Utah Beer Festival will have more than 200 brews to sample

(Tribune file photo) Bonneville Brewery head brewer Dave Watson pours a brew at the 2016 Utah Beer Festival. The two-day event returns this weekend at the Utah State Fairpark.

The two-day Utah Beer Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend, with samples of more than 200 brews and ciders.

The 21-and-older event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, in Salt Lake City.

“It is a time for all Utahns to come together and enjoy the final days of summer with a ton of beer and quality entertainment,” said Pete Saltas, director of operations at Salt Lake City Weekly, which sponsors the event.

One-day general admission is $10 and includes a 5-ounce mug for sampling. Two-day, VIP and designated driver tickets also are available at UtahBeerFestival.com.

To buy beer, patrons must download money — or tokens — onto their official festival wristband. No cash will be taken. Samples range from $1 to $5. Several draft varieties can be purchased in a 12-ounce size.

The 2019 festival also will include a British Motor Club car show, an expanded “Gear and Beer” section, a “Silicon Suds” area where attendees can learn more about opportunities at Silicon Slopes, and free use of Utah Transit Authority buses, TRAX and FrontRunner.

Utah bands Royal Bliss and Jagertown will be perform Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the Promontory Building. Concert tickets are $10 and available on the website or The Royal bar, 4760 S. 900 East.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Press Backers Fund, a nonprofit that supports free and independent journalism.