Zest: Grab a brew or cocktail at a Steamboat craft brewery, distillery
January 11, 2019
Storm Peak Brewing Co.
In its new location at 1885 Elk River Plaza, Storm Peak Brewing Co. makes its beer in a 4,600-square-foot facility with 20 taps and garage doors that open to a large patio with fire pit. Mainstays include Maestro IPA, Mad Creek Kolsch and the rotating, dry-hopped Lawnmower series, but the brewery also experiments with everything from coffee-infused beers to kettle-soured ales.
"We're focused on our tap room and creating an atmosphere where people can enjoy our product," co-founder Wyatt Patterson said.
The brewery recently added a new 20-barrel brewing system that triples Storm Peak's production capacity.
"We're proud to call Steamboat home and love sharing our passion for beer," Patterson said.
Steamboat Whiskey Co.
Steamboat Whiskey Co. is Steamboat's first and only craft distillery. They make high-quality spirits by hand, batch by batch, using traditional methods in an American-made pot still in the heart of Old Town. The potato and corn spirit, Ski Town Vodka, won two distinctive awards in 2018: silver, The 50 Best Domestic Vodkas, and bronze, American Distilling Institute.
In appreciation, the distillery will donating this winter a portion of the profits from every bottle sold to environmental charities to help keep winters white.
Mountain Tap Brewery
Mountain Tap Brewery features innovative beers and a full menu of artisanal wood-fired cuisine served up in a family-friendly atmosphere. The 12 beers on tap range from a refreshing passionfruit wheat ale to hoppy IPAs to roasty porters. Everything cooked spends time in the giant wood-fired oven, and ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.
"Our beers, our cuisine and our casual ambience all work together to depict Steamboat's mountain town vibe," owner and longtime brewmaster Rich Tucciarone said.
Located at 910 Yampa, just across the Ninth Street bridge from Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill, the brewpub is a favorite locals' gathering place.