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3 Reasons Wasatch Brewery Stands Out for Après Ski in Park City

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3 Reasons Wasatch Brewery Stands Out for Après Ski in Park City

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Blog Post Updated on November 8, 2021

Main Street in Park City is fun.

Really fun!

Situated between two of our country's most famous ski resorts, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort après ski in Park City is THE spot for area skiers and riders. How could it not be? There are over 200 businesses including 50 restaurants and bars that line the streets of Park City. Not to mention, Park City Resort's Quittin Time run allows mountain riders to cruise right into town, and take advantage of all this activity.

Main Street is an après skier's dream. Patrons have their choice of some the top après ski options in the country. Perennially ranked powers, High West Distillery and the No Name Saloon are right within walking distance of the town lift. With these heavy hitters and so many other great options to choose from, how does one location stand out from the others in the Park City après ski scene?

It's simple. Do something no one else has.

By opening up one of America's first craft breweries and Utah's very first brew pub, Wasatch Brewery stands out as one of the best places for après ski in Park City.

Wasatch Brewery Park City Shotski

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Lack of Good Beer Leads to Utah's First Craft Brewery

When Wasatch Brewery founder, Greg Schirf decided to leave Milwaukee and take up roots in the state of Utah, one of the first things that he noticed, other than the breathtaking mountain views, was a lack of good beer. Seems like kind of an obvious revelation for a guy who previously lived in Milwaukee where good beer is brewed regularly.

Schirf, being a man of action, decided that he would remedy this ridiculous situation. How could an area with some of the country's best ski resorts not have good beer to drink? Skiing and no beer...that's like being in après ski hell. With that, Wasatch Brewery, one of America's first craft breweries and Utah's very first was born.

Wasatch Opens Brew Pub for Après Ski in Park City

Wasatch Brewery

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Opening up the state's first brewery was only the beginning. At that time, Park City was somewhat of a sleepy little resort town and not the party hub it is today. Schirf wanted to change all of this by turning Wasatch Brewery into a brew pub. One teeny tiny problem, brew pubs were illegal in Utah. That is until he found a legislator who shared his vision and in 1989 that lawmaker sponsored a bill ultimately allowing brew pubs in Utah and enabling Wasatch Brew Pub to become the state's first. 

Located at the top of Main Street, Wasatch Brew Pub has since become on of the best places for après ski in Park City. It's the go-to spot for craft beer loving pub food devouring locals and visitors alike.

Wasatch Brew Pub Menu

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The decks offer some pretty epic views of the Wasatch mountains. Their menu is also impressive. Delicious bites such as the Loaded Mac and Cheese complete with bacon, jalapenos, bread crumbs and onion straws and The Wasatch, a buffalo burger with delicious accouterments such as a Cajun remoulade, will have your taste buds watering. It's really hard to walk by and not want to pay them a visit. 

The scent of good food and stunning views aren't the only reason you should go in. Wasatch Brewery also brews some pretty incredible craft beer too. 

Wasatch Brewery Offers a Variety of Award Winning Craft Beers

Wasatch Brewery Polygamy Porter

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Wasatch Brewery has been brewing award winning craft beer in Utah since 1986. Since that time, they have garnered 45 medals from the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and the North American Beer Festival.

Polygamy Porter is always a fan favorite and during ski season, you must try their First One Down. It's the perfect winter warmer for après ski in Park City.

I'm a sucker for good marketing and with names like that, I was sold on them from the get go.

How do they taste though?  I recently had the opportunity to give some a try, and, needless to say, they earned my All About Après stamp of approval. 

Wasatch Brewery Craft Beer Review

Wasatch Brewery First One Down

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First One Down Winter Warmer Ale 7.1% ABV

Being the first one down, not only gets you the prime pow but also the tastiest beers. This one is a good one. The malts give off a sweet flavor of bread and toffee, producing a tasty and creamy sweetness. A true winter warmer that is an awesome compliment to an epic day on the mountain. Well worth being the first one down for. 

Wasatch Brewery Snowbird Session

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Snowbird Session IPA 4%

If you ski Snowbird regularly then you need a good après ski beer to help kick back and relax those aching muscles. Wasatch Brewery's Snowbird Session is indeed that beer. With a slightly herbal, slightly citrusy hop presence and a hint of toasted malts Snowbird is a tasty, refreshing and highly drinkable IPA.

Squatters Craft Beers Hell's Keep Belgian Style Golden Ale 7.75%

Squatters & Wasatch are the same brewery but different brands. The founders of both breweries decided to join forces 18 years ago and it has been a match made in Utah craft beer heaven. Hell's Keep came off as a traditional Belgian Strong Ale. The yeast produces flavors of bananas and clove. However, despite the yummy yeast flavors, the high alcohol content was well hidden. Kind of devilishly dangerous if you ask me. 

Drinking Award Winning Craft Beer Requires the Right Après Ski Clothes

Apres ski Clothes

When it comes to après ski clothes a fun sense of style is a must. Nothing shows your love for craft beer more than our If You Don't Après Ski T-Shirt. Good beers and après ski in Park City go hand in hand. This ski t-shirt defines that relationship and is sure to turn heads whether you are hanging at Wasatch Brewery or one of the other fine establishments in town. 

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