Utah Beer News

Utah Beer News strives to deliver stories from brewers, breweries, and everyday imbibers who share a passion for craft beer. Founded in 2018, Utah Beer News is written by and for craft beer lovers. Tim Haran, the site’s primary author, grew up in Utah and spent several years as a newspaper journalist before switching gears to become a director of social media. He’s an avid homebrewer and enjoys learning and writing about the artistic and business aspects of the craft beer industry.

Whether you’re visiting Utah for the first time or you’ve spent your entire adult life drinking in the Beehive State, Utah Beer News strives to quench your thirst for knowledge about the state’s bustling beer scene.

To outsiders, Utah isn’t necessarily top of mind when it comes to the phrase bustling beer scene. Yet no fewer than nine craft breweries have opened, or are slated to open, since the beginning of 2017. Even more, longtime stalwarts that opened shop roughly a quarter-century ago continue to thrive.

More craft brews produced outside Utah are finding their way into state liquor stores and on bar taps. There’s plenty of higher-alcohol beers to be found, as well, though under state law, all beers on draft must be 4% ABV (so-called 3.2 beer in Utah) or less. In some ways, this is a good thing — Utah brewers get creative and knock out some outstanding lower-alcohol brews.

In addition to craft beers popping up at bars across the state, a handful of beer-centric watering holes cater to the craft beer drinker. These establishments feature dozens of brews on tap and hundreds of cans and bottles waiting to be cracked open.

Your Utah Beer News Scribe

My name is Tim Haran, the site creator and primary pen behind Utah Beer News. I’m expecting others will contribute to the site as well.

I’m a lifelong Utah resident (with a couple stints in California and Wyoming mixed in to keep things interesting).

I spent nearly a decade working as a newspaper journalist (mostly on the sports desk). Then I spent another 10 years directing a social media team at a billion-dollar nutritional supplements company. PR News named me Blogger of the Year (2010) and Social Media Professional of the Year (2014).

In the summer of 2017, I began working as a digital marketing consultant and formed my own business, Tim Haran Digital, LLC. I live in Cottonwood Heights, a Salt Lake City suburb, with my wife, Amy, and our dog, Wrigley.

Over the last several years, I’ve developed a passion for homebrewing. And with that, I’ve become much more excited about the Utah beer scene, especially with all the outstanding breweries commencing production in the last 18 months.

In addition to writing on the Utah beer scene, this site will touch on a couple other “b” interests — baseball and books — as they relate to beer, of course.

To read more about what I’m drinking, you can find me on UnTappd or enjoying a pint at the bar. Current favorite: T.F. Brewing’s Granary Kellerbier.

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Q What topics do you cover?

People, Society and Culture

Q How long have you been doing it?

May 2018

Q What are your biggest challenges in producing local content

Maintaining a consistent publication schedule

Q What are your goals for this brand?

To be the most-trusted source for news and notes important to the Utah craft beer community

Q Are you currently monetizing your content

No

Q Anything else you would want to share?

The Utah Beer News Podcast (https://utahbeernews.com/podcast/) complements feature articles written for the Utah Beer News website.

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