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Jennifer Talley, the brewmaster at Squatters Pub Brewery in Salt Lake City, has won the prestigious Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing. She is the first woman to receive the honor since it was first presented in 1997 by the national Brewers Association.

She recevied the award last week during the Craft Brewers Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

A native of Chicago, Talley has been the head brewer at Squatters since 1994. Utah beer lovers know she is always experimenting with new beer styles and ingredients creating award winners such as Alt & In The Way, a gold medal winner at the 2008 World Beer Cup.

Members of the Brewers Association said Talley received the honor for her "passion for beer, passion for our industry and passion for expanding her and her fellow brewers' knowledge."

The innovation award honors Russell Schehrer who died in 1996 at 38. A founding partner and head brewer at Colorado's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Co., Schehrer was one of the first brewers to produce mead, doppel alt, cream stout and chili beer.