Since the UBC was first established back in 2000, it was always meant to be a production brewery with the ability to sell packaged beer and fill growlers. That was sixteen years ago, the beer climate has definitely changed and so has the UBC.
The new watering hole is called the West Side Tavern and for now will just have a tavern license to begin with, which mean there will only be 4.0% beer at the location initially. There will be 24 tap handles, including Squatters Hef, Wasatch Hef, Apricot Hef, Live and Let Live, Chasing Tail, Squasatch, Snap Down, Pumpkin, Jalapeno, Nitro Red, Bobsled Brown, Full Suspension, Evolution Amber, Emigration, Premium, Vienna, Polygamy, Captain Bastards, and seasonals (including a nitro seasonal). The UBC is seeking to get a club license so that stronger beer can be enjoyed on site - stay tuned for that update down the road.
There will be a limited menu, since there is no kitchen on site – Chips and Salsa, brewery pretzel, a few sandwiches – but the focus will be on beer.
The West Side Tavern is still undergoing it's final touches, but should be open by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Of course when it does open, you'll here it here.
Also happening - today marks the first ever Sugar House Farmer's Market Beer Garden. The organizers of the SHFM have persuaded the Salt Lake City Parks Dept. to allow a Beer Garden in Fairmont Park. That's no small feat because alcohol is never allowed in city parks.
The beer garden will beer slingers on hand and will be serving Squatters/Wasatch beers. It will be open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Proceeds from the beer garden will go to the SHFM's Non-Profit.
So if your planning on hitting the market or just happen to be in the area and need a beer, stop by for a cozy beer in the park. Trust me there are worst ways to spend a Wednesday evening.