Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Beer Breweries

Beer Breweries

If you base a town’s status on its breweries, Steamboat is in good standing, with Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Butcherknife Brewing Co., Storm Peak Brewing Co. and newly opened Mountain Tap Brewery all calling the Yampa Valley home.

Of water and wort: Butcherknife Brewing Co.

Butcherknife Brewing Co. founders Mark Fitzgerald and Nathan Johansing began serving small home-brewed batches of beer in 2011, donating a large percentage to local charities and fundraisers. Now they’ve opened up full time in a 4,000-square-foot brewery with a tap room — complete with large tasting room and two garage doors opening to a patio — at 2875 Elk River Rd.

“Right now the brewery produces 60 kegs every 20 days.” Fitzgerald said, adding that its beer can be found in such local establishments as Carl’s Tavern and The Tap House Sports Grill. “But the majority of our beer is sold through bottles and cans.”

The brewery prides itself on its recipes, attention to detail and good ol’ Steamboat water.

“It’s the best water in Colorado,” Fitzgerald said. “Our location provides us first use off the Continental Divide, which means pure, clean water goes into the heart of every batch.”

It also helps to have Johansing on board, who earned his master’s degree in brewing from the Siebel Institute of Technology and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany.

“We’re thrilled to finally deliver our beer to Steamboat,” Fitzgerald said, adding that they plan to deliver more than 1,000 barrels in its first year of operation.

Brotherly beer: Storm Peak Brewing Co.

Steamboat’s Storm Peak Brewing Co. is located at 1744 Lincoln Ave. just west of town. Founded by Colorado natives and brothers Wyatt and Tyler Patterson, the seven-barrel, three-employee brewhouse had its grand opening Aug. 2, 2014, to rave reviews.

Brewed in a 2,000-square-foot facility with tap room and bar up front, its beers explore a range of styles from light, crisp Golden Ale to darker Black Ale and a range of seasonal styles in between.

“We’re focused on tap room sales and creating an atmosphere where people can come enjoy our product and spend some time with us,” said Wyatt, whose second brother, Zach, and father, Erik, also are partners in the business. “Our equipment is all in the open so people can see the raw materials and machinery in action.”

So far, patrons enjoying the fruits of its tap room have kept any larger-scale distribution plans on hold. The company is selling every drop it makes before it even leaves the premises.

“Our plan is to grow organically,” said Wyatt, who has brewed beer with his brother for years. “Eventually we’ll start distributing, but for now it’s hard enough just keeping enough on hand in the tap room. But we’re proud to call Steamboat home and we love sharing our passion for beer with as many people as possible.”

Pizza and suds: Mountain Tap Brewery

In summer 2016, a new brewery came to downtown along Yampa Street when Mountain Tap Brewery opened its doors at the former Yampa Valley Electric Association headquarters at 910 Yampa St. Owned by Rich Tucciarone, who previously served as head brewer at Denver’s Breckenridge Brewery and vice president of brewery operations at Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co., and his wife, Wendy, the brewery offers handcrafted pizza and homemade beers, which can be enjoyed from a new patio across the street from the river. Bonus: It donates a percentage of sales to local nonprofits every Tuesday.  Info: www.mountaintapbrewery.com

Beers and tapas: Mahogany Ridge Brewery

Mahogany Ridge at 435 Lincoln Ave. downtown offers seven handcrafted microbrews beers on tap, including its famous Alpenglow, Uncle Daryls Dunkleweizen and a variety of light, wheat, brown ale, IPA and other recipes. Were a brew pub versus a micro-brewery,says owner Charlie Noble, touting its taster sampler. Brewing is where my passion is, and all our offerings are great.Bonus: happy hour lets you sample a taster tray of eight, four-ounce beers alongside delicious tapas.

Info: mahoganyridgesteamboat.com

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