Crazy Mountain Brewery closes Edwards pub; new taproom is in brewery’s future
EDWARDS — One of Colorado’s largest microbreweries will keep a Vail Valley home, but cannot say where — yet.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.’s Edwards location closed this week.
Owner Kevin Selvy said they wanted to have its new location ready to roll before they closed their Edwards brewery. However, they could not reach a short-term lease with their landlord and closed the doors this week, Selvy said.
“We’re going to have a period of time when we won’t have a production facility,” Selvy said.
For now, they’ll move the Edwards production to Denver and brewery on Kalamath Street, Selvy said.
They’ve been planning the move for a year and a half, he said.
“We had outgrown our Edwards facility by 2013,” Selvy said, citing size and capacity restraints.
In recent years, Crazy Mountain’s Edwards brewhouse was dedicated solely to its Local’s Stash Reserve Series of beers when volume needs forced all other production to move to its larger Denver facility.
Local since 2010
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. introduced itself to the Vail Valley in January 2010 at that year’s Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival.
The brewery were in full production by the end of 2010 and opened its Edwards tasting room and then expanded again in 2012.
A 2015 push into the Denver market put Crazy Mountain on Kalamath Street in a brewpub space formerly operated by Breckenridge Brewery. That immediately expanded brewing capacity from 15,000 to 80,000 barrels per year. That made Crazy Mountain Colorado’s sixth largest brewery and the 39th largest in the United States at that time.
“We can’t wait to open our new home and share it with everyone who has supported us through the years. It’s going to be that larger, more versatile space we desperately need. But equally as important, it will be a fantastic addition to our community,” Selvy said.
In the meantime, Crazy Mountain will brew its Local’s Stash Reserve Series at its Kalamath location in Denver. The brewery is also scheduled to open up a new taproom in the Village at Winter Park.
The new Vail Valley brewery will be the company’s headquarters and will feature a larger taproom, beer garden and increased-capacity brewing system.
Selvy said they also had to mop up some financial details before they could move, consolidating some financing.
Crazy Mountain’s lease in Edwards ran through the end of 2018, according to Eagle County court documents. The 2017 rent was $13,079.12 through 2017 and increased to $13,460.23 through the end of 2018, according to court documents.
Selvy said a couple of court cases in New York stem from Crazy Mountain consolidating a couple of business loans.
New York state court documents say Crazy Mountain owed Orange County, New York-based App Group International $163,148.39.
In a separate case, Crazy Mountain owed New York City-based Itria Ventures $128.713.75.
Selvy filed court documents in New York confirming that’s that what they owed, that they have been paid and that they’re moving forward.
“This was a necessary step to keep our operation growing,” Selvy said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.