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Monday, September 23, 2002

Brewers Don't Go To Beer Festival

SALT LAKE CITY—Some Western beer brewers avoided a beer festival this weekend because state liquor laws would have required them to water down their lagers and ales.

There were 60 different beers on tap from 20 different breweries Saturday at the annual Gallivan Center's Brewers Festival in Salt Lake City. Some of them were from out of state.

But Eric Dunlap, brewing manager for Red Rock Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, said there are a lot of breweries that did not show up, because they do not make beer with 3.2 percent alcohol—Utah's legal limit.

"We're missing a lot of great breweries. There are a lot that specialize in styles that aren't here," Dunlap said.