Grain to Glass

While the craft-beer community in Utah is experiencing new (and welcome) growth, one of the state's originals is still going strong after more than two decades. Red Rock Brewing's hands-on attitude toward its brewing process and emphasis on people who power its assembly lines might be the secrets to its longevity. Employee loyalty abounds at the brewery and pub locations. From grinding grain to packing boxes and even helping stock state liquor store shelves, the person who is stacking pallets in the morning might be behind the bar to pour you a tall one when 5 p.m. rolls around. I followed the production of one of Red Rock's most popular brews, the 20th Anniversary IPA, tracing the steps of what it takes to make great craft beer.

This essay was commissioned for the Salt Lake City Weekly Beer Issue.

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