Take a Ride on The Steamboat Springs Brewery Trail
Published on 08/08/2017 by Brad Luth
An Easy Bike Ride Takes You to Four Steamboat Springs Breweries Serving up a Bevy of Beer
The brewery scene in Steamboat has come a long way over the past five years. Mahogany Ridge has been brewing for over a decade, but 2013-14 saw the introduction of both Storm Peak and Butcherknife breweries, and 2016 brought us Mountain Tap. It just so happens that the locations of Steamboat’s beer four make a nice little afternoon/evening (responsible) bike ride.
So, let’s begin at the beginning.
1. Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill
Mahogany is the longest-pouring brewery in Steamboat, even though it’s only been around for about a decade in its current form; (the same building was once called Steamboat Brewery.)
This relative old-timer brews up a small variety of beers from a seasonal Charlie’s Cherry to a relatively hoppy Pinchflat pale ale, with Spring Creek Stout and Dave’s Downtown Brown in the mix as well.
There’s a reason this is first on the trail: It’s also a top-tier restaurant with arguably one of the best happy hours in the city. Head here around 4:00 (it fills up fast) for half-priced drinks and about a dozen $1 tapas plates to give you a nice base prior to your epic beer ride.
Most Popular Brew: Alpenglow Amber
Location: 435 Lincoln
2. Butcherknife Brewery
Take a ride out to Elk River Road for the next stop on the trail. Butcherknife has the distinction of being Steamboat’s first production brewery. In fact, if you live in the southwest US, you may have seen Butcherknife at your local beer bar. While in Steamboat, you’re sure to see one or two Butcherknife flavors when dining out.
Theirs is a brewery/tasting room setup. You can let them show you how it’s done before sampling each of their brews in the taproom. If you like what you drink, grab yourself a growler on your way out.
Their beers run the gamut from the mild English Buzzcock Ale to the seasonally super-hoppy Decapitator Double IPA.
Most Popular: Amputator IPA, Hefeweizen
Location: 2875 Elk River Road
3. Storm Peak Brewery
Head back to the corner of US40 and Elk River Road for the third stop on our tour. Recently open in their new location, Storm Peak features up to 20 taps with brews for any palate in a wide-open warehouse with an outdoor patio. If you like, you can grab some food at the quintessential Colorado Moe’s Barbeque next door.
The beer lineup here rotates pretty quickly, but some stables include an IPA, double IPA, milk stout, wheat beer, golden ale, pale ale and more. Of course, you can always get a growler of your favorite to go.
Most Popular: Tropical Lawnmower
Location: Elk River Plaza
4. Mountain Tap
The finale on our brewery trail brings us back into town to Yampa Street for a pizza restaurant/brewery with views of the river and lots of outdoor seating. Opening last year, this is the newest brewery in town, but they’ve sure started off with a bang.
This is another brewery that likes to keep things fresh, but at this writing, you’ll find everything from a German pilsner and lager to a cherry brewed, cacao-aged strong stout with a refreshing wheat beer and brown ale in between.
What could be better than some pizza after an evening of beer? Mountain Tap is known for thin and crispy brick-oven pizza with a mélange of quality toppings as well as some fun appetizers and tempting desserts. Have you ever had a s’more from a high-temperature brick oven?
Most Popular: Current IPA
Location: 910 Yampa Street
After this evening full of upwards of 30 beers and some tasty grub, you’re gonna need a strenuous bike ride the next day!