The largest commercial beer competition in the country was held last week and three Salt Lake City breweries came home with medals.
Proper’s English-style golden ale — called Proper Beer — won in the English Ale category, which had 93 entries. “Our flagship English-style golden ale has always been a winner amongst our team,” Proper owners said in a Facebook post, “and now it’s a winner at the largest beer competition in the USA.”
Gold medals are given to “world-class beers,” according to the GABF website, “that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.”
TF Brewing’s Granary Keller Bier took third in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier category, which had 71 entries; while Grid City Beer Works’ Honey Cream earned bronze in the Honey Beer category, which had 72 entries.
In all, there were 91 beer categories covering 170 styles and subcategories. This year there were 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
Officials awarded 272 medals to 240 breweries during a virtual ceremony hosted on The Brewing Network, competition manager Chris Swersey said in a news release. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”
Restaurants win design awards
Part of chef/owner Ryan Lowder’s family of restaurants — which also includes Copper Onion, Copper Common and Copper Kitchen — The Daily was selected as the winner in the “play” category.
The Daily — which has remained closed through the pandemic — was designed by Salt Lake City’s cityhomeCOLLECTIVE.
The long, narrow space of the 222 Main Building — with several points of entry — presented challenges, Design Director Lauren Bald said in a news release. “Our designers conceived the serpentine countertop to allow the best flow through the restaurant’s unique constraints.”
SeventyOne, whose name reflects the year Snowbird opened, was designed by Salt Lake City GSBS Architects to celebrate the ’70s.
“The space is flush with bold, but earthy materials,” GSBS said in its entry, “retro kitsch style, op-art patterns, and technicolor schemes contrasting clean, fresh lines.”
Utah restaurants, bars dominate USA Today awards
Alta Ski Resort earned five nominations in four categories including best Ski Town, Best Ski Resort and Best Ski Hotel — for its Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge. It also had two picks for Best on Mountain Restaurant — Collins Grill and Rustler Lodge Dining Room.
Here’s the full list of the Utah nominations:
Utah Human Race will fight hunger
For the past 14 years, some 5,000 people have gathered on Thanksgiving Day to run the Utah Human Race — a benefit for the Utah Food Bank.
This year, that won’t be possible.
But the event is still happening, as participants can register and complete in a 5K or 10K race anytime between Nov. 1 and 27.