Podunkville, USA

TWELVE HOURS on the road today! In case you’re unaware, I’m on the way to Breckenridge, Colorado to work an art festival. The art festival just so happens to be directly across the street from Breckenridge Brewery. I just may happen to be eating every single meal there in addition to touring the brewery and getting some insight into the brewing process and history from the brewers themselves. In order to prepare myself for the amazing foods and brews I’ll be experiencing over the weekend, I needed to visit some crappy little podunk restaurant so I could fully appreciate it. Enter Green River, Utah (aka Podunk-bloodthirsty-mosquito-ville, USA).
Tamarisk Restaurant. On the corner of this:
And this:
You won’t miss it. It’s one of three restaurants in the entire town.
It’s a classy little place. Can’t you tell from the mood lighting?
And the wide variety of wilted greens in the salad bar…
I’m being cruel. It really wasn’t that bad. They at least had three choices of craft beer from a brewery I just recently tried.
Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen. I realized after I’d poured it into the glass that there was sediment on the bottom I’d forgotten to agitate. I like a healthy amount of yeast in my hefs.
I poured a little in to give it more depth. Whether or not you want to pour that extra layer of sediment on the bottom in is a personal preference. It doesn’t make it any less “Hef-y” if you don’t. I wasn’t a fan of this beer – there were absolutely no hops aromas and zero bitterness.

I drank it anyway – I’m self sacrificing like that…

I ordered the special of the day: Coconut Crusted Tilapia with steamed broccoli.
Obviously frozen and pan seared, but except for the excessive amount of sodium, it wasn’t half bad. The best part though? Wait for it…
Packets of tartar sauce. Nothing says “gourmet” like processed tartar sauce encased in plastic!

I’ll be heading into Breckenridge tomorrow morning and will get a post of the brewery up as soon as I’m done setting up tomorrey night! Any Breckenridge Brew recommendations? It’s my first time trying any beer brewed by them!
Ohhhh, yeaaah!


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6 Responses to Podunkville, USA

  1. It’s been a little while since I have had it but the Vanilla Porter was really good. Not much of a summer beer but definitely worth a sample. You’re in the mountains though so just pretend it’s snowing and cold while you drink it!

  2. Nina

    Awesome post, and I totally agree with your description of Green River. I stayed there for one night on my way back to Colorado from Lake Tahoe earlier this year, but didn’t try any of the three restaurants:P

  3. Great blog. I really like your approach and your writing.

    For Breck beers, I recommend the Agave Wheat for hot days. It’s light(-er) but has a lot of flavor. The Lucky U IPA is excellent, as are all the 471 series. Sometimes they’ll have a good small batch stout, and those always seem to turn out very well.

    On your drive back, you should try to stop at Crazy Mountain Brewery, near Vail. They’re creative and interesting, and they have done an outstanding job with their brewery.

    Have a great time at the festival!


    • I tried their Lucky U IPA tonight and loved it! I think I’ll have to go back for a full glass tomorrey 🙂 I’m not sure if we’ll have time, but if we do, Crazy Mountain Brewery is now on the list!

  4. eggs

    i’m a big fan of their oatmeal stout, personally. it’s coincidentally also the first of that style i’ve ever tried, so nostalgia may be talking… but it is still quite tasty.

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