Exposed wood lodge-like interior with tables arranged kind of awkwardly so that you have to dance between people’s tables in order to reach the bar in the back. On tap they pour their 4% German and Czech styles: Pils, Vienna, Dunkel, Weizen, Schwarzbock (that’s right, they call their 4% black beer a "bock"). Cans are available for takeaway, in 12-packs for standard beer, and singles for seasonals (Alt, Export). They won’t sell anything else as a single, or even 6-packs instead of 12-packs, which seems like a lazy business decision. Alas, I found singles at the Whole Foods a few miles east of here. As for the beer, the three I tried were clean and interesting, the Pils impressing me the most.
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.
Second, and last, stop of the evening. What a pleasant surprise after the cookie cutter experience of Hoppers! this place has style. A ton of Czech influence in the menu and beer selection. About 8 beers on tap plus two cans while I was there. All German/Czech styled other than a random California Common for some reason. Samples were $1 each, served in these cool tiny tall mugs. Beer quality was in general quite good, ranging to excellent, other than, as Borken says, the Cherny Bock was a let down. Service was great and helpful. I would definitely hang out here were it closer to home.
Braudog (901) 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 (335) 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.