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Desert Edge Brewery
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 101
Beer Avg: 3.43
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
273 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City
phone: (801) 521-8917
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 20
quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
This trendy brewpub is located upstairs in the mall at Trolley Square. There is a nice light atmosphere with a decent crowd. The menu was creative and the people pretty cool, but unfortunately the beer was some of the worst in town. Sorry, guys. If you’re looking for just beer, I’d pass.
09-04-2002 18:41:21 |
More by beernut7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Walking I'm, it seemed like it had promise. After sitting for a while though, the wife put it best by saying "It feels like a mall cafeteria with beer and shots." The beer was alright, got the Latter Day Stout. The food was alright too. Got enchiladas, turkey sandwich and a grilled chicken salad. The bar itself was great, but the way felt in there was cafeteria-y. Shots were a bit expensive and the food was too. I may come back to try the other beers they have, but that would be it.
10-10-2012 15:54:31 |
More by bluebeer317
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
Been here numerous times and I've tried a few beers. I enjoyed the Utah Pale Ale and Latter-Day Stout. I am not too fond of their food, but the one thing that is worth eating is the black bean quesadilla. It tastes good with the pale ale. I went there a lot with groups of friends when I was studying my undergrad studies at the University of Utah. It is inexpensive. Pitchers are the best value. I haven't been there for a little while, but when I return to SLC again in a few months I will give it a try again. The beer is quite watery, but that is because of the 4% beer laws.
Atmosphere is quite tight due to the lack of space. This is especially true on a weekend night. It attracts groups of college friends.
Give it shot if you're visiting Utah.
11-17-2013 11:44:54 |
More by Jsteez
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
A very spacious brewpub with a nice layout and design. There seem to be a lot of seats here, but it's kind of a hodgepodge of an area in that it isn't one vast open space. Clean decor overall. Selection of beer was good with about 9 or 10 beers available, if I recall right. Quality was okay, of the few I had. I wasn't blown away by anything I had, but it was passable. Food was mediocre, based on what I had. And I've never seen a place with a ceasar salad with such odd ingredients. I think there was broccoli in it? Bottom line is it's a nice enough place. I feel like they are going for volume sales above all else. Service was good enough.
09-09-2012 05:08:07 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This place was located on the second floor of the Trolley Square shopping mall and it took me a series of twists and turns before I could find it.
Inside, the long, "U"-shaped marble topped bar ran from one side of the space to the other. I liked the big windows on the bar side that overlooked a garden below. There was lots of exposed beams, bricks, and ducting throughout the space. The seating was mostly standard restaurant tables and chairs, but there were also a few booths against the wall with tables facing them. I then left to run some errands and when I returned, I felt like I had (finally) gotten my bearings. On the return trip, I came up the back steps, past the twin grain silos and right into the bar area. Up a short flight of steps was the restaurant area that I had transited earlier in the day. Up those same steps and off to the left was an open air deck area. Further aft and left was a set of steps up to a second floor private party facility. The standard restaurant area and the lavatories were aft of the steps and to the left. They offered a sumptuous looking array of desserts in a case just inside of the mall entrance, but sweets just are not my bag. Their motto was "3.2 and proud of it!" I had no problem with this, but it is limiting and must require great skill on the part of the brewer. Kristen was my server and she seemed a bit frazzled from continually having to run around. I was not the cause of it, however. I just sat and drank beer and took notes.
Beers: Happy Valley Hefeweizen; Pub Pils; Utah Pale Ale (UTPA); and Latter Days Stout on nitro pour. They were out of Anniversary Amber; Road Rage Rye; Courtney Marie's Kolsch; UTPA on cask; and Red Butte Bitter on nitro. I would have liked to have tried the Rye, but I made do with the Pils.
03-05-2008 10:40:07 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stop by here once in a while, and I am always pleased. The food and the service is always great. I typically sit at the bar and the very helpful and friendly bartenders are great. If you want a good description of what is on tap or if you just want to have a drink and be left to yourself they understand.
As for the beer, since it is all lower ABV they have some limitations. With that being said, they really pack in some great flavor into these beers. The Cream Ale is smooth and mild, the Pale Ale is actually really hoppy and aggressive and the stout makes me think I am drinking at the Star in London again.
Overall, I think this place gets overlooked too often. They have some of the best draft in town and the food and beer is always a good value. This isn't the place to take an out of state friend to show them how extreme utah beer can be, but it is a great place to sit with a couple friends and enjoy your afternoon.
05-11-2011 14:58:01 |
More by rickyhansing
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