Storm Peak Brewing Co. finds spot in Steamboat
December 7, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Brewers aren't any different in the gravity of things, said brothers Wyatt and Tyler Patterson early Saturday morning.
The two owners and brewers of Storm Peak Brewing Co. had just returned from the bank where they signed stacks and stacks of paper.
"I signed my name at least 30 times," Tyler said.
But the process of opening a brewery now seems more real.
The two recently signed a lease at 1744 Lincoln Ave. and now have realistic aspirations of opening in next several months.
"Look at it," Wyatt said. "It's ideal for a brewery."
The building is located across the street from Taco Cabo and has a city bus stop right in front of it.
The 2,050-squarde-foot building will have a capacity of 65 people and will feature tables on one side of the building and a bar on the other. There will be three seven-barrel fermentors in the building, capable of producing at least 300 barrels of beer per year. One barrel translates to about 31 gallons of beer.
The brewing portion of the building will be visible from both areas. The brothers also plan to have outdoor seating and are going to build a deck on the side of the building that will provide views of Howelsen Hill and Sleeping Giant.
"This place is perfect," Wyatt said. "This is what we imagined a brew house would look like."
It's been a long process for the brothers. Wyatt got his MBA from the University of Denver with full intentions of using it to open a brewery.
After looking for spots across Denver, the brothers decided to go to a ski town.
With Taylor living in Steamboat Springs and the family very familiar with the area, Steamboat seemed like a logical place.
The brothers said they looked at countless buildings and couldn't find a place that was close to downtown, on the bus line and had the capabilities for brewing.
Each admitted frustrations started to mount.
"We had to sit back and really give it a little time," Tyler said. "I was driving by and saw the for rent sign here. It sort of fell in our laps."
Currently the brothers are waiting for licenses and permits to start. They said most of those have 60-day wait periods. Part of the allure to the building, they said, was that construction should be minimal.
Best case scenario, they said, the brewery will be up and running in March. More realistically they said it should be opened by the end of April.
Although the space has room to grow and they want to grow the business, they said the focus now is on getting open.
"Our sights are just local right now," Wyatt said. "We're in the Yampa Valley. Right now, we don't want to think beyond that."
Butcherknife Brewery inching closer
Butcherknife Brewery owners Nate Johansing and Mark Fitzgerald are on the final stages of their 4,000-square-foot brewery on Elk River Road.
Johansing said the brewery and tap room should be completed in the next two months.
Butcherknife will have a 30-barrel system in place to brew beer, hoping to break into the market, seeing their beer sold in bars and on liquor store shelves.
"We're close,” Johansing said.
Construction on the building is virtually done with minor things left. Johansing said the next part is assembling the steam piping.
When Butcherknife opens, they will produce at least 100 barrels each month.
Johansing said they've had talks with B&K Distributing about getting kegs in local bars. He said as soon as they open, they hope to have kegs in bars simultaneously.
Johansing said they've also had talks with other areas and states about distributing and getting cans in liquor stores, but that is still eight months out, he said.
Butcherknife also is on its way to the 2014 Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines festival in Vail.
The January festival brings together some of the industry leaders for a three-day festival full of seminars and beer tasting. The event is open to the public, but virtually all events are sold out.
After that, Johansing said Butcherknife should be pumping out beer for public consumption.
"We're just ready to be open," he said.