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.


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