Our Story

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One of the best things about opening a brewery is the smile people get when you tell them. Everybody wants great beer… even in Utah. It was a pipe dream at first. I’d been brewing beer as a hobby for fifteen years, but start a brewery? In Park City? We talked about it for months. Then one day Alex said, “That’s it, no more talking–just do it!” I’m from a family of gourmets with a knack for blending great flavors. Alex is from a family of passionate Colombians. She knows how to get things done. She also knows how to dance a fiery Tango, but that’s a different story. Shades of Pale beer is all about the recipes, and adding subtle twists to classic styles. Our goal is to create uniquely-brewed, handcrafted beers, with a consistent quality that brings people back.

Just a Little Crazy…

e Alex ala Barleys AngelsOf course we’re making sure we have a lot of fun along the way. You have to be a little crazy to ride out the unexpected. Like when our fermentation tanks got stuck in customs. Or, when our first shipment of malt broke open in transit. On the plus side, the brewing community in Utah welcomed us warmly, which was great. Plus our friends got to taste beer from all our trial batches, I don’t know if that was really a plus for them?

This very moment we’re brewing up some new beers to add to our line. For now, we think you’ll enjoy our amazing premier beers—Jack Wagon American Wheat, Publican Pale Ale, 4-Play Porter— brews that you’ll find by spending a sunny afternoon in Park City or Along the Wasatch Front.  Meanwhile we’re still just a couple of beer lovers having fun making great beer for our friends. We plan to keep it that way.

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Trent Fargher & Alexandra Ortiz de Fargher