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4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Located just a few blocks east of the nearby light rail station, the building featured a grain silo on the right side with the rampant griffin logo painted on it. The copper-jacketed brewhouse was visible in the front window, followed by another series of windows overlooking both the restaurant area and a series of multi-national flags in the overhead.
The entryway was on the far left side of the building and the short vestibule opened onto a glass cabinet of logo items to the right and the m.d.s. to the left. Notably, the door handles were fashioned to resemble steins. Once inside, I was shown to the copper-topped bar in the back right corner of the space. The whole place had a very rustic feel, like being in a hunting cabin with the exposed log cabin-like logs, the mounted birds, and the game heads. Above the bar was a log lattice draped with dried hops vines. In the dining room, past the brewhouse was a cartoonish painting of The Good Soldier Svjeck smoking a pipe, from a WWI novel by Josef Hasek. Centrally, they had a working stone fireplace as well as a set of stairs leading up to the second floor. Up there, they had another dining area, usually for private parties and overflow, as well as another fireplace and a collection of vintage Vespas on either side of the space. We held evening Vespas while I was there. Kidding. Lunch consisted of the Weinerschnitzel.
Beer: I have to say, the Czech Pilsner was much better here at the brewpub than it had been the previous evening at The Bayou. I had a full pint of it, plus samples of Viennese Lager and Cherry Bock, skipping only the Bavarian Weisse.
03-05-2008 10:35:32 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Stop #327 on my world brewery tour.
This is the best German brewpub that I've been to so far (having only been to three of them).
Cozy, low ceiling interior with hops hanging in the bar area. Feels like your in a chateau in the Alps. Old-school copper brewing system visible near the front.
I sat at the bar and went with the sampler..
Weissbier with a lager yeast (unusual?)
Schwarzbier - 08 GABF silver
I doubled down and got a pint of the Czech pils.
All the beers were excellent examples of their respective syles. Drinking fresh, well-done lagers like this should be a mandatory requirement of all beer explorers. These beers are so often done poorly that it can turn one off.
Excellent work and I look forward to returnning for a meal as well.
10-27-2011 01:18:45 | More by Yetiman420
2.7/5 rDev -29.9%
Log cabin style building is certainly appropriate for such a wonderful skiing destination - Salt Lake City. Hops are plentiful around the bar as decoration and the aroma is noticeable.
Food is simply marvelous. Excellent variety and quality are hard to find. IMO this is why this place has stayed in business unlike the previous 2 or 3 brewpubs that failed in this same building.
The Czech owner is often on premises as well as his spouse. Very friendly atmosphere during the evening hours prior to closing.
4-6 beers are brewed here, so the selection is average.
But unfortunately the good points stop here. As a beer lover, this place disappoints in the area that matters most - the beer. The beers are uninspiring, especially the so-called Weizen. The bar tenders can't seem to consistently tell me what this beer is, a hefeweizen that is lagered? what? why is it so flavorless and watery? Other Utah breweries do just fine with the 3.2% law but this weizen is an exception. The Vienna lager lacks the malt and hoppy character that a vienna lager is supposed to have, and the pilsener is more of an American pils than a Czech pils (light, low flavor profile, etc.). So, for quality, I must give a low score for quality in beer - which is one of the more important criteria for reviewing a brewpub.
Other incidentals are worth mentioning. The service is sometimes terrible, simply terrible. Oddly enough, the owner has hamsters and the bar often smells like cedar shavings from the hamster cage. I couldn't tolerate the smell so I said something and the bartender informed me it was the hamster cage. Hmmm. In a restaurant?
They may have corrected this error since then, but I cannot go back.
They have VERY conservative hours too. Don't be surprised if the door is locked before midnight, even on a Friday or Saturday.
So, for excellent food in Salt Lake City head over to the Bohemian. Just don't bother with the beer.
07-03-2004 23:55:33 | More by yemenmocha
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
I think this place is first, a restaurant, and second, a brewery. That being said, they seem to do their beers very well. If you like German food and beers, this is your place.
My wife and I stopped here for dinner and beers when passing through town on a vacation trip. There are only 5 beers available, and Utah law does not permit more than two alcoholic beverages to be served at the same time, so between the two of us were able to order sample sizes of 4 of the 5 beers, and then we shared them. I'm not very experienced with drinking many authentic German-style beers to know whether these beers were brewed to style, but they were very tasty and we liked all of them.
The food here is the star of the show, and their food offerings seem to be very authentic (although, like the beer, I'm not an expert on German foods either). We thoroughly enjoyed our choices.
Our only complaint about our visit was that the restaurant was very busy and crowded (that has to says something about the quality of the food and beer), and the tables were very close together to accommodate the demand. For a great change of pace, this is a quality place to visit.
05-10-2013 16:50:57 | More by Mothergoose03
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
This is a decent little place in the southern suburbs of Salt Lake City.
The owner of the joint is old school Czech and the place shows it with the authentic european touches in the place. The whole resturant is shaped like an old european A frame ski chalet with a big roaring fire, a big open grill kitchen area and a large bar (separate from the resturant as required by UT law)
Sitting here on a slow saturday afternoon, I got a good chance to reflect over the 5 lager beers presented (even the Weizen was lagered). Though the service was slow it was nice to have a peaceful saturday afternoon with no sports games, no worrisome fretting about the weird woman to my left.. just my beer and a spinach and pastrami salad.
All in all a very good place with mostly well executed beers.
04-11-2004 07:09:56 | More by drewbage
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Stopped in during a recent trip to Utah. Was recommended by a customer. Very inviting atmosphere. A cross between Rocky Mountain hunting lodge and Bavarian Ski logdge on the inside: timber construction with stone on the inside. Nice outside covered seating area. Service and food were the best aspects of the visit. Waitperson split our check and to a special request to the kitchen. Food was hearty and very tasty (I had the Old World Roast pork, which was exceptional and very reasonably priced). I was disappointed in the beer however, which I found too light for my tastes. There were only 5 drafts available. I'd go back for a meal, but not the beer.
06-22-2010 03:36:57 | More by LittleDon
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
I found my new spot in SLC. Even though I am not a big fan of the four beers they serve, I found the Pilsner to be very well presented and quite drinkable. They do offer a few guest taps, but I didn't really explore those.
Cool decor, biker stuff, Vespas, a boatload of hops above the bar, not to mention the structure of a log cabin ski lodge.
I tried the Schnitzel with German mashed and crout and it was very filling and quite delicious.
Also group and family friendly for larger parties, they have a whole seperate section upstairs.
I'll make this a regular stop during my SLC tours.
09-30-2010 00:54:05 | More by gixxerman
4.55/5 rDev +18.2%
I just recently got back from a wonderful trip in Salt Lake City. One of the highlights of my trip was the Bohemian Brewery and Grill. Located at 94 East 7200 South Salt Lake City, Utah, 84047 it is just 10 minutes south of the city center. Well worth the visit for a great meal and sessionable lagers. The city is still hampered by conservative 3.2% laws, but that doesn't seem to affect Bohemian Brewery since most of their flagship beers are close to that percentage under normal brewing guidelines. They serve 4 main selections on draft, which includes a true Czech pilsner, a nicely hopped Vienna lager, a super light wheat lager, and a rich Black Bock called Cherny Bock which mean Black or Dark in Czech.
I decided to do an interview with Bohemian Brewery since I was a resident on the Prague, Czech Republic for 6 months. In my opinion their Pilsner was their nicest beer. It truly brought me back to Prague with very memorable flavors. It's hard to find a great Pilsner in the US that is fresh and made properly. Bohemian Brewery really does a great job with quality of their ingredients and follows the strict German Purity laws.
You would think that with nearly perfectly made lagers that it would be the highlight of the restaurant/brewery. Not even close. The food is amazing and would crush any expectations you have for a normal microbrewery restaurant. All food is made fresh and is a fusion of Czech, German, and American cuisines. I really enjoyed my sausage and peirogie platter and my partner really enjoyed the garlic burger and fresh cut fries. The food was a pleasant surprise.
If you get the chance to visit the great city of Salt Lake, I would highly recommend visiting the Bohemian Brewery.
09-22-2009 21:44:39 | More by CampusCrew
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
This place is fairly deep in the suburbs of SLC, but easy to get to off the freeway. (Just exit 7200 south, go east, and look on the right a few blocks later.) Also should be super easy from the light rail (TRAX) station at 7200 South.
The atmosphere is actually pretty pleasant, at least when it's dead empty, as it was at 9pm on a Sunday night. Another BA called it with describing it as a "ski lodge" type feel. I looked for the hampsters, but happily, they were nowhere in view (or smell.) The bar is cozy and smallish, maybe 10 seats, and has a weird Playboy trivia machine at one end, which judging from ther high scores it displayed, only two people ever play. From the paraphernalia on the walls and the bulletin board in the front entry, it looked pretty likely to be a biker bar, though this wasn't obvious on the night we visited. The place was pretty dark and shadowy, but in a nice pub-like way. I commented to my friend that the bar must have been an exceptionally nasty place for cigarette smoke
before the statewide ban (95.)
The beer, well, eeehhh. It wasn't bad for style (Bavarian, Vienna, Czech Rep., Bohemia), but only one thing stood out: the Cherny Bock was very dark, with strong roasty flavors, and like a lagered porter in style (not really a black bock or schwarzbier, as the lagered style was barely noticable.) Slight metallic aftertaste, but a quite pleasant thing to drink. A 16oz. pint was $3.50, and a 20oz. "lovely" $4. Sadly, the $2 pints on Sunday I'd seen listed somewhere weren't forthcoming, but I wasn't complaining. Our other pint, the Viennese Lager, was weak, with slight fruitiness, zero aroma, and limited body: easy drinking, but little else. Tasters of the other two standards, Bavarian Weiss and Czech Pilsener, were underwhelming to boring. Echo the comments of other reviewers: largering the Weiss, apparently intended as a very light bodied Berliner-style, is just weird, and the results are not good: this was an amazingly thin beer, bordering on BMC. Another speciality brew on was forgettable, so forgettable, in fact, that I've forgotten it, and my notes just say "speciality."
Our service was actually excellent, even though we interrupted the bartender's dinner at the end of a night. She was pleasant and friendly, and suggested the cheap tasters ($0.50 per). I don't know how service is when the place is busy, but it was quite good for us.
The selection, four standards and one speciality, leaves a lot to be desired. The place seems pretty darn big, so it seems they could fit some more brewing equipment and lagering space in it if they wanted to. My guess? They know the suburban audience, and bikers who come in after runs to drink, just don't really care.
As to quality, sure, some will defend it with Utah's stone-age 4.0% ABV (3.2% ABW) restrictions, but especially in these styles, it's not that hard to do some well, as other brewpubs in SLC (Squatters, Desert Edge, and Red Rock, in that order) show.
The minimal food we had, garlic fries, weren't garlicky at all, but they were super tasty, with loads of parsley and some other green herb (mild chives, maybe?), thin and crispy fried, and were an excellent munchie with the beer. Can't speak to other food.
Overall, a pretty uninspired place. I'd go back if I were in the neighborhood, or to complete a citywide, comprehensive brewpubcrawl, but I wouldn't go out of my way, at all.
05-08-2005 02:06:19 | More by warmstorage
3.36/5 rDev -12.7%
Reaonably spacious inside for a pretty small place - Czech themed. Small, split bar in back, behind some tables. Has something of a ski resort bar feel to it, along with a Bohemianish theme.
Only four beers on tap - Czech/German styles.
Service was pretty friendly, though a bit slow.
You can order six different sizes ranging from sample to pitcher. Beers not served in correct glassware, as it depends on size.
Remember to ask for non-chilled glass and no fruit, or you will get both.
I had two of the four - nice enough, nothing special (I liked the Bock more than the Pils).
Didn't eat, so can't comment on food.
Worth a quick stop if you are passing by and looking for a German/Czech style brews (and food), but certainly not worth going out of the way for.
07-16-2008 16:32:04 | More by jwc215
Bohemian Brewery in Midvale, UT
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.