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If finding a good brew outside of the Salt Lake metro area is a challenge, Strap Tank Brewery of Springville, and Zion Brewery at the mouth of Zion National Park in Springdale, have the solution. Both Strap Tank and Zion Brewery have been paving the way as bastions of good brews in their respective towns. Their successes prove that the thirst for beer in Utah is real, as both breweries expanded to second locations in 2020: the Silicon Slopes of Lehi for Strap Tank and St. George for Zion Brewery.

Derik DeBoard, Head Brewer at Strap Tank Brewery’s Lehi location, is new to his role but is no stranger to brewing. After leaving the military 10 years ago, DeBoard has immersed himself in brewing culture, having worked for Uinta Brewery and the Utah Brewers Co-Operative for Squatters and Wasatch Brewery. “For me, moving into the leadership position was quite easy,” he says. “I’ve been moved into these types of positions often and I was ready for the challenge. I want to focus on bringing more customers into the two Strap Tank locations with new and exciting beer.” Along with Julia Shuler, Lead Brewer of Strap Tank’s Springville location, DeBoard plans on expanding on Strap Tank’s already diverse menu of brews, which currently includes the popular Pineapple Hopsicle, a hazy pale ale brewed with Sabro hops and pineapple, and the HotRod, a roasted–green chile twist on a Mexican-style lager.

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