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Squatters marries beer and wine at airport Ale House

Published June 5, 2012 12:22 pm

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Leaving on a jet plane? Arrive early at the Salt Lake City International Airport so you can try Vino Volo Ale House, a new concept that brings together Utah's Squatter's Pub Brewery and Vino Volo, a boutique wine shop located in 13 airports across the country.

"It's the perfect marriage of the wine world and the beer world," said Squatters co-owner Jeff Polychronis.

Customers at Vino Volo Ale House, located in Terminal 2, can purchase several different artisan beers made in Utah — not just Squatters — as well as wine by the bottle, glass and in tasting "flights." Breakfast is available anytime along with a lunch and dinner menu.

Liquor laws are different at the airport, so it's one of the only places in Utah you can get a drink at 8 a.m., added Polychronis. (Squatters still has its 12-year-old airport pub.)

Vino Volo Ale House is just one of several dining options with Utah ties that have opened at the airport in recent weeks including Cafe Rio, Greek Souvlaki, and Millcreek Coffee Roasters.

There also are several new national eateries that have opened including: Cat Cora Gourmet Market , Ufood Grill, McDonald's, Fresh Market, Pinkberry, Wendy's, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Manchu Wok and Seattle's Best Coffee.

And there's more food to come. Here's what's opening soon:

June • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Salt Lake Brewing Co.

July • French Meadow Bakery Café; Great Wraps; Smashburger; High West Distillery & Saloon; Gordon Biersch Brewery.

August • Cat Cora's World Kitchen; Veloce Cucina Toscana and Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta

September • Market Street Grill