While most people think a sentence including the words “Utah” and “beer” probably also has the words “unholy” or “forbidden” involved, they are happily wrong. Utah does indeed have beer, and even breweries. Brewing beer is an ancient human tradition, and even staunch Mormons couldn’t stop this extremely popular pastime from happening in their state.
Hip little Moab brews beer for sure, and has the beer-drinkers to ensure that these breweries will continue their existence for years. To be honest, there are only two breweries in Moab, and only one that actually brews in the town itself. But one of those two has award-winning beers and lands on “best microbreweries in America” lists, so pay attention, beer-lovers! Good stuff. So here’s the, ahem, short list of breweries in Moab that can quench your thirst after a day’s hiking.
It’s a brewpub, it’s a restaurant, it’s a family affair, it’s a hangout for the locals. Whatever you call it, the Moab Brewery delivers the goods. Open since 1996, its convenient Main Street location draws locals and tourists with regularity. The spacious room seats a heckuva lot of people, but it never feels too insanely crowded. (Check out the video on their website to get a better idea of what the premises look like.)
First and foremost, the beer. Handcrafted by brewmaster Jeff Van Horn, their beer selections include Deadhorse Ale (named after nearby Dead Horse Point State Park Overlook by Canyonlands National Park), award-winning Scorpion Pale Ale, Lizard Wheat Ale, Elephant Hill Hefeweizen (named after the Elephant Hill hiking area in Canyonlands), very tasty Derailleur Ale, Black Raven Oatmeal Stout, Porcupine Pilsner, Merrimack Steamer, and the Rocket Bike Wit Ale (“Sit Down, Shut Up, & Hold On”).
This place is no slouch in the food department, either. Pub food has gotten better over the years, and Moab Brewery has a lengthy menu of yumminess. Here are a few sample items to make you drool.
Appetizers: Sweet & Hot Thai Calamari, Jalapeno Beer Fries, Hummus Plate.
Salads: Gazpacho Spinach Salad, Chicken Almond Salad, Gyro Salad.
Main dishes: Asiago and Garlic Ravioli, Veggie Burrito, Jack Daniels Chicken Sandwich, Blacken’d Tilapia Fillet Pasta, Texas Pit St. Louis Pork Ribs, Mixed Sausage Grill, Cajun Burger.
Oh, yeah, they’ll fill you up.
Eddie McStiff’s has been known as a fun place since 1991 with live music nights, cheerful decor, and a full liquor license that allows them to serve mixed drinks and wine along with Utah microbrews. Featuring a “loft lounge area,” they offer foosball and pool to entertain customers, along with sports on the flat screen TVs. Kids are welcome of course, and they cater to families by offering a kids’ menu.
Although Eddie McStiff’s created their own original beer recipes, they now contract with Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City to produce their beer for them (from those original recipes). Their own beers are Rock Amber Ale, Canyon Cream Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Blueberry Wheat, and Pure Desert Wheat. Other beers on the menu include Guinness, PBR, Polygamy Porter, Squatter’s IPA, Provo Girl Pilsner, and more.
On the food side, specialties range from Steak Mojo (mo-ho) to Orange Roughy Picatta to Prime Rib to McFish-n-Chips.
Burger choices are sure to please almost every palate: you can choose from Beef, Turkey, Buffalo, Salmon, Garlic, or Veggie; specialties such as Southwestern (green chile and guacamole added), Mushroom Swiss, or Pepperonata (“smothered with tomato basil pepperonata sauce and melted provolone cheese”).
Want pizza? From Vegan to Carnivore, Margherita to Build Your Own, they have several options.
And to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out their dessert menu of ice creams, cookies, and cakes.