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Squatters Pub Brewery and its sister company, The Utah Brewers Cooperative, earned two gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 World Beer Cup held recently in San Diego, Calif.

Squatters' Vienna Lager won gold, defeating 32 other entries, in the Sessions Beer category; while the Brewers Co-op, which produces beer for Wasatch and Squatters, won gold for its Big Cottonwood beer. Judges declared it the best of 68 entries in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category.

In addition, Squatter's Fifth Element beer earned a bronze in the Belgian-style Sour Ale, a category that included 27 entries.

The World Beer Cup is held every other year and is considered the Olympics for beer brewers.

This year, a record 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entered 3,921 beers in 95 style categories. "A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996.

Got a heart-healthy recipe? Enter to win

The Utah Department of Health is seeking recipes for its 2012 "Heart-Healthy Recipe" contest. Through June 30, Utah cooks can submit recipes that are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber — and little or no salt. Each week there will be a weekly prize winner. One grand prize winner will get to show his or her recipe during a KSL "Studio 5" segment. All recipes will be included in a cookbook published by the Department's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. For more information or to submit a recipe, visit

Free flower show

The Utah Iris Society will host two free shows during May. The first, "North, South, East and West," will feature early-blooming iris varieties, which are typically smaller and shorter. The second show, "Spirit of the West," will feature late-blooming varieties, including the tall bearded iris. Flowers for both shows will come from private gardens from all over Utah and will be judged. Members of the Utah Iris Society will be available to answer home garden questions.

When • May 12, 1 to 5 p.m., early varieties

When • May 26, noon to 5 p.m., late-blooming varieties

Where • Sugarhouse Garden Center, 1602 E. 2100 South; Salt Lake City

Cost • Both shows are free.

Details • 801-660-7022

St. George farmers market opens

St. George kicks off the growing season this weekend with the opening of its Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square. More than two dozen Washington County vendors will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables, food products and arts and crafts. Live music from 10 a.m. to noon.

When • Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where • Ancestor Square, 2 W. St. George Blvd.

Details •

Food photography

Award-winning food, travel and lifestyle photographer Paulette Phlipot will discuss Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables. The cookbook was written by Cheryl Sternman Rule, and features 150 of Philpot's color photographs.

When • Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m.

Where • The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Cost • Free

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