After a day of outdoor adventure in Steamboat skiing, hiking, or biking, there’s nothing quite as satisfying like a good drink with friends. For a small town, Steamboat Springs packs a punch with our wide selection of locally brewed and distilled beverages – so much so that we even have a Brew Trail connecting all of them! We’ve compiled a guide to finding Steamboat’s best breweries, distilleries, and taprooms.
Mountain Tap Brewery
Located across from the Yampa River, Mountain Tap Brewery features fresh, innovative beers and wood-fired pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere. They circulate 12 craft beers on tap changing with the season to from crisp, light beers to hoppy IPA’s and roasty porters. They have a strong community-focused, sustainable approach to doing business which is evident through their eco-friendly practices and Token Tuesdays – where you receive a $1 wooden token with each beer you purchase and can then donate to a featured non-profit! Stop by on Wednesday night to participate in their weekly trivia night and win a gift card. This winter, Mountain Tap is adding remodeled, heated gondola cars to their outdoor patio as a way to expand their seating and provide a creative way for friends and family to dine!
Storm Peak Brewing
A local’s favorite on the north side of town, Storm Peak Brewing serves up some of the best beers in Colorado (we think!). They describe themselves as a family of beer freaks, music lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts who share their passions through beer. Storm Peak is all about variety boasting 20+ rotating beers on tap daily, seltzers, and kombuchas. Their warehouse-style brewery is the perfect blend of casual and inviting. You can bring your own food or order from the pizza joint next door. This winter they are working to bring back live music nights or you can catch a game on their big screens. They can their beers in house, so take home a six-pack to continue enjoying to Steamboat brew scene wherever you go!
Mahogany Ridge is a lively bar and grill plus micro-brewery serving 8 beers on tap along with a full bar (for the cocktail and wine lovers!) With a diverse and full menu, this restaurant is known for their happy hour scene of American cuisine small plates served with their tasty beers. It’s the perfect place to warm-up downtown – they even have a late-night happy hour option! Great for the family, they offer a full kid’s menu with all the favorites. We recommend trying the famous Alpenglow.
Steamboat Whiskey Company
Welcome to Steamboat’s first and only craft distillery and bar! Steamboat Whiskey makes high-quality spirits by hand, batch by batch, in downtown Steamboat. Their signature Warrior Whiskey was created as a military tribute product and a portion of all proceeds from the sale of Warrior Whiskey go directly to vetted U.S. veteran support organizations. Not a whiskey lover? They also make their own vodka, gin, and moonshine! They have over 20 cocktails from their classic smoked old-fashioned to seasonal drinks such as their pumpkin spiced white Russian. Enjoy a drink while watching the distillers through their viewing window in the bar.
The Barley Taproom
The Barley offers a unique concept: serve the best draft and craft beers and spirits Colorado has to offer. Their tavern-style taproom is the place to go if you have a group of people all craving something different. They have 31 beers taps, 8 wine taps, and other spirits rotating daily – so their menu is always new! The Barley offers a daily happy hour with great deals for everyone. They also have snacks such as a giant pretzel with dipping sauces that pair perfectly with their beers! Enjoy their diverse options and get a taste for Colorado in Steamboat Springs.
The Brau Haus
If you’re looking for craft beer and inspired eats mountain-side, The Brau Haus is the place to go. This German restaurant and beer garden is located conveniently at the base of the ski resort and is walking distance from the slopes. They have 56 beers on tap and 100+ beers available, offering a wide selection for all beer lovers from Colorado local favorites to unique crafts from around the world. Their menu includes traditional German items such as Wurst and Bavarian Nachos, and you can’t miss the Appel Strudel for dessert. The Brau Haus is focused on "Gemütlichkeit” – which is a German word that translates to a state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer with belonging! This is the perfect place to bring the family and experience something new.