Salt Lake magazine

Annex by Epic  This is Epic Brewing Company’s brewpub, though the main brewery is on 300 West. The menu has been rejiggered several times and is now the best it’s ever been. The food is paired with and stands up to the considerable heft of the beers. 1048 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-742-5490. $$

Avenues Proper Publick House  It’s a restaurant and brewpub, with the emphasis on small plates and late hours. The food is inventive, the beer is good and—big plus—they serve cocktails as well as brew at this neighborhood hot spot. 376 8th Ave., SLC, 385-227-8628. $$

Bohemian Brewery & Grill  Bohemian keeps a firm connection to its cultural history—so to go with the wonderful Czech beer, you can nosh on potato pancakes, pork chops and goulash. There’s also plenty of American beer fare. 94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-5474. $$

Fats Grill & Pool  Keep Fats Grill in your brain’s Rolodex. It’s a family-friendly pool hall where you can take a break for a brew and also get a homestyle meal of grilled chicken. 2182 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-484-9467. $$

MacCool’s Public House  An American gastropub, MacCool’s emphasizes its kitchen, but Guinness is still front and center. 1400 S. Foothill Dr., Suite 166, SLC, 801-582-3111; 855 W. Heritage Park Blvd., Layton, 801-728-9111. $

The Pub’s Desert Edge Brewery Good pub fare and freshly brewed beer make this a hot spot for shoppers, the business crowd and ski bums. Beer classes are run by brewmaster Chris Haas. 273 Trolley Square, SLC, 801-521-8917. $$

The Red Rock Brewing Company  Red Rock proves the pleasure of beer as a complement to pizzas, rotisserie chicken and chile polenta. Not to mention brunch. Also in Fashion Place Mall. 254 S. 200 West, SLC,
801-521-7446. $$

Squatters Pub Brewery One of the “greenest” restaurants in town, Squatters brews award-winning beers and pairs them with everything from wings to ahi tacos. 147 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-363-2739. $$$

Wasatch Brew Pub  Part of the same mega “boutique” group that produces Squatters and Wasatch beers and runs the pubs in Salt Lake City and Park City with those names, this extension is everything you expect a brewpub to be—hearty food, convivial atmosphere, lots of beer and a great late-ish option. 2110 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-783-1127. $$$