An Ogden Afternoon: Sips at Roosters, Talisman; Sneak Peek at Ogden River Brewing

Exterior of Ogden River Brewing - Oct. 6, 2020

I traveled to Ogden on Tuesday to get an updated glimpse of the booming craft beer scene a mere 45 miles north of Utah Beer News World Headquarters.

Read our Guide to Ogden Beer

Roosters & ‘The Meista’

First stop: Roosters B Street Brewery to meet up with the one and only The Meista.

Also known as Victor, he is the mastermind behind Brews and Tunes, a website that pairs music and beer. I’m always impressed with the in-depth analysis. Be sure to check it out.

Oh, and while there, I enjoyed an Irreverent Pale Ale and a Blood Orange IPA. Each paired well with delicious carne asada tacos.

Sneak Peek: Ogden River Brewing

UPDATE: Read more about Ogden River Brewing, which opened to the public on Oct. 28, 2020.

Next up, I headed to the still-under-construction Ogden River Brewing. Situated right on the Ogden River, the newest addition to the city’s beer scene promises to be a great one.

Brewmaster Pat Winslow, who was preparing to brew the first batch on the 10-barrel system (reportedly an Amber Ale), took me on a tour of the facility. It’s a sight to behold (even under construction).

The 5,500-square-foot space features two levels, a pair of patios with river and mountain views, and room for ~250 people.

Ten taps, a full kitchen and bar, and family-friendly (plans are for the upper patio to be 21+) are sure to make it a destination for Utah beer drinkers.

The brewery hopes to be open to the public by the end of October 2020.

Even more, it sounds as if a second building is in the works as well (to be connected to the first with a breezeway).

A Pint at Talisman Brewing

Finally, I made my way to Talisman Brewing Company for a quick pint of Oktoberfest, a couple of crowlers to go, and a nice chat with Alex.

Throw in Roosters Brewing Co. on 25th Street, Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria, Cerveza Zólupez Beer Company, and UTOG Brewing Company, among other beer spots, and Ogden has become quite the craft beer town.