Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bed and Breakfast + BEER! Purple Mountain B & B in Crested Butte.

This post is not really about Purple Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast but about what they are offering guest, Colorado crafty beer.

Chris Haver and his wife bought the B & B in 2003 and did a complete renovation with keeping the integrity of the historical building. If you've been to a B & B, you know it's not just the room and breakfast that keeps guest coming but that personal touch that hotels just can't give due to the volume of people. This homey touch includes an afternoon happy hour, usually with wine as a ice breaker for the owners to engage with their guests.  Chris Haver really didn't enjoy drinking wine or was really interested. He has been a home brewer for over 20 years and started serving his guest beer instead of wine. With the boom in Colorado with microbreweries, his guest became more interested in craft beer. He found that in some areas the B & B's would offer tours of the local breweries or they were associated with a brewery. Chris realized that there wasn't enough to offer in Crested Butte, one brewery and one distillery which doesn't make for a long tour.

After a long weekend checking out breweries in Denver, he decided to have a special  beer month were he could showcase a specific Colorado brewery. Purple Mountain Lodge is small enough that he can enjoy drinking a beer with his guests and discuss the beer, share information about the brewing process, and the beer history.  March is the start of featuring a brewery and pouring the "beer of the day" for his guests. This is a daily event that is complimentary to his guests.  Left Hand Brewery Co is the brewery for March. This "afternoon beer" started as an end of the season special that was such a success that now there will be a new brewery featured each month.
Photo provided by Chris Haver.

Chris choose Left Hand for their extensive number of beers that he can offer to guests each day. He has a college buddy that works at Left Hand Brewery who was there to give advise if there were any issues but it went very smooth.

Chris Haver

Purple Mountain B & B + Studio Day Spa
714 Gothic Ave.
Crested Butte, CO 81224

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