The Best Bike + Beer Pairings in CB

The Best Bike + Beer Pairings in CB

How to Earn Your Post-Ride Pint

It's no secret that Crested Butte is a paradise for outdoor lovers - but finding the best place to grab a post-ride pint flys a bit below the radar. As longtime user of our extensive trail system and regular at our local watering holes, I'm excited to share some awesome combos for an epic mountain bike ride followed by a refreshing cold beer. Whether you're a seasoned biker or just getting started, these trail and pub pairings will definitely make your Crested Butte experience unforgettable.

1. 401 Trail & The Eldo Brewery Deck

Kickstart your adventure with one of Crested Butte’s most iconic rides—the 401 Trail. Known for its breathtaking views and challenging climbs, this trail promises an unforgettable experience. After conquering the 401, head straight to the deck at The Eldo Brewery and Taproom.  Located on Elk between 2nd and 3rd, The Eldo offers a variety of craft beers on tap, and it's prime location makes it a great spot for people watching (and - in true CB fashion - good-natured heckling). You might even be lucky enough to witness a townie takeover (ask me later) from the vantage point of their Elk-facing patio. I've always been a believer that a cold beer is best enjoyed on a sunny deck, and the Eldo does not disappoint.

2. Snodgrass Trail & Public House

For a mix of moderate climbs and gradual descents, Snodgrass Trail is an awesome choice only a quick drive (or ride) up the mountain from town. This trail offers a lush, scenic ride with panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks with Mt. CB and Whetstone to your south and the Gothic Valley to your east. After your ride, roll into the heart of town and visit the Public House. Known for its rustic charm and great atmosphere, the Public House serves as the taproom for local favorite Irwin Brewing. It’s a great place to relax if you're feeling like taking things indoors. Don't sleep on the fries.

3. Trail 403 & Bonez

If you’re seeking something a bit more off the beaten path, Trail 403 is your go-to. With steep climbs and technical descents, it’s a short, but challenging ride that rewards you with stunning alpine scenery. Post-ride, make your way to Bonez, an eclectic spot offering a unique blend of Mexican food with a patio that overlooks Coal Creek. Listen to the water flow by and enjoy an Irwin Brewing Mexi Lager on tap, or take it a step further and go for one of their legendary margaritas - but probably stick to one.

4. Lupine Trail + Pitas in Paradise

If it's flowy singletrack you seek - the Lupine Trail is your go-to. Ride up the recreation path from town (park at the 4-way), and cut over to the Saddle Ridge trailhead (there's no parking here) to find the path. A local favorite, the Lupine Trail is accessible for riders of all levels and offers a backdrop of vibrant wildflowers and towering aspen trees with gorgeous views of the Slate River Valley. riders tackle a mix of challenging climbs and exhilarating descents, all while soaking in panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Pitas in Paradise. This local favorite serves up great, affordable Mediterranean fare and a solid selection of beers. Their patio catches the perfect amount of late afternoon sun during the summer months, and their big-screen TV's make this spot a destination for sports fans looking to catch a game.

5. Doctor Park Trail + Tully's in CB South

Lastly, for those willing to venture a bit further south, the Doctor Park Trail in Almont offers a diverse ride with everything from technical sections to flowy singletrack. After tackling Doctor Park, make your way to Tully's in CB South. This locals establishment is beloved by locals for its laid-back atmosphere and robust menu. Grab a cold beer and some comfort food - Tully makes great BBQ. There’s no better way to end a day of mountain biking.

What I'm Looking Forward To

As much as I love the current trail and brew pairings, there's always something new and exciting on the horizon in Crested Butte. Here are two soon-to-open establishments I’m excited about:

Zuni St West Brewery Opening in CB South

The anticipation is building for the grand opening of Zuni Street West Brewery in sleepy CB South, and it's no wonder why. This newcomer to Crested Butte's craft beer scene, owned by two longtime locals who grew up in the valley, promises to bring a fresh sense of community to the neighborhood. Located across the street from Tully's, Zuni Street West Brewery is set to become a local hotspot for both residents and visitors after a day of recreating up Cement Creek.

Bruhaus Taphouse Opening on Elk Ave

Another exciting addition to the Crested Butte beer scene is the Bruhaus Taphouse, which will open in a renovated space adjacent to the Post Office in the heart of downtown. The building previously housed the much-missed Brick Oven Pizza deck, affectionately called "the brick," where bikers would gather post-ride to share a pint on their large, sunny patio. I’m looking forward to relaxing on their deck, enjoying a cold beer, and soaking up the lively atmosphere when they open early summer 2024.

Odds are you'll can find me at all of the above locations at some point this summer. Hope to see you on the trails and cheers to many more rides and pints in Crested Butte!

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