Pie and Beer Day 2016: Enjoy Pioneer Day with these Northern Utah food pairings
MacCool's Public House in Ogden has no problem mixing sweet with stout. Restaurant spokesman Michael Anderson recommends their delicious Irish mud pie washed down with a Guinness stout.
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4 places in Northern Utah to get tasty Pie & Beer pairings

Celebrating Pie and Beer Day, the estranged step-sibling holiday to Pioneer Day, is simple. Crack open a cold one, cut yourself a slice of pizza pie or pastry and maybe toss in a toast to Utah’s cheeky counterculture.

Whatever your politics or persuasion, your affiliation or alcohol toleration, who isn’t looking for an excuse to (responsibly) enjoy a little more pie or potation?

Northern Utah has plenty of creative options. A few of the experts at some local breweries, bars and restaurants offered their favorite pie and beer pairings. 

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Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria

When it comes to beer, Slackwater isn’t afraid to get creative. You don’t earn Craftbeer.com’s “best beer bar in Utah” title by playing it safe. Managers Dana Russell and Mike Lee pored over their beer inventory of 250 varieties, settling on Red Rock Brewery’s Gineva, ($8) a Belgian-style ale infused with juniper berries and kaffir lime leaves. The citrusy, summery beer goes well with their Taste of the Islands pizza ($14.25), topped with a refreshing shrimp, pepper and pineapple ceviche.

“It’ll make you feel like you’re on a tropical island,” Russell said.

And if you’re going to suffer through Utah’s July heatwave, you might as well sucker yourself into thinking you’re on vacation.

Like the Mormon pioneers, juniper trees were among the few hardy stock that planted roots and thrived in Utah’s harsh climate.

Turns out, the tree’s tart berries are tasty, too. Gineva is a brand-new beer, released this month and brewed in Salt Lake City. It snagged the North American Brewers Association’s Silver Medal. 

Where to get it: 1895 Washington Blvd, Ogden. 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 801-399-0637 or visit slackwaterpizzeria.com.


Roosters Brewing Co.

Roosters has brewed in Northern Utah for more than two decades. Their Patio Pilsner is a summertime favorite, and Brewer Jacquie King thinks it pairs well with the flavorful and veggie-filled Pesto Chicken Pepperoni Pizza ($10.99). 

Pesto and pilsner go together like ponies in a pioneer parade. Both are light and bright with layers of flavor. 

Like a lot of Utahns, Rooster’s likes tradition. They brew their pilsner the old-fashioned Czech way, dry hopped at the end with noble Saaz hops.

“You get that fruity, hoppy finish to it. It’s not just a super light pilsner, it’s got a nice little kick at the end,” King said. 

Where to get it: 253 Historic 25th St., Ogden; 748 West Heritage Park Blvd., Layton.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 801-627-6171 in Ogden and 801-774-9330 in Layton or visit roostersbrewingco.com.


Lucky Slice Pizza

The Dub All-Star ($3.39 by the slice, $21.99 for a 20-inch pie) isn’t just Lucky Slice’s most popular speciality menu item, it’s also the first pizza chef Will Shafer dreamed up when creating the restaurant.

Roasted chicken, pesto and mozzarella cheese give it a rich flavor, with a subtle sweetness from its caramelized onions and barbecue sauce drizzle. 

Flavor-wise, Shafer said the pizza best pairs with the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

“It’s malty, it goes well with the sweetness and weird combination of flavors going on with the Dub All-Star,” he said. “The darker, nuttier beer mellows everything out.”

But given his Utah upbringing, Shafer is more a fan of root beers than hard beers. That’s why as a back up, he recommends Boylan Bottling’s Birch Beer ($2.29), made with the same care as most craft brewers but a more family-friendly choice. The soda is a little too sugary for Shafer’s top pizza pick, but partners well with their basic cheese and pepperoni pies, available every day by the slice ($2.89).

Where to get it: 200 Historic 25th St., Ogden; 1246 S Legend Hills Drive, Clearfield.

For hours, delivery and more information, call 801-627-2229 in Ogden, 801-820-6992 in Clearfield or visit theluckyslice.com.


MacCool’s Public House 

Holidays are for indulging, and MacCool’s recommends going all in with a rich, creamy dessert washed down with two rich, creamy stouts.

Paying tribute to Irish cuisine, MacCool’s has shepherd’s pies, pot pies, corned beef au gratin pie, even a breakfast pie. But MacCool’s spokesman Michael Andersen made the Irish Mud Pie ($7.99) the pub’s Pioneer Day pick.

Coldstone Creamery prepares the dessert special for the pub. It has a chocolate cookie crust with a mint, coffee and chocolate ice cream swirl filling, finished with chocolate ganache on top. 

“It’s one of the more popular desserts we have,” he said. “I think this time of year, people crave something cold and refreshing.”

The chocolatey coffee flavor also pairs well with Ireland’s famous beer,  Guinness stout ($6.99).

“It’s a drier stout,” Andersen said. “You get that rich creamy head on top. You get the light coffee notes, the light chocolate notes … that’s why it’s a straight-up great pair.”

And because both Pie and Beer Day and Pioneer Day are uniquely Utah holidays, and because two beers are better than one, Andersen also recommends a Utah-brewed pint, Park City Brewery’s Nitro Coffee Stout ($5.59). 

Where to get it: 2510 Washington Blvd., Ogden; 855 West Heritage Park Blvd., Layton.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Ogden, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Layton. Both locations close at 9 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, call 801-675-5920 in Ogden and 801.728.9111 in Layton or visit maccoolsrestaurant.com.

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