EDWARDS — Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth birthday on Friday. Founded in 2010 by Kevin and Marisa Selvy, Crazy Mountain started as a craft brewery in a 1,000-square-foot warehouse in Edwards, producing about 1,200 barrels that year. The Selvys brewed small-batch local brews and self-distributed to bars and liquor stores in Eagle County and Steamboat Springs, using their 25-year-old Ford pickup as a delivery vehicle.
Today, Crazy Mountain employs 33 people located around the country and just completed its third major expansion to increase capacity in response to demand. Crazy Mountain has increased its capacity from 12,000 barrels in 2013 to a projected 20,000 barrels in 2014. Crazy Mountain works with 32 distribution companies across 14 states and three countries (Sweden, Japan and Hong Kong), a far cry from delivering in an old pickup.
ENGAGING IN THE COMMUNITY
“Eagle County is home to numerous small businesses and our business culture trends toward entrepreneurship. Unlike some small businesses, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. owners Kevin and Marisa Selvy immediately engaged in the community and incorporated the Vail Valley into their brand. This vision — combined with a great product — has resulted in Crazy Mountain becoming one of the (if not the) fastest-growing companies in Eagle County. This growth has resulted in national distribution, local expansion plans and job growth, each of which ultimately benefits the community that they chose to start their business in,” said Chris Romer, CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership, the valley’s chamber of commerce.
CRAZY MOUNTAIN EXPANDING
Following its latest expansion, Crazy Mountain will release three more beer styles in six-pack cans: Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale, summer seasonal Scenic Route Kolsch and winter seasonal Snowcat Coffee Stout. The company will also release a mixed 12-pack of a variety of canned beers. Crazy Mountain will also be releasing a few new seasonal beer styles including Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale (made with a newly discovered hop variety native to North America that is only being used by Crazy Mountain and Sierra Nevada Brewing) and Sangre De Diablo Imperial Red Ale, an imperial Belgian red ale.
This increase in production will bring 10 new jobs to Eagle County. The brewery will also start a 24-hour production day to keep up with growing demand.
Crazy Mountain will host a fourth anniversary party on Friday in the Edwards tasting room with a celebratory free beer toasting at noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
There will be food provided by Crazy Wagon food truck and a chance to win a semi-private party at Crazy Mountain. Live music will be performed by Denver blues, rock and funk band Leung and The Wreck starting at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 970-926-3009 or email Drink@CrazyMountainBrewery.com.