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

Co-Founder

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.

Co-Founder

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.

Business Operations Manager

Jason Rhodes

Jason Everette Rhodes, a native of Arkansas, was a biology and chemistry whiz in high school. He attended Hendrix College to study medicine, but became fascinated with history, philosophy, and German linguistics. He spent his junior year living in Graz, Austria in an exchange program that exposed him to many of the great brewing traditions of Europe and which cultivated a deep connection to Alpine living. Jason was a small business owner after graduating from Hendrix, and, before joining the Guanella Pass team, spent the last 14 years in Denver working in Fortune 200 America (where he met Steve!) developing and applying large scale enterprise technologies to make businesses run more efficiently. In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling the world with his friends and family, endurance running in the mountains, and flying airplanes as an aspiring General Aviation flight instructor.

Brewer

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.

Beertender

Michal Fagrelius

Michal’s passion for beer came at the ripe age of 14 when she worked as a cook for the beirgarten in her hometown of Ouray, CO. She made her way to the front range to attend CU Boulder and has found a home away from home in Georgetown. If you can’t find Michal pouring beer at Guanella Pass Brewery or working on the Ski Patrol at Loveland Ski Area, she is most likely not home and on to the next adventure.

Beertender

Katie Armstrong

This is Katie Armstrong, proudly born and raised in Durango, Colorado. She recently moved from Denver to Georgetown to find a quieter life where she could enjoy her interests. She’s obsessed with all things tea, as well as Chuck Palahniuk books, the outdoors, photography, and art. One day, she hopes to open her own loose leaf tea shop! She knows Georgetown is her new home, so you can expect to see her around for a while!

Beertender

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!

Co-Founder

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.

Co-Founder

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.

Business Operations Manager

Jason Rhodes

Jason Everette Rhodes, a native of Arkansas, was a biology and chemistry whiz in high school. He attended Hendrix College to study medicine, but became fascinated with history, philosophy, and German linguistics. He spent his junior year living in Graz, Austria in an exchange program that exposed him to many of the great brewing traditions of Europe and which cultivated a deep connection to Alpine living. Jason was a small business owner after graduating from Hendrix, and, before joining the Guanella Pass team, spent the last 14 years in Denver working in Fortune 200 America (where he met Steve!) developing and applying large scale enterprise technologies to make businesses run more efficiently. In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling the world with his friends and family, endurance running in the mountains, and flying airplanes as an aspiring General Aviation flight instructor.

Brewer

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.

Beertender

Michal Fagrelius

Michal’s passion for beer came at the ripe age of 14 when she worked as a cook for the beirgarten In her hometown of Ouray, CO. She made her way to the front range to attend CU Boulder and has found a home away from home in Georgetown. If you can’t find Michal pouring beer at Guanella Pass Brewery or working on the Ski Patrol at Loveland Ski Area, she is most likely not home and on to the next adventure.

Beertender

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!

Beertender

Katie Armstrong

This is Katie Armstrong, proudly born and raised in Durango, Colorado. She recently moved from Denver to Georgetown to find a quieter life where she could enjoy her interests. She’s obsessed with all things tea, as well as Chuck Palahniuk books, the outdoors, photography, and art. One day, she hopes to open her own loose leaf tea shop! She knows Georgetown is her new home, so you can expect to see her around for a while!

Join the Team

no positions available at this time

If you’re interested in working for Guanella Pass Brewery in the future, please feel free to fill out the application and email it to info@guanellapass.com.

Media/Press

Get In Touch

Employment

Get In Touch

Sales

Get In Touch