My mother’s side of the family immigrated to Utah five generations ago, but not for the usual reasons. Instead, they were here to start a brewery – Fisher Beer. The brewery has been gone for close to 50 years, but beer in Utah remains a topic which is close to my heart, or liver in this case. Because of this, I was interested in visiting the historic Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville last weekend when I was up at Powder Mountain for the kiting festival.
The little saloon that could. Operating in Utah for 130 years.
Starting business in 1879, the Shooting Star is the oldest surviving saloon in Utah, which makes it a glowing beacon of hope in a state known for its obtuse liquor laws. What makes the Shooting Star even more unique is that it is located deep within rural Utah and not in the sinners haven of Salt Lake City, or worse yet, Park City.
Part of the saloon’s longevity probably comes from it being built out of brick, but on the business end, it serves a mean $3.00 burger, draft beer for $1.25 and is packed with personality.
Welcome to Utah. Any questions?
There must be over $1,000 worth of dollar bills stapled to the ceiling. I'm sure there's a history to this, but it also just seems to fit right in with the decor.
A rotating illustration behind the bar which depicts the phenomena known as "beer goggles."
The wall of wisdom.
The measure of any self-respecting bar is what kind of dead animals they have on their wall, and in that regard, the Shooting Star is off the charts.
From the men's room - it's almost like not being in Utah.
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