Squatters Pub Brewery and its sister company, The Utah Brewers Cooperative, earned two gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 World Beer Cup held in San Diego, Calif.
Squatters Vienna Lager won gold, defeating 32 other entries in the Sessions Beer category; while the Brewers Co-op, which produces beer for Wasatch and Squatters, won gold for its Big Cottonwood beer. Judges declared it the best of 68 entries in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category.
In addition, Squatter's Fifth Element beer earned a bronze in the Belgian-style Sour Ale, a category that included 27 entries.
The World Beer Cup is held every other year and is considered the Olympics for beer brewers. This year a record 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.
"A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996.
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