Blue Moose Pizza
Fun, family-style pizzeria, with restaurants in Lionshead and Beaver Creek villages
Hand-tossed, New York style pizza
675 Lionshead Place | Lionshead | 970.476.8666
76 Avondale Lane | Beaver Creek Plaza | 970.845.8666
Like the toppings on their Cowboy pie, the summer calendar at Blue Moose Pizza has a lot going on.
The family-owned restaurant is celebrating 20 years in business in 2016, and is commemorating the occasion by offering 95¢ slices and 95¢ beers on the 20th of each month during their 3 to 5 p.m. happy hour. Blue Moose Pizza originally opened in 1995 in Beaver Creek Village and eventually expanded to Lionshead.
“We have enjoyed every minute of it,” owners Brian, Pat and Wil Nolan write on their menu. “If you are a returning guest, or one of our locals, thank you for your continued support.”
While some of the items on their menu — like the spring, summer and winter pizzas — have been around since the very beginning, the restaurant continues to try new things. This summer, Blue Moose Pizza in Beaver Creek will tie in with the resort’s Friday Afternoon Club by offering free pizza tossing clinics for kids, starting at 5 p.m. The free clinics will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis and every participating kid will leave with a goodie bag.
New for adults is the addition of sangría on the drinks menu; make sure to try it during happy hour for $4.
“We’re also rolling out the Pizza Olympics this year,” says Sarah Franke, who has been at Blue Moose for more than a decade. “It’s our version of an Olympic relay, where one team member tosses dough, one person tops the pizza, one person folds boxes and one carries a full tray of drinks.”
Qualifying events will be held throughout the summer.
The Lionshead location will be holding its summer pizza tossing clinics for kids again this summer, as well, but on Saturday afternoons, through Aug. 9, in conjunction with the weekly Vail Family Fun Fest.
Also returning will be the Vintage Pizza, a donation pie that comes with an opportunity to help the local community here in the Vail Valley. The idea started a few years ago when ski racer Lindsey Vonn created a specialty pie for Blue Moose called the Vonnderful and chose SOS Outreach as the benefiting nonprofit. During the time that pizza ran as a donation pie, Blue Moose raised more than $13,000 for the organization.
In 2016, as the restaurant looks back on 20 years in business, Blue Moose Pizza is also looking forward to the future and helping seniors in Eagle County with their own donation pizza, the Vintage, a meatball marinara pie that sends $1 of its purchase price to Eagle Valley Senior Life.
“Eagle Valley Senior Life is an important organization providing programs and resources to help older adults thrive in our valley,” Franke says. “We realize you don’t make it 20 years in business without the support of your local community, so we feel it is very important to give back.”