Fisher Brewing isn't the only historic brewer in Utah getting attention these days.
At Utah State University in Logan, a new exhibit, "Utah Brews: The Untapped History of Ogden's Becker Brewing and Malting Company," showcases the state's longest continuously operating brewery through company records and photographs.
"With the explosion of microbreweries in recent years, it's a good time to talk about where we have come from," said Clint Pumphrey, the manuscript curator who put together the free exhibit in the atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library.
Here's more about both events:
Fisher beer • Albert Fisher, a German immigrant, opened A. Fisher Brewing Co. on the banks of the Jordan River just north of 200 South in 1884.
The brewery survived Prohibition and flourished, eventually becoming one of the largest breweries in the West. By 1905, Fisher employed about 50 people and produced 75,000 barrels of beer annually. But in 1960, after a series of acquisitions by larger breweries, it closed.
Those who remember Fisher beer are excited about its return, said Riemondy. In the months leading up to the opening, people have brought in old posters, bottles, crates and other Fisher paraphernalia that have been stored in their basements and garages. One of the best donations was a neon sign that still lights up and now hangs near the entrance.
On opening day, 12 beers — all 4 percent alcohol-by-volume — will be available at the brewery and tavern, said Frazier, the head brewer. High-point beers will come in a few months. Guests also can buy growlers and 32-ounce cans to take home. And while the tavern does not serve food, the owners plan to invite food trucks to serve hungry customers.
Formerly an auto and paint shop, the Fisher Brewing building has been renovated to accommodate brewing and cold storage; its open layout allows customers to enjoy a beer at one of the long wood tables while getting a front-row seat to the brewing process. No doubt many will try to determine — as an old Fisher sign says — if the beer is still "sparkle brewed with altitude."
Becker Brewing • John S. Becker and his two sons, Gustav L. Becker and Albert E. Becker, established the Becker Brewing and Malting Company on the banks of the Ogden River in 1892.
The brewery weathered two world wars and Prohibition before the costs of production and competition from larger breweries forced it to shut its doors in 1964.
This 72-year run gave the Becker Brewing and Malting Company the distinction of being the state's longest continuously operating brewery.