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Desert Edge Brewery
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 100
Beer Avg: 3.42
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
273 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City
phone: (801) 521-8917
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ah, the Desert Edge.
I lived within walking distance of this place (which proved extremely convenient) and I ate there at least twice a week. You get 50% off beer with a college ID, and I certainly made the most of it.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Desert Edge brewery. I love the place because of a fantastic, personable staff and great service. Their food is wonderful too, and I really like the beer brewing atmosphere. I kind of dislike the place because I've never been in love with the beer. Everything tastes too watery and just...missing something. Don't get me wrong, I would drink Desert Edge beer all day before I would want a mass market beer, and I spent plenty of student money on their beer. Still, other in-state offerings from Uinta and Wasatch are superior. I don't go to the Desert Edge for the beer alone anymore, but I still love to visit.
If you want a fun night out, you should certainly try Desert Edge. Its modern brewpub atmosphere is refreshing for Utah, and the beer is drinkable. You really won't be disappointed.
11-29-2007 09:04:41 |
More by RoundelMike
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice place. I came across it after eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory, on a slow afternoon. Since I had to walk a couple of miles back to the hotel from here I only had one of their brews, but it was still worth it.
Their ESB was excellent, good coloring, nice hoppy taste without being overly bitter. The cheesecake I got to go was very good later on that night, I wish I'd seen the place before eating pasta.
The service was prompt and friendly, as well as being very nice to look at.
If I ever make it back to Salt Lake, I'm going to make sure I drop by to try more of the brews and some of their food.
09-28-2007 22:19:17 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ah a little gem. First, dont get confused on your way in by the meatmarket bar next door. This is the spot. Been here numerous times, unfortunately not more and always a good time. Very spacious layout, resturant style with bar in the middle. Small patio open when the weather cooperates. Now the important part. The beer here is almost always a sure thing. My eye usually wanders to the Nitro selection first and then any specials but the brew here is quality. The key now is to have or know someone with a student id. That'll get your $4 pitches (i think that's what they are, maybe 6), either way a goood deal. Food is good, for a solid price. Won't leave hungry that's for sure, nachos big enough for 3. Place is definetely recommended and if they only distributed there beer. Rats.
04-13-2007 09:15:23 |
More by Rippeddisc
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Didn't try the food here because the beer wasn't very good. Of course, one needs to take into account that this is Utah and thus there is great difficulty in finding good beer here. 3.2 is a bit restrictive but every brewery should be able to make a great stout and a great light lager in that range. Yet, no one makes both. This place makes neither. Plus, I'm sick of places that win no recent awards touting awards from 10 years ago. That brewer probably isn't still there. And if he is, how did he win?
A sign on the wall says, "3.2 and proud of it" this would be fine if they could make a great 3.2 beer, but they don't, so what's all the pride about? I think a more appropriate slogan would be, "happily complying with governmentally enforced alcoholic underachievement".
Sorry I don't have a review of the food, the beer just didn't stand up, even compared to other Utah blandness. Not terrible, but not any good either. Maybe the food is what the people come for.
03-08-2007 05:58:35 |
More by xymyl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 well hopefully get to do this with Squatters 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 didnt have much to say, but heres 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.
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 (wouldnt know it ); 1997 Bronze at GABF. I thought it tasted thin and really lacked the body I expect from a stout.
02-11-2007 16:07:01 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Well, I finally got on over to this place. It's a nice little place with a few TVs and music playing. My server was a cute lady which knew something about the beers they had. I had the Mushroom burger on a wheat bun with some potatoe chips and a green salad. The food was pretty good, but a little bit on the pricey side. This was a Saturday afternoon, so the crowd tended to be older. The atmosphere was nice. The service was great as well. I would definitely go back for seconds. I'm writing a review of the beers I had as well.
03-26-2006 01:33:34 |
More by Wasatch
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
It hardly seems like I went to the same place as other reviewers. I actually really liked this place, my second favorite in town after Squatters, and returned twice in three days of heavy brewpubcrawling. The ratings above reflect some serious qualifications, of course: the quality of the beer is relative to Utah's Utah's stone-age 4.0% ABV (3.2% ABW) restriction, which they do some good things despite. The 4 in atmpshere is relative to it being in a nasty, upscale mall with lots of idiots wandering around below, but the clientle in the brewpub itself was quite pleasant.
The atmosphere: yeah, it's in a mall, but all this really means is good, free parking, since it's on the far west side, and you don't have to walk into the mall at all if you don't want. And the mall itself is just one (big) square block, so it's not like it's a huge crazy mall. The ceilings are very tall, and it's legit industrial, not the put-on, false industrial look that many places seem to try for. The west wall is gorgeous, nearly floor to ceiling window, so you can look out towards the sunset, or down on the irritating, ridiculous mallgoers. It's huge, with a front dining room, a long L-shaped bar, and lots of additional tables on the side and in the back. A pleasant looking patio was epty with the threat of rain, but held about ten attractive looking tables. At the 600 East block, it really isn't very out of the way for downtown SLC, it's just that those six blocks are BIG. We walked from our hotel at the 200 West block in about 15 minutes, and a light rail stop is very close by, at 625 East.
The beer, well... given the circumstances (this is Utahm after all), it was pretty darn tasty. The cask Utah Pale Ale was excellent, and we drank about six in two visits: fresh hop aroma and front, with pleasant citrus notes, and even a hint of alcohol, finishing full. The Utah Pale Ale it's based on is also quite good, just a little less of the fresh hop notes.
The best thing about the boring Road Rage Rye was its cute name: as is typical of so many examples of the style, the rye nearly untasteable (if you'd put it in front of me with telling me the style, I'd guess a standard American amber.) Balanced between malt and hops, but totally undistinguished, a basic session beer.
The Pub Pils was excellent for style, and if I were a bigger pilsner fan, I'd probably drink a lot of them. Crisp, with noticable hop presence, and very slight fruity notes, and light-ish straw in color. A pleasant, slightly hop-bitter aftertaste persisted in the finish.
The Latter Days Stout, again a cute name, was a little above average for Utah: a solid export style, albeit with low alcohol, strong roasty notes, slight cocoa notes, and a present head.
The Red Butte Bitter on nitro was good, but underwhelming: well balanced, with slightly soapy notes, and limited hop or malt distinction. An easy session beer, I suppose, but I wouldn't nother again. The nitro serving was fun for creamy mouthfeel, but it had little else going for it.
The Cream Ale, admittedly one of least favorite styles, was full of corn and cheap grain taste, a strong (unpleasantly) bitter aftertaste, and overall pretty nasty, though typical for style. Ick. Anyone know of a really excellent cream ale, anywhere? I've had a couple good ones in central and western Canada, but it's been a long, long time.
I have to wonder if others were rating the beer from sampler glasses, which didn't do their beers any favors: we ended up with a bunch of half pints and pints.
The service was excellent to outstanding each time: younger girls mostly, but both seemed to know enough about the beer, and were quick, friendly, and responsive. The place is big, and they often had a bunch of tables, but seemed on the ball at all of them.
The food was outstanding, and quite cheap for what you got. The cheese enchiladas were so good we got them twice: full of yummy cheese, and served with solid black beans, and rice, and a spicy southwestern salad. The black bean burger was also excellent, with roasted veggies, and on great bread. Nothing was above about $12, and most sandwiches around $7-$8.
Overall, it's not as good for beer as Squatters (but has better, cheaper food), and much better for beer than Red Rock or Bohemian. I'll certainly return here, for the Utah Pale Ale, cask and nitro options, excellent food, and excellent service. No, it's not going to blow you away with barleywines and imperial stouts, but check yourself: you're in Utah.
05-08-2005 02:35:39 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Had dinner here a few nights ago. The place was really clean and had a nice modern vibe. It was in a mall that seemed to be pretty trendy. I felt like it was a little off the downtown circuit as well, so I was with the locals and not the convention and tourist crowd. The waitress was very attentive to us and even brought us a free sample of the cask ale when I told her that it didn't come with the sampler I ordered. I sampled ten beers, which was all that they had to offer and it was very reasonable at around 5 or 6 bucks. The beer was nothing to write home about, but with the alcohol laws here, they are working on a restricted scale, so keep things in perspective. The food was also good and came out very quickly. Overall this was a nice establishment, but I would chose others over it while in town.
11-15-2004 05:59:41 |
More by kmpitz2
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
This trendy brewpub is located upstairs in the mall at Trolley Square. There is a nice light atmosphere with a decent crowd. The menu was creative and the people pretty cool, but unfortunately the beer was some of the worst in town. Sorry, guys. If you’re looking for just beer, I’d pass.
09-04-2002 18:41:21 |
More by beernut7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Located a few blocks from downtown in Trolley Square. Nice outside deck to enjoy the weather. Seemed more of a restaurant atmosphere than a real brewpub. Service was friendly and prompt, but I already knew what I wanted so I didn't ask her about the beer. The food was standard brewpub fare. Beer was well above average for Utahs standards-- the dry stout is really quite tasty and better than many out there. There were only 4-5 brews to choose from when I was there (3/02) A bit out of the way, but worth checking out if your're in the area.
05-23-2002 13:22:08 |
More by marc77
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