Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:26

Three ways to wet your whistle on the west side

Salt Lake City’s first urban cidery offers unique tasting experience

By Michael Evans

Mountain West Hard Cider’s Tasting Room is a sleek, modern place that serves a not-so-common alcoholic beverage – hard apple cider. It features a counter with four tall stools inside an attractive and pleasantly air-conditioned building. The Production Room, where the cider is made, is visible through large glass windows, and there is a small patio just outside.

Mountain West does everything by fours or fives – four friendly women take turns tending the bar, serving five varieties of hard cider in four separate five-ounce glasses for $5. Bottled water is on hand to cleanse your palate.

Each variety is gluten-free, crisp and light. Cottonwood uses dry hops, 7 Mile is made from green apples, Desolation is colored by prickly pear cactus, and Ruby is a European dry cider – all named after Utah canyons.

Once you make up your mind, there is a tall fridge full of bottles available for purchase, including Lunch Box, made from apples picked in people’s yards by Green Urban Lunchbox. Mountain West shares the profits with this non-profit organization. Ruby is relabeled “Gay” cider during June, and a percentage of proceeds is donated to the Utah Pride Festival.

Most of Mountain West’s apples come from farms in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Santaquin, Utah. The company has sold 18,000 gallons of cider this year – totalling 135,000 bottles.

Owners Jennifer and Jeff Carleton host events such as fundraisers and parties in the building, which has a capacity of 1,500 people.

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Mountain West Cider is located at 425 N. 400 West and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Reel in a Fisher

By Vegor Pedersen

When it comes to brewing beer in Salt Lake City, the A. Fisher Brewery Co. is the new kid on the block with an old name. While its current incarnation is less than six-months old, the folks at Fisher can trace their roots back to the original brewery that opened in 1884 at 200 South and about 1100 West in Poplar Grove. Tom Fisher Riemondy, the great-great-grandson of founder Albert Fisher, is one of four co-owners of the new brewery.

Tim Dwyer, another co-owner, said beer-drinkers from across the state come in to sip something they haven’t tasted in almost 50 years. “We have old-timers in here all the time that want the [original] Fisher beer,” said Dwyer. “We sell out…we are out now!”

In addition to the original recipe, Fisher features 10 to 12 original beers on tap. On a hot summer day their Citra Kolsh is a refreshing way to beat the heat.

The location’s atmosphere borrows heavily from its blue-collar past while mixing in modern brewery innovation. Patrons rub elbows with each other and the machinery that makes the beer all in the same room.

And while the Fisher Brewery doesn’t offer food, you will want to come hungry. Local food trucks supply the pub with grub so it is like a new place every time you come.

And if you want to get that beer to go, Fisher can hook you up with a refillable growler for at-home imbibing.

The new A. Fisher Brewing Co. is located at 320 W. 800 South.

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Craft Beer in Glendale

By Atticus Agustin

Uinta Brewing Co. was started in 1993 inside a mechanic shop near downtown Salt Lake City by an ambitious man who wanted to create the best beer in the lowest beer-consuming state in the country.

Located at 1722 S. Fremont Drive, Uinta Brewing Co. is a good spot to enjoy an adult beverage on the west side, and it is one of the few places that makes craft beer in the area.

The environment is casual. You can play foosball, watch ESPN, or enjoy a cold drink out on the patio. They also offer a delectable range of menu items from Philly cheese steak to loaded nachos. What used to be the brewery office is now a small shop where you can purchase Uinta hats, t-shirts, glasses, and such.

Over the years, Uinta has won many accolades for its beer, especially with the Cutthroat pale ale, and today, Uinta brews over 90,000 bottles of beer annually.

Quality is in the genes of Uinta. India Pale Ales (IPAs) are a big sell for the brewery. The technique for brewing a good IPA has deep historical roots in central Europe. The hops plant is the major stabilizing agent in beer. It gives it flavor, aroma, and acts as a preservative.

Uinta is committed to sustainable business practices. It boasts that it was Utah’s first company to go 100 percent wind-powered. At Uinta, you can fulfill your desire for craft beer and feel good about supporting a green business.

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