As I summited Parley's, I silently celebrated as my car's digital thermometer went down one final degree—it was officially 12 degrees cooler than where I started in the Salt Lake Valley. Cool weather and the promise of beer, food and live music awaited at Stein Eriksen Lodge's first Hops on the Hill event of the summer season.

Hops on the Hill is held on Tuesday evenings and pairs Utah craft beers with a menu developed by Stein Eriksen Lodge Executive Chef Zane Holmquist's culinary team. I was looking forward to the beer—provided by Squatters Craft Beers on my visit—and a menu that pulls from local farmers and farmers' markets.

 

The venue was fantastic and the food and beer did not disappoint. Chef Holmquist (above) and his team served happy guests on the Flagstaff Deck of the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley.

Holmquist emphasized Hops on the Hill shows off the more casual side of Stein Eriksen. “People always think [they] gotta go to Stein's for a wedding anniversary or special occasion,” said Holmquist, “Come up in your shorts, come up after mountain biking—have a great beer and a great few bites and enjoy yourself.”

The night's menu included:

House-Cured Summer Wild Salmom with Asparagus Risotto and Asparugus Salad, paired with Squatters Off Duty IPA.

Creminelli Sausage poached in Squatters Off-Duty IPA with Beer Mustard, Peppadew Relish and Grilled Bread, paired with Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA

Open Faced Utah Goat Cheese Sandwich, with Utah Apricot Honey Jam with Lavender, paired with the newly released Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale

Kobe Short Ribs with Utah Cherry BBQ Sauce and Corn Bread, paired with the newly released Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale

Utah Corn Fritter with Smoked Onion & Jalapeño Salsa, paired with Squatters American Wheat Hefeweizen

As the craft beer and food tasting wound down, a local jazz band kicked in on the lawn, providing great sounds for the tasting guests. The lodge also offered food for guests who showed up just for the free music.

 

All in all, it’s a great way to spend a Tuesday evening.

Where: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, 7700 Stein Way, Park City

When: Tuesdays, 5 p.m., July 8 thru Aug. 9; 5 p.m.- Craft Beer & Food Tasting, 6 p.m.- Free Concert

Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door

Contact: 435-645-6455, oescalante@steinlodge.com

Schedule:

July 8, Squatters Pubs & Beers With Latin Jazz Band

July 15, Epic Brewing Company With Red Desert Ramblers

July 22, Uinta Brewing With Mister Sister

July 29, Desert Edge Pub and Brewery With Motherlode Canyon Band

Aug. 5, Red Rock Brewing With Fastback

Aug. 12, Bohemian Brewery & Grill with Marmalade Hill

Aug. 19, Wasatch Pubs & Beers With The Utah County Swillers & Beer Band

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