Your Utah Craft Beer Event Planner (Sept. 29-30)

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We’re sliding into fall, which generally means fewer Utah beer events. But if you’re like me, you’re not quite ready to let the sun set on summer. And neither are local breweries!

A while back, Utah Beer News put together a roundup of Utah Beer events happening in the near future. Readers seemed to enjoy it, so here’s another one.

Note: It’s always a good idea to confirm event details with individual breweries/organizers.

If you’re a brewery that’s hosting an event or simply an everyday imbiber who’s attending one not mentioned below, please feel free to share your news in the comments (or email me directly with the details).

Hoppy Hour 2018

A fresh, wet-hopped brew utilizing more than a hundred pounds of local hops is the star of Hoppy Hour 2018.

Wasatch Brewery's Head Brewer Nils Imboden and his team brewed a wet-hopped Clothing Hoptional, which is available at Hoppy Hour 2018 on Sept. 29, 2018.
Wasatch Brewery’s Head Brewer Nils Imboden and his team brewed a wet-hopped Clothing Hoptional, which is available at Hoppy Hour 2018 on Sept. 29, 2018.

Over the last several months, Summit Land Conservancy took amateur hops hunters on hikes in and around Park City to scout for the fragrant flowers.

Then, in late August, volunteers scoured protected lands throughout the county to harvest wild hops.

The bounty — more than 100 pounds worth — made its way to brewers at Wasatch Brewery, who then used those hops to make Clothing Hoptional.

The brew will be available at Wasatch Brewery at 250 Main Street in Park City as part of Hoppy Hour 2018. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Tickets — $15 in advance (order here) or $20 at the door — include appetizers, two drinks, and an entry into an opportunity drawing. All proceeds benefit the Summit Land Conservancy. For additional details, visit Summit Land Conservancy on Facebook.

Bonus: Listen to a Utah Beer News podcast episode featuring Hops Hunters Hikes.

4th West Oktoberfest

The 4th West Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 29-30, 2018. Prost! Photo Credit: Mountain West Hard Cider
The 4th West Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 29-30, 2018. Prost! Photo Credit: Mountain West Hard Cider

Mountain West Hard Cider and Red Rock Brewing are teaming up for the 4th West Oktoberfest.

The third-annual two-day festival features live music, local food trucks, Utah vendors, games, and fun for the whole family. Yes, it’s an all-ages event! For those 21+, you’ll be able to enjoy natural, gluten-free ciders and craft beers.

Don’t forget to break out your lederhosen. Organizers say, “we may just pick you for best dressed, and who doesn’t like prizes? #BestDressedOktoberfest”

The ticketed event takes place Sept. 29 (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and Sept. 30 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at 425 N. 400 West in Salt Lake City. Admission is $8 (includes mug), $6 for non-drinkers. Free for kids 12-and-under. Two-day passes are available. Additional details and ticket packages can be found here.

Bonus: Listen to the Utah Beer News podcast episode featuring Mountain West Hard Cider.

Kiitos Anniversary Party

One of Utah’s newest breweries is celebrating its first trip around the sun.

Kiitos Brewing — fresh off a gold medal win at the Great American Beer Festival — is opening its taproom, warehouse, and parking lot to revelers. The celebration starts at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Kiitos Brewing, 608 W. 700 South.

Kiitos plans to introduce four new beers, including a barrel-aged barley wine. “This beer is a whopping 13% ABV and is bursting with oak and whiskey flavor,” Kiitos says on Instagram.

Lucky Slice will be selling whole pizzas and giving out one free slice to all guests. Social Axe Throwing will set up their mobile unit for some “good ol’ axe throwing fun.”

Typical lawn games, darts, and karaoke will all be at your disposal as well.

For more information, hit up Kiitos on Facebook.


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Free Music at Shades

Kveik 1 is the first of three beers Shades Brewing brewed using kveik yeast. It's an award-winning golden sour ale with notes of grape.
Kveik 1 is the first beer Shades Brewing brewed using kveik yeast. It’s an award-winning golden sour ale dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops.

Shades Brewing also brought home gold at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival.

In addition to brewing award-winning beer, the South Salt Lake brewery is also regularly hosting events. This weekend, it’s a free night of music on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 8 p.m. (21+ only)

The lineup includes: Katie Lynn Lahue (8:30 p.m.), Bria McCall (9:10 p.m.), Rose Colored Roots (10 p.m.), and ARKO (11 p.m.)

Bonus: Utah Beer News kicked off its podcast with an interview with Shades Brewing’s Trent Fargher and Marcio Buffolo.

Yoga On Tap: Mind, Body & Brews

Yoga On Tap — a mind, body, and brews festival — unites the community for a free yoga session at Liberty Park.

Utah Beer News - Utah Beer Events - Yoga on Tap“Flow, sweat, and stretch in the grass until you’re ready to grab a brew from RoHa Brewing Project,” organizers say.

Food, drinks, games, and an arts and wellness marketplace are all on tap.

It’s brought to you by Salt Lake City and Gallivan Center Events, Seek Studio SLC, and RoHa Brewing Project.

Specific notes from organizers:

  • Yoga — open to all levels and all ages — will be brought to you by Seek Studio SLC, with beats by DJ Hyfi. It’s a sound-powered yoga experience you won’t want to miss.
  • Brews will be supplied by RoHa Brewing Project, food from Clean Eats Food Truck and NELLA FOOD TRUCK, refreshing beverages from Vive Juicery, and a marketplace with a variety of local businesses and nonprofit booths including HEAL Utah, The Petal Coop, Tea Zaanti, Cotopaxi, Creative Energies, and more!

Yoga On Tap takes place Sept. 29 from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Check out the event listing on Facebook for the complete schedule.

Snowbird Oktoberfest

One of the country’s top Oktoberfest celebrations, Snowbird’s rendition attracts 60,000 people a year. Head up the canyon Sept. 29-30 to enjoy crisp air, spectacular scenery, and delicious beer.

And if you’re not sure what to try when you get up there, kindly refer to our Fall Beers: From Oktoberfest to Pumpkin Spice article.

Bonus: Listen to the Utah Beer News podcast episode in which we discuss the origins of Oktoberfest and evaluate a few seasonal beers you might want to try.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

One event I’ve still yet to make it to this season is the Blues, Brews & BBQ series at Snowbasin. The lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge welcomes visitors with free music, delicious BBQ, and local craft brews. If there’s a more-perfect trio, I don’t know what it is.

But if you can’t make it this Sunday (Sept. 30), unfortunately you’re out of luck until next year.

Beer Event? Let Us Know

We’re always looking for beer-related events to promote and write about. If your brewery, bar, or pub is planning an event, let us know (or email me directly) so we can share the news. Thanks!