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Thursday, October 06, 2011


It's a sad day for Utah's beer community. One of it's brightest and most innovative stars is leaving us after 20 years of enthusiasm, passion & perfection.

Squatters' Brewmaster, Jenny Talley has accepted a tremendous opportunity with the CRAFT BREWERS ALLIANCE, INC., an organization comprised of Widmer Brothers, Red Hook, and Kona Brewing Co. operating breweries in Portland, OR, Woodinville, WA, Portsmith, NH, and Kona, HI.

Jenny and her family will be relocating to Washington to become the Brewing Operations Manager at the Woodinville brewery where she’ll work in close coordination with the Plant Manager, Packaging Manager, and respective teams of employees to produce approximately 170,000 barrels of beer annually.

Jenny has always been hungry to learn and pursue new challenges, this opportunity will provide her with the knowledge to take her art to the next level.

I don't want this to sound like a eulogy, because it's not. No doubt there will be a hole in our hearts and mugs but life and the brew schedule goes on. The beer will flow and it will do so with a new equally talented brewer at the helm.

Jenny will be around Squatters for another week or so. Stop in, I'm sure she'd appreciate the well wishes.

Personally I'd like to thank Jenny for her friendship and for keeping my tongue so very happy. Also, please send me a growler of some of that killer Widmer Alt!


Photos: Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune


kent said...

Congratulations on your new opportunity Jenny. I can honestly say that my view of beer was changed forever the day I tasted 529 for the first time and it's my favorite beer to this day. Best wishes out there in the northwest and hopefully you'll stop by for a holiday tasting once in a while.


Diamond Mind said...

sad day.
Thanks Jenny for all the spectacular beer....
I will miss you very much.
I don't suppose you could send care packages??

Ricky H. said...

I know, her beers were always top notch. I'm still kicking myself because I only picked up a few root cellars, and now there may not be another edition. She will be missed!

---Ricky H.

KAGent777 said...


We are all happy that you are taking a step forward in your career. We will miss you and you brew here very much. Do make sure to visit the holiday beer tasting parties every now and then.

Cheers to you,

Craig said...

Congratulations and good luck Jenny.
You took Utah to the next level in the beer scene. You're leaving on top, with a gold medal with 5th Element. I was going to pick up another case yesterday but there sold out, not sure if we'll ever see it again now.
Good Luck

Ed Harrach said...

Jenny checks in here once in a while, right?

Congrats on the new gig -- sounds like a great opportunity. You've earned it. I've been enjoying your beers for over a decade, and really appreciate it.

Mike J said...

Congrats on the new position Jenny. Very sad to see you go. Utah's loss is Washington's gain. Good luck and thanks for all the great beer.

Brett said...

Too bad for Squatters and Utahns. Good for me, as I live in Seattle! Congratulations Jenny, don't forget your umbrella.

Douglas said...

Yeah, congrats to Jenny. She will be great for Redhook.

Brett said...

True, RedHook could use some refinement...I'm excited to see her assert her influence there, in particular.

Jenny said...

Thank you for all the nice thoughts and comments. I think the Utah craft beer scene is a great one. A main reason for this is because of you all, the craft beer drinkers. Please keep your support up and demand fantastic beers from your brewers:)

Anonymous said...

Now the only big shot left is Kevin.

brd n btta said...

Arrogant ass sniffs a high horse kings dried up shweddy balls just to be famous, lazy, & have lots of money. Its all about the beer, not.

Ed Harrach said...

Is that a haiku?