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Business briefs: Butcherknife Brewing Co. tap room is open; new beers released

Michael Schrantz

Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, speaks during the Green Colorado Awards on June 26 in Denver. At the event, Alpine Bank was recognized by ColoradoBiz magazine as one of Colorado’s Top 50 Greenest Companies.

— Butcherknife Brewing Co. has launched four wholesale beer varieties and opened its tap room, according to a news release.

The tap room, at its 2875 Elk River Road location, is open from noon till 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. More information is available at http://www.butcherknifebrewing.com.

"Opening the tap poom was the ultimate step in the beginning of this long journey," co-founder Mark Fitzgerald said in the release. "We're very excited to unveil our Simultaneous Saison this Saturday at the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida and offer it to our accounts in Routt County next week,"

Fitzgerald and master brewer Nate Johansing are co-founders and co-owners of the brewery.

Butcherknife has delivered kegs to local restaurants of Blonde X (a blonde ale), The Amputator (an American IPA) and The Bridge (a Belgian specialty ale).

Next week, according to the release, sales start for the Simultaneous Saison, which was part of a simultaneous brewing event.

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The release states that Butcherknife plans to distribute more than 1,000 barrels of beer in its first year of operation and intends to begin packaging its most popular varieties in cans during that time.

Sheraton Steamboat Resort earns TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence

Sheraton Steamboat Resort at the base of Steamboat Ski Area earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain a rating of at least four out of five stars from reviewers on the travel website http://www.tripadvisor.com. The award also takes into account the volume of reviews in the past 12 months.

Alpine Bank named among Colorado's Top 50 Greenest Companies

Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, speaks during the Green Colorado Awards on June 26 in Denver. At the event, Alpine Bank was recognized by ColoradoBiz magazine as one of Colorado's Top 50 Greenest Companies.

Alpine Bank was recognized last month as one of Colorado's Top 50 Greenest Companies at the inaugural Green Colorado Awards hosted by ColoradoBiz magazine, according to a news release.

The release stated that Alpine Bank was the only bank recognized in a group of six organizations setting industry standards in the financial/consulting/professional services category.

"The event, participants and 50 designated organizations selected are the 'green cream of the crop' in Colorado," David Miller, chairman of the Alpine Bank green team, said in the release. "It is very gratifying to know that we are in such good company and that the bank is being recognized as helping make Colorado a better sustainable place for all of us and the next generation. The fact that we were the only financial services provider selected is an exceptional affirmation of the collective efforts achieved by all of us at Alpine Bank."

According to the release, Alpine Bank's environmental practices started as a grass-roots effort by employees in 2003 and have "evolved into an extensive, bank-wide Environmental Management System, which has greatly reduced the bank's environmental footprint and has been recognized with ISO 14001 certification — the international EMS standard of excellence."

Alpine Bank is the only financial institution to date known to hold the ISO 14001 certification, the release states, and "contributed more than $145,000 to local environmental nonprofits through its Environment Loyalty Debit Card initiative."

Steamboat apparel manufacturer SmartWool also was recognized by ColoradoBiz.

The magazine cited SmartWool's initiatives to encourage alternative transportation to commute to work and the materials used in the renovation of its office.

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