Crazy Mountain taproom to open at Winter Park Resort
A new taproom is set to open in the Winter Park Resort Village this November, bringing a series of new craft beers, gourmet sausage and mountain vibes to enjoy after a day on the slopes.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company began earlier this month its expansion into Grand County, setting up shop in a previously unused building between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lifts in the heart of the village.
“People have been walking by this building for years, and probably assumed some company was in there,” said Greg Neale, director of marketing for Crazy Mountain. “When we recognized there was an opportunity in Winter Park it was really attractive to us. We were founded in the mountains. We have that mountain lifestyle and attitude very much at our core.”
The Winter Park location will be the third for Crazy Mountain, and will feature at least a dozen different brews on tap at any time. On top of a selection of year-round beers, Crazy Mountain also offers a “local stash,” which includes new beers created weekly with unique and exotic ingredients.
The taproom will also serve food from a limited menu featuring sausage from Siegi’s Sausage Company of Tulsa, Okla., made with Crazy Mountain Beer.
“They’ve been doing this for a little over a year now with our Hookiebobb IPA bratwurst, so when we looked into opening a limited restaurant it was a no-brainer to have Siegi’s work on some new items for us,” said Neale.
Siegi’s is currently working on a buffalo-meat bratwurst made with Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, as well as some seasonal sausage to match the seasonal beer selection.
Kevin and Marisa Selvy founded Crazy Mountain Brewing in 2010 in Edwards. About two years ago, Kevin Selvy came to terms with the president of Breckenridge Brewing Company to purchase its brewing facility in Denver.
“The president of Breckenridge happened to come into the brewery in Edwards and ended up meeting Kevin,” said Neale. “They ended up talking, and one thing led to another over a couple beers and a handshake.”
The Denver location makes all of the year-round beers for Crazy Mountain, while the Edwards location creates the local stash brews. The new location in Winter Park will not perform any brewing.
Neale said the bar will be casual and rustic. While the inside of the building is still being built, the tables and siding will be created with slabs of beetle-kill wood, and patio seating will also be available once it opens.
Hanging on the walls will be pictures detailing the strange mythology behind Crazy Mountain. Each beer is personified with a creature that makes up part of the brewery’s mythos. For example, the Amber Ale, which is the brewery’s flagship beer, has the character of Seamus, part mule deer, bobcat and owl, that protects the water on Crazy Mountain.
“All of our crazy creatures will be featured on the wall, each representing one of our beers,” said Neale. “It’s kind of our way of differentiating ourselves from a branding perspective. Each creature has a role in the brewing and production process.”
The new Winter Park location will have a soft opening at the beginning of November to get ready for ski season. Hours of operation have not yet been announced.
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