly go back, even though it is a hike from downtown.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I wish this place was closer to town so I could walk from my hotel to get there. The taproom at the Uinta brewery is located about 20 feet from where the beer is made. Its not a really big place, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in character.

The place is located in an industrial park well south of downtown, about 20 blocks south to be more exact. There is a bar, a few tables, and a pool table. Thats about it. I sat at the bar and ordered a sampler, got out my notebook and started to taste the beers. The bartender got me a glass of water without me asking and brought over a brouchure with descriptions of all the beers they keep on tap. As I was reviewing, the folks there were interested in what I was doing and some of the other patrons started asking me about my hobby and were very interested in hearing about my love of good beer. Then a fellow came over and started talking with me. He introduced himself as Rob Kent, the head brewer. We chatted for about 20 minutes, and he took genuine interest in what
I thought about the beers. What a class act. He had to do some sparging and got called to a meeting, so the conversation ended, but when I went to grab my bill, the bartender told me that Rob was picking up my tab. I guess you can't beat that. Chatting with the brewer and getting free beer. I have to say it was the best experience I have had at a craft brewery. The beers were pretty good overall, it was nice and relaxed in there. The bartender was attentive to me, but also didn't push my pace, he made sure my water was full and I always had some beer to drink. I couldn't ask for more. If you are in SLC, visit this place and let them know you are serious about beer. They will take care of you.

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Photo of drewbage
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Uinta Brewing is an interesting microbrewery located in a state with enough restrictions to make a man weep. While the beers that they produce inherently can't be as complex as beers from, say, New Belgium they produce a number of decent products while maintaining a number of similiar enviromental efforts similiar to NB.

The pub is only open from 11am-7pm on weekdays and serves lunch from 11-3 and is attached directly to the brewery with a great big ole patio. While in the middle of a industrial park the mountains are still perfectly visible and the atmosphere is relaxing.

Darts and pool are immediately available with plenty of seating and a small U shaped bar and all of the Uinta products on tap (except the monster Uinta Barleywine at 9.1% its only available at the State Liquor stores or on draft at a private club.)

The bar is clean and white with concrete floors and large windows facing both onto the outside world and the brewery. When I was there the brewers were messing around with a pilot batch of beer.

All told a really good place just around the corner from the SLC airport to have some quality microbrewed beer.

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Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, UT
91 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.