Feed Me…I’m Hungry writer Michelle Sandstrom also does some writing over at The Daily Meal. She recently had the pleasure of attending a press trip in Salt Lake City. Read on for a taste of her experiences.
Salt Lake City isn’t exactly known for it’s bar scene. The Mormon church, which is extremely active in Salt Lake, doesn’t allow members to consume alcohol and has a huge amount of influence on state law. This includes statutes governing liquor. However, things are changing. Due to recent amendments to liquor laws, especially those allowing for easier access to liquor licenses; new bars and trendy restaurants are popping up all over the place. Two such projects, Beer Bar and Bar X are the brainchildren of Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and his local Salt Lake family.
Beer Bar is completely casual, with long bench style tables, and several flat screen TVs on the walls. It’s the perfect, laid back place to grab a beer and house-made brat, hangout, or watch the game. The bar is, perhaps surprisingly, frequented by people from all different walks of life. Stop in from a visit and you’ll meet everyone from well dressed businessmen, tourists, jersey wearing sports fans, to the local hipsters adorned in bushy beards and tattoos snaking up their arms.
It must be the extensive beer list, with over 150 choices, and terrific food that brings everyone together at the same table. In an article frompagesix.com Burrell stated, “It’s a super simple menu, which is what we wanted from the beginning. Basic, but well-made and local. Instead of putting the energy into a lot of elements, making sure you have fewer elements and you are taking the time to make them right.” Beer Bar really does do it right, with the menu designed by Chef Viet Pham, one of Food and Wine magazine’s best new chefs in 2011. Chef Pham was also involved in opening Forage, one of Salt Lakes hottest restaurants.
In the interest of full disclosure: this trip was fully paid for by Visit Salt Lake. However, any opinions expressed here are my own.