The good folks at Beehive Distilling are on a roll. First, they launched a new line of canned cocktails this summer under the Desolation Distilling brand, and featuring Beehive Distilling’s premium, locally-crafted spirits. The canned cocktails include Moscow Mule, Gin Rickey, and Gin and Tonic. Each can comes ready-to-drink with each high-quality ingredient “tailored the way a bartender would,” says Beehive.
More recently, Matt Aller, Chris Barlow and Erik Ostling – the braintrust behind Beehive Distilling – opened Beehive Bar to the public. The bar is located in the Beehive Distilling complex at 2245 S. West Temple in South Salt Lake. It’s an adult fun zone that includes the Beehive distillery itself, a package store for purchasing takeout items, a large and inviting space for private parties and other functions, and the Beehive Bar.
Beehive Bar features Beehive Distilling products, of course. But there’s also a large selection of spirits, beer, wine, cocktails and such – produced both locally and elsewhere. There are house cocktails such as the Irie Negroni (Appleton Signature Rum, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Aztec Chocolate Bitters) as well as traditional cocktails like the Beehive Vesper (Jack Rabbit Gin, Beehive Organic Vodka, Ransom Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist).
There’s also an eclectic selection of tempting bar bites and sandwiches which range from Spicy Marcona Almonds or Nocellara and Arbequina Olives, to an open-face Smoked Trout Sandwich, Wagyu Dog, and scrumptious Patagonia Smoked Mussels with Truffle Chips and Piparra Peppers.
Public Beehive Distilling tours ($5) are also available – to guests 21 and over, of course. And while you’re at Beehive Bar, be sure to look up Gimlet, the distillery cat adopted from No More Homeless Pets in Utah. Beehive Bar opens at 4:00 p.m. daily except Sundays.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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