The largest commercial beer competition in the country was held last week and three breweries in Salt Lake City came home with medals.
The English-style golden ale from Proper – called Proper Beer – won the English Ale category with 93 entries. “Our flagship English-style golden ale has always been a winner on our team,” the right owners said in a Facebook post, “and now it’s a winner in the largest beer competition in the United States.”
According to the GABF website, “world-class beers” are awarded gold medals, “which accurately illustrate the specified style and have the right balance between taste, aroma and appearance.”
TF Brewing’s granary, Keller Bier, took third place in the cellar beer or zwickel beer category with 71 entries. while the honey cream from Grid City Beer Works received bronze in the honey beer category with 72 entries.
There were a total of 91 beer categories with 170 styles and sub-categories. That year there were 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, DC
Officials awarded 272 medals to 240 breweries during a virtual ceremony on the Brewing Network, competition manager Chris Swersey said in a press release. “This was arguably one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced. We hope that these awards are not only a symbol of outstanding brewing performance, but also the resilience of the entire craft brewing community.”
Restaurants win design awards
Downtown Salt Lake City workers appreciate the Daily Cafe – a quick eatery on street level of the Goldman Sachs building – for healthy meals on the go.
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 remained closed during the pandemic – was designed by Salt Lake City’s cityhomeCOLLECTIVE.
The long, narrow space of the 222 main building – with multiple entry points – posed challenges, Design Director Lauren Bald said in a press release. “Our designers designed the serpentine worktop to take optimal account of the restaurant’s unique limitations.”
SeventyOne, whose name reflects the year Snowbird opened, was designed by Salt Lake City GSBS Architects to celebrate the 1970s.
“The space is flush with bold but earthy materials,” GSBS said in its post, “retro-kitsch style, op-art patterns, and technicolor schemes that contrast clean, fresh lines.”
Utah restaurants and bars dominate the USA Today Awards
The Alta Ski Resort received five nominations in four categories, including best ski town, best ski area and best ski hotel – for its Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge. There were also two picks for the Best on Mountain Restaurant – Collins Grill and Rustler Lodge Dining Room.
The public can select the winners in each category by voting online at 10best.com/awards/travel. Vote once a day until November 9th.
Here is the full list of Utah nominations:
Best On Mountain Restaurant • Burger & Bourbon, Deer Valley; Collins Grill, Alta; Rustler Lodge Dining Room, Alta; and the Viking Yurt, Park City.
Best Apres Ski Bar • High West Distillery and Saloon, Park City; and the Apres Lounge, Deer Valley.
Best Ski Hotel • Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge, Alta; Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City and Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance.
Best ski area • Alta, Powder Mountain and Snowbird ski area.
Utah humanity will fight hunger
Over the past 14 years, around 5,000 people have gathered on Thanksgiving to run the Utah Human Race – a benefit for the Utah Food Bank.
This will not be possible this year.
The event is still happening, however, as participants can register and complete a 5K or 10K race anytime between November 1st and November 27th.
The cost is 30 USD per person and includes a t-shirt and bib number that will be sent to the participants. Registration at www.UtahHumanRace.org is now in progress.
Honey, I need that grilled cheese
When Utah blogger Chelsea Lords was asked to work with Sara Lee on the Artesano Grilled Cheese Showdown, she immediately decided to use Utah honey for the recipe.
“And in my opinion, nothing goes better with honey than bananas and cinnamon,” said Lords, who writes Chelsea’s Messy Apron. The result is sweet French toast-like mascarpone grilled cheese with caramelized bananas.
Lords’ recipe competed against the creations of seven other bloggers from around the country on Sara Lee’s Instagram stories this week. The winner will be announced on November 2nd and will receive $ 1,000 for a donation to a charity of their choice.