Storm Peak Brewing Company to expand, move locations |

Storm Peak Brewing Company to expand, move locations

— Storm Peak Brewing Company has not been able to keep up with demand, and owners announced plans Wednesday to move a couple of blocks down the road into a larger building.

Wyatt Patterson, who owns the brewery with his family, said they hoped to be open at their new location by January, but that is largely dependent on clearing the alcohol licensing hurdles.

“We’ve been working on it a couple months now and finally have the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed,” Patterson said.

Their new location is at 1885 Elk River Plaza next to Moe’s Original Bar B Que. The 4,600-square-foot space is currently occupied by Advanced Auto Body and Black Diamond Automotive. Those businesses will be moving next door.

Storm Peak hopes to double its capacity to serve around 100 people. They will be upgrading from a seven-barrel brewing system to a 20-barrel system.

By comparison, Butcherknife Brewing Co. further down Elk River Road has a 30-barrel system, and Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill has a 10-barrel system.

Butcherknife co-owner Mark Fitzgerald said Storm Peak’s expansion plans are good news for the local beer industry.

“It just brings awareness that we’re doing this here in Steamboat,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s another success story. It’s fantastic.”

Since opening in June 2014, Storm Peak has been struggling to keep up with demand. Patterson said they have had to tell local bars and restaurants that they don’t have the supply to keep their taps flowing.

“We’ve definitely, since day one, have been having to turn local people away,” Patterson said.

Storm Peak has canned three of its beers, and the company handles all of its own distributing and sales throughout Colorado.

“It’s definitely kept us busy,” Patterson said.

To try to meet the demand for canned beer, Storm Peak has contracted to have some of their beer brewed by Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards.

With Storm Peak’s expanded production, Patterson said the brewery will be able to brew and can everything in Steamboat.

Storm Peak currently has seven employees, and Patterson anticipates they will add staff.

Storm Peak is working on the floor plan for the new space, and Patterson said it will be a similar feel to their existing space, which is open and simple.

A major part of the construction project will be the addition of a west-facing patio area outside three existing garage doors.

There will also be additional parking, which Storm Peak has struggled with at its existing location on U.S. Highway 40 west of town.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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