Sensational sipping: Refreshing libations abound in Park City
Nothing beats a refreshing drink or two after a day of mountain biking, hiking or golfing.
Though Utah is known for its — ahem — unique liquor laws, there is no shortage of places around here to get a cold beer or a cocktail. In fact, Park City is home to a handful of craft breweries, two spirit distilleries and a winery — and we recommend enthusiasts take some time this summer to check out all of them.
Red Rock Brewing
Park City Junction, 1640 W. Redstone Center Drive
Red Rock Brewing features a full food menu food, award-winning craft beer and a full liquor and wine bar. The Park City Junction restaurant features an array of year-round and seasonal brews, including the Summer Ale, a 5% (alcohol by volume) pale ale featuring grapefruit and tangerine peels.
Squatters Roadside Grill
1900 Park Ave.
Squatters Craft Beers opened its Park City restaurant in 2006, after opening two locations in the Salt Lake Valley in the mid- to late-1990. It features a full menu of delicious food, and a list of award-winning brews and spirits, including the Provo Girl 5% pilsner; Hop Rising, a 9% double IPA; and its counterparts — Hop Rising Tropical double India pale ale with mango and citrus, and Hop Rising Texas Twist, featuring grape and lime-citrus characteristics.
Wasatch Brew Pub
250 Main St.
The Park City Wasatch Brew Pub, the first of its three pubs to open in Utah, is located at the top of Historic Main Street. In 1986, Greg Shirf, a Milwaukee transplant, started the Wasatch Brewery, which has the unique honor of being the first legal brewery in Utah. The Park City facility, which opened in 1988, features a full menu of food and a list of award-winning brews, including the 5% Jalapeno Cream Ale.
Old Town Cellars Wine Bar
408 Main St.
Old Town Cellars’s wine bar, a 2,800-square-foot space, has a place deep inside Park City’s history. It served as the silver bullion vault during the mining days, and there are rumors it was a speak- easy during Prohibition. The bar eschews Wi-Fi and TVs to maintain an intimate drinking experience. Although the wine is blended and bottled in Park City, the grapes are grown, harvested and crushed in Washington and southern Oregon. OTC wine bar also serves approved wines from other wineries, as well as a handful of beers from Utah breweries, and a short list of spirits that are served on the rocks.
7132 Silver Creek Road
Rob Sergent, who owns Alpine Distilling with his wife Sara, is a fifth-generation distiller, and the first in his family tree to do it legitimately. Those who came before him were moonshiners and bootleggers in Kentucky, and one of the Sergeant grandfathers, according to Sara, was a moonshiner for Al Capone. Alpine Distilling offers an array of bourbons, gins and other spirits.
High West Distillery
703 Park Ave.
High West Distillery was founded in 2006 by David Perkins and his wife, Jane. David, a former biochemist, was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the parallels between the fermentation and distilling process and his own work in biochemistry during a trip to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. High West began distilling in 2007 and in 2015 opened its Wanship distillery, which is the setting for educational whiskey tasting of its award-winning spirits, pairings and tours.
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