Famously founded by Mormon settlers in the mid-19th Century, Salt Lake City has grown into an international destination because of its culture, history, unique architecture and proximity to skiing and snowboarding resorts. The city even hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002 and is considered the industrial banking center of the U.S.
It is not common knowledge, but Salt Lake City was home to three of the nation’s largest breweries prior to Prohibition. Those three breweries thrived off providing drinks to miners in the Western Frontier in the 19th Century. Following Prohibition and brewery consolidation, restrictive alcohol content laws made it difficult for craft brewers to sell their own product within the state, but many navigated the landscape beginning in the 1980s. In 2008, Utah law changed allowing brewers to sell strong beer (above 5% ABV) to the public, effectively changing the landscape of the Salt Lake City craft beer scene.