Utah Beer Fest Finds New Home @ The Gateway

The Gateway in SLC

The 11th annual Utah Beer Festival took a year hiatus in 2020 (surprise, surprise), but returns in 2021 bigger and badder than ever before. Utah’s largest beer sampling event features over 200 beers and ciders from local, regional and international breweries and cider houses.

“We’re excited for the Utah Beer Festival to return in 2021,” said Festival Director Pete Saltas. “It’s a great community event that’s become a city staple every August. The Utah Beer Festival is an opportunity for the state’s beer drinkers to enjoy and sample a variety of the states’ award-winning brews. We’re excited to work with The Gateway and revitalizing downtown.”

Your Utah Beer Festival passport, available for purchase on www.UtahBeerFestival.com or at the door, is your ticket to get in and start tasting. Just take your passport to a brewer tent, punch the passport, and receive a 5-ounce sample cup or 12-ounce sized cup.

“We are thrilled to be the new home of the Utah Beer Festival. It’s is a perfect fit for us as we strive to host top-tier events that bring locals and visitors together,” said The Gateway’s marketing director, Jacklyn Briggs. “We love the energy of this festival and its mission to showcase and celebrate the best of craft beer.”

About the Festival

The Utah Beer Festival began in 2010 with 10 participating breweries. The craft beer scene had existed in Utah decades before then, however it was around that time that our state saw a massive growth in new breweries and new beer creations.

The inaugural Utah Beer Festival was a hit among local beer consumers, and many participants have attended the festival every year since. As the demand for craft beer grew, so did the Utah Beer Festival—now there are over 50 breweries attending, even some international, including most of Utah’s 30+ breweries.

Facts

  • 11th annual
  • 50 breweries
  • over 250 beers
  • 300,000+ ounces of beer poured in 2019
  • Expected attendance: 10,000
  • This is an open-air, all ages event, though to drink alcoholic beverages, you need to be IDed and purchase separately.
  • To consume beer, you must be over 21 years of age with valid ID and purchase a Utah Beer Festival passport.
  • The 2021 Utah Beer Festival recommends mask usage and will follow local government Covid-19 rules and restrictions

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.