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Butcherknife Brewing Company Awarded Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

Sunshine Express Honored for Brewing Excellence in Australian-Style Pale Ale

Steamboat Springs, CO • September 24, 2018 — Butcherknife Brewing Company received a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 102 beer-style categories were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Butcherknife Brewing was recognized in the Australian-Style Pale Ale beer-style category for its Sunshine Express, a supremely drinkable session ale that boasts an intense tropical fruit aroma yet maintains a light body, low alcohol presence and reduced bitterness. Butcherknife Brewing is a 30-barrel production brewery and taproom located in Steamboat Springs, CO that specializes in fully flavored yet sessionable ales and lagers ranging from American IPAs to classic German pilsners and hefeweizens.

“Winning any medal at the Great American Beer Festival is an incredible honor, but for a brand new beer like Sunshine Express to win gold on it’s first try is unbelievable. We’re excited to bring this medal back to Steamboat Springs and to use it as continued motivation to brew and serve great beer to the fine folks of Northwest Colorado” said Grant McFarren, Head Brewer at Butcherknife Brewing.

“This has been a great award for us! The whole team here at Butcherknife is excited and we thank all the support we get from our community” adds Nate Johansing, Founder of Butcherknife Brewing. “Now, I hope we have a normal snow year.”

The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit

Butcherknife Brewing Company employees pose with Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian (center) following their Gold Medal in Australian-Style Pale Ale at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Butcherknife staff pictured are (left to right): Nate Johansing (Founder), Erin Orr (Account Manager), Grant McFarren (Head Brewer), and David Elrod (Brewer).

Photo © 2018 Brewers Association


decapitator-2016Happy Friday!

Now available in the tap room – the next offering from our large small batch series: 2016 Decapitator Double IPA.

Oh yeah. This resiny beaut was brewed with loads of Warrior and dry hopped with pounds and pounds of Chinook, ready to warm you up on a chilly fall day. 10.1% ABV, we estimate close to 100 IBU. Aroma for days; look for notes of tangerine.

For the time being, only available in the Butcherknife Tap Room. Soon enough, our distributor partners will have access to this limited offering.


Our next entry in the “History Happy Hour” series – Marsha Daughenbaugh will be presenting on the “Cattle and Sheep Range Wars of Routt County”. Don’t miss it!

We’ve ensured we have room for everyone interested this time around so don’t be afraid to join us if you couldn’t get in for the last event. Cheers!

the-bald-bomberThis Wednesday, November 2nd

The Bald Bomber invites you to an evening presentation in which you will hear mountain tales taller than your average bear, straight from the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.
Listen to wild stories of this areas rich skiing history dating back to the 1880s, when the original pioneers packed skis along with their mining picks, shovels, and whiskey, as they sought their fortunes in these hills!
He may even reveal how you can stake your own claim to the secret backcountry powder stashes that surround Mt. Carlyle Backcountry Lodge, a no-nonsense, straight-shootin’ powder paradise. Perched at 7,200 feet, our home is one of the highest lodges in British Columbia, perfectly placed to pit you and your crew against the powdery elements our region is famous for.
So, come on out and enjoy and evening of ski history, and maybe even stake your claim to the powder motherload!




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