#72: Fisher Brewing Company – “We’re Beer Guys Who Wanted to Make a Beer Place”

December 2, 2017

Fisher Brewing Company has a storied history and one few Utah establishments rival. In fact, the brewery out-dates our state itself, having opened a decade before Utah was founded in 1896.

A. Fisher Brewing Company’s story began in 1884, named after its entrepreneurial founder, Albert Fisher. But beer and life were different in the late 1800's. Craft beer wasn't yet a twinkle in Salt Lake City's eye, and it was rare for a company to grow beyond a few employees. Fisher Brewing smashed through both norms, employing over 200 employees and producing more than 75,000 barrels per year.

Even still, the beer business wasn’t easy. Prohibition shut Fisher down for 14 years, and when it finally reopened after the alcohol ban was lifted, Albert's son, Frank Fisher, invested a large sum of money to revitalize the brewery's manufacturing plant. $250,000 later, Fisher was re-born in 1934.

In the early 1900's, Fisher Brewing proudly declared that their beer was brewed using the fresh water from the Jordan River—a sentence you wouldn't hear a Utah brewery utter today. Located at 1206 W. 200 S., Albert Fisher's mansion still sits today, which can be seen just off Interstate 80. Their reputation was built on their unpretentious, regular everyday blue-collar beer. Fisher's beer wasn't craft, innovative, or special, and that's exactly what made it special.

A couple decades after its re-opening, California-based Lucky Lager and Fisher Brewing went to battle in court, and Lucky Lager acquired Fisher and quietly shut down the company, leaving Utah without Fisher Brewing Company for over 50 years.

That's when today's owners step in. Albert Fisher's great-great-grandson Tommy Fisher Riemondy, and his friends Tim Dwyer, Steve Brown, and Colby Frazier embarked upon a family dream of re-opening the family beer business.

Today, Fisher Brewing offers a variety of craft beer options, brewed just miles from the original location on the banks of the Jordan River. They re-opened on February 5, 2017.

In today's episode, we sit down with the owners of Fisher Brewing to learn more about their history, how they stay relevant today, and ask about their brewing philosophy and where they are heading as a brewery.

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The Rose Establishment: Bloom Where You Are Planted

December 16, 2016

Coffee shops have taken on a very important social role in communities. They facilitate local art, local food and beverage vendors, and serve as warm and quiet places for people to work, collaborate, and gather. However, the social aspect has lessoned as coffee shops have more and more evolved into places of work. The Rose Establishment, however, wanted to bring the social back to the equation.

Opened in 2010 by Erica O’Brien, The Rose Establishment has become a staple in the Pioneer Park neighborhood. And with no Internet, it’s the perfect place to gather for conversation, quiet reflection, or a damn good sandwich. On top of having locally sourced food options and seasonal beverages, The Rose Establishment is a completely restored space, a project tackled by Erica and her father.

Join us on the show this week as we’re joined by Erica O’Brien, Cody Kirkland, and Cori Norton, the three creatives behind this evolving coffee space that has firmly taken root into a neighborhood that is full of potential, and offers a bright future ahead.

 

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.comor follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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Chelsea Nelson and the Craft Cocktail Takeover

December 1, 2016

To say we're fans of craft cocktails would be an understatement. Their emergence throughout the Utah food scene has been meteoritic, and when good craft cocktails arrive on the scene you better expect good things to follow.

We've often talked about the craft cocktail scene in Utah, especially on episodes with Bar X, Handle + HSL, Zest, and Beehive Distilling. The last 10 years has been a craft cocktail renaissance (of sorts), and the emerging popularity of these beverages has taken a firm hold of our quickly growing state.

While we're fans of these delicious delights, we're by no means experts. That's why we're thrilled that Chelsea Nelson, the founder of Heartbeat Nosh, was able to be our guest host this episode!

Chelsea is joined by Scott Gardner (Water Witch, formerly HSL), Amy Eldridge (Under Current) and Jessica Sandberg (Under Current), all craft cocktail masters who bring thoughtfulness, playfulness, and heart to the drinks they create.

Join us as we learn from these craft cocktail experts, and learn everything you need to know to begin your own craft cocktail education.

 

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visittheutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook, Instagram, orTwitter. See you next week!

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Argentina’s Best Empanadas: Shaping SLC… One Empanada At A Time

November 17, 2016

Ana Valdemoros grew up surrounded by food. Whether it was a family meal, a get-together with friends, or a neighborhood gathering, food was a staple. Ana was raised in Argentina, a country that blends Italian and regional Argentinian cuisines to create simple, hearty, flavorful meals that always draw from local ingredients. When Ana moved to Salt Lake City for college in 2000, it quickly became apparent that Utah was in dire need of an authentic Argentina experience.

 

While Ana has always loved food, her first love was community. She was fascinated with how neighborhoods and cities developed, and wanted to play an active part in shaping a city’s future. With a degree in City Planning and Economic Development from the University of Utah, Ana began working in local government, spending years working on shaping and growing Salt Lake City and the surrounding valley.

 

Her passion for community brought her back to her roots, and Ana wanted to bring a piece of Argentina to Utah residents. What was born was Argentina’s Best Empanadas. Like many stories we hear on the show, Ana stretched her wings and learned the ropes by being a vendor at the Downtown Farmers Market. For years she perfected her recipes, and received the opportunity to open a brick-and-mortar of her own. Located at 357 S 200 E, Argentina’s Best Empanadas is a small restaurant that brings a whole lot of love, community, and warmth, to the growing Utah foodie community.

 

 

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook, Instagram, orTwitter. See you next week!

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Tin Angel Cafe: Where Art Meets Community

November 4, 2016

There are many motivations to enter the restaurant business. Maybe you love to cook and are looking for a culinary challenge. Or possibly you are a competitive person who is looking for a creative entrepreneurial challenge. But some people just want to create a community. For Kestrel and Jerry K Leidtke Jr., community was the most important part of all.


The Tin Angel name comes from very fun, but humble, beginnings. The original Tin Angel was founded by Jerry’s father in 1962, and served as a bar in the downtown area. However, Tin Angel quickly became a LGBTQ hotspot and hosted weekly drag shows. It became a cultural hotspot and served as the first gay/drag bar west of the Mississippi. Even though the bar closed, the name lived on as a community beacon bursting with art and inclusivity.


While Kestrel and Jerry have worked in the food industry for years, they always dreamed of creating something of their own that was more than just food. They wanted a space for artists, for a community to gather. They wanted to support local vendors and create an experience. When Kestrel stumbled upon a building owner putting up a “For Rent” sign, they instantly knew that their opportunity to create something of their own had arrived.


In 2007, Tin Angel opened its doors. Bursting with local art, Tin Angel is an eclectic space that offers local, seasonal, varied foods that pay tribute to the community while also taking a creative twist with familiar favorites. Join us as we hear the story of Kestrel and Jerry, and learn more about this community staple that is standing firm with the ever changing Pioneer Park area.


This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook, Instagram, orTwitter. See you next week!


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Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen: The Flavor Is In The Details

October 21, 2016

Utah is experiencing a food diversification. No longer must we settle for chain restaurants, or the same three cuisines over and over again. With our expanding food scene comes more options for consumers, better quality food, and a large variety of options for those who have specific dietary needs.


Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen truly highlights how this expansion is not only benefiting the vegan, vegetarian, and diet-conscious consumers, but entire neighborhoods. Because who doesn’t want affordable, local, from-scratch food?

Founded by Thomas Kreitlow, Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen is a unique blend of pressed juices, paleo, vegan, and Whole30 food and beverage options that check the box of all eaters. With a philosophy of using every single item to its fullest extent, Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen goes to great lengths to minimize waste, maximize flavor, and deliver above-average quality.

Join us as we hear Thomas’ story, the inner workings of this ambitious restaurant, and see just how valuable this type of restaurant is to the Utah food community.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook, Instagram, orTwitter. See you next week!


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Amanda Rock’s Vegan Takeover!

October 6, 2016

There’s been a re-veganing. Our podcast serves many purposes, but our biggest priority is to educate and surprise Utahns with our growing and diverse food scene. And nowhere is that more apparent than this episode where we not only surprise you with the bountiful vegan and vegetarian options in our community, but also surprise you with super special guest host, Amanda Rock!

Amanda and our guests dive into the history of veganism, what it means to eat vegan, and how to find the best vegan restaurants around. Many recommendations will amaze, delight, and surprise. And when you have vegan corn dogs in the mix, you know it will be a good time.

Amanda blogs at Amanda Eats SLC and was joined by Dave Morris, Joe Bateman, and Amy Meyer.


This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

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Epic Brewing: Packaging Experiences In A Bottle

September 22, 2016

When Epic Brewing Company opened their doors in 2010, they offered a unique craft beer that was a little hard to find in other areas of the state. They sold a high alcohol content beer in 22oz bottles, and were empowered by new liquor laws that allowed them to sell product directly from the brewery. Their goal then, and still today, was to turn craft brewing on its head. And indeed they have.


With over 50 varieties of beer, a presence in 25 states, and restaurants located in Sugar House, Salt Lake City, and Denver, Epic Brewing Company brings the fun and community to craft brewing. Cause what’s the fun of beer if you’re not sharing with with friends?

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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Pig & A Jelly Jar: Southern Charm Served Up Hot And Fresh (And Local)

September 16, 2016

There’s something about Southern cooking that evokes the memories of warm feelings, lazy afternoons, and cool summer nights. Southern cuisine is all about sharing and comfort, and the focus on family is dominant. While Utah doesn’t necessarily have the same kind of charm as the South, we definitely have the same love for family and large, traditional meals. For Amy Britt, the desire to bring her childhood experience to Utah complimented our community perfectly.

This week we sit down with Amy Britt, the owner of Pig & a Jelly Jar. Known for it’s homemade, local, from scratch food, Pig & a Jelly Jar encompasses all of the delicious flavors and feel of the South, with a very local Utah feel and connection. Whether partnering with local produce vendors, or having a restaurant in a historic district in Ogden, Pig & a Jelly Jar have deep roots in the Utah food scene.

Founded in 2012, Pig & a Jelly Jar nestled into the revamped Liberty Park neighborhood and became a breakfast and lunch hot spot. With chicken and waffles, from scratch burgers, and creative PBR cocktails, the menu was perfectly paired with an intimate and fun space and top-notch service, the Southern love spread throughout Salt Lake City.

Like many entrepreneurs, for Amy Britt expansion came unexpectedly after she stumbled upon a beautiful location in Ogden. From there, the Southern love only continued to spread throughout the valley. And the future looks bright. And local. And really, really fresh.

Join us this week as we sit down with the owner of Pig & a Jelly Jar, Amy Britt, and learn the history of this Utah staple that has brought the Southern charm to Utah.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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Bruges Waffles and Frites: Share the Fun, Waffles, and Frites

September 9, 2016

Take a deep breath, and picture yourself sitting at a table in the morning. It’s time for breakfast. What is on the plate in front of you? Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, maybe some fresh fruit? Now imagine lunch. Probably looks a little different, huh? For those obsessed with the finer things in life (waffles), that doesn’t have to be the case. Especially if Pierre Vandamme has anything to say about it. 

Pierre Vandamme was born in Brugge, Belgium, and grew up with frite and waffle stands serving as the go-to hangout spot for him and friends. Food mainly served as a social element  for Pierre, but deep family traditions and an immense variety of food in Belgian cuisine always kept his mind and stomach intrigued. When the opportunity to move to the United States arrived, Pierre and his wife made the jump to Salt Lake City.

For years Pierre worked in aviation, and flew all over the United States and to South America. But after his aviation career ended abruptly, Pierre felt a deep need and desire to reinvent himself. After a chance meeting with fellow Belgian Philippe Wyffels, Pierre and Philippe wanted to bring good, authentic Belgian food to the community.

After years of perfecting and refining old family recipes, they introduced their Liege Waffle to the streets of Downtown Salt Lake City, and Bruges Waffles & Frites was born. What followed was an exciting journey through some staples of the Utah food scene (hello Downtown Farmer’s Market), exciting opportunities at unique destinations, like a restaurant at the very top of the Canyons Resort, and a surprise feature on Man vs. Food on The Travel Channel, that shot them into local fame. Pierre guides us through his winding and enlightening story, and he truly embodies the fact that passion and a little bit of humor can take you a long way.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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