Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day?

If you have lived in Utah for any length of time, especially during the summer months, you have most likely heard the debate of Pioneer Day vs. Pie and Beer Day. Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 to commemorate the first Mormon Settlers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Pie and Beer Day, also celebrated on July 24th, is an annual tradition where bakeries and local restaurants have pies paired with local craft beers.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, or perhaps both, we have found a few places around town that put on an array of fun-tivities.

Pioneer Day

Parades down Main Street, the smell of Brigham’s donuts inside the Social Hall and a beautiful bird show that you can get up close and personal, are some of the main events that make celebrating Pioneer Day at This is the Place Heritage Park unique. Be sure you get in on the watermelon eating contest.

This is the Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Ave

Days of ‘47

The celebrations run from July 19th-24th. Cowboy games and the rodeo take place at the Utah State Fair Park. Desert News Marathon kicks off the morning of the 24th with the colorful historic parade beginning shortly after. Families line the streets the night before to get that special seat. Fireworks take place at dusk at Liberty park

Utah State Fair Park

155 1000 W

Liberty Park

900 South 700 East

 

 

 

Pie and Beer Day

 

The Beer Bar will be offering 26 different pairings of pie and beer. Tickets are $30 and include five pairings.

Beer Bar

161 E. 200 S.

2pm-6pm

 

Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a celebration at Talisman Brewing Company. There will pie, beer and a raffle, along with a guided community ride and safety inspection. Tickets are just $5.

Talisman Brewing Company

1258 Gibson Ave

4pm-7pm

 

 

 

Route starts at South Temple and State Street.

Then runs East to 200 East.

Then turns South to 900 South.

Then turns East to 600 East (Liberty Park).

 

Courtesy of Daysof47.com 

Best Places to Grab a Coffee In Salt Lake

We have some of the best coffee roasters right here in Salt Lake. The coffee culture is alive and well, whether you are a hot, iced or blended fan, decaf or caf, going for coffee is a social experience that appeals to the masses all year long.

Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a coffee.

Publik Coffee Roasters- Offering 4 unique blends. Beans are sourced from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, Planadas and Tolima and roasted in house. Each flavor blend is unique and the profiles range from dark chocolate to nutty. Baristas prepare a beautifully crafted finish, a work of drinkable art. The atmosphere is fun but also can be a great space to plug in and work.

Various Locations

975 S. West Temple

931 E. 900 South

Campos Roastery & Kitchen– The Australian coffee roaster not only has delicious coffee with amazing flavor profiles, but the company also has a social conscience that is evident in their simple statement, “Quality Coffee Cultivated by Good”. Fun vibe, delicious food offering sand a rooftop space opening soon.

228 Edison Street

Millcreek Coffee Roasters – This family owned business, has been roasting coffee in Salt Lake since 1992. They visit the countries of origin to source the beans they roast and are focused on an environmentally-friendly way to produce.  Beans are roasted daily to ensure the best quality and flavor. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch items are also available.

657 South Main Street

3 Cups-Brewing beans from local roasters, Blue Copper and La Barba, this happening coffee hub has some of the best coffee and treats in town. There are house made savory and sweet items along with some refreshing gelato to add to your daily brew.

4670 South 2300 East

Salt Lake Roasting Company- Founder John Bolton set out to travel the world on a mission to find the best organic, shade-grown beans on the planet. SLRC roasts beans from North, South and Central America. The flavor profiles range from dark roasts to blends and green, unroasted beans are also available. Stop in for a cup and take home a pound.

820 East 400 South

Sugar House Coffee- It really is a community gathering space, and they serve great coffee. Awesome patio, fun and energetic vibe, you will want to linger there so we recommend getting a large coffee and maybe a sandwich.  With locally sourced products wherever possible, it is the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

2011 South 1100 East

Our Favorite Salt Lake Farmers Markets

It is almost that time! Salt Lake farmers markets bring local farmers, producers and purveyors together in a centralized, open-aired market to sell their fresh products to the public. Farmers Markets are popping up all over the state, and we could not be happier. Supporting local is paramount to building our communities, keeping money in our economy and making connections.

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Sugar House Farmers Market – This family-friendly neighborhood market focuses on local products with a Sugar House flair. Enjoy fresh produce, unique craft artisans and delicious foods on a Wednesday evening.

Fairmont Park

June-October

Wednesdays, 5-8pm

Downtown SLC Farmers Market – Now entering its 28th year as Salt Lake’s long running summer tradition, the Saturday market supports local farmers and producers by offering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, honey and locally made baked goods and other culinary delights.

Pioneer Park

June 8- October 19

Saturdays, 8am-2pm

Liberty Park Farmers Market – one of SLC’s newer markets, this market is great for families with fun kids activities, an art market and a robust produce market.

Liberty Park

June – October

Fridays 4 pm – Dusk

 

Daybreak Farmers Market – This market launched last year and has been a huge hit. Here you will find small producers, local crafted good, organic produce, wild seafood and many other fun vendors creating leather goods, pottery etc.

Daybreak-11274 Kestrel Rise Road

June 1-September 28

Saturdays, 10am-1pm

BEYOND SALT LAKE CITY

Park Silly Market – Entering its 13th season, the Park Silly market takes place on Sundays on Park City’s Main street and includes artisans, local foods, jewelers and local products. The Park Silly market is full of fun vendors, energetic vibe- some folks dress in costume, and great treats.

Park City’s Historic Main Street

June 2-September 22

Sundays, 10am-5pm

Top Places to Work Up a Sweat Around Salt Lake

Some of the top places to work up a sweat in Salt Lake might be right outside your backdoor.

When the greatest snow on earth finally melts, Utahns work up a sweat by biking, hiking, walking or running on various trails throughout the state.

Being an outdoor enthusiast in Salt Lake is a scenic undertaking, there are just so many possibilities.

Here are some great trails to get you started:

Parley’s Trail

The Parley’s Trial is an 8-mile fully paved trail, making it great for walkers, runners and riders. The trail actually connects the mouth of Parley’s canyon with Sugar House and the Jordan River. With 8-miles to roam, you are sure to work up a sweat no matter your mode of transportation.

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Situated above the valley, with amazing views, the Bonneville Shoreline Trial spans across the Wasatch Front, with the most popular section running from City Creek to Emigration Canyon. This trail is ideal for mountain biking as there are numerous ‘spurs’ which make for fast descents. Dogs are Allowed.

Bell’s Canyon Trail

Located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, this popular trail 2.50 miles and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Take in beautiful sites of Lone Peak, Wasatch Mountains and overlook the Salt Lake valley. Three quarters of the way in, there is a lovely reservoir to walk around. No Dogs allowed.

Cecret Lake Trail

Also, in the south end of the valley, the hike to Cecret Lake is 1.60 miles and has very easy access. A bit steep in some sections, this hike is short enough to be suitable for all ages. During the spring and summer, the area is full of wildflowers. No Dogs Allowed.

 

Jordan River Parkway

40 miles of paved trails throughout the greater Salt Lake area, make the parkway ideal for walkers, runners and road biking along the Jordan River. Dozens of trailheads run north to south that offer picnic tables, bathrooms, pavilions and parks. Dogs are allowed.

 

Silver Lake

A beautiful trail that takes you 1.75 miles around Silver Lake, either on manmade walkways or along a natural trail. Great for walkers and strollers. The hike starts at the Brighton Resort, just west of the general store. Take a picnic, there are plenty of places to sit and take in the beauty

The Best Places to Grab a Beer in Salt Lake

Beer in Salt Lake is getting a makeover. Local beer enthusiasts have something besides great, local craft beer to celebrate these days.

In a recent move by the Utah Legislature, a compromise has been reached on allowing 4% beer to be sold in grocery and convenient stores throughout Utah. This increase, previously the alcohol content in beer in Utah was 3.2%, was determined based on information received from certain beer manufacturers hinting they would no longer be making the reduced brew. Craft beer drinkers have already been consuming a heavier brew as breweries tend to produce a 4% or higher product.

Here are some great places to grab a beer this weekend.

Squatters- The first Squatters beer was poured in 1989, since then the demand for their handcrafted beer has surged and you can find their award-winning brews in many local restaurants, hotels, bars, resorts and the airport. From a double IPA (Hop Rising) to their hefeweizen (American Wheat) the variety of brews provides a tasty exploration.

147 W Broadway

 

Boeheim Brewery– Since 2001, Boeheim Brewery has been producing old central-European lagers. On a mission to perfect the ‘the old school brew”, the legendary Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the brewers at Boeheim take their sweet time crafting the best lager, in small batches, using only natural ingredients. Try the 1842 Czech Pilsener, the signature taste first brewed in 1842, it’s a classic.

94 E Fort Union Blvd

Proper Brewing Co– Launching with their balanced ale, the English Golden Ale, Proper Beer brewers prefer the full flavors of unfiltered beer. This process, or lack thereof, will cause a bit of hazy color to your glass. Rest assured, you will taste a rich and hoppy brew that they believe taste better than most. Try a class for yourself.

857 S Main Street

 

Red Rock Brewery– This award-winning brew has been around since 1994. Producing six brands that can be purchased in restaurants, the state liquor store and other locations throughout the state, the company added a dedicated brewery to support growth in 2011. From draft ‘session’ classics to their artist palette line of craft beers, you many find a new unique flavor combination that will surprise you.

254 S 200 W

The Bayou- Proudly known as Utah’s largest beer bar, The Bayou offers local microbreweries to an extensive selection to bottled beers. If tasting various local beer is on your bucket list, head over to The Bayou. Epic, 2 Row, Kiitos and Moab are all on deck. And that is really just naming a few.

645 S State Street

 

Wasatch Brewery -Utah’s first brewery, offering craft beer since 1986.  Wasatch Brewery offers award-winning brew that now only comes in cans, or on draft. Polygamy Porter, with its quirky message “Why have just one” having a good time with Utah’s controversial past, was no joke when it came to taste and full flavor in a beer.  Try the Evolution amber ale or the Snowbird session IPA, maybe the clever names make them taste even better.

250 Main Street

The Best Places to Grab a Cocktail in Salt Lake

Utah may have the reputation for having some pretty wonky liquor laws, does ‘is this a bar, or a restaurant’ sound familiar? That said, Utah is home to some of the best places around to grab a cocktail after work or on the weekend with friends. Some of the best mixologist are right in Salt Lake City, mixing up dreamy concoctions and lighting them on fire, literally.

 

Water Witch– An intimate setting where the cocktails are flowing and the flames are high. Crafty mixologist are constantly creating new drinks and bringing in new liquors to add to their shelves. Weekly specials are a fun way to try something new.

163 W. 900 South

The Ruin-Situated in the heart of Sugar House, The Ruin is a great place to gather a group of friends for a cocktail. The space is roomy and the vibe is fun. Check their website for the schedule of live music and upcoming events.

1215 E Wilmington Ave, Ste 120

Lake Effect-Serving 100 different wines, 150 beers and several craft cocktails, Lake Effect has the largest spirit selection in Utah. The ambiance is comfortable, having both an upstairs and downstairs lounge area. Another added bonus, they offer live music seven days a week.

155 W. 200 South

 

The Beer Bar / Bar X These two hipster bars are neighbors and bring in the fun crowds on the weekends. The home to craft beer, cocktails and locally owned provisions, each location offers a bit of the same, with a little something different. You will want to check them both out.

161 E. 200 South

 

 

 

Whiskey Street– If whiskey is your jam, you will be hard pressed to find one don’t like at Whiskey Street, and rest assured, several new ones you have not yet tried. Not a whiskey drinker? No problem. They have just kicked off their new springtime cocktail list, try the “Water Lily”, made from Oomaw Gin, Cointreau, Creme de Violette, and Lemon Juice.

323 South Main

Piper Down-An old-world Irish pub. If Bloody Mary’s are you thing, head on down to Piper Down for Bloody brunch on Sundays for the free Bloody Mary bar.  Whiskey Wednesdays are $3 drinks on select whiskeys. Love karoke? They got you. In addition, live Irish music, Sunday Texas Hold’em poker and more! Always something going on at Piper Down.

1492 S State St.