Every year at the Great American Beer Festival there's always one or two good stories to shout out to the inter mountain beer faithful about our local brewers. This years was an exceptionally good year for Utah and one brewer in particular.
The big story from this past weekend was from Red Rock Brewing Co and their head brewer Kevin Templin who stunned the audience by not only winning five medals but Large Brewpub and Brewer of the Year!
This is huge for Utah's image as a legitimate beer producing region. So often when I speak to people from other states and countries about our beer, they balk at our miserable alcohol restrictions and poo-poo the very thought that varying styles of 4.0% beers can be made consistently and still be palatable.
Kevin and Red Rock were not the only ones to get good news from their piers in Denver. Squatters received two medals. A Silver for it's new Organic Amber Ale and a gold for it's IPA. India Pale Ales are one of the most popular styles in states. And this one is consistently ranked as one of the best.
The final medal winner is is from Hopppers Grill & Brewing out of Midvale, Ut. They're not as consistent in the medal categories as some but they are no strangers to winning hardware and do an excellent job of producing good beer. They achieved a gold medal with they're Lil' Pips Mild Ale. I had never tried it 'till last Thurs and was happy that a light session drinker like that could win a gold.
Those are the highlights for now. In the coming days; war stories and pics from GABF. Cheers!
|Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.||Lil' Pip's Mild Ale||UT||Gold||English Style Dark Mild Ale or English-Style Brown Ale|
|Redrock Brewing Co.||Munich Dunkel||UT||Bronze||European Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel|
|Redrock Brewing Co.||Organic Zwickelbier||UT||Gold||Cellar or Unfiltered Beer|
|Redrock Brewing Co.||Redrock Reve||UT||Silver||Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale|
|Redrock Brewing Co.||Redrock Nut Brown Ale||UT||Silver||American Style Brown Ale|
|Redrock Brewing Co.||Redrock Black Bier||UT||Silver||German Style Schwarzbier|
|Utah Brewers Cooperative||Squatters IPA||UT||Gold||English-Style India Pale Ale|
|Utah Brewers Cooperative||Squatters Organic Amber Ale||UT||Silver||Bitter or Pale Mild Ale|