Butcherknife Brewing Company delivered its first beer on Friday, June 6, culminating a journey to market spanning nearly 5 years.

The company began in 2009 when founder Mark Fitzgerald registered the business with the State of Colorado. Shortly thereafter, co-founder Nate Johansing joined the company and plans began to firm up. 

"We’re thrilled to finally deliver on the promise we made to Steamboat so long ago," Fitzgerald noted. The Butcherknife owners have been serving their homebrewed pilot batches to local fans since 2011, with a substantial volume donated to local charities and private fundraisers. “Strong local roots and longtime friendships in town have driven everything we’ve done to date,” Johansing said.

Butcherknife plans to distribute over 1000 barrels of beer in its first 12 months of operation, with plenty of room to grow and a strong plan for growth going forward. Though draft-only for now, the company intends to begin packaging its most popular varieties in cans before those first 12 months are up.

Butcherknife Blonde X is available immediately at several Steamboat Locations, including Carl’s Tavern and the Tap House Sports Grill. The aromatic and sessionable American Blonde Ale measures in at 4.2% ABV and is available in limited quantities directly from the brewery for wholesale on-premise accounts only. The brewery’s on-site tap room is scheduled to open in several weeks.

Located in Steamboat Springs, CO, Butcherknife will produce and package beer for sale across the state. Created, owned and operated by locals, the company’s focus is the crafting of quality beer with passion, using water fresh from the purest source: Steamboat Springs, Colorado.