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Beehive Spirits

For a state with a reputation as a teetotalling territory, Utah has a surprisingly rich history of pouring a drink. At one point in the 1800s, Utah was home to some of the biggest breweries in the nation, and two-thirds of the state’s revenue came from alcohol sales. Prohibition put an end to that party. The past couple decades, however, have seen a resurgence in local brewing and distilling. A new documentary profiles Utah’s history with alcohol as well as three modern-day pioneers who’ve helped stock the state with suds and spirits.

KUED Channel 7's new documentary, Beehive Spirits, premiers Tuesday, October 30th, at 8:30 p.m. Other airings are scheduled. Visit KUED's web site to learn more.

Catch a free sneak preview of Beehive Spirits tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Brewvies in Salt Lake City.


  • Tyler Measom directed Beehive Spirits alongside ​Jennilyn Merten. Together, they directed the award-winning documentary Sons of Perdition.
  • Greg Schirf is the founder of Wasatch Brewery.
  • David Perkins founded High West Distillery
  • Colin Fryer founded Castle Creek Winery
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.