- Mike Riedel
Did you know that Cedar City has now opened its first brewery in more than a century? Policy Kings Brewery debuted on Oct. 16 to thirsty Southern Utah beer lovers. But its reign was inordinately brief. Just 10 days after Policy Kings debuted, The Templin Family (TF) Brewing Co. opened its doors, becoming the state's 31st brewery/brewpub. Kevin Templin, the former brewmaster at Red Rock, has gone out on his own, and is serving new brews for a "family style" experience based around small batches of barrel-aged, draft and packaged beers. Meanwhile, here are several more breweries ready to become the latest newest Utah brewery:
Silver Reef Brewing Co.: I first became aware of St. George's first brewery last February when it showed up in some of my research. The name changed a few months ago, but plans for this brewery have not. Silver Reef will supply the Las Vegas/Mesquite area along with Southern Utah. The production brewery will have a tap room and beer store as well. Look for Silver Reef to go online in the coming weeks.
Utah Ogden (UTOG) Brewing Co.: Likely to be our third up-and-coming brewery, this new Ogden brewery is currently renovating and modifying its facility across from Ogden's Lindquist Field on Grant Avenue. The multi-level layout includes a kitchen, outdoor seating and a spacious pub. Look for it in early 2019.
Rooster's B Street Brewery: This is Roosters' third brewery/brewpub and second in Ogden. Primarily a production brewery, it will include a small kitchen and pub. This enterprise is a "from the ground up project" featuring a new canning line with brand-new beers to go in those cans. Look for the B Street Brewery in early 2019.
Grid City Beer Works: Originally planned for the northwest part of downtown Salt Lake City, Grid City has signed a new lease in South Salt Lake in the old Tile For Less Building at 333 W. 2100 South. The previous plan was based on more of a hybrid brewery/brewpub concept; we'll see if their new location and high-traffic street changes that. The opening date is still pending.
Level Crossing Brewing: The brewery itself is at 2496 S. West Temple, next to the iconic South Salt Lake City water tower. Head brewer Chris Detrick and owner Mark Medura (former vice president at High West Distillery) will craft a combination of high- and low-point beers with several barrel-aged brews. Opening date is projected to be in the first quarter of 2019.
Strap Tank—Lehi: Strap Tank's Springville location has proven so successful that owner Rick Salisbury already has plans in motion to see if lightning can strike twice. Utah County's second brewery will be an independent brewpub from the original brewery, with its own brew house and vibe. Opening date is still to be determined.
Ogden River Brewing: Ogden's would-be fifth brewery is the brainchild of home brewer Pat Winslow. His successful crowdfunding venture ensured the future of the brewery on the Ogden River, in the area of Park Boulevard. Look for a wide array of high- and low-point brews. Opening date is still to be determined.
The approval process and licensing for new breweries moves at a less-than-brisk pace, so projected opening dates are soft at best. Stay close for updates on these and other new breweries still in the planning stages. As always, cheers!