In the Hive

A history of Utah beer and spirits


Today we feature a history of alcohol production in Utah, focusing in particular on brewing and distilling – both of which have a rich history in the state.

Ad, Deseret News – December 14, 1850.
Beer was produced by early settlers to the Salt Lake Valley as early as 1850, when the Beach & Blair brewery opened. Meanwhile, the famed “Valley Tan” whiskey was a pioneer spirit memorialized by the writings of both Sir Richard Burton and Mark Twain, who visited the Utah Territory in 1860 and 1861 respectively.

Del Vance, author of Beer in the Beehive – A History of Brewing in Utah
Terry Wood, Director of Communications for the Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

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