Three brew pubs, a continuous winning streak for great beers, not to mention very happy brewers.
In 2008 Squatters introduced “a serious ass-kicking” in hop rising. A 9% alcohol beer that was the first of a series of high point beers that later hit the market.
Hop Rising featured the photo of a farmer with giant hop spiked by a pitchfork. That farmer was Squatter’s brewer Jason Stock. Now Jason is recognized in public by fans everywhere. “Weren’t you the guy on the Hop Rising label? “ He says fans ask him to sign autographs. But the new found celebrity hasn’t blown up his hop head.
Jason is mild mannered and does most of the hard work required to churn out daily brews at Squatters’ famous downtown Salt Lake City pub.
Jennifer Talley is the Brewmaster at Squatters Pub. As a 20-year brewing veteran, Jennifer, one of the best “woman brewers” in the country, has competed against and won many awards against all sorts of male rivals in all sorts of categories. Jenny recently won a gold medal for her 5th Element Belgium style beer.
How would you describe Squatters’ niche and how would you describe
your uniqueness among other Utah beers?
(Answers provided by Jennifer Talley)
For the last 21 years we strive to lead the craft brewing community in
Utah; always introducing new, innovative and artistically crated
beers, re-inventing old world styles while developing new, extreme and
cutting edge brews.
What are some of Squatters’ best accomplishments? And some of the most
We just brought home the Gold for the Fifth element in the “Wild
Beer” category from the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago, ILL.
in November, 2010; as well as, placing runner up in Best of Show for
the entire event.
How many barrels of beer were you producing in 2000, 2005, 2010?
The pub has grown 20% from 1000 barrels in the year 2000 to 1200
barrels produced in 2010.
What are some of Squatters’ most innovative recent beers to be
Fifth Element and 529. Both are oak, barrel aged sour beers, corked,
caged and bottle conditioned. We are the first to introduce Belgian
sour beers for the Utah beer drinkers and take great pride in the
creation of these old world styles. The Fifth Element, a sour
Farmhouse Ale, is aged in oak for 6-12 months and the 529, an Oud
Bruin sour brown, is aged in oak for 18 months.
If you could change any Utah law that would make your business more
successful what would it be?
Have more liquor licenses available in the State of Utah to allow for
the continued growth of bars and restaurants.
What bar does Squatters’ sell the most beer outside of your brewpub?
Our pub only sells beer at the Squatters 3 locations; downtown SLC,
SLC Airport and the Roadhouse Grill in Park City.
AWARD Winning Beers
2010 Great American Beer Festival –Bronze Medal
2010 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – Session Beer Category
2008 Great American Beer Festival – Bronze Medal – Belgian Style
Provo Girl Pilsner
2008 World Beer Cup – Bronze Medal – Low Strength Ale or Lager Category
2004 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – German Style Pilsner Category
Squatters India Pale Ale (IPA)
2007 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – English Style India Pale Ale Category
2006 World Beer Cup – Gold Medal – English Style India Pale Ale Category
2005 Great American Beer Festival – Silver Medal – English Style India Pale Ale Category
2004 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – English Style India Pale Ale Category
2003 Great American Beer Festival – Bronze Medal – English Style India Pale Ale Category
Organic Amber Ale
2007 Great American Beer Festival – Silver Medal – Bitter or Pale Mild Ale Category
Full Suspension Pale Ale
2002 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – Bitter Category
2001 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal – Bitter Category
Chasing Tail Golden Ale
2004 Great American Beer Festival – Silver Medal – English Style Summer ale Category