Wasatch’s story started when Greg Schirf moved to Utah from Milwaukee in the early 80’s and was shocked to find no craft breweries, as any self-respecting Midwesterner would be. So, he took matters into his own hands, started a brewery, and thus Wasatch Brewery was born in 1986. [At first, Schirf could only brew beer at his brewery but not sell beer directly to his patrons out of his facility.] In 1988, he proposed a bill to the Utah legislature to make brewpubs legal in Utah which passed with flying colors. In celebration, he opened the first brewpub at the top of historic Main Street in Park City. Wasatch continues to misbehave all these years later, still brewing at the top of Main and on the west side of Salt Lake City.
The beer Wasatch brews today is a mix of a few classics and some new home runs. Our world-famous Polygamy Porter—self-explanatory name, considering what state we brew in—is still a fan favorite and part of our yearly rotation. And we’re gonna keep brewing it because you can’t have just one. In 2021, we re-launched our Top of Main rotating series. The original Wasatch Brew Pub lives at the top of Main Street, Park City and is an iconic part of the Park City landscape. We still brew in the copper tanks that can be seen from the street and our Top of Main series is a place for our brewers to experiment and brew the beer they want to drink.
Being an OG Park City brewery, Wasatch is deeply ingrained in ski culture, and we like it that way. We are always stoked to see our beer at the ski resorts, and you’ll be seeing even more of us since we are now the official beer of Ski Utah. In 2022, we released our first Ski Utah partnered beer called Last One Down lager. It’s an all-season beer for all outdoor athletes, not just for the skiers, but the hikers, kayakers, climbers, runners, snowboarders, golfers. If you’re spending a long day on the mountain, we have the beer you want to end your day with whether you’re staying in Park City for the night or coming back down to the valley. Wasatch has your crisp, crushable post-mountain beer.