Salt Lake City, Utah – Squatters Craft Beers earned a silver medal in the Belgian Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale category for Hell’s Keep Belgian Style Golden Ale earlier this month at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) held in Denver, Colorado. The win marks the fourth medal earned by the beer in GABF’s annual competition.
“The flavors in Hell’s Keep are complex yet very approachable to virtually any beer drinker,” said Jon Lee, Brewmaster and COO at Squatters. “This beer has a clean malt base with a well hidden 7.75% ABV and the majority of flavors we rely on here originate from the Belgian Trappist yeast. Spicy and fruity, this is a beer that tastes great by itself and also pairs well with almost anything you would want to eat.”
Originally brewed in 2008, Hell’s Keep is a year-round brand in the Squatters portfolio. Hell’s Keep has a history of success in the increasingly competitive GABF contest. The 2019 silver medal win counts as the beer’s fourth medal from this prestigious competition. It received gold medals in 2014 and 2017 and a bronze in 2010, all of which were judged in the Belgian Style Specialty Ale categories. During GABF 2019, 9,600 beers were entered into the competition, representing 2,300 breweries. The Brewer’s Association awarded 318 medals to 283 breweries.
“It’s an honor to be recognized in a competition with so many entries by great breweries,” said Lee. “The fact that Hell’s Keep has medaled four times since 2008 is a testament to the skill of our brewing staff and our dedication to the style.”
Squatters Craft Beer celebrated their 30th Anniversary in September and has won a total of 31 GABF medals in its history. Hell’s Keep has earned six total medals in distinguished beer competitions, having also won two North American Brewers Association Competition medals – bronze in both 2010 and 2014. For more information, visit www.squatters.com.
About Squatters Craft Beers
Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole founded Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City’s original brew pub in 1989. In 2000, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery merged their brewing operations for draft, bottle and can production. The company currently operates five full-service pubs and a brewery tap room. To date, Squatters and Wasatch have brought home 18 World Beer Cups awards and 31 Great American Beer Festival medals. In 2010, Utah Brewers Cooperative received the prestigious U.S. Mid-Size Brewery of the Year award from the Brewers Association.
In 2017, Squatters and Wasatch joined a group of independent and like-minded craft brewers, known collectively as CANarchy. Sister breweries include Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing Company.
Squatters and Wasatch packaged and draft beers are available in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Montana and Kansas. For more information, please visit www.squatters.com and www.wasatchbeers.com.