Monday, October 15, 2007

Another Good Year!


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 AleUTGold English Style Dark Mild Ale or English-Style Brown Ale
Redrock Brewing Co.Munich DunkelUTBronze European Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
Redrock Brewing Co.Organic ZwickelbierUTGold Cellar or Unfiltered Beer
Redrock Brewing Co.Redrock ReveUTSilver Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale
Redrock Brewing Co.Redrock Nut Brown AleUTSilver American Style Brown Ale
Redrock Brewing Co.Redrock Black BierUTSilver German Style Schwarzbier
Utah Brewers CooperativeSquatters IPAUTGold English-Style India Pale Ale
Utah Brewers CooperativeSquatters Organic Amber AleUTSilver Bitter or Pale Mild Ale

3 comments:

Mike said...

Also, ZZHOPS, Salt Lake's oldest homebrew club, leads the nation in points for th National Homebrew Club-only homebrew competitions. Utah is the new brewing mecca. mike

mikey said...

Exellent! Do you have any names of the brewers and the styles people are winning with?

Dawn said...

Scott Endicott, Won the National Club-only Bock competition with his
Doppelbock. He followed that up with his Club-only English Barleywine. mike