Squatters Pub Brewery
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Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 3,021
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.72/5 rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Squatters is one of the oldest and perhaps the best brewpub in SLC. A contemporary feel and spacious atmosphere are quite inviting. The focus is on the bar and the "beer wall" that lists the current offerings. Seasonals cycle through in a matter of weeks so you're always anxious to see what is new.
Service is as good as it gets. The employees are obviously trained in beer knowledge and it refreshing.
Food isn't quite traditional pub fare. You can still order a gourmet burger or pizza, but they offer many ethnic dishes as well. Prices are more than reasonable for downtown SLC.
They're a little lax on enforcing some of the Utah laws compared to other establishments. I was able to have a few beers without pressure to order food. They serve full strength beers as well (not the 3.2 beers) because they sell them to the state of Utah who in turn sells them back to the restaurant. Absurd, I know, but at least I can have a full strength IPA if I want one.
The beer is phenomenal. Full Suspension, Captain Bastard's, St. Provo Girl, etc. The seasonals are often the best beers on tap such as HopHead Red, Irish Stout, etc. Many GABF awards are proudly displayed. If you're serious about beer, then this is your place.
07-04-2004 00:04:04 | More by yemenmocha
4.53/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: We went during off-hours between lunch and dinner (late afternoon), but there was still a moderate crowd, especially at the bar. I'd consider that a good thing.
Q: They have a number of vegetarian, free-range, and organic food options, with napkins from recycled paper. Seems like they have a clear idea what they want the restaurant to be, and they are actively making it happen.
S: We got a beer geek for a server, who seemed to know what I was after when I asked about the Hop Rising, McGrueh's Irish Stout, and Hell's Keep. He put together a custom sampler for me based on those and a couple of other beers that he suggested, and kept popping back to check in on us. Since this was my first experience with a cask ale, he took the opportunity to discuss the style with me. Nice to meet someone who knows/enjoys beer on a brewpub staff.
S: A great variety of food options -- even my vegetarian girlfriend was happy. Also about 8 beers on tap, plus a cask-conditioned ale. Some great daily specials, and an intriguing amount of desserts.
F: I ordered a seafood enchilada, which was delicious, and my girlfriend tried a veggie burger (just ok) with regular fries (great) and sweet potato fries (decent). I've rarely encountered a brewpub with GOOD food, so I'm impressed.
The cost came out to a reasonable total. Good value. If I'm in SLC again I'll definitely come here.
03-14-2009 22:46:42 | More by Arbitrator
4.4/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Great young feel to this place. Feels like being in a beer friendly state. This is a definite oasis for beer drinkers in Utah.
Beer was... absolutely fantastic. The brewer took the drinking laws of Utah and said "You know what F you, I'm gonna work hard and make some fine brews and bottle some bigger brews to boot!" I find it hard to believe that many other brewers work as hard as they do here. They manage to use their expertise and create awesome beers at 4%. They have a nitro and a cask ale. I can't even say that for most Michigan places. Bravo.
Friendly service that recognized me and my friend after 4 days of continuous patronization (real word?)
Great selection of pretty damned solid brews.
Food was pretty good, but my sandwich didn't live up to the precedent set by other Salt Lake restaurants.
Overall a great place and an absolute must for any BA stranded in Salt Lake.
11-22-2004 06:39:38 | More by nortmand
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Where do I start with this place. I'll just skip the whole service and atmosphere thing. You can look at my ratings above.
I'll just talk about the beer:
First and foremost is my favorite, Full Suspension Pale Ale. I think after a good ride on the bike, this beers name fits perfect. It has dry hopes, and it's unfiltered. It goes great with the Blue Cheese Burger.
Provo Girl- Great name (it's a Utah thing)- I'm usually not a fan of lite beers, but this one always seems to go down my throat every time I'm here.
Organic Amber Ale- Great beer, their only listed organic beer, the taste is very smooth, and goes great with their potato fries and nachos.
Chasing Tale Golden Ale- Now I suggest you have this on tap. It's one of the popular brews in Utah because it fits perfect with a hot summer day. In the can, I don't really like, it seems that it losses a lot of it flavor and carbhination.
Polygyme Porter- Great for winter time or rainy day. I just can't have one on one of our hot summer days. But when you do have one, why just have one.
Last but not least Squatters I.P.A.-Great beer, it's won many awards. the only down fall to this beer is that it's only available in bottles. It still taste good in a bottle, but would be better on tap. It's the states fault for this!
Just a note the squatters brews their I.P.A and has to sale it to the state, then buy it back from the state in order to serve it. Reallly Lame but its the law.
06-03-2008 05:18:11 | More by colbylee
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
This is a pretty killer place in the pretty baren beer land of SLC Utah. Atmosphere is good, a bit cookie-cutter as I say about many brewpubs, but there is some differences here. A gift shop in the middle of the brewpub is an interesting touch, and some nice breweriana can be found as well. Not to mention the locked up liquor with the one ounce pourers. That's pretty interesting! Quality of the beers is very good for the 4% stuff, the pale ale here is phenomenal, one of the best i've had regardless of abv and the 6% bottled IPA, which you can't drink at the bar (walk on over to the other 'restaurant' side:-) is great as well! Service was great, one of my bext experiences ever. The tender was gracious with free brews, talk about the SLC and Utah scenes. Politics, Religion, Everything. I also met some cool-ass locals here as well. Killer. Selection was good as well with about 12 brews on tap and some mixes as well as a full bar and wine as well. Food was tasty and cheap as well, and the beer was cheap too. "The place to be in SLC?!" I respond with a resounding "HELL YEAH!!"
07-07-2005 23:33:10 | More by francisweizen
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
One of the better brew pubs in SLC. great atomphere and the buliding and bar layout is very nice. Nice looking girls working and the food is great for a pub. Fish and chips are excellent and the burgers are great too. Everything seenmed fresh and not frozen food.
Loved the IPA and the Hop Rising is a solid beer. Also liked the Hell's Keep. I did not like the Hop Head Red on Nitro and the oktoberfest was OK. I was in town for a short time and ended up at this bar twice it was so good. Overall I would hihly recommend this brew pub over red rock that is right down thie street.
11-15-2009 04:23:47 | More by CampusCrew
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Squatters is in an old downtown warehouse type building with raw brick and wood...minimalist. Has nice outdoor seating, a long bar overlooking the brewing operation. It might come off as pretentious to some, but it is a clean, bright, open atmosphere. They are also wind powered and have some green updates to the building, organic options, do recycling, and try to source local food when possible.
Service is friendly and personable. We are always well taken care of.
Food is very good, with lots of options for dietary restrictions. Wasn't amazing, but everything was tasty. I've had burgers, fish tacos, salads, wings, all were great.
Despite the 4.0 abv limit, the beers are likable, even seem to style. The IPA in a bottle is very good, clean and tasty...I could have several more. Their Organic Wildfire Pale Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, cask conditioned ales are also favorites.
Best brewpub in the state. Hopefully Utah will be joining the 21st century soon..we just got rid of private clubs and legalized hombrewing. Hopefully dropping the abv restriction on draft beer soon.
04-13-2009 23:17:37 | More by mudhut
4.34/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
My third and final stop on my reckless night in SLC!
Squatters is SLC's oldest brewpub from what I can gather and is now part of the Utah Brewers Coop with the guys at Wasatch. (er.. however you spell that)
Had two beers at a nice long bar with plenty of taps. One beer on nitro and one on cask wand probably about 12 others on regular draft fonts.
Long resturant are separated from the bar by a rail. Visible brewing equipment behind the bar (with the Assistant Brewer working at 10pm on a Friday night!)
Service was friendly and knowledgable about the beer. No food because I'd just stuffed myself around the corner at Red Rock.
Overall a nicely done place and they have a full bar!
A good place that I owuld love to have even back in LA. The beers were inventive and flavorful even with the highest being around 5%.
04-10-2004 06:45:43 | More by drewbage
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Alas, Chang and I are no more. Sure, we had some good times, it's true, but the brown rice is gone and I'm history. Scotty's heading back to the hotel (He is not Feklar) but I'm still kind of wound up from my excursion to Wyoming earlier in the day, so I'm heading out and about. About 150 feet from here, if you really want to know. All the way across the street to Squatters...
A split bar runs the length of the room, seating 2 dozen, with the break in the middle, a dozen to each side. The bar back is a glass wall with shelves of booze & glassware, and a room behind it with a row of fermenters. Brick walls, high woodbeam ceiling with spot lighting and drop lights over the bar, TV's in all corners of the room, big ass mug club mugs on a hook rack over the bar, an open face kitchen, and the taps listed on a blackboard behind the bar towards the rear.
2 dozen tables in a pit dining room and a handful more along the front window. Bright colorful artwork, mostly paintings of the front of the building, beer mugs, and interior scenes as well as a good couple of GABF metals decorating the walls in the stairway. Additional seating in the rear dining room and an outside patio area.
7 regular house beers (Pils, Golden Ale, Hefe, Amber Ale, Vienna Lager, Pale Ale, Cream Stout), a seaonal, brewed by Wasatch (Porter), a nitro tap (Mild), and a cask (Amber Ale). With the addition of a black & blonde and a black & tan, the sampler is an even dozen beers. The Provo Girl Pils was crisp & clean, the Hefe had a slight banana flavor, the Emigration Amber Ale nicely hoppy, Cenetenial & Chinook, the Full Suspension Pale Ale malty, but with a good hop presence, the Mill Creek Cream Stout oaty & nicely roasted, the Vienna Lager crisp & malty, the seasonal (Polygamy) Porter, made by Wasatch, was just so-so, the nitro Harvest Mild was brownish, with a light bite, and the cask Amber Ale was smooth & pleasant. Halfway through the sampler, I notice the posted IPA @ 6% ABV. I'm thinking, "How come that ain't in my sampler?" Get this!! They brew a 6% beer, sell it to the state and then buy it back to serve. Only in Utah!!
The beer's as good as it's going to get in Salt Lake City.
04-17-2005 22:56:45 | More by slander
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This place has a little more of a party vibe to it than the other SLC brew establishments. The decor is sort of southwest in flavor, with a very long bar and ample seating. I had the sampler, which consisted of 10 beers and 2 blends. I really like the nitro espresso stout and the captain bastard oatmeal stout. Fantastic stuff. The food I had was fairly good as well, but nothing really spectacular. Our server was pretty good at keeping up with us, as we had folks come and go from the table. For a small establishment, the selection was fairly good as well. I think if you have to go one place for a beer while in downtown, go here. There's just better stuff.
11-15-2004 06:40:53 | More by kmpitz2
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Squatters Pub Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT
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