In the mood for something a little more low-key than last night's overpriced dinner at 350 Main, my friend and I settled on the Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery. Established in 1986, the Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery is known for its locally brewed beers and simple pub fare. We were immediately disappointed when we realized the brewery does not offer a beer sampler. The more popular brews are sold by the pint or bottle. Not interested in getting sloppy while still adjusting to the high altitude, we limited ourselves to four beers between the two of us. There were no clear standouts amongst the beers we sampled. Our first place choice- the smooth amber Wasatch Winterfest Ale with rich caramel malt flavor. Coming in dead last- the thick Polygamy Porter (the reason behind the name- "Every good polygamist can use extra stamina."). I am vehemently opposed to strong coffee flavors and this beer was heavy with tones of coffee and chocolate.
We were equally disappointed by Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery's dinner menu. The burger we ordered was average at best, with an oversized bun and mealy tomato. The oyster mushroom and fontina pizza was much too light on the sauce, much too heavy on the cheese, and quite bland. The meal's saving grace- the crispy french fries that accompanied the burger. Thankfully there were plenty of them.
The hoppy Wasatch Winterfest Seasonal Ale
The Belgian Style White Ale, called Wasatch White Label, is likened to Blue Moon
The gold medal winner of the 2006 World Beer Cup- Squatters India Pale Ale
Sarah's first sip of the dark Polygamy Porter- only 4% alcohol by volume
A mediocre Niman Ranch all-natural burger topped with melted swiss cheese
Individual sized oyster mushroom pizza with thick fontina cheese and herbs