Desert Edge Brewery
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by xymyl:
3.04/5 rDev -18.3%
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
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +3%
Been here numerous times and I've tried a few beers. I enjoyed the Utah Pale Ale, Latter-Day Stout, and several of their seasonals. 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 for my undergrad at the University of Utah. It is inexpensive. Pitchers are the best value, and growlers are quite cheap in comparison to other breweries in the area. Some of the beer is quite watery, but that is because of the 4% draft beer laws. However, you can find some good rotational/seasonal beer, along with some great cask ale that is quite tasty and sessionable. Service is good and the workers seem to have some beer knowledge. Try a bunch of samples to find your favorite beer.
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
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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
4.13/5 rDev +11%
this place was a bit hard to find all tucked back there in trolley square, but im glad we finally sussed it out. big open feel bar and eatery upstairs with a wrap around bar in the middle. awesome bartender named steve took great care of us, lots of free tasters and good information. we shared the brushetta appetized which had fresh warm mozzarella and some chili heat on it, really yummy. beers were good, with a few nitro selections. the rye was my favorite while my girlfriend enjoyed the stout the best. maybe 8 or 9 beers on tap, no bottle selections to speak of. overall a cool place gastro-pub style doing some neat beers and menu selections. i would recommend this place to anyone.
04-19-2012 18:03:18 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Desert Edge is located in Trolley Square Mall in downtown Salt Lake City....dont try to use your GPS to get here....enter 600S and 700E and you will at least get to the mall and find free parking....then look at a mall map and your on your way. The place is quite sizable and was very busy during the lunch hour. Plently of tables and bar seat which allows one to seat themselves. The service was fine nothing to complain about. The food was quite good, had a sanwhich that can with chips and pasta salad. There was 8 "home brews" on tap to choose from. It is unfortunate that the laws of Utah limit their brewers to 4% ABV...this killed their Shot In The Dark Stout. The Utah Pale Ale is better than what is rated on Beer Advocate and the Augustus Amber was good too. For under $20 bucks I got a sandwich and a sample tray of all their beers...I thought was inexpensive. Certainly worth a visit if in Salt Lake.
07-13-2011 20:41:26 | More by WoodBrew
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
I flew into town late and made a B-line to Desert Edge, since I knew it would probably be my only chance to check it out during this trip. I arrived at 10:15 and was able to park in the middle of the 'mall'.
Up the steps and there were only about 5 people there. It was about 12 degrees outside and there is a bit of a walk since it is an outdoor area. I sat at the bar and ordered up a black sky porter. It was good enough to have another, then I was off.
I was impressed by the space and would like to return when the weather is warmer and the deck area is open. Seems like a cool place to hang out and have a few outdoors with friends.
02-09-2011 21:59:53 | More by gixxerman
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
I liked this place. Other that it's in an outdoor mall area it had a great atmosphere. The bar service was freindly and helpful. They did'nt make anything other than draft beer and with the ABV laws it hurt the selection. Nothing extreme in bottles like some of the other brewpubs decided to do. I did not eat here just stopped by for a beer. I had the Utah Pale Ale and it was actually very hoppy and close to an IPA.; Very solid given then weakness in ABV. I was surprised. My other freinds seemed to enjoy their beer too. Didn't try the food but the menu looked liek a comptempary mix of pubfare. Looked pretty good.
11-16-2009 16:51:56 | More by CampusCrew
Desert Edge Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.