United States > Utah > Midvale
Braudog (792) Phoenix, Arizona | July 31, 2005| Updated July 1, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.>>
Sledutah (463) Utah | October 19, 2009| Updated February 1, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice restaurant with good beer. Not a big selection, but what they do have is very good. Iíve been there a few times and the food was consistently good. The best garlic fries Iíve had.....
BrewDad (451) Olympia, Washington | July 19, 2007| Updated September 9, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Great Utah Beer Run Ė 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.
PorterPounder (363) Tallahassee, Florida | August 17, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited here while on vacation in August í14. 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.
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | February 4, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nbutler11 (316) Rota, Spain | July 31, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Love the ambiance. Any place with hops growing out front gets my attention. Solid set of lagers on tap, and good food. Nice staff. Would spend a lot of time here if I lived in SLC.
douglas88 (265) Portland , Oregon | August 2, 2008| Updated October 10, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
What an awesome place. Itís only about 3 miles from my house, so Iím 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.
hellbilly (139) scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona | January 16, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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 íbavarianí 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 whatís with serving schnitzel next to pizza?
very cool joint which i would live in if i were in slc!
yemenmocha (66) Glendale, Arizona | September 19, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
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 canít 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 couldnít 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. Donít 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 donít bother with the beer.
queenholly (42) South Whitley, Indiana | October 3, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I was in town visiting my son. He lives close to the brewery, and itís one of his favorite places in the area to eat. Our server was great, and was patient with my beer questions (Utahís got some really screwy laws). I really enjoyed my food, and the beer was solid. Not the best Iíve ever had, but given Utahís 4% ABV restriction, Iím not going to criticize too much. Itís got to be challenging to produce good tasting beer when you also have to keep the beer at or under 4%. I absolutely loved the hop "garden" theyíve got planted outside.
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