The idea was to show a lighter side of the lodge, celebrate local breweries and organic dishes prepared by Executive Chef Zane Holmquist and Sous Chef Jon Miller, said John Perry, communications manager at Stein Eriksen Lodge.
"A lot of times these are unique dishes that are paired with the beers and the idea is to try and fit special tastes that the local breweries have put together," Perry said during an interview with The Park Record. "Chef Holmquist and Sous Chef Miller get together with the brewers a week or two before the event to kick around some ideas."
Then the two begin planning dinners that will complement the beers, Perry said.
"In doing so, they also try to ensure that all the dishes they make can be paired with the beers, so if someone doesn't like one dish, they will be able to enjoy another," he said.
The pairing takes up the first half of the event from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
"There are between five or six food stations during the pairings and you get a nice-sized plate with the beer," Perry said. "You can pair most of the food with any of the beers, although there are some dishes made specifically for a certain beer."
Some of the breweries that have participated in the past include Epic Brewery and Squatters.
Epic paired their Spiral Jetty beer with some pork, beans and caramelized onions that Chef Breweries that will participate in upcoming Hops on the Hill events will be the Uinta Brewing Company (July 22), Desert Edge (July 29), Red Rock Brewery (Aug. 5), Bohemian (Aug. 12) and Wasatch Brewery (Aug. 19).
Both Desert Edge and Bohemian are new breweries that are participating this summer, according to Perry.
"It's been nice to see the community get behind the craft-beer movement," he said.
The tastings and pairing cost $35 in advance or $45 the day of the event and participants must be ages 21 or older.
The second half of the night, however, is open to all ages.
"After the tastings, we offer free concerts on the lawn and people who weren't interested in the pairings can buy hot dogs, brats and hamburgers."
On Tuesday, July 22, the featured band will be Mister Sister, and the rest of the season's music will include Motherlode Canyon Band, Fastback, Marmalade Hill and Utah County Swillers.
"Chef Zane is very hands on and gets help from Jason Berrett, who is the assistant director of food and beverage up here," Perry said. "They are both beer and music aficionados and take pride in pairing the music with the brewers on each week. And they have gone out and handpicked each band for each of the days."
The concerts are like a mountain-bike après show, Perry said.
"It's been great to see how this event has grown," he said. "Before it was just a little group on the Flagstaff deck, but now the whole deck and fire pits are packed out. People are bringing chairs and blankets and spreading out on the adjacent lawn to enjoy the music from these local Utah bands."
Each Tuesday in July and August, Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, presents Hops on the Hill, a weekly food and craft-beer pairing festival. Cost for the pairings, which start at 5 p.m., is $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. Reservations can be made by calling 435-645-6455. At 6 p.m., the festival hosts a free concert that is open to all ages. For more information about the Stein Eriksen Lodge, visit www.steinlodge.com.