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Roosters Brewing Company Continues to Shine with Awesome Brews

Lady brewer joins the crew at Roosters and bring passion, skill and know-how to one of Utah’s tops brewing companies.


Steve Kirkland and Jacquie King of Roosters. Photos by Steven Vargo.

Last year Roosters Brewing Company hired Jacquie King, she is one of the few female brewers in the male-dominated industry. We wanted to meet Jacquie and learn what she is bringing to one of Utah’s most well-established breweries.

Jacquie spent 6 years in Munich, Germany. (arguably the beer capital of the world). Attending the world’s first and most famous Oktoberfest as a child and getting an early education in the world of beer she became hooked, and set out on a path to become a brewer. Jacquie says she, “started home brewing in college in Iowa, then I started to think of a career and took a leap of faith, quit my full time job and I love it.”

Jacquie helped create the recently released Irreverent, a breakfast stout made with all local ingredients. It’s flavored with oatmeal, cream and Daily Rise Coffee’s Cold Brew Ogden Blend. Ambitiously breaking the stereotype of the brewmaster, Jacquie also plans to create “Her Brew” which will be, “brewed, marketed and designed by women, everything done by women.”

Roosters Brewing has been up to a lot in the last year, they recently won 3rd best Stout at Lander Brew Fest last summer for their Russian Imperial. The popularity of Roosters craft beer has allowed them to expand even more to grocery stores, producing an average of 700 barrels a year at both of their locations in Layton and Ogden.

According to Steve Kirkland, who partners with Jacquie, Hellevation IPA is one of Roosters bestselling beers, but the recently released Irreverent is catching up in popularity. It’s a Sessions Pale Ale created with the craft beer connoisseur in mind. Jacquie takes pride in the beer she makes at Roosters because, “They write recipes to be a certain alcohol content instead of taking a high point beer and watering it down.”

Roosters locations are 253 Historic 25th Street in Ogden and 748 W. Heritage Park Blvd. in Layton. 


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