While President Obama may have chosen Bud Light for his so-called "Beer Summit" last month, I suggest that next time he sits down for some suds, he crack into a Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA. 9% alcohol content will make all those town-hall crazies just melt away.


September 1st Salt Lake Brewing Co. aka Squatters Pubs and Beers will raise a pint and toast to 20 years in the pub business. To celebrate, they are not only throwing a staggeringly long birthday bash at the pubs; they are releasing a huge new beer: HOP RISING.


One of the most aggressive beers ever released in Utah, Hop Rising a double India Pale Ale, clocks in at 85 IBU's and 9% alcohol. “We use three different malts to create enough flavor to perfectly balance three varieties of hops,” explains Jon Lee, Squatters head brewer “then, because we couldn't help ourselves, we dry-hop it; resulting in an amazing two pounds of hops per barrel!” The combination of robust malty flavors and huge hop bitterness provide a well-balanced beer - a hop lover's dream.

About the Staggeringly Long Birthday Bash

Founding owners Peter Cole and Jeff Polychronis will roll back beer prices to a bloody cheap $2.50 a pint September 1st thru September 7th. There’ll be 1989 food prices too, here are a few oldies: Buffalo wings; Jock Strap Soup; Kronski’s Kielbasa; bangers and smashers; and Quesadilla Wences.

Retro T-Shirt Contest

Employees and long time patrons of Squatters are encouraged to wear their favorite old Squatters t-shirts (and there a lot of them out there)and be entered to win prizes.

20th Annibrewsary Commemorative Beer Bottle

Brewmaster Jenny Talley has brewed a traditional German Marzan Oktoberfest bottled in a commemorative bottle for patrons to take home. The 41.5 oz. flip-top bottles are printed with the 20th Annibrewsary logo and can be used as refillable growlers. 5.5% alcohol by volume Oktoberfest beer and commemorative bottles will only be available in Squatters Pubs for $16.99. Only 250 limited edition bottles have been created.

Birthday Bash Locations:

Squatters Pub Brewery

147 West Broadway (300 South)

Salt Lake City


Squatters Roadhouse Grill & Pub

1900 Park Avenue

Park City



Double India Pale Ales (abbreviated Double IPA's) is a very strong, hoppy style of pale beer. These beers are essentially made with higher amounts of malt and hops and typically have alcohol content above 7% by volume and 60+ IBU's.

First brewed on the west coast by Vinnie Cilurzo in 1994, when he accidently added 50% too much malt to his mash tun, then corrected the mistake by adding 100% more hops - and a new style was created.

One of the fastest growing styles in the craft beer industry, it even has its own festival. The first Double IPA festival at a pub in San Diego featured a dozen total entries, this year's event shut down the street and included 46 Double IPA's.