Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Beers at Great American Beer Festival


The words that describe Great American Beer Festival are plentiful. A few that readily come to mind for us are exciting, nerve racking and a humbling experience.


When people come up to the booth and say that they love our beers; some say they have had a great experience at our pub, it leaves an impression. It is that moment that makes it all worth it. The years of hard work and dedication payoff with each sip that someone takes and the enjoyment of that moment.


The nerve racking part is the medals ceremony. There were plenty of fingers crossed, toes crossed and even eyes crossed while waiting for our brewery names to be announced.


The good news is that our breweries did get called. Squatters Craft Beers won a Silver Medal for the Fifth Element in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale. Wasatch Beers won a Silver for the White Label in the Belgian-Style Witbier.


The Colorado Craft Beer Show sat down with one of the founders of Squatters and Wasatch, Peter Cole and Greg Schirf respectfully discussed distributing in Colorado, the Great American Beer Festival and the friendships that have evolved over the years. The laughter that ensues between Greg and Peter can attest to that friendship.


Even our great neighbors will be able to enjoy a little piece of Utah…we are excited to announce that our beers are now distributed in Colorado.




Experimental Hop Creation - French Connection


Recently we had a unique and fun opportunity at the downtown pub.  Thanks to Dave McKean (from the Utah Brewer’s Cooperative) we were able to experiment with a new hop!  Dave has fostered a relationship with the fine folks at Washington State University and we’re showcasing a new variety of hop.   We kept the malt bill simple and familiar (basically followed our recipe for Full Suspension Pale Ale) so that we could really experience this new hop.  Opportunities like this are one of the many reasons I love brewing at the pub level!  It’s really been fun and interesting to be a part of this test.  I’ve included our “official” description of French Connection.  Hopefully people can get down to the pub to try a pint (or two) before it’s all gone!


“French Connection is a traditional pale ale that uses a unique hop.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to craft a beer with an experimental variety provided by our friends at Washington State University.  This hop has been selected from a cross of a female Alsace (a French variety) with a male selected from a cross of Cascade and Cluster (American varieties).  This is the only commercial beer that has been brewed with this novel hop.  Earthy, fruity and spicy, with just enough bitterness to balance out this light pale ale.”



Jason Stock


Fall wrap up, Winter begins at the Utah Brewers Cooperative



It has been a busy fall at the production brewery. Our hop selection trip to Yakima has us purchasing a few new hop varieties, one of which is Falconers Flight which you will find in the 75th Anniversary Alta Ale, released November 1st. Along with the Alta beer we have rolled out Ghostrider a White IPA at 6% ABV and Switch, a very tasty, refermented in the bottle, barrel aged beer. Ghostrider and Switch are only available at the Beer Store on 1763 South and 300 West in Salt Lake City; Alta’s 75th Anniversary Ale is available for the 2012 / 2013 ski season at resorts, restaurants, pubs, and grocery and convenience stores along the Wasatch front.

We are wrapping up a few quality oriented projects a couple of which include improvements to the mash mixer in the brewhouse and yeast pitching systems in the cellar.

Please stay tuned , 2013 should be a fun beer filled year.


Dan Burick

Utah Brewers Cooperative's Brewmaster


March Now On Tap

We just put Black Forest Schwarzbier on tap and it will most definitely be gone in 2 weeks. By the weeks end we will have McGrueh's Dry Irish Stout on nitro for our annual celebration of St. Patrick's Day (celebrated in the State of Utah this year on March 12th). Come and march with us in the parade if you are feeling Irish this Saturday, we will be serving up traditional corn-beef and cabbage in The Loft after the parade.

A new Small Batch Series release, Beerista, will be available in 22oz bombers to go  from our Packaging Agency for $5 on March 14th.


Along with our friends at Millcreek Coffee Roasters, we have created a smooth, creamy and full bodied stout full of roasted barley flavor and malty richness layered with the flavor nuances of EL Carmen Estate Guatemalan Coffee. This coffee is farmed in traditional ways, directly traded and offers up chocolate undertones.  Bottle conditioned. 
Hope to see you at the bar soon,



Squatters Happenings

I really need o blog more, sorry but the holiday season has got me running. We have been producing a lot of cool beer donw here at the pub and hope you all have had a chance to sample some of it. Currently we are serving our Holiday Nut Brown Ale until about the 2nd week of January. It has been selling really fast son it migh run out around the Jan. 7th. We also just finished bottle conditioning a new American Wild Ale called "Root Cellar". We were going to call it "Cellar Dweller" but soon found out a couple other brewers had already used the name.

 Root Cellar defies categorization. It truly is a beer anomaly. A Strong Ale was laid down in Justin Winery’s “Obtuse” Port barrels for 5 months. Flavors of plum and caramel malt sweetness layer with oak and port to create a wonderful winter warmer.   Sourness, developed during aging, brings forth both softness and complexity to this bottle conditioned American Wild Ale. I am hoping to be able to release it before the new year. Will keep you posted. 
Also coming up on the taps on Friday, Dec. 17th  is our first-time brewed American Dark Pale Ale, "Midnight Pale". Tasty American citrusy hops merge with dark malt to provide a fun twist on a craft brew classic. On the nitro handle we have a super hoppy Hop Head Red. Fresh whole flowers were used on both Midnight Pale and Hop Head Red so if you like Northwest whole flower flavor come on down. P.S if any of you went to Mikey's party, wow, what a hootenanny, good times:)
cheers and Happy Holidaze!