WHY CRAFT BEER?
Currently third in line for the most U.S. breweries per capita, Colorado is becoming known as the state of craft beer.
Craft breweries have erupted in popularity among young and old adults because of the attention to detail, accessibility, and all around awesomeness.
Great beer makes for great times and not only is craft beer more flavorful than traditional brew, it’s typically more potent, more abundant, and more forgiving on the body because of quality over quantity. The culture shift from generic to craft disrupted the American beer market labeling big box products as flavorless, unappetizing and above all, watery.
Steamboat Springs is no novice to the craft beer game hosting a multitude of breweries that have made a name for themselves in the Yampa Valley as staples in apres ski or giving your taste buds a vacation of their own.
The following brewery guide serves as an introduction to what refreshing options await after a long day of play or planning a night out on the town.
Storm Peak Brewing Company- Hours Of Operation: 12pm – 10pm
This local legend of three years sticks to what they’re good at; exceptional beer in a calming atmosphere with top quality service. Storm Peak Brewing Company offers an elaborate beer menu with 20-ever rotating taps in flavors new and old available in pint glasses, flights, and refillable growlers.
Newly positioned on the West end of Steamboat Springs on the corner of Lincoln Ave and Elk River Road sits this beautifully redesigned brewery with ample mingle space, clear views into the brewing quarters, and fresh popcorn for snacking.
To get a taste of the magic outside of Steamboat Springs know that Storm Peak distributes several iconic flavors statewide, so keep a close eye next time you’re shopping around Colorado.
Staff Pick: Citra Lawnmower Dry Hopped Cream Ale
Butcherknife Brewing Company- Hours Of Operation: 2pm – 8pm, Friday 2pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Off the beaten path and away from the crowds of main street Steamboat Springs resides a powerhouse in the realm of German and Belgian style beer; Butcherknife Brewing Company.
Butcherknife is located just a quarter mile up Elk River Road off of highway 40 nestled beneath rolling mountains along the North Routt countryside.Pleasant yeast scents fill the room and the display of local art will leave you in awe. The beer will have you craving for more and the stack of games let the entertainment last hours.
Butcherknife has a broad appeal that reaches far outside of Steamboat Springs given their strong distribution chain, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the neighborhood definitely stop in for a fulfilling brewery experience.
Staff Pick: Buzzcock British Dark Mild
Mahogany Ridge Brewery And Grill- Hours Of Operation: 4-11pm
If it’s both food and drink you desire look no further because the king of happy hour has arrived. Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill is a popular Downtown Steamboat Springs choice in apres for good reasons.
During the 4:00-5:30pm happy hour parties can enjoy half-priced drafts alongside a $1 tapas menu that’s sure to delight. If it’s a late night treat you’re after, Mahogany offers half-priced beers and appetizers from 9:00-10:30 pm.
Veteran chefs and a skillful brewmaster make Mahogany Ridge an enticing and unique Downtown Steamboat destination for top quality beer and eats.
Mahogany Ridge is conveniently located on the corner of 5th & Lincoln Avenue, easily accessed via the free Steamboat Springs city bus.
Staff Pick: Alpenglow Amber Ale
Mountain Tap Brewery- Hours Of Operation: 4-9pm, Friday & Saturday 4-10pm, Closed On Monday
9th & Yampa Street, the heart of Downtown Steamboat Springs is where you’ll discover the chic new brewery/restaurant Mountain Tap Brewery. This newly appointed hangout is located along downtown Steamboat Springs restaurant row offering any recent visitors something new to explore.Attendants are greeted by a modern exterior transitioning into a rustic interior featuring a fine-tuned draft selection and traditional brick oven famous for producing exceptional wood-fired pizzas.
Mountain Tap’s head brewmaster has over twenty years of industry expertise and credentials under his belt. The head chef worked day and night to address a need in Steamboat’s marketplace – great pizza with even greater beer.
Staff Pick: Downtown Ginger Brown
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Author: Austin Lutz