Majority of my spring 2015 trip was going to be solo, but while I was in Park City I happen to have a friend who was house-sitting the same time I was going to be passing through. She offered up a room to stay (don’t worry I also know the person who my friend was house-sitting for) with only one unfortunate stipulation. Boomer would need to be boarded for the night. So I did what any ration pet parent would do; I booked him a stay at some swanky Park City boarding facility. I’m sure he didn’t appreciate it as he had the bed all to himself and was not able to lay horizontal on the bed leaving me with only a sliver of the bed to sleep on.
I cherish him. Really I do. But it was nice to be able to sleep without hanging on for dear life to the edge of the bed as Boomer generally lays horizontally on any bed he sleeps on, unlike anyone else in the ENTIRE world who sleeps vertically.
Our last trip to Park City had me visiting another brewery, Wasatch Brewing, which apparently had me so distracted that I did not even notice that I had drove past Squatters Roadhouse Grill twice. Perhaps because it said “grill” and not “brewery” as I am like a moth to flame when I see the word brewery.
My friend and I found a seat in the bar and ordered up a few pints. I ordered the Hop Rising from Squatters. It is important to note that if you order a bottle of beer you get a “full strength” beer whereas if you order a beer off the tap you will get a 3 to 4% beer due to Utah’s alcohol laws. The Hop Rising is a Double IPA with a 9% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 72 International Bittering Unit (IBU). This beer is dry hopped, which is something I love in my beers. This beer is hop forward with full flavor.
Since it was around dinner time we ordered some food. With a recommendation from my friend I ordered the Creamy Macaroni & Cheese. 4 different cheeses all warmly surrounding the noodles made for a tasty experience. I added broccoli to offset all the beer I was drinking. I’m sure it worked.
My next beer was an odd choice for me I will admit. Although I do have an affinity for Black IPAs I rarely order any other dark beers, stouts, porters or brown ales. But the Chocolate Rye Stout I could not resist as it had two things that I love, rye and it was on nitro. I will pretty much drop anything I am doing if I can get a beer on nitro. This beer was velvety smooth (thanks to the nitro) with a pleasant chocolate flavor. Because it was on tap it chimes in with a 4% ABV.