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Star Gazing in Moab with Beer

Warm nights under the stars topped off with a Moab Brewery Brew.


Photo by Bret Webster Images Gallery. Bret Webster’s gallery is located on Park City’s Main Street.

If Moab’s thousands of acres of mountain biking and off-road trails are making you thirsty, there is a sanctuary nearby known as Moab Brewery.

Besides serving as the home of Jeep Safari, Moab is quickly becoming known as the “mountain biking capital of North America“; and it’s a well-known fact that mountain biking and craft beer go together like love and marriage.

After biking down the Porcupine Trail, perhaps one of the most challenging and adrenaline inducing trails in the world, a cotton-mouthed rider can drink a Porcupine Pilsner from Moab Brewery—just five miles from the end of the trail.

Moab Brewery has been spreading their wings over the past two years: their brewery’s capacity has more than doubled, causing a huge uptick in the amount of beer they export.

They have 17 brands in all. Johnny’s American IPA, now in cans, is a favorite among Salt Lake City craft-beer drinkers, which is easily their top seller, followed by Dead Horse Amber Ale. Desert Select is their high-point line, offering five styles including a Black Imperial IPA and a Belgian Tripel, which is a truly great high-point to drink while gazing at the Milky Way through red rock arches.

Camping in one of the dozens of excellent campgrounds in Moab offers some excellent night photography opportunities. The town is still unpolluted by city lights, and before the moon rises, the Milky Way is glowing perfectly for slow-shutter photography buffs. This pairs well with the Desert Select Tripel, which won silver at the Denver International beer competition.


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