Getting fairly good exposure around town, the beers from Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah are a welcome relief for thirsty visitors to a most "up tight" part of the U.S. The King's Peak Porter sports a thick creamy head over its opaque medium body. The chocolaty dark malty flavor is paired well with a chewy mouthfeel. This one hides its state-imposed 3.2% alcohol limit very well. The Cutthroat Pale Ale is a clear amber with a light hoppy aroma, medium body, and nice hops-over-malt flavor balance. Offering a full mouthfeel, it finishes with a lingering dry, slight bitterness. The Whiptail Golden Ale is straw color with a thick white head. This medium-bodied brew is well-carbonated and its very light hops complement the equally light pilsner-malt flavor before finishing cleanly. A "light beer" with noticeable character!
The 2002 Winter Olympics will force the spotlight of the 21st century onto a state that is still throwing people in jail for their traditional religious practices that take the meaning of extended family to a whole new level. Expect the quality beers from Uinta Brewing Company to be available at better hotels, such as the Wyndham, around Salt Lake and Park City. Already, the selection of local micros is slowing growing at mass-market complexes such as the Delta Center. Utah's liquor laws defy all logic, so ask a local how to obtain a local microbrew at venues such as restaurants (designated bar areas), Taverns (smoke-free?), and Private Clubs (wealth has its privileges).
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April 1999