After a great hike up in Cottonwood Canyon to Lake Blanche, we stopped in here for lunch and some beers. Highly recommend the hike, by the way.
German feel all the way. A nice little patio outside with some hop bines growing. Inside feels very...alpine. There are a number of tables to sit at and a smallish bar area in the back. They have a "tavern license" in one part of the bar area, which basically for us meant more samplers at a time, so we sat there. Oh...Utah.
Beers are all German styles and the food is largely homestyle German fare as well. So, a lot of potatoes and pork products. The food is quite good and large portions are offered. The beers were also quite nice as well. I liked their lagers for the most part, though the schwarzbier/dark bock was buttery. But for the most part the beers were good.
Really friendly service here and very quick as well. I’d highly recommend this place even though it’s a bit out of the way from Downtown.
Braudog (827) Yorktown, Virginia | July 31, 2005| Updated July 1, 2012
June 2003, at the site of the former Avalanche Brewing Co.: This is a suburban attempt at a Bavarian gasthausbrauerei. They had 4 "OK" beers available, none of which were anything special. They had pretty good appetizers and the staff was very friendly and attentive.<<Revisited in 2012. Having tasted some of their beers again on random trips to Utah, I now appreciate their commitment to well-made German styles. The brewpub has expanded to include a bigger brewery and canning operation, along with better covered outdoor seating. The nachos were awesome, as was the service. I like the wide variety of serving sizes they offer too.>>
Visited here while on vacation in August ’14. Has a hunting lodge feel to it - reminds me a bit of the old Buckhead Brewery back in Tallahassee. Has about eight or so of their lagers on tap (all 4% ABV) and some higher ABV cans and bottles are available for take out. I bought two cans - had to purchase at the "tavern" portion of the brewpub and had to exit out a side door....only really weird Utah law I encountered on my visit to the state. The food was pretty solid, had a brat sandwich - nice and hearty. Beers on tap are true to style and flavorful enough. Friendly down-home staff. Worth a stop if cruising through on I-15.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | July 19, 2007| Updated September 9, 2008
Great Utah Beer Run – Summer 2007
An old sporting good store from once when I was younger I used to visit to buy football equipment. Now turned into a German restaurant was a good fit. The beer was old German feel and taste - 4 different styles. The food was pub faire at best nothing too special. The Bartender was an old acquaintance from my past with living in Utah. It was good to see you again Chris. Not bad for stop 2.
Located just a few blocks closer to the freeway than Hoppers where we were greeted by a very food and restaurant knowledgeable manager (owner perhaps?) who was terrific. He knows his German beer too inside and out. He informed me of where the German beer ingredients are coming from for several of the German style house brews on tap. He went into detail about their fresh ingredients that go into all of their food that was indeed fresh and yummy. I look forward to coming back.
douglas88 (296) Portland , Oregon | August 2, 2008| Updated October 10, 2010
What an awesome place. It’s only about 3 miles from my house, so I’m lucky. A big old Czech style cabin with some cool decor. The service was very good, and the food was just great. A ton of authentic Czech food. All four of their regular beers were there. A fun place for sure. Good beers and great food. Also, the prices are good. Huge portions, and great lagers. A great place.
visited 7/22/10... hops growing in the parking lot! dark lodge type building with open tanks and a loft! lots of wood and windows... very comfortable and quite ’bavarian’ feeling.
four brews on tap (all lagers...very cool!) though the adorable old server snuck me a taste of the rye ( i had mentioned i have a love of!) which had not gone on yet.
the food is good but the sandwich bread was stale (my only beef with this spot). and what’s with serving schnitzel next to pizza?
very cool joint which i would live in if i were in slc!
First visited summer 2004. 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 places that failed in this same building.
The Czech owner was 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 Hefe-Weizen which is actually a lager, according to the bartender. 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 in the back 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.