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RECIPE OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2001


Fun, Flavor, and Friends - The Moab Brewery

Blackened Salmon with Raspberry Habanera Hollandaise

Using a wire whisk, add air to egg yolks in a large bowl until yolks are a nice, thick consistency. Slowly add melted butter and add white wine. Add raspberries, Tabasco, Habanera chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve over blackened salmon. This recipe is enough for 4-5 salmon filets.

Prepare salmon by coating one side (not skin side) with Cajun spice. Cook spice side down in oil, preferably in cast iron skillet. Turn to cook opposite side. Serve spice side up and drizzle Hollandaise over top.

After you leave the slickrock and lock up your bike for the night, you’ll need to re-fuel for the next day’s adventure in the red rock desert around Moab. There’s no better place to bring the family or a group of friends than the Moab Brewery. Moab’s largest restaurant, the Brewery seats 300 people and offers a fun, family dining experience along with some great microbrews. The restaurant was founded in 1996 by John Borkoski and Dave Sabey. John founded his first brewery in McCall, Idaho. Moab Brewery is the only on-site microbrewery in Moab. The creative brews have become popular throughout Utah and Colorado restaurants and bars and will soon be available bottled.

There’s something for everyone on the Brewery’s fresh-crafted ale menu. Light beer drinkers will no doubt enjoy a mug of “Lizard Light,” a classic American ale. This is the perfect choice when you just want a nice, cold beer. Named after the gonzo four wheel drive road down in the Needles District, the Elephant Hill Hefeweizen is an unfiltered wheat ale and tastes great with a lemon. After you visit Dead Horse Point, you can stop in at the Brewery for the popular Dead Horse Ale, a traditional mild, English ale with a nicely balanced malt to hop ratio. Derailleur Red, Scorpion Pale Ale, and Raven Stout round out the beer menu.

While the adults sample the fresh brews, the kids will be happy with their own menu or a bite from the extensive Moab Brewery offerings. Head Chef Van Hartenstien gives most of his entrees a southwestern snap with an emphasis on the delicious flavors of herbs and spices so popular in the region. Appetizers, salads and four soups daily are perfect for those with lighter appetites. A “Very Veggie” menu with garden burgers, pasta, wraps, burritos and enchiladas will satisfy the vegetarians in your group, but meat-eaters can select from many poultry, beef, and fish entrees. Prime rib and salmon are two restaurant favorites, but the Brewery serves up a giant half-pound hamburger with all the trimmings. In short, the menu is very, very long! On top of the lengthy menu, the restaurant offers three daily lunch and dinner specials. Dessert is always a treat and diners may enjoy wine or cocktails as well as beer at the Brewery.

Manager Bob Murchison wants to make sure everyone has a good time when they dine at the Moab Brewery so he keeps his long-term staff happy as well.

“I insist that my servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff have fun while they’re working,” he says, “So customers are bound to have a good time, too.”

The casual atmosphere and contemporary decor with lots of outdoor-related gear and art fits perfectly in Moab and adds to the relaxed, congenial dining experience. You can even eat outdoors on the patio.

“We also have space for private parties or special events in our back room,” Bob adds. The back room seats about 40 people, so it’s a perfect size for large family gatherings or meetings.

In addition to the dining area, Moab Brewery has a separate, traditional tavern. Complete with four televisions where you can catch the latest news or sportscast, you can enjoy any of the microbrews, along with domestic and imported beers in the tavern.

During high season the tavern hosts live music featuring local and regional talent. During the winter you might find an open mike event where local folks bring their guitars, flutes or harmonicas to liven up the quiet winter evenings in Moab.

Moab Brewery is open seven days a week year-round for lunch and dinner. You can drop in without reservations and enjoy one of their great brews, a hearty meal, and stop at their gift shop before resting up for your next ride. You’re guaranteed to have a good time and a good meal at the Moab Brewery!

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