Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Denver’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has grown by leaps and bounds and still maintains its original approach to championing communal causes.
When Denver native Kevin Selvey talked his wife Marisa into leaving San Francisco and heading back to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, he had no idea that the change would prove to be incredibly beneficial for the young couple. Kevin had formerly been a brewer at the heralded Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco, and harbored dreams of opening his own craft brewery in his home state.
That dream reached fruition in 2010, with the opening of Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards, Colorado, some 100 miles east of Denver and just outside of Vail. Through hard work, the Selvey’s endeavor paid off handsomely and the brewery’s size was increased several times during the next few years.
In 2015, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company expanded to the Baker Neighborhood of downtown Denver where their major production facility and a large taproom were located. The taproom features a speakeasy theme and offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Rockies standing in the distance.
Business has continued to be good for the company and to say that Crazy Mountain has accomplished a great deal in a relatively short span would be a gross understatement.
The company is also at the forefront of a number of community involvement causes. Owner Kevin Selvey puts it this way. “By pairing a social lubricant such as beer with communal causes, we hope to create a comfortable climate for people to become involved in their community and to take a new look at the impact volunteering and donating can have on their close-knit society.”
Crazy Mountain Brewing is currently involved in the fight against the beetle kill epidemic that has ravaged and devastated Colorado forests and has affected more than 1.5 million acres of forests in Colorado’s high country. Much effort is still required to combat this horrible pest and Crazy Mountain has instituted a program where tap handles are made from affected trees to underscore the problems facing the forestry within the state.
A tip of the hat to this independent brewery for their philanthropic and informative attitudes! We know our craft beer of the month club members will enjoy these two selections.
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1. WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL TERM FOR A PHOBIA OF AN EMPTY GLASS?
The term cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass. It has been reported that most beer drinkers suffer from this type of malady. (And yes, this is a real thing!)
2. VIKING LEGEND: WHICH ANIMAL WOULD PROVIDE AN UNENDING SUPPLY OF BEER IN THE AFTERLIFE?
According to Viking legend, when a person died, a giant goat would be waiting for them in Valhalla. It was also understood that this goat’s udders possessed an unending supply of beer. Smart thinking Vikings!
3. WHICH BEER STYLE CAME TO BE AS A RESULT OF ADDING HOPS AND MORE ALCOHOL
TO A PALE ALE?
India Pale Ale was the result of British brewers attempting to improve their pale ales that frequently went bad during the long sea voyage. By adding extra alcohol and hops to aid preservation, this new style of beer (extra bitter and extra powerful) became known as India Pale Ale and is today ranked among the world’s favorite beers.