Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated that Mormons don’t drink caffeine. The story now references coffee.
Salt Lake City is a sensible starting point for nearby adventures (from skiing to spelunking). But lately, it’s a spot worth sticking around — for adventurous eats and drinks, that is.
This should surprise you. Salt Lake City’s flavors don’t roll off the tongue quite like Philadelphia’s cheesesteak or Chicago-style deep dish. In fact, Utah’s utmost creation might just be “fry sauce,” a house-made condiment of mayonnaise, ketchup and little distinction (but no less delicious).
Meanwhile, buzz surrounding this high-desert drinking scene has baggage: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still calls the city home, and a supermajority of state lawmakers count amongst its members. Mormons don’t drink alcohol — nor coffee! — and the city’s alcohol laws, while arcane, reflect their lower than average tolerance. One curious law mandates that draft beer is limited to 3.2% alcohol. Another requires that restaurants mix alcoholic drinks behind a 7-foot, 2-inch wall.
It’s a hiccup, surely, which Salt Lake City swallowed a few years ago by relaxing some of its more staunch liquor laws. While the changes didn’t give patrons and proprietors free license to let loose, it allowed wiggle room, and was a real boon for the latter part of old fashioned F&B. It also arrived alongside a stirring craft culture in sprawling Salt Lake City, which was…