Food, Beer & Wine Options Abound
Wining and dining is as big a part of most ski vacations as schussing on the slopes. Steamboat has an array of options for both, guaranteed to appease your palate and pocketbook. “There are a ton of great restaurants in Steamboat for whatever your fancy, from fine dining to family friendly. The hard part is deciding where to go,” says Bryna Sisk, manager of the Steamboat Zest Dining Guide.
Steamboat offers too many great restaurants to list, all geared toward refueling those lost carbs you burned up from a day outside. On the mountain, choose from such favorites as Slopeside Grill and its homemade pizzas or fancier fare at the Truffle Pig. Mid-town, try Irish vittles and a pint of Guinness at McKnights Irish Pub and Loft or a perfectly cooked steak at the Ore House at the Pine Grove or Three Peaks Grill. Then set your sights downtown, where the options are as endless as the views from Mount Werner. From having breakfast or lunch next to Soda Creek or the Yampa River to an array of restaurants and bars lining historic Lincoln Avenue or newly revamped Yampa Street along the river, dining options exist for every taste under the sun. Wherever you go, be assured of friendly service, a great meal and options as varied as Steamboat’s terrain (visit the Steamboat Zest section of Explore magazine for more information).
Four breweries call Steamboat home, all offering a great way to sample suds after your ride with a mix of fill-your-own growlers, mug clubs, tasting rooms and more.
Mountain Tap Brewery
This past summer, new beer house Mountain Tap Brewery opened its doors downtown along Yampa Street at 910 Yampa St. Co-owned by Rich Tucciarone, former head brewer at Denver’s Breckenridge Brewery and vice president of Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co., the brewery offers hand-crafted pizza and homemade beers, which, on warmer spring days, can be enjoyed from a patio across the street from the river. Info: mountaintapbrewery.com
Butcherknife Brewing Co.
Butcherknife Brewing Co. operates a 4,000-square-foot brewery with tap room — complete with tasting room and patio — at 2875 Elk River Road. It produces 60 kegs every 20 days, and its beer can be found in bars throughout town (hint: try the Best of the Boat-winning Amputator). It prides itself on its recipes, attention to detail and good ol’ Steamboat water. “It’s the best water in Colorado, straight from the Continental Divide” says co-founder Nate Johansing, who earned his master’s degree in brewing from Munich’s Siebel Institute of Technology and Doemens Academy. “It’s the perfect place to stop after your day’s adventure.” Info: butcherknifebrewing.com
Storm Peak Brewing Co.
Storm Peak Brewing Co. at 1744 Lincoln Ave. makes its beer in a 2,000-square-foot facility with tap room and bar up front. Everything it makes — from crisp Golden Ale to darker Black Ale and seasonal styles in between — is sold on premises. “We’re focused on tap room sales and creating an atmosphere where people can enjoy our product,” says co-founder Wyatt Patterson. The brewery recently added two new fermenters and a brite tank, enabling it to store up to 42 barrels at a time. “We’re proud to call Steamboat home and love sharing our passion for beer.” Info: stormpeakbrewing.com
Mahogany Ridge Brewery
Mahogany Ridge at 435 Lincoln Ave. offers homemade microbrews in the heart of downtown. It offers seven handcrafted beers on tap, including its famous Alpenglow, Uncle Daryl’s Dunkleweizen and a variety of light, wheat, brown ale, IPA and other recipes. “We’re 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.” Mahogany’s happy hour is also a local favorite, letting you sample a taster tray of eight, four-ounce beers alongside the best and most affordable tapas menu in town. Info: mahoganyridgesteamboat.com
If Steamboat’s dining options are varied and vast, so are its wine offerings. Release your inner sommelier by participating in a variety of wine tastings offered across town, as well as at local restaurants priding themselves on their wines (many offer specials and samplings). Favorites include Harwigs L’apogee and The Laundry off Lincoln Avenue, Aurum Food and Wine and E3 Chophouse on Yampa Street, and Cafe Diva and Truffle Pig on the mountain. To take in some art with your wine, try the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. downtown on the first Friday of every month, where local galleries showcase their art with wine, appetizers and live music. Also, check Central Park Liquor (970-879-3428, http://www.cplsteamboat.com) for wine tasting specials throughout the winter from its wineries of the month. And make plans to attend the annual Steamboat Wine Festival in August, featuring wineries from across the country.
Kick your legs up by the fire with a beer, wine or cocktail in hand after a hard day on the slopes. Après options abound in Steamboat, letting you ski straight into your favorite libation, munchies, live music and more (and hot chocolate for the kiddos). Options include Slopeside Grill, just off the Right-O-Way trail at the base of the ski area; the T-bar in the old patrol headquarters below the Christie lift; Truffle Pig in the new One Steamboat Place; and the new Umbrella Bar at the Bear River Bar and Grill deck in Gondola Square. A slew of choices also exist downtown, all with happy hour specials especially for skiers and riders.
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