Podcast Episode 313: Kevin Templin of Templin Family Brewing is Shaving the Edges of Award-Winning Lagers and IPAs

Salt Lake City’s Templin Family is a brewer’s brewery, with a focus on impeccably constructed, low-ABV lagers that are racking up medals and accolades.

Jamie Bogner Jul 24, 2023 - 7 min read

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Utah’s beer laws are some of the most anomalous in the country—the state does everything it can to make life hard on brewers—but one byproduct of laws restricting the sale of beers based on ABV is that Utah brewers have had the commercial incentive to hone their low-gravity brewing techniques. Today, at Templin Family Brewing in Salt Lake City’s Granary District, you’ll find a dozen or so beers at 5 percent ABV or less on tap at any given time—because anything they make over that strength must be poured from a can. Ask Kevin Templin about it, however, and he won’t complain—he loves making and drinking low-ABV beers, and the beers on their board are perfect for the social focus of their taproom. Come with friends, drink a few, and still get home safely.

That discipline with low-gravity beers is paying off. Templin’s Granary Kellerbier, an unfiltered German-style pilsner, has won bronze or silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival each of the past three years—and it recently nabbed a top score of 99/100 from our Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® blind review panel.

In this episode, Templin discusses his approach to lager brewing, how they lager IPAs, mashing thin and cool for maximum attenuation, shaving the beers each time they’re brewed through a cooperative, sensory-driven process, reducing hop matter and contact time for greater hop impact, the importance of a clean brewery, and more.

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Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].