How to Beer Fest

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When and where is the Utah Beer Festival?

A: Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at the Gateway, Located at 12 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Q: Where to enter?

A: There will be multiple entrances to enter the Utah Beer Festival, including 100 South and Rio Grande Street.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Ticket prices range from $25-125 if you buy in advance at utahbeerfestival.com. Prices go up based on amount of presale tickets sold. Day of the festival pricing is $40 so BUY EARLY. VIP sells out every year.

Q: Where do I buy tickets?

A: You can purchase tickets in advance on the Utahbeerfestival.com website. There will NOT BE VIP tickets available the day of the event.

Q: Any Special Deals?

A: BUY IN ADVANCE it saves money and time! If you purchase at City Weekly (175 W. 200 South #100, SLC) there is no service fee.

Q: Where can I find parking?

A: We encourage people to ride TRAX. You will get off at the Planetarium Station and the closest entrance will be the corner of Rio Grande St and 100 South.  We also offer free bike valet so bike on down! Otherwise, The Gateway offers lot parking.

Q: What’s the deal with the passports?

A: Each ticket comes with a passport that includes 10 hole punches. 5 oz. samples range from 2 to 6 punches and 12 oz pours range from 3 to 6 punches. If you purchased a passport in advance, visit the City Weekly office to swap your paper or digital ticket for a passport. Need more punches? Additional passports can be purchased in advance or day-of festival at one of the Utah Beer Festival booths.

Q: Do I need to purchase DD wristband this year?

A. Nope! Since drinkers will need to be ID’ed, only attendees with 21+ wristbands will be able to purchase alcohol and redeem their passports. So if you want to come enjoy some great food trucks, music and festival vibe, come on through.

Q: Why do some beers cost more than others?

A: Beer prices are based on the price that we pay for beer. Some beers offered at the festival are as high as 10% ABV. High-gravity beers will only be available in sample size, poured into your 5oz sample mug.

Q: How many beers will be available?

A: This year we have over 200 different beers, ciders, hard seltzers and kombuchas available to sample as well as several draft varieties that can be purchased in a 12 oz size. Make notes on your pocket guide so you remember which ones you liked.

Q: Can I bring my child and/or pet?

A: For the first time ever, Utah Beer Festival will be an open-air event. Every drinker will be ID’ed, so if you’re under age and found trying to purchase alcohol, you will be asked to leave the premises. If the problem persists, SLCPD will be on hand to escort you out. If you’re planning on drinking, you will need an ID. Pets are allowed at The Gateway, but please don’t subject your furry friend to trauma if they don’t do well with crowds.

Q: What is the appropriate ID to get into the event?

A: Driver’s license, state issued ID, Passport or military ID with photo. All ID’s must be current and not expired. Same rules apply as any bar.

Q: When do taps close?

A: Beer token sales close at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All taps close at 7:45 pm. SHARP to give you time to enjoy your beverage before the festival closes at 8 p.m.

Q: Is there any food on site?

A: YES! We will have delicious local food carts/trucks available to choose from. A variety of options from brats to burgers, pizza to Korean fare! Bring cash or a credit card to purchase directly from the food trucks, or any number of great food places at The Gateway.

Q: Does UBF accept credit cards or checks?

A: No checks. But YES we accept credit cards and cash at our general passport stations.

Q: Who do I contact if I have further questions?

A: Contact the Festival Director, Mikey Saltas [email protected] for any and all questions.

Q: What can I bring?

A: You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and blankets to spread-out and enjoy the live music. No coolers or large bags are permitted on the festival grounds.

Code of Conduct

Compliance With the Law

  1. The sale and distribution of beer and liquor is heavily regulated. Under no circumstance will minors be permitted to drink alcohol at the Utah Beer Festival. Participating alcoholic vendors must make reasonable efforts to understand and comply with all applicable requirements on their booths.
  2. Attendees under the age of 21 will not be permitted to obtain drinking wristbands. If problem persists with an underage individual attempting to obtain a 21+ wristband, Utah Beer Festival will coordinate with local law enforcement.

Respect for the Individual and Groups

  1. Everyone deserves to operate and co-exist in an environment where each individual is treated with dignity and respect.
  2. Utah Beer Festival is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination and from abusive, offensive or harassing behavior.
  3. Therefore, all vendors and attendees must treat all individuals and groups respectfully, recognizing their human dignity, regardless of their diverse human characteristics: race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental disability, size or appearance, genetic pre-disposition, ancestry, national origin, or veteran status.
  4. All vendors and attendees will contribute to a positive environment that is free of hostile and offensive behaviors and harassment. Harassment means any unwelcome and inappropriate verbal or physical conduct, or coercive behavior, where the behavior is known or reasonably ought to be recognized as unwanted or unwelcome.

Responsible Alcohol Consumption

  1. Brewers and members of the community of beer enthusiasts may  enjoy alcoholic beverages at Utah Beer Festival.
  2. In consuming alcoholic beverages, vendors and attendees must adhere to principles of reasonable consumption.
  3. Should individuals consume more than a reasonable amount of alcohol and either are or appear to be incapable of functioning, either legally or appropriately, the responsibility of impairment falls upon the individual.