Steamboat Springs Brewery Guide: Finding The Best Spots
Published on 11/09/2020 by Brad Luth
It’s no secret that Colorado is a paradise for craft beer lovers, and Steamboat Springs is no exception. Our charming mountain town is home to four breweries that each offer a unique and memorable experience.
The brewery scene in Steamboat has come a long way over the past several 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.
Today, these four breweries make a great addition to an afternoon adventure or a great craft beer crawl if you want to enjoy a tour through town. Because of the proximity, many visitors enjoy taking a bike tour and peddling their way as they sip and savor.
Check out this quick roundup of Steamboat Springs breweries and pencil in a pint (or two!) at these mountain favorites.
1. Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill
Address: 435 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 879-3773
Hours: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Daily
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 brewery is so popular—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 for sampling brews.
Outside of happy hour, the brewery still serves up impressive quality and value, with favorites including red curry mussels, Thai BBQ baby-back ribs, and rocky mountain trout—to name a few.
Most Popular Brew: Alpenglow Amber
2. Butcherknife Brewery
Address: 2875 Elk River Rd, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 879-2337
Hours: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday
Butcherknife Brewery has the distinction of being Steamboat’s first full-production brewery. In fact, if you live in the southwest U.S., you may have seen Butcherknife at your local craft beer bar! While in Steamboat, you’re sure to see one or two Butcherknife flavors on draft when dining out.
Located right along the bustling Yampa River, Butcherknife boasts a scenic brewery/tasting room setup. The expert staff is happy to provide tours and education with each tasting in the taproom. And, If you like what you try, grab yourself a souvenir growler on your way out.
The award-winning brews produced by Butcherknife run the gamut from the mild English Buzzcock Ale to the seasonally super-hoppy Decapitator Double IPA—and everything in between.
Stop by on Monday for half-price growlers or ride your bike any day of the week for $1 off your first pint!
Most Popular Brews: Amputator IPA, Hefeweizen
3. Storm Peak Brewery
Address: 1885 Elk River Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 879-1999
Hours: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Daily
Located on the corner of US 40 and Elk River Road, Storm Peak is next on our list of Steamboat Springs breweries. Recently open in their new location, Storm Peak features 20 taps with brews for any palate. The open warehouse layout also offers an expansive outdoor patio, making Storm Peak perfect for groups and families. The brewery also offers tables games, TVs, and live music throughout the week for entertainment.
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!
Though the brewery does not offer food on-site, you can grab some food at the quintessential Colorado Moe’s Barbeque next door or order food to go and bring in into the taproom. If a light snack is all you need, help yourself to some free popcorn at the bar.
Most Popular Brew: Tropical Lawnmower
4. Mountain Tap
Address: 910 Yampa St #103, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 879-6646
Hours: 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Friday; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; Closed Monday
Steamboat Springs brewery tour brings us to Yampa Street for a pizza restaurant/brewery with sweeping views of the river and lots of outdoor seating. A recent addition to the Steamboat Springs brewery lineup, Mountain Tap features friendly, approachable for any palate and fast, friendly service.
Mountain Tap is another brewery that likes to keep things fresh, so selections often vary seasonally. However, you can expect to find everything from light pilsners and lagers to their signature cherry brewed, cacao-aged strong stout, and perhaps a refreshing wheat beer and brown ale in between. The brewery features 12 house-made beer on tap, in addition to several other local Colorado varieties, wine, and ciders.
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. Enjoy the ‘Margherita’ for a classic or the wildly popular ‘Game Changer’, which features locally made Colorado elk sausage, for a fun local twist. Keep the fun rolling with gourmet popcorn as an app or brick oven s’ mores for a tasty treat.
Most Popular Brew: Current IPA
5. Steamboat Whiskey Company
Address: 1103 Lincoln Ave Steamboat, CO 80487
Hours: Tuesday- Thursday 2-9 pm Friday& Saturday 2-11 Pm Closed Sunday & Mondays
While Steamboat Whiskey Company does not fall under that category as a brewery, it deserves an honorable mention. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, it is the first and only distillery and bar that makes all of their spirits by hand and batch by batch in Steamboat. They are known for their warrior Whiskey, Ski Town Vodka, and Sleeping Giant Gin. Don’t forget to try out their homemade moonshine too.
Steamboat Whiskey Company has a unique menu of bar foods and their new addition, bison chili, and an antipasto plate that pairs well with any of your favorite cocktails. You can enjoy happy hour daily from 4-6 pm where you will find certain brews on sale as well as food.
The fun does not stop with the brews and food either, try out one of their liquor-infused sweets or their shot and a beer deal that is sure to leave you coming back for more. The distillery and cocktail bar is located just up the street from the Yampa River on the corner of 11th and Lincoln in historic Old Town, Steamboat Springs.
There’s so much to see and do in Steamboat Springs! Hitting a local brewery and sampling some of Colorado’s finest brews is a quintessential part of the experience.
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