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Staff Picks: Happy Hour in Steamboat

06/16/2021 10:38AM ● By Rachel Miller

The staff of Steamboat Magazine gathers for happy hour at Mountain Tap Brewery.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – The summers in Steamboat Springs have no shortage of fun-filled activities and outdoor adventures. Kayakers, rafters, tubers and fishermen fill the Yampa River, Emerald Mountain is a popular hub for mountain bikers and hikers, and downtown is a vibrant, lively scene crafted of gift shops, high-end boutiques, fine art galleries and amazing cuisines.

Steamboat is a popular destination in the summer months, mostly for its close proximity to various mountains, trails, lakes and rivers, but also for its stellar dining scene in the heart of downtown. Whether you’re ending a day on the river, celebrating after a day of summiting mountains, or having drinks with coworkers after a long week of work, the staff at Steamboat Magazine is here to guide you through some of the best happy hour spots in town.

Mountain Tap Brewery features fresh, locally crafted, innovative beers…with clever names.


Kicking off the series is the local brewpub Mountain Tap Brewery. Located within a stone’s throw from the Yampa River and Emerald Mountain, this place is a popular hangout spot for outdoor enthusiasts and offers a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere. Their menu features artisanal wood-fired cuisine and delicious, unique, locally crafted beers ranging from a passionfruit wheat ale to a nutty, brown ale aged on rum-soaked oak. Mostly known for their signature Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in their huge wood-fired oven, the menu also offers small plates, salads and desserts.

The space offers a great dining atmosphere – huge garage doors open to give a bright and airy indoor dining space with long gathering tables, and the outdoor patio’s wooden picnic tables with umbrellas offer plenty of seating with shade – making it a great happy hour spot for coworkers, families or friends.

Delicious shrimp smothered in chimichurri and crushed red pepper


What We Drank:

Passionate Pedal: a delicious, unfiltered wheat beer that goes great on a hot summer day.

Chasing Sunset: a crisp, golden ale that’s easy sipping and makes for a great patio beer.

Local’s Lager: this smooth, German-style pilsner goes down a little too easily, especially after a hot day on the river.

MacaRUM: a very well-balanced brew with the rum flavor coming through, combined with a hint of vanilla.

What We Ate:

Shrimp: the chimichurri sauce just makes this dish so tasty and unique.

Calabrese: with just a little bit of spice, this flavorful pizza really elevates your basic pepperoni pie (and it was the staff’s favorite).

Rancher: local Italian sausage and fresh ingredients really ties this pie together.

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