Steamboat is set to welcome, not one, but TWO new breweries in the upcoming months. What is it about this town that makes it to appealing to brewers?

“We’re both making beer with some of the best water in the world,” explains Mark Fitzgerald, owner and manager at Butcherknife Brewing Company. “We get it straight from the source and get first use of this prime, mountain water. We don’t have to take anything out of the water to work with it—we’re working with blank slate and can do whatever we want from there.”


Butcherknife Brewing Company

New Breweries in Ski Towns

While Butcherknife will open a tasting room by the end of April, the brewery’s real focus is on getting the beer into bars and restaurants before the taproom opens. Fitzgerald says that Butcherknife’s goal is to be a good representation of what the town of Steamboat has to offer: a friendly atmosphere with western hospitality.

“We make what we like to drink and we hope that others like that too,” says Fitzgerald. “We don’t feel beholden to traditional styles. We want to do things our own way, to do things the Steamboat way.”

Steamboat Springs Microbrew

Written by Luke Graham and printed in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Steamboat Springs MicrobrewSteamboat Springs — The walk into Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards is as much about the craft beer culture as it is the product.

Pallets and crates dot the brewery’s parking lot. Stacked kegs provide a backdrop and reverberate the sound of semitrailers traveling along Interstate 70 a few yards away.

Cornhole boards are set up outside and are circled by swanky, plastic lawn chairs. The setting feels more like a friend’s backyard than one of the fastest-growing breweries in the country.

Four dogs greet visitors who enter Crazy Mountain. They run around two picnic tables, concentrating on a game of keep away with a tennis ball. The tap room is just as dog friendly as it is beer-drinker friendly.

Inside sits 29-year-old founder and CEO Kevin Selvy.

His flannel shirt, scruffy beard and easy smile fit the mountains. The constant movement of his employees brewing beer, packing crates and driving forklifts happens just over his shoulder.

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Steamboat Springs Beer

Written by Matt Stensland of the Steamboat Pilot & Today

Steamboat Springs BeerSteamboat Springs — The owners of Butcherknife Brewing Co. are expecting approval any day from the city’s building department to begin construction of a beer manufacturing facility on the west side of Steamboat Springs.

Residents Mark Fitzgerald and Nate Johansing are opening the brewery. Fitzgerald said Friday that if everything goes as planned, they will be at full-scale production by late March or early April.

The 4,000-square-foot brewery will be built on an empty lot in the Airport Meadows subdivision on the west side of Elk River Road.

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