Mountain Tap Brewery
Artisanal wood-fired pizzas and tasty lagers and IPAs get you stoked? Mountain Tap’s cozy taproom and patio downtown at 910 Yampa Ave serves up innovative beers, a full menu and a family-friendly atmosphere. It carries 12 taps, pouring everything from hoppy IPAs to porters, ales and lagers (Swillin’ fave: the Macaroon). A giant wood-fired oven cranks out homespun ‘zas, and a firepit-lined patio fuels the social vibe. “Our beers, cuisine and casual ambience all depict our mountain town atmosphere,” says owner Rich Tucciarone, who’ll likely be dripping wet from surfing the A-Wave a stroll away. Seasonal line-ups include its Prickly Pedal, a benefit for Routt County Riders concocted with prickly pear and guava; Get Out!, a Belgian-style saison brewed to celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day; the Hala Lima, a session light lager with a hint of key lime, to benefit Friends of the Yampa; and BotanicALE, an assertively hopped IPA aged with local wildflower honey and fresh rosemary sprigs. Bonus: its delectable popcorn spice is now available to bring home.
Storm Peak Brewing Co.
With a new roof-top bar and Bus Stop on-mountain location, there’s a lot brewing at Storm Peak Brewing Co., located west of town at 1885 Elk River Plaza. Swill down its lagers and pilsners, as well as its Maestro, an IPA heavily hopped with citra and chinook, with flaked wheat and caramel malts. “It helps refuel those carbs you burn up adventuring outside,” says co-owner Wyatt Patterson, also touting their lighter IPAs. “We’ve also had great response to our seltzer, a great option for those who don’t like ‘beer.’” Storm Peak makes its beer in a 4,600-square-foot facility with 20 taps and garage doors that open to a large patio with yurt and fire pit. Other mainstays include its Mad Creek Kolsch, Urban Sombrero Lager, sour-fruited Serenity Now and Insanity Later, guava-kettle-soured Hoochie Mama and Zomb Brown Ale. “We love sharing our passion for beer — there’s almost always something new to enjoy,” says Patterson.
Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
Located downtown on 5th Street and Lincoln Avenue, Mahogany Ridge, owned by longtime locals Charlie and Nancy Noble, is Steamboat’s oldest brewery, serving up craft-made brewhas in the heart of downtown. A longtime locals’ favorite is its potent Alpenglow, a rich, full-bodied, amber ale with a toasted malt character and sweet finish. Use it to wash down its “dipping menu’s” 20 different sauces. “The beers are great and it’s not your typical brewpub fare,” says Charlie, touting its fish and chips, burgers, ribs and long-loved Onion Ale soup. Bonus: one of the best happy hours in town.
Yampa Valley Brewing Co./Hop House
Headquartered in Hayden just two miles from the airport, Yampa Valley Brewing Co. churns out delicious craft brews at its downtown Tap House and Brewery. Its new Steamboat Hop House location at 1125 Lincoln Ave. downtown now brings its swillicious selections to the Yampa Valley. To keep its three tap houses supplied (including Craig’s YVBC Barrel Room), it recently completed a new 1,500-square-foot brew house in Hayden, increasing its production threefold. Year-round favorites include Yampa Valley Blonde, Sandhill Crane Red and Coal Miner Stout, with plenty of special seasonal rotations. Swillin’ fave: the orange-hued Space Dog IPA, with equal parts piney, citrus and herbal hops combining for vibrant flavor, with hints of light caramel.
Unleash your inner sommelier at Steamboat Winery, located at Two Brothers Ranch 20 minutes away. Due to Steamboat’s short growing season, it purchases its grapes from Sonoma and Napa, but makes its wines here in the Yampa Valley. All of its labels center around Steamboat, including River Angler Cabernet Sauvignon, Slopeside White Chardonnay, Ranch Dog Rose’ of Pinot Noir, The Daisies Sauvignon Blanc, Expert Slope Syrah, The Aspens Barbera, Barn Red Blend, The Antlers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodeo Merlot, and a Bunny Slope sparkling grape juice. Its wines are also available for purchase locally (as well as wine and chocolate gift baskets), as are private in-home tastings with charcuterie by appointment.
Steamboat’s newest distillery, Mythology, is an award-winning craft whiskey and gin distillery originally from Denver, now making Steamboat its new home. Based in the former Butcherknife Brewery headquarters at 2875 Elk River Road, it offers an inside cocktail bar as well as outside terraced whiskey garden where customers can enjoy craft cocktails, local craft beer, boutique wines and an Asian soup dumpling restaurant. Recognized as one of Colorado’s top distilleries, its spirits have won more than 50 awards, with mainstays including its Best Friend Bourbon, Hell Bear American Whiskey and Needle Pig Gin. It also offers local bus rides as well as tours of its distillery and barrel-aging rack house. “We love it here,” says co-owner Scott Yeates. “Steamboat offers an incredible opportunity to be involved and have an impact in our community.”
Steamboat spirits purveyor Routt Distillery is a “grain-to-glass” distillery specializing in gin, vodka and single malt whiskey, complete with a tasting room and deck. The grain is sourced from southern Colorado and the Front Range, with everything made in-house at its production facility and tasting room at 975 Captain Jack Drive. It focuses on local agriculture products, with its bottles even featuring a 1920 map of Routt County and its spent grain fed to animals at Hayden Fresh Farm. Owner Brad Christensen also make a Routt County single malt whiskey with locally grown barley, as well as an absinthe and serviceberry bitters recipe and an agave spirit and rum. Bonus: spend $100 or more at CAA and receive a coupon for a free cocktail.