Crystal Springs Brewing Company is the culmination of a dream that began over 20 years ago. In 1988, my son suggested to me that we brew beer. There weren’t any home brew stores around at the time, but we were able to buy ingredients from “Colonel John.” We bought a copy of Charlie Papazian’s book (still have that original copy), got the ingredients we needed and brewed from a recipe in his book. We were blown away when the beer turned out to be not only drinkable, but also quite good. We were hooked! I’ve been brewing ever since and so has my son. In the late 2000s, I started thinking about starting my own brewery. At that time, it seemed like an impossibility, but my wife, Kristy, continually encouraged me and we began a journey to make it a reality. While it took some time to make it happen, it all became a reality on May 13, 2010.
It was my friend, Rick Sinner, who first suggested the idea of using the name Crystal Springs Brewing Company for the brewery. The first brewery located in Boulder was a brewery called Boulder City Brewing (later Boulder City Brewing and Ice Company). Frank Weisenhorn and Charles Voegtle founded it in 1875; the same year that Boulder Prep (now Boulder High School) was founded. In 1898, Samual Pell purchased the brewery and the name was changed to Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company – thus, the inspiration for the name.
Because Crystal Springs Brewing Company brews in small batches, we can adjust, change, adapt, and create beers more easily than the big brewers can. We produce a handful of year-round beers that we distribute in six-packs and we are always experimenting with new recipes and releasing small batches in our taprooms. I am confident that you will enjoy our beers and always look forward to the next.
Tom Horst, Founder/Brewmaster