Makin’ Noise about Earth Day with Storm Peak Brewing Co. |

Makin’ Noise about Earth Day with Storm Peak Brewing Co.

Area brewers get together to collaborate for Makin' Noise Earth Day Tapping. In this photo: Erica Tieppo, Yampa Valley Brewing Company; Wyatt Patterson, Storm Peak Brewing Co.; Tom Fitzgerald, Storm Peak Brewing Co.; Kelissa Hieber, Goldspot Brewing; and Rob Schwarz, Storm Peak Brewing Co.
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If you go: What: Makin' Noise Earth Day Tapping When: Noon on Saturday, April 21 Where: Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When head brewer Kelissa Hieber of Goldspot Brewing was asked about what lured her into the craft beer business, her answer was simple.

“It was community,” said Hieber, who started the Denver-based nonprofit Makin Noise with a group of other female brewers after Inauguration Day in 2016.

Their first event, “Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer,” gathered together female brewers, brewery employees and supporters from around the Denver area with proceeds donated to charities like Planned Parenthood, One Colorado and the ACLU.

“I always had the idea that beer can be the perfect catalyst to make a difference and to connect with people,” she said.

Raising awareness about national and local issues, Makin Noise formed as a way to bring communities together through beer collaborations.

And this month, they’re Makin’ Noise about Earth Day with Storm Peak Brewing Co. in Steamboat Springs.

Featuring five regional breweries and a newly concocted beer, the Makin’ Noise Earth Day Tapping will begin at noon Saturday at the local brewery with introduction of the “Patersbier with grains of paradise” brew.

Four other versions of the Belgian-style brew were made at select breweries in Colorado, including Baere Brewing, Fermaentra Brewery, Renegade Brewing and Broken Compass Brewery.

In honor of Earth Day, $1 from every pint sold goes to charity, specifically local environmental organizations. In Steamboat, the benefiting organization will be Friends of the Yampa.

“With Earth Day, specifically, I really wanted to get involved with the mountain-town breweries because no one really knows about the project up here,” Hieber said. “If you live in a mountain town and you don’t care about environment, that just doesn’t make sense, especially because climate change could directly affect breweries in the mountains.”

So far, Makin’ Noise has partnered with more than 30 nonprofits, raising $31,461 for local charities all across Colorado.

“The appealing part is the fact there are guidelines, but otherwise, we’re given more creative freedom on making the beer and making our own contribution to a local charity,” said Rob Schwarz, head brewer at Storm Peak Brewing Co.

“For us coming into a warmer season, we wanted to do something a little lighter, something that could be enjoyed sipping on the patio,” Schwarz said. “With the ‘Patersbier,’ it’s similar to a Belgian table beer where the purpose is that you could drink multiple of them throughout the day and not worry about being incapable of higher thought.”

“Patersbier,” he explained, also translates to “Father’s beer” and was how monks could drink this style of beer throughout the day and not be intoxicated.

“It’s actually pretty unique compared to a lot of what we have,” Schwarz said. “Think of an English brown ale and a malty German lager — this is more like the Belgian cousin of those beers.”

Brews currently on tap at Storm Peak that are similar to the newly created recipe include the “Zomb” brown ale or the “Wonder Wit.”

“You, purchasing this is your contribution, via us along with our contribution, to this local charity — so thank you for spending a little more money on this beer. We hope you enjoy it,” Schwarz said. “We’re really stoked to be a part of this.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1. 

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