The Experience

The peaks, reaching high and breaking the sky’s boundaries, are a constant reminder that there is more to life than simply maintaining that ordinary day-to-day thing we all tolerate. The mountains are beautiful, unpredictable, home to the rugged yet welcoming to all. The mountains exist for those who find thrills in ascending, descending, exploring and discovering—who take only what they need and give back twice as much. To those with an explorer’s spirit, who find themselves on elevated paths, we invite you to look down for a moment and see what you’ve left behind—it is in that moment you’ll have a true mountain experience.

And that’s where we begin. Welcome to Guanella Pass Brewery. Take a seat.

Behind the Brews

Steve Skalski

Steve grew up in Detroit and went to college in the shadows of the original 135 year old Stroh brewery in Detroit, Michigan, regularly touring its “fire brewed” brewhouse and drinking fresh beer in its taproom in between classes prior to it being torn down in 1985. It is only fitting Steve decided to build his own brewery in 2016, the same year Stroh decided to commence brewing again in Detroit, albeit 1,310 miles away and high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Focused on quality, Steve is certified in brewing technology from the World Brewing Academy that is run jointly by Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens Academy in Germany. With its brewhouse located inside the taproom, Steve’s mission is for visitors to share the brewing experience and to drink fresh beer in a beautiful mountain town.

Stacey Skalski

Stacey is a native of Denver and with a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management, Stacey now has embraced opening a brewery as her PhD in adventure. While in school, Stacey and a team of graduate students launched a comprehensive business plan for a brewery well before the craft beer explosion. So impressed with the end result, her professor suggested the team get an investor and pursue their dreams. Fast forward twenty years and after a successful career in marketing and sales, Stacey finally found that investor in herself and is the proud co-owner of Guanella Pass Brewery.

Jon Strother

Originally from California, Jon’s passion for brewing and love of the outdoors makes him the perfect brewer for Guanella Pass Brewery. Neighbors for years, one day Jon and Steve bumped into each other on a Tuesday afternoon at a local brewery. Both claimed to be doing weekday afternoon “research” (aka drinking beer) to fulfill their dreams of breaking into the brewing business. After an adequate sampling of beer, both felt it was a good idea to pursue those dreams together. Jon matriculated from Regis University’s inaugural program in Applied Craft Brewing and gained practical experience working in one of Denver’s premier craft breweries. Jon is committed to having a line-up of beer styles that appeal to the beer connoisseur as well as the casual beer drinker.

Katie Rutten

Born and raised in Durango, CO, Katie made her way to Georgetown in search of adventure and a smaller town where everyone is family. Her free time consists of daily yoga, snowboarding, hiking, and gawking at her two cats, Goop and Chester. She’s also a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur; when asked how she takes her coffee, she half-jokingly replies “seriously.” Her favorite beer at the brewery? The Grey Wolf Mountain Rye Saison (since day one!)

Briana Reagon

Bree is a born and raised Clear Creek Colorado native and currently resides in Idaho Springs. She spends her working hours helping her dad and pouring delicious beer at Guanella Pass Brewery. Her non-working hours are spent dirt-biking, snowboarding, wake boarding, or curled up with a good book. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and drinking some Grey Wolf Mountain Saison with friends!

Sarah Church

Born in Wisconsin, and after acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art in Design, Sarah made her way to Colorado. She’s been here for 6 years where she enjoys snowboarding everyday and exploring the unknown. Traveling, snowboarding, spending time with her husky, Mohegan, and eating as many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos as she can are just a few things she loves. Her favorite beer at the brewery? Season Pass Pale Ale (a purest at heart!)

Marty Marrone

Marty was first introduced to Guanella Pass Brewery as a member of our Big Horn Sheep Guild mug club and started Guanella Pass Brewery’s food program in our Empire, CO location.  When Marty is not in the kitchen, you can find him back country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in the mountains above the brewery.  Marty is committed to insuring every one of our guest likes our food just as much as our beer.

Jill Barker

A very talented baker, Jill is developing and overseeing our fresh baked goods program to make sure everything we do at Guanella Pass is from-scratch.  Jill brings passion to her craft and is continuously experimenting in the kitchen to make Guanella Pass a go-to destination for fresh baked goods.  Rumor has it she and our founder talk Harley’s all the time so we expect her to roll up on a bike any day now.

Lindsey Rizzardi

Being a fourth generation Colorado native, Lindsey enjoys all the area has to offer. Skiing and fishing are amongst her favorites! Her greatest joy in life comes from raising her wonderful son, Rowan. As one of the newest members of the Guanella Pass Brewery family, she is very excited to grow with company!

Kyla Ewers

Kyla grew up in our little amazing town Georgetown but just recently returned after attending Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. She lives with her two besties (one doubles as a sister) fellow GBP beertenders, Ashley and Brynn. Due to all looking alike, the trio is commonly referred to as the Blondentourage (don’t worry it gets confusing for us all). In her spare time Kyla does freelance small business marketing, travels as often as possible and takes advantage of all the fun the mountains have to offer.

Brynn Ewers

Brynn was born and raised off grid as a Colorado native. Though she is not an avid skier or snowboarder, she enjoys all that Colorado has to offer. Colorado summer’s are definitely her favorite, as she loves to hike and be outside on a warm sunny day. Being new to the brewery team, she can’t wait to learn new things and experience the craft beer industry.

Ashley Seabrook

Ashley has called mountain towns home her entire life. She also has dual citizenship to Switzerland and has followed her passion of skiing in Europe and Colorado. Her favorite things include fitness, traveling, and spending time with her adorable pets Luna and Tao. She loves sipping on the summer favorite Raspberry Blonde!

Scott Wilkins

Scott is born and raised in Georgetown where he spends the majority of his free time seeking snow to ski whether it’s summer or winter. He spends his winters coaching athletes on the Loveland freeride team how to charge big lines and compete on the freeride circuit. He spends the rest of his free time home brewing over the past nine years and enjoys sharing his tasty brews with his friends.

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. From snowboarding all winter to dirt biking all summer, you can always find her goofing off in the mountains. She also likes to travel and explore new places every chance she can. Her favorite summer beer is the Raspberry Blonde but she’s always down to try new things.

Max Mahlke

Max was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He’s an amateur musician and loves to practice piano. He is currently working on a bachelors degree in computer science, but in his free time he likes to jog and hike around, seeing all of Georgetowns beautiful mountain trails, lakes, and scenery. His favorite beer on tap is the Bernese Mountain Brown Ale.

Steve Skalski

Steve grew up in Detroit and went to college in the shadows of the original 135 year old Stroh brewery in Detroit, Michigan, regularly touring its “fire brewed” brewhouse and drinking fresh beer in its taproom in between classes prior to it being torn down in 1985. It is only fitting Steve decided to build his own brewery in 2016, the same year Stroh decided to commence brewing again in Detroit, albeit 1,310 miles away and high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Focused on quality, Steve is certified in brewing technology from the World Brewing Academy that is run jointly by Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens Academy in Germany. With its brewhouse located inside the taproom, Steve’s mission is for visitors to share the brewing experience and to drink fresh beer in a beautiful mountain town.

Stacey Skalski

A native Coloradan, Stacey has seen her hometown of Denver go from a small city that acted like a big town, to a big city that is acting like an even bigger city. Stacey grew up the quintessential mountain “day-tripper,” climbing mountains, hiking, biking and skiing. in the close-in mountain areas near Denver. Stacey knows the value of having a mountain venue for today’s day-trippers and other travelers, where people can get off the highway, enjoy the surroundings of an historic mountain town, have immediate access to world-class high-altitude outdoor adventures, and enjoy freshly brewed beer in true Colorado Rocky Mountain fashion. An experienced marketing professional, Stacey is working hard to get the Guanella Pass Brewery word out to the masses.

Jon Strother

Originally from California, Jon’s passion for brewing and love of the outdoors makes him the perfect brewer for Guanella Pass Brewery. Neighbors for years, one day Jon and Steve bumped into each other on a Tuesday afternoon at a local brewery. Both claimed to be doing weekday afternoon “research” (aka drinking beer) to fulfill their dreams of breaking into the brewing business. After an adequate sampling of beer, both felt it was a good idea to pursue those dreams together. Jon matriculated from Regis University’s inaugural program in Applied Craft Brewing and gained practical experience working in one of Denver’s premier craft breweries. Jon is committed to having a line-up of beer styles that appeal to the beer connoisseur as well as the casual beer drinker.

Briana Reagon

Bree is a born and raised Clear Creek Colorado native and currently resides in Idaho Springs She spends her working hours helping her dad and pouring delicious beer at Guanella Pass Brewery. Her non-working hours are spent dirt-biking, snowboarding, wake boarding, or curled up with a good book. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and drinking some Grey Wolf Mountain Saison with friends!

Katie Rutten

Born and raised in Durango, CO, Katie made her way to Georgetown in search of adventure and a smaller town where everyone is family. Her free time consists of daily yoga, snowboarding, hiking, rafting, and gawking at her two cats, Goop and Chester. She’s also a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur; when asked how she takes her coffee, she half-jokingly replies “seriously.” Her favorite beer at the brewery? The Grey Wolf Mountain Rye Saison (since day one!)

Sarah Church

Born in Wisconsin, and after acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art in Design, Sarah made her way to Colorado. She’s been here for 5 years where she enjoys snowboarding everyday and exploring the unknown. Traveling, snowboarding, spending time with her husky, Mohegan, and eating as many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos as she can are just a few things she loves. Her favorite beer at the brewery? Season Pass Pale Ale (let’s get her to expand!)

Marty Marrone

Marty was first introduced to Guanella Pass Brewery as a member of our Big Horn Sheep Guild mug club and started Guanella Pass Brewery’s food program in our Empire, CO location.  When Marty is not in the kitchen, you can find him back country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in the mountains above the brewery.  Marty is committed to insuring every one of our guest likes our food just as much as our beer.

Jill Barker

A very talented baker, Jill is developing and overseeing our fresh baked goods program to make sure everything we do at Guanella Pass is from-scratch. Jill brings passion to her craft and is continuously experimenting in the kitchen to make Guanella Pass a go-to destination for fresh baked goods. Rumor has it she and our founder talk Harley’s all the time so we expect her to roll up on a bike any day now.

Lindsey Rizzardi

Being a fourth generation Colorado native, Lindsey enjoys all the area has to offer. Skiing and fishing are amongst her favorites! Her greatest joy in life comes from raising her wonderful son, Rowan. As one of the newest members of the Guanella Pass Brewery family, she is very excited to grow with company!

Kyla Ewers

Kyla grew up in our little amazing town Georgetown but just recently returned after attending Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. She lives with her two besties (one doubles as a sister) fellow GBP beertenders, Ashley and Brynn. Due to all looking alike, the trio is commonly referred to as the Blondentourage (don’t worry it gets confusing for us all). In her spare time Kyla does freelance small business marketing, travels as often as possible and takes advantage of all the fun the mountains have to offer.

Brynn Ewers

Brynn was born and raised off grid as a Colorado native. Though she is not an avid skier or snowboarder, she enjoys all that Colorado has to offer. Colorado summer’s are definitely her favorite, as she loves to hike and be outside on a warm sunny day. Being new to the brewery team, she can’t wait to learn new things and experience the craft beer industry.

Ashley Seabrook

Ashley has called mountain towns home her entire life. She also has dual citizenship to Switzerland and has followed her passion of skiing in Europe and Colorado. Her favorite things include fitness, traveling, and spending time with her adorable pets Luna and Tao. She loves sipping on the summer favorite Raspberry Blonde!

Scott Wilkins

Scott is born and raised in Georgetown where he spends the majority of his free time seeking snow to ski whether it’s summer or winter. He spends his winters coaching athletes on the Loveland freeride team how to charge big lines and compete on the freeride circuit. He spends the rest of his free time home brewing over the past nine years and enjoys sharing his tasty brews with his friends.

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. From snowboarding all winter to dirt biking all summer, you can always find her goofing off in the mountains. She also likes to travel and explore new places every chance she can. Her favorite summer beer is the Raspberry Blonde but she’s always down to try new things.

Max Mahlke

Max was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He’s an amateur musician and loves to practice piano. He is currently working on a bachelors degree in computer science, but in his free time he likes to jog and hike around, seeing all of Georgetowns beautiful mountain trails, lakes, and scenery. His favorite beer on tap is the Bernese Mountain Brown Ale.

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