So much beer, so little time…

I’m afraid I won’t have time to post complete notes from our drinking adventures in Utah, so I’ll just put the photos up.  It was interesting getting used to the brewpub laws again:

– no beer over 4%, unless you bottle it, sell it to the beer store, then buy it back to serve in your establishment
– the wait staff can not serve you beer if you aren’t buying food (or demonstrate intent to buy)
– if you sit at the bar, this rule does not apply
– the wait staff can not offer to get you another drink – the customer must initiate
– and then there are the private clubs…

Despite this, it was really fun, and we had some terrific microbrews in downtown Salt Lake City.  Barbara was really excited about going, and she’s really learning what she likes – her descriptions were very good, and she was tuned into the finer nuances of beer tasting.

The first night, we went to Desert Edge Brewery (which I’ve already posted about) in Trolly Square along with another beer drinking, bird watching librarian (I didn’t believe it myself until she told me!)  We all enjoyed the Creme Ale and the British Mild best.

Desert Edge Sampler    Desert Edge Entrance

Barbara and I went to Red Rock on Wednesday night – the stout was a clear winner.  I highly recommended it to the Canadians on their night out (Thursday.)

Red Rock Brewery Beer List

On Thursday, we went to Squatter’s (downtown; on Friday, we went to Squatter’s at the airport!)  I went for the 6% IPA, but our favorites were the Oatmeal Stout and the Wit.  However, at the airport we had Polygamy Porter and Hop Hed Red, which were equally as good as our two favorite from the night before.

Squatters - Salt Lake City Brewing Co.

I’ll try my best to get details, but tomorrow I’m off to Pittsburgh with D.  We need to get to the Sharp Edge Bistro as well as D’s Six Pax and Dogz (no relation!)


Desert Edge Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT

It was our first night in Salt Lake City, and we needed a nice walk after our long day of flying. Fortunately, Trolly Square , home of Desert Edge Brewery, is on the same street as our hotel We walked a little over 1 mile to get there (neighborhood seemed pretty safe, and it was a beautiful evening

The Asian Salmon with Plum-Ginger Vinaigrette was as lovely as I remembered, and we all decided to get a sample tray of the beers just so we could try them all.


Utah laws dictate that all beers must be under 4% ABV (exception – they can create a higher alcohol beer, bottle it, send it off to a distributor and then buy it back…we’ll hopefully get to do this with Squatter’s IPA sometime this week.)  Even with the low alcohol, some of these beers were pretty darn good!  We all enjoyed the Crème Ale and, the British Mild.  I was a fan of the UPA, and Barbara liked the Latter Day Stout.

They were little glasses, so I didn’t have much to say, but here’s a bit about each…

Backcountry Crème Ale – nicely done! A good choice in a low alcohol regulated state.  Light, smooth and pleasant flavor

All the Way Alt 

Pub Pilsner – unfiltered; uses Saaz noble hops

Happy Valley Hefeweizen – made with 45% wheat malt; Awards: 1996 Gold at GABF and 1998 Gold at WBC.  (Coincidentally, one of our companions was a librarian from State College, PA – aka Happy valley!)

Utah Pale Ale – Munich and Pale malts; Pacific Northwest Cascade hops; 1998 Silver North American Beer Award.

Centennial Steamer 

British Mild – also available on cask; roasty!!!  Full of flavor!


Latter Day Stout – classic Irish stout made with roasted barley, chocolate malts and Nugget hops; served on nitrogen (wouldn’t know it…); 1997 Bronze at GABF. I thought it tasted thin and really lacked the body I expect from a stout.