Yes, Utah beer sold in grocery stores is still capped at 3.2 percent alcohol by weight—or 4 percent alcohol by volume, which is how most states measure beer—so the state’s reputation for near beer will continue. But the increasing variety of Utah beer that far exceeds the 3.2 limit, coupled with the local brewers skill at crafting quality beer under 3.2 percent, means that even beer snobs can stay happy in the Beehive State.
So, whether visiting the state or a long-time resident, here is a 3 2-pack of Utah beers that are noteworthy.
Polygamy Porter: Chocolate and malt flavors fade into a long, roasted finish. Minimal bitterness and aroma makes it easier to drink than heavier porters, and it’s a great companion to an evening by the fireplace after spending a day in Utah’s snow. This is also a great souvenier for tourists looking to take a bit of Utah’s quirkiness home. It’s a 3.2 percent beer that’s widely available, or it can be bought directly from Wasatch Brewery (Utah Brewers Cooperative, 1763 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City; Wasatch Brewpub, 205 Main St., Park City.)
Latter Day Stout: Like Guinness—brewed at 3.2 percent worldwide—this stout does not suffer because of low-alcohol content. It’s dry with a creamy head and slightly sweet flavor. Unlike some other low-alcohol stouts that try to seem big but are really just heavy, this beer embraces the low-alcohol life. Its flavor is smooth, and it’s chewy and full in the mouth. A good stout, especially when served on nitro at the Desert
Edge Pub in Trolley Square (602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City).