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Beer Ratings: 3,003
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
147 W Broadway
Salt Lake City
phone: (801) 363-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If you have ever wondered why I travel so extensively, you only needed to see the reception that I got walking into this place. Mentor (Paul) and I had run into a fellow on our Boulder excursion who casually mentioned that he was in from SLC, out riding his motorcycle for a week. A chance meeting, a throwaway line, and yet here he was with his buddy at the bar. A small world continued to shrink.
Walking up, the brewhouse was visible in the far right window with the triangular entry at a slight angle in the center of the space. Entering, the m.d.s. and the gift shop directly behind it, were straight ahead. The beautiful, "J"-shaped, laminated white pine bar was on a right oblique and ran the length of the right side. The back bar began by overlooking the brewhouse and a bunch of FVs and culminated in the kitchen, three-quarters of the way aft. The left side of the space was the restaurant area, which included a working stone fireplace. All of the way aft was their patio area, with the lavatories down a flight of stairs to the left, with a diagram of a Denver & Rio Grande Railroad engine hanging on the wall.
Beer: I began with the cask-conditioned Full Suspension Pale Ale. The nitro-tap had 3 Duck Ale and the seasonals included Racer X Rye; Squatters Wit Bier; and Organic Amber Ale. Their standards included American Wheat Hefeweizen; Chasing Tail Amber; Provo Girl Pilsner; Vienna Lager; Organic Amber; Emigration Amber; Full Suspension Pale Ale; Polygamy Porter - "Why have just one?!?"; and Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout. They also offered blends of the Captain and the Girl (Black and Blonde) as well as of Emigration Amber and the Captain (Black and Tan). Squatters IPA was available in bottle, but I am more of a draft man.
03-05-2008 10:26:57 |
More by woodychandler
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
after a couple weeks working in the high desert of Wyoming and waiting for a flight back to Dulles, I visited Squatters Pub following a personally guided tour of the LDS History and Art museum and a night walk of the Temple Square Gardens
if a visiting BA were able to visit only one, Squatters over Red Rocks by far
located in the center of downtown in a gorgeous old building with big storefront windows (used to be a newspaper or some such), the restoration and restaurantification of the building seems to have left most of the historic qualities intact, the interior is spacious and lively on a Wednesday night but not overwhelming for a solo visitor such as myself, dining room and two bars (one for eating, one for not), and outdoor seating in the back which I failed to check out, brewroom sits behind the bar, bathroom downstairs, a pretty expansive spot
after being politely asked to move from the rear bar since I wasn't eating, I moved to a table by the front bar and enjoyed three beers over the course of a few hours, observing and reading the local city-paper-weekly-independent thing and scribbling some bier notes inside
service: my first server seemed really nice for the 5 minutes I was in her section, after my move the new waitress was less personable and not very happy but not offending...just there and doing her job, this seemed to be isolated as the others I observed seemed quite helpful and talkative
selection: all beers are available in three sizes...taster, 12, and 20 oz...prices were very reasonable though I don't recall specifics
my first beer was the Chasing Tail Golden on cask (not very flavorful but good and points for actually having a cask as advertised), second the Provo Girl Pilsner (a surprisingly top-tier pils), and the Hop Rising IPA (okay)...the menu was quite extensive and included both Squatters Beers, Utah Brewing beers, and a couple guests, probably over 15 choices in all, I chose to stick with the in-house and found it necessary to ask as it was hard to tell what was and wasn't
early air departure required that I miss out on a couple I would have liked, including the UBC pumpkin and the Captain Bastard Oatmeal Stout
be sure to ask about the seasonals and the bottles...I did the the former but forgot the latter, and missed out on the 750s of 5th Element (in-house consumption only, ftl)
10-09-2008 04:30:31 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's funny how a place like this can be kind of typical for a brewpub, but somehow it isn't as bland or boring as Red Rock. At least there is something going on here worth seeing. Unfortunately, they don't have some of the highly rated bottle releases you'd want to see, as those are probably one-offs at this point (529, Fifth Element). However, there are some tasty beers to be had here. Radio From Hell is quite good. As are others. Food here is standard brewpub fair. Nothing really blowing you away here.
Considering the location to the downtown area, this is a no-brainer for a visit.
10-12-2012 10:13:03 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had an audit on SLC and caught a plane that arrived on a sunny Sunday afternoon. My boss and I dropped off our bags at the hotel and hopped a cab. We didn't really have an agenda per se, although I did do my homework and printed out a few maps with points of Beer-related interest. But I figured she wanted to see the town a bit, so we asked the cabbie to drop us at Temple Square. Nice. It was when we decided to walk around the downtown area that we got a strange, eerie feeleing. Where the hell is everybody? Why is everything closed? Restaurants, (not so) convenience stores, shops and bars were all closed. Just about no traffic on those super wide streets either. "What do we do now?" she asked. Thank goodness this brewpub was open!
I like the overall decor of the place, the building itself looked like an old factory, and in fact I think it was. The inside was polished, dark wood and brick, plenty of natural light, walls that didn't have awards posted on them displayed interesting artwork. When we saw the water mists and shade on the patio, we decided to sit there. There was even a big grill in the back. Crowd seemed pretty eclectic, 20-something college kids and a few families.
I didn't know for sure if we absolutely had to order food if we wanted Beer, so we got a appetizer of red pepper hummus served with warm flatbread. It was excellent, and really stuffing!
Service was relatively fast, even though our server looked a little aloof, he was always around to check on us.
Now, the Beers. The boss-lady went the Hefe, served with a wedge that even she thought was out of place. But she seemed to have liked it. I tried the amber ale on cask that I really enjoyed and drank lightning fast because of the heat. The low ABV didn't really show, it packed plenty of flavor. The porter I had next was a little weak, a hard style to nail with those kinds of restrictions. I didn't get to try their bottled Beers. The selection seemed to have something for everyone - unless you're only into big Beers.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and left pretty satisfied. Would I put this place in my personal top-10? No, but I was sure glad to see it open and if my travels send me back to Utah I'll be sure to come back.
07-22-2008 16:56:37 |
More by Goldorak
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
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This brewpub in downtown Salt Lake City is a medium sized old school pub atmosphere with the majority of the space dedicated to dinning. Two bars, one for diners and one for drinkers. They had a good selection of their own brews including an Amber on cask and a nice oatmeal stout on the nitro tap. I tried both of them and thought pretty highly of them, especially the deep dark stout. The bartender who came out from behind the bar to serve us at a barside table was very helpful on all their beers, quite knowledgeable. Didn't try the food but have heard that it is fine. Lots of tee shirts and other souvenirs are available near the entrance. Much of what you see here seems to also be available at the airport location (Terminal C) as well. I didn't notice what they offered for bottled beer but it seems that their own beer assortment is quite adequate and satisying. All in all a very nice pub/restaurant to sit and sample some fine brews.
08-04-2008 04:54:05 |
More by Durge
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The second best brewpub in Salt Lake City.
I started my night off at Squatters after throwing down my luggage at the hotel. They are located right in the city center, within stumbling distance of the Hyatt, Sheraton, and the other hotels located in and around there.
Big, old, renovated hotel, with loads of heavy exposed wood and nicely exposed and redone brick. A pretty decent crowd was in there eating and drinking fairly late for a Wednesday. I have to take points off for the noise. It wasnt packed solid, but they were jamming dance music (Britney, Usher, etc.), waiters were yelling around, and the kitchen had several inappropriate conversations going on. Plus, if you are going to leave the kitchen open, try not to be doing things that folks dont want to see done with their food.
Service was pretty clueless and slow. I had to yell out what sampler I wanted several times. He disappeared, came back ten minutes later, dropped off the beers, and disappeared again. Two minutes later, he dropped off a salmon dish and walked away. I didnt order the salmon, hadnt ordered anything but the sampler. They werent exactly nice about it, either.
They only had their brews on tap, but had a fairly good line up. There were about 9 or 10, which included a nitro and a cask. They had three different blends, two of varied beers and one being sprite and pilsner. Different, but not bad. The full-suspension IPA, the porter, and the cherry luv were tasty.
All in all, a little average. All the beers had great show properties, like a Real World roommate all dressed up for a night on the town. They tasted pretty good up front and looked the part, but lacked the body and finishing qualities.
04-29-2005 14:45:51 |
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