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Squatters Pub - Airport

Squatters Pub - AirportSquatters Pub - Airport

Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
85
very good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

776 N Terminal Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84122-7003
United States
phone: (801) 575-2002

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @squatterspubs

Notes:
Concourse C Terminal 2

(Place added by: mgdeth on 04-04-2005)
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huuvola

Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

OK, first off, the important thing to remember about Utah is that BY LAW bars and restaurants can't serve a draft beer that is more than 4% ABV. So anything you get on tap at Squatter's is going to be 4% or lower. But they have several bottle options, reasonably priced (for an airport), that are higher ABV.

I stopped here during a long layover in Salt Lake and wasn't that impressed, but part of the reason was because our server was really bad. The menu says "ask about our seasonals and special offerings" and the server couldn't remember them. There are exactly TWO special/seasonal beers not listed on the menu. TWO. When pressed, she could only remember that Polygamy Porter was on Nitro. Off to a bad start. After we got our beers, she checked in every time she passed by, which meant she was asking how our beers were about once every three sips. Constantly. Annoying.

Food wasn't bad for an airport. The beer was just OK. The pale ale was a bit bland and the Double IPA tasted very boozy -- almost like a barleywine -- without the hoppiness I'd expect from a double IPA. Not terrible, just not very memorable.

We left Squatter's after one beer and found Vino Volo Ale House, which is a MUCH better option, located between Concourses D and E. They offer a wider range of beers, including drafts and bottles from Uinta, Red Rock Brewing (recommended!), and even Squatters. Service was light years better and the food looked very good.

07-30-2013 14:33:45 | More by huuvola
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $

The little sister located at the airport is a nice bar & eatery for an airport offering. Most of the beers offer at the mothership are offered here. The service was fine nothing to complain about. Bartender receommend the orgainic amber which was very good. The food was typical airport food quality....so edible only cuz its available. Also cuz its the airport the selection for food was limited. There is no question that if you are on a layover or delayed....a couple of brews from here will help.

07-15-2011 00:03:37 | More by WoodBrew
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

A very conveniently-placed pub for lay-overs. I was joyed to see this right as I got off the runway in Salt Lake City, so I stopped in for a drink and a bite. Average atmosphere...nothing really mentionable. It was just a typical airport bar/restaurant setting. Service was friendly and prompt. They had a good selection of microbrews to choose from, and what I had was not bad. The food was just typical bar fare and comfort food, but a good snack in between flights. More cities should display their local brews in this way.

05-08-2011 21:52:43 | More by Rifugium
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$

Stopped in for a three-hour layover on the way to Las Vegas... I'm on a mission to try 365 new beers in 2011 so this was a good place to grab lunch and try some new beers.

It's got a decent atmosphere for an airport bar, and a really good selection as well. I tried the Amber, Polygamy Porter, American Wheat Hefeweizen, and the Fifth Element Saison. The Amber and Porter were average, but I really enjoyed the Hefe and the Saison really impressed me as well.

The food was okay... the 'artichoke dip' appetizer was nothing more than a frozen container heated up, and I had a chicken sandwich that left a little to be desired.

Not the best place for lunch, but I'm glad I stopped in to get some beers.

01-10-2011 18:28:38 | More by theboozecruise
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

For an airport place, this is great. Cask and/or nitro on tap sometimes, many of the regular beers, and pretty much the same menu food items are available (though not all of them, such as the Reuben, which I missed). For airport pricing they're very reasonable too, and makes an excellent stop before boarding your plane (or perhaps just after arriving, to get some of that watery 3.2% beer into you before heading out).

Sometimes this place can be busy and hard to get a table. Service is usually fairly prompt, and they'll ID anyone who isn't elderly it seems.

11-21-2010 04:15:02 | More by yemenmocha
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1099

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

Came into Salt Lake from Las Vegas on Delta, and saw this. At first I was kind of leary about going there because I remember Utah's beer laws can be a little strange (3.2 vs normal). But, I wanted a beer, so I said why not!

The first beer I ordered was a Vienna Lager on tap. Not bad at all! I enjoyed it very much. (I'll review it in more depth under the actual beer heading to keep things together).

I also had the munchies and decided to order a burger and fries. They were both ok, just about average. They went well with the lager.

Finally, as a closer, I ordered a pint of Captain Bastards Oatmeal Stout. WOW! It was much better than I expected; dare I say even close in taste and every other category to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout!

If you ever pass through the Salt Lake airport, make the time to visit this place. You wont be disappointed.

09-29-2010 06:06:56 | More by 1099
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LittleDon

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

First time visit to the Lounge, since I fly American (terminal A) or Southwest (Terminal B). It is located in Terminal C. Similar with many other airport brewpubs/beer bars (e.g., Boulder Beer in DIA). I'd give it an above average vibe for airport establishments, but average for similar establishments in general. Good selection of Squatter's Beers including a nitro tap. This is true of draft and bottles. Beer was fresh. Sat at the bar and go reasonably good service. My glass was not allowed to go empty, although I was left slightly unsure of the bartenders knowledge of the beers they carried. Don't look for anything besides Squatter's brews unless you're really hankering for a Coors. Did not try the food.

06-25-2010 19:44:13 | More by LittleDon
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isualum12

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

In town from Boise and I had try it. We stopped by for one beer. The bar was packed so we stood at the rail. Walked over to the bar to order....You can see the tanks for the brewery behind the bar.

It was confusing if all of the beers on tap were theirs or if any were from another local brewery. I think they were all of thiers..

I have had their Provo Girl and poligimany porter before and both are good. I have also have had their full sup. pale before which is a high quality beer.

Watched food go by that looked good. The Nacho's looked huge.

they did have a little gift section with pints, shirts and hats. the pints had a big selection and probably a bigger selection of t-shirts.

04-18-2010 02:21:28 | More by isualum12
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bigkingken

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$

Is it true that your expectations have a high impact on your final impressions? If so, it could help explain why I liked a brewpub in an airport so much. After having visited - and been thoroughly disappointed by - the Rock Bottom in Minneapolis's airport, I was skeptical coming in. But read on to find out what the Squatters in Salt Lake's airport is better than most of the brewpubs I've visited.

It's an airport. There isn't much room. Squatters makes good use of what they have, however, and were completely jammed packed when I visited. The restaurant is a giant U, or more like a [ if you want to get technical. Tables fill the ends of the brackets, a long bar fills the straightaway with small two-tops filling the back wall of said straightaway. Several plasma screen televisions can be seen from any seat.

It's dim, lively and decked out with Squatters posters and awards. Actually, if you sit where you can't see the airport or the airplanes out the window, you can easily forget you're in an airport.

All of their food is prepped at their location downtown and assembled at the airport. So of course it's not quite as good quality as an actual restaurant. But they do fairly well for what they have to work with.

I ordered a burger topped with mushrooms and onions sautéed in garlic and bourbon and topped with cheddar. The onions weren't sautéed long enough to brown, and I didn't get any bourbon flavor. The burger patties were ala McDonalds, though they could have still come from fresh beef more recently than a Mickey D's. The bun is made by Squatters with spent grain, and is absolutely fantastic.

Overall, the burger was much better than fast food, but not anywhere close to a properly grilled piece of beef. They had no fries, chips and salsa came with the dish.

However, the cheesecake they make downtown and ship to the airport is absolutely fantastic. It fit my cheesecake preferences perfectly; light and fluffy, sweet, rich and slightly lemony in a graham cracker crust. Very, very well done.

They offered seven beers on tap and one bottled (their IPA) along with two brews from their sister pub, Wastach. Maybe I ordered the wrong beers from my trip downtown a year ago (there were at least 12 to choose from!) but these seven Squatters beers are absolutely superb.

The golden was a perfectly balanced and drinkable beer well-suited for newbies. The pilsner had a strong German accent, I could easily have been drinking Beck's. The Hefe was good too. But my favorites were the Full Suspension Pale Ale, Organic Amber Ale and Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout. The Pale and Stout were simply excellent examples of their styles. The pale was hoppy enough to notice, but not enough to discourage even newbies. The stout was rich and complex with a heavy mouth feel, everything I want from an oatmeal stout. The real surprise was the organic amber, which had a clean, crisp start with a finish reminiscent of a nut brown, though not quite as strong or as thick.

I sat at the bar since the place was full, and watched a bartender named Mike work is magic. I have no idea how this guy got a bartending job in an airport. He should be in downtown New York. The man set a blistering pace, never spilling anything, and getting every single order correct and done in a timely manner while still servicing several of us at the bar. He was a miracle worker. If anybody is starting an upscale bar within 100 miles of Salt Lake City, find out who this guy is and hire him quick.

08-28-2009 23:08:30 | More by bigkingken
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aforbes10

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

Stopped here during a layover (Delta/Northwest). It's a small place with some tables and a cornered bar. The place was 3/4 full and filled up more while i was there so maybe its not a surprise that it took a while to get anyone to notice me. When i did, i ordered the IPA in a bottle, which is the only way you can get anything with any noticeable alcohol in it. Waiter brought me a bottle and opened it for me but then i had to ask for a glass, which i thought was odd. The beer was good, and i had a second. Had to catch the guy between tables to get the check and was accosted by some barflys (and barfly-ettes) in the meantime. Nice to find a brewpub in the airport (in Utah, no less), but this wasn't anything special.

06-13-2009 02:46:13 | More by aforbes10
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Squatters Pub - Airport in Salt Lake City, UT
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.