We spent part of the day exploring Salt Lake City. The first stop was to Temple Square to admire the architecture of the Salt Lake Temple. The visitor’s center also provided informative displays on the design of the building and interior spaces, quarrying and transportation of the stone as well as the final site stone work and erection. The undertaking was long and arduous, taking forty years to complete. It is definitely a testament to faith.
The second stop was the Epic Brewing Company.
In a State with some of the most conservative alcohol laws in the USA, the real¹ beer is both surprising and remarkable.
The best I’ve had so far (in descending order of personal preference) comes from Epic Brewing Company, Red Rock Brewery, and Bohemian Brewery. I have not had the pleasure of tasting Wasatch’s offerings while in state. This is a situation I plan on rectifying in the near future.
Epic’s offerings win for creativity, breadth of styles, and moxie based on the limited sampling to date. Their sandwiches were also beyond expectations (we had both the pulled pork and goat cheese offerings) for an active brewery, where the obvious focus is closer to Reinheitsgebot than filling two pieces of bread. Sorry, there is no Vegemite offered.
We returned to Eric’s house early in the evening (it was our second day there). He drove us to Park City, an old mining town, now famous for holding the Sundance Film Festival. We walked the main street, window shopped, and wandered through a photographer’s gallery before a dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Besides being a great host, Eric throws some mean clay, creating some amazing pottery. When he doesn’t have his hand in the clay, his green thumb coaxes an amazing garden full of fresh goodness out of the soil. His hobbies do not end there.
What happens when you combine a cheeseburger with a summit?
If you do not believe truth is stranger than fiction, you need to read a surreal account of the threat that a dozen White Castle Cheeseburgers can be to the Nation’s security. Given the report, I’m surprised that the Hamburglar (“robble, robble”) and Mayor McCheese never made the FBI’s most wanted list.
Thanks again Eric!
¹Current Utah law sets a limit of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight (4 percent by volume) in beer sold at grocery and convenience stores and at establishments operating under a “beer only” type license, such as taverns, beer bars and some restaurants.
“Real beer” can be found at establishments licensed to sell liquor. The difference is like comparing a train ride to a roller coaster and calling them the same since both ride on rails.