|The wide open skies of Utah create a haven
for craft beer at its major airport
I travel to Utah at least a couple times a year on business and there’s one thing I’ve noticed about Salt Lake City’s airport. Slowly and steadily, it’s getting to be a pretty decent place to find craft beer. Yes, the land with all sorts of bewildering alcohol regulations clearly designed for no other reason than to make it a pain to just have a beer has somehow emerged with an airport that’s not a bad place to actually enjoy one. Squatter’s Brewpub has been there for a few years, Cat Cora’s Kitchen started pouring selections from Uinta Brewing, and Gordon Biersch has opened a location in the terminal as well. If I was trapped in Utah’s airport for a few days, there’s enough good beer there that I wouldn’t go crazy.
One the way to Utah for my latest trip, I had long layovers both ways in Las Vegas. Certainly the airport where the good times roll would be fine spot to find a tasty brew. Nope! The place seems to suffocating in an AB InBev death grip. Walking around, all I saw were tap handles of Shocktop, Stella Artois, and the ever popular Budweiser everywhere. I finally noticed this place called “Irish Pub” or whatever. Intrigued, I looked in only to find Guinness and Harp added to the Shocktop/Stella/Budweiser troika. Not much better.
So tell me this. Why does beer flourish a place in a land where beer is literally religiously opposed by many of its citizen and languish in a place where anything goes? Does that make any sense?
(Note to one of my loyal readers: Sorry Mom, I know you like Stella and there will be six pack of it waiting for you in the fridge when you’re over for Thanksgiving.)
|The good times do not roll here if you’re looking for craft beer.|