Have you been to Fisher Brewing Company in downtown Salt Lake yet? It’s a busy spot on a Friday night as crowds of people gather around the community style tables and long bar. The open feel of the space and smell of brewing beer is comforting. Food trucks parked in the courtyard change every day, serving up everything from hot yucca fries and cubans to tacos and fresh salads.
The beer, (the most important part) is delicious. From crisp classic American Pilsner to hoppy red ale and Bavarian Weissbeer, there’s something for every beer drinker.
Fisher Brewing has an interesting history. Though it’s currently is an employee owned craft brewery, it has roots in Salt Lake City dating back to 1884.
We recently read in the Salt Lake Tribune that Fisher Brew Co was originally opened by Albert Fisher, a German immigrant, opened A. Fisher Brewing Co. on the banks of the Jordan River just north of 200 South in 1884.
“The brewery survived Prohibition and flourished, eventually becoming one of the largest breweries in the West. By 1905, Fisher employed about 50 people and produced 75,000 barrels of beer annually. But in 1960, after a series of acquisitions by larger breweries, it closed.
Lucky for us, Tom Fisher Riemondy, the great-great-grandson of founder Albert Fisher, and three partners — Colby Frazier, Tim Dwyer and Steven Brown — have spent the past four years working to resurrect the family’s brewing business, raising money and renovating an old building at 320 W. 800 South.
Head down there this weekend for a cold one with your friends.