The Fun Never Stops

When your passion is your job, life is good

Want to know what’s crazy? If we hadn't met over beers in a tasting room in San Francisco, we would still be working in highrises and struggling against the current of chaotic city life. Instead, we crafted a crazy brewery scheme and followed our hearts to Colorado where our lives are filled with passionate pursuits: brewing the finest craft beer, skiing Vail’s infinite Back Bowls, fishing clear mountain streams, hiking with our dogs…basically loving life in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Crazy Mountain Brewery is the Vail Valley’s first production brewery, but really it’s a declaration of freedom. We say crazy is, as crazy does, so drink up and live the life you want!

Kevin and Marisa Selvy
Owners, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Click Below to Meet Our Team

Kevin Selvy - CEO & Brewmaster

Kevin was born and raised outside of Parker, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University. He spent time in the financial industry in Europe and in California, but left to pursue his dream of opening his own brewery when some of his homebrew found its way in front of an employee of Anchor Brewing Company and a job opportunity opened the door for him to the brewing industry. After working in the brewing industry in several breweries in California, he returned to Colorado to open his own brewery in January 2010. Growing up in Colorado, Kevin was immersed in a craft beer culture and his brewing style has been heavily influenced from his time in Europe, as well as the West Coast. While not brewing or drinking beer, Kevin loves all things outdoors...skiing, flyfishing, hiking, and camping.

Marisa Selvy - Co-Owner & VP of Marketing

Marisa got into craft beer when she first met Kevin at the Anchor Brewing Company tasting room in San Francisco in 2007. Prior to her life in beer, Marisa graduated from the University of Southern California and pursued a career in marketing and advertising at a variety of agencies across California. While she used to watch HBO shows and movies for a living, she now enjoys drinking high-end beer for a living. Marisa lives in Edwards with her husband, Kevin, her dog Doobie and spends her free time trying to remember what wine tastes like, breaking into local resort pools, quick trips to Denver for city living and eating haute cuisine at the superb local restaurants in Vail.

Chris Olson - Director of Production

Born in Colorado Springs, Chris moved to St. Louis, MO at an early age. Always hearing stories about Colorado from his father and his developing love for the outdoors, Chris always knew he would live in Colorado again. In 2005, Chris moved to Fort Collins where his love for craft beer began. Spending many a day in the tasting rooms of local craft breweries, he got a taste of what great hand-crafted beer was like. Chris started his own construction company and also worked in real estate/property management before his stint at Odell Brewing Company. Realizing how much he enjoyed Vail Valley in all seasons, he soon decided this is where he wanted to live. Chris combined his love of craft beer and his skills in the construction field to start his dream job here at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. In his free time, he loves to snowboard and snowshoe in the winter and fish and hike in the summer.

Zach Schmitz - VP of Sales

 

Zach was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2003.  Immediately following graduaton, he moved to Chicago for what was supposed to be a 3 month internship with a record label.  Needing some money he got a job at a neighborhood bar and started his venture into craft beer.  Chicago was great, as he stayed for 8 years, 4 of which working for one of the biggest beer distributors in the state, but his love of his hometown, and of the Denver Broncos were too much.  He moved back to Denver in 2011 to work for a German beer importer when a random meeting with Kevin Selvy, a college friend took place.  Kevin talked him into quitting his job selling well established brands and help him grow his young company into where you see it today.  Zach has been with Crazy Mountain since January of 2013 and lives in Denver with his wife, Jenn, and their yellow lab, Karl "Sir Elway" Mecklenburg.

 

Maria Klopfenstein - Director of Accounting & Government Compliance

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maria graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and started her career towards becoming a Sports Photographer and Journalist.  Having grown up traveling the world, living in Hawaii for her childhood, and taking countless road trips across the country, it was only a matter of time before she stumbled into the beautiful mountains of Colorado.  The competitiveness of Sports Journalism grew too cut-throat for Maria, so she took a job as a server at a remote ranch near Sedalia, Colorado called Lost Valley Ranch.  There she grew to love everything Colorado offered, including craft beer at the local watering holes.  After three years at the ranch, Maria followed her now-husband to Edwards, Colorado, where she had her first taste of Crazy Mountain beer at their grand opening in September 2010.  You can find Maria skiing on weekends in the winter, either downhill or nordic, hiking and camping in the summer, reading a book at home, or toting her camera around everywhere.

Kaleigh Armitage - Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in Vail, CO Kaleigh was lucky enough to call the Vail Valley home from the very beginning. After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Business Administration, Kaleigh paid her dues in the big city by working for the beverage industry learning the ins and outs of event marketing. After realizing traffic and tall buildings weren't really her style she decided to move back to Vail and pursue her passion for craft beer.  When she is not running around the tasting room you can find her either on the river, skiing, hiking, or biking around this beautiful state.

John Allshouse - Head Brewer

It's all been about the journey of my life... Particularly about the people I have met along the way. You see I haven't exactly had a traditional journey so far, and I haven't exactly always met traditional people. A long time ago, I met some of the most remarkable people as a grad student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. We all share some of the same degrees: Masters in Organic Chemistry, a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry and maybe even a Post-Doctorate in Microbiology. But one thing only few people share with me are my experiences and relationships I have collected in the micro-breweries I have worked in over the last two decades. It is said that "We are the sum of our experiences", and if that is the case then I am the sum of some of the best and most colorful people on the face of the earth. I have found that the people in the micro-brewery industry are the most passionate, creative and talented group of individuals I have had the pleasure of experiencing. I can only hope that I have made as much of an impact on those I have met than they have made on me.

Karl Hungus Allis - Brewery Sales Representative - Front Range Colorado

From Arkansas of all places, Karl moved to Colorado to be a Buffalo and never left.  He is a graduate of CU Boulder and was a 4 year letter winner and starter for the Buffs football team, playing on Colorado's last conference championship squad.  For his volunteer efforts he was awarded the Big 12 Conference Community Outreach Award. Unfortunately he also won his team's award for most injured player, derailing any NFL or pro wrestling aspirations.  Out of college he became a lifer in the Denver bar and beverage industry, including stints in management at Atomic Cowboy/Fat Sully's/Denver Biscuit Company and as a wine & spirits sales manager for Estate Brands Distributing.  In addition to his affinity for beer and bar culture, Karl has dabbled in broadcasting, with shifts at 104.3 the FAN and Mile High Sports, hosting a semi-popular daily radio program called Elephants in the Room.  Yet beyond the sound of his own voice, craft beer has always been his siren song, and when Karl is not working he enjoys hiking with his dog Margie, adventurous eating and a good ballgame.  He is also a board game enthusiast and trivia stalwart, so if you can guess where his nickname "Hungus" is derived, bonus points for you. 

 

David Sule - East Coast Regional Sales Manager

David lived, worked and played up and down the East Coast before making it out to the place he currently calls home, Vail, Colorado. Being born in Clearwater, Florida and growing up in Danville, Virginia he has always found a mixed draw to the ocean and the mountains. His passion for music took him up to the North East where he spent time in Boston, MA studying at Berklee College of Music before attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. It was in Harrisonburg, while working at The Joshua Wilton House that David began to grow a true love and appreciation for Craft Beer. After being introduced to Colorado for the first time in 2003 by two close friends he met at The Wilton House, David quickly fell in love with Colorado too. In 2005 David moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he worked for Strategic Retail Group doing site location for restaurants and retailers around the South East. In November of 2009 David decided to follow his heart and move to Vail. It was soon after that he was introduced to Crazy Mountain. David joins the Crazy Mountain Team after working as a regional representative for Diageo Brands and MHUSA. In his free time he loves to travel, snowboard, play music and enjoy the outdoors with friends, family and his dog Harley.

Paul Fenerty - Eagle County Sales Representative

A native of New Orleans, Paul ran a keg route in the French Quarter while in college and returns to the beloved beer world for Crazy Mountain! His love for the outdoors and adventurous spirit brought him to Colorado 20 years ago. He started a restaurant in the mountains and operated it for the better part of a decade before moving into sales and restaurant consulting for Shamrock Foods. But his true passion in the restaurant business lies behind the bar and Paul couldn't be happier than to be part of our craft beer family. If not out slinging beer you'll probably find him on his snowboard or at Trestle bike park where he used to race and coach downhill. To get him fired up you can ask him about Evel Knievel, The Saints, or adding bacon to just about anything!   

Silas Standard - Eagle County Sales Representative

Silas Standard hails from the big island of Hawaii, a pristine land of sun shine and endless beaches and brings lots of Aloha and passion as our Eagle County Sales Rep. Silas has been in the beautiful state of Colorado for almost ten years and has gladly traded the surf and beaches of Hawaii, for the snow and mountains of Colorado (only regretting the decision when the waves are pumping!!). He has fine-tuned his sales and customer service skills over multiple years in both the Travel and Real Estate sector, but knew that his true passion for sales would only be exemplified if he sold something he was truly passionate about. That decision has landed him here with us at Crazy Mountain and if you are ever lucky enough to run into him as he scowers the Eagle County area, you will immediately attest to his non-stop energy and commitment to our wonderful product. When he is not busy over achieving at his job, you can find him laying perfect powder 8’s on the hill with his lovely wife and living the quote on quote “dream” that is life in the Vail Valley.

Ben Nadeau - Brewer

Originally from Rhode Island, Ben knew someday he would reside in the mountains. With a passion for snowboarding and mountain biking it was only a matter of time. While attending Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where students indulged in PBR, Ben was found at the local gastropub sipping on unique craft brews. Upon graduating, the opportunity finally presented itself and he made the journey out West. Arriving jobless, the first logical move was to dive into some local Colorado brew. Ironically, his first beer when arriving in Vail Valley was the Mountain Livin' Pale Ale. From that moment he knew he wanted to be part of the industry, specifically the Crazy Mountain crew. He purchased a home brewing kit and never looked back. After a year of enjoying the Valley, he found himself working part-time in packaging; Ben's hunger to learn and passion for great beer has landed him with what he considers his dream job. 

Oliver Ristow - Tasting Room Manager

Oliver hails to us from… up the street. One of the lucky ones, Oliver is a Colorado Native who was born and raised in the Vail Valley.  After graduating from high school, he set out for Seattle, WA to try his hand playing college football and hockey. After two years in Washington, he decided he missed life in the mountains and his beloved Denver Broncos a little too much, and returned to graduate from THE Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO—a mecca for craft beer lovers. Although he originally planned on attending law school, it didn’t take long for Oliver to realize that his love for adventure and his passion for traveling all but precluded his pursuit of a degree in law. After three years of working in various sectors of the tourism industry and an almost 13,000-mile road trip, Oliver wound up at Crazy Mountain—it’s so close to home, but it took so much to get here. If you can’t find Oliver in Crazy Mountain’s tasting room, he’s likely to be found on the rivers or in the mountains with his pup Nitro, searching for their next adventure!

 

Kelly McGuire - Chicago Sales Representative

Kelly grew up in Golden, Colorado riding horses, camping, hiking and fishing before trading in her hiking boots for a pair of city shoes in 2005 when she moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University where she studied PR and Advertising. While the mountains are never far from her heart, Lake Michigan recreation and Chicago culture had so much to offer that she never left. Ten years later, Kelly still resides in Chicago’s Northside community along with her boxer, Marley. Pursing her love of craft beer, Kelly found herself opening the taproom for the Lagunitas Chicago Brewery in 2014 where she discovered the fine art of beertending and worked as a sales mercenary before proudly joining our sales team in 2015. This urban adventurer can be found at craft, foodie and art fests around the city when she isn’t training for her next Triathlon.

Emily Calhoun - West Coast Regional Sales Manager

Emily was born and raised in the Seattle area, growing up with a deep love for the mountains, outdoors, and craft beer. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Political Science, or International Relations, or something like that. After quickly realizing that she didn't want to go to grad school, nor hold a responsible 9 to 5, she went to dance for the Seattle Seahawks as a Sea Gal. After a few years of NFL cheerleading and a couple offseasons of bartending, she realized that craft beer was the industry she truly belongs in. Emily came to Crazy Mountain after 3 years with an East coast craft brewery. When she isn't selling beer, she spends her time dancing hip-hop with the super cool LA City Municipal Dance Squad, baking vanilla cupcakes or hiking somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains with her pup, Joey the Girl.

Sinead McGuire - Denver Marketing Coordinator

Sinead was born in Denver but raised in beautiful Dublin, Ireland. She spent a number of years in the legal industry before leaving to pursue her passion for beer. She spent some time at Molson Coors before joining Crazy Mountain Brewery in the summer of 2015. Sinead lives in Denver with her boyfriend John and their dog Shooter. When not working, you will find her fly fishing, playing tennis, traveling, attending rodeos, and watching Irish Rugby with her dad and sisters.

Andy Nottingham - Marketing/ Events Intern

Andy is originally from Denver area, but made the mistake of leaving this incredible state by going off to Miami University in Ohio in hopes of gaining some business smarts. He will be graduating next spring and is hoping to make a quick return back to Colorado. He's hoping to dive into the brewing industry and get involved with the business of beer, while expanding his beer wisdom as well. Accustomed to the Vail Valley area since he was a kid, Andy is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work at Crazy Mountain this summer with his growing passion for craft beer and the chance to live in a place he calls paradise. Outside of school and the brewery, you can find him skiing and enjoying all the mountains have to offer, or in Denver enjoying all the non-dining hall food he can and catching a sports game.

Audrey Young - Quality Control Intern

After graduating CU with a molecular and cellular degree Audrey worked at CU’s genome facility where she helped make new discoveries and applications for research. The project that changed her life was a collaboration with Avery Brewery where she helped sequence yeast genomes to come up with new Quality Control applications. This project made her realize that brewing beer was not just a hobby but a true scientific field filled with fun and passionate people. Audrey has experimented with her own home brews and was a part of a brewery club, so it was only natural for her to move on from being a genome scientist to taking on the challenge of getting involved in the brewery industry. As the Quality Control Intern at Crazy Mountain, she is learning something new every day in the lab and is making sure that the yeast grow up happy and healthy. She is exactly where she wants to be; deep in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by awesome people and puppies, and making the best beer around.

Doobie Selvy - Chief Financial Officer

Doobie hails from Parker, Colorado and began his financial career as a Senior VP at Enron after graduating from Brown University. He then consulted for Bear Stearns, followed by a stint at Lehman Brothers. After that fell through, he developed a passion for craft beer as he drowned his sorrows at his local watering hole day after day. His enthusiasm for well-made brews led him to become the CFO at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. Doobie currently lives in Edwards with Kevin and Marisa and enjoys fetching tennis balls like a crack whore, pestering tasting room customers, rolling around in snow banks, running away, and fathering puppies all over the state.

Isha Olson - Malted Barley Quality Inspector

Isha was born on the wrong side of the tracks in North St. Louis. Rescued by Chris's brother, Isha was miraculously able to kick her smack habit and leave the thug life behind. When Chris brought her out to Colorado, she realized her love of snow and chasing fox and deer. When Isha is not testing the quality of our grain shipments, she loves to frolic in the snow with her brewery doggie buddies. She is partial to taking long naps during the day when she is not supervising her dad's engineering work. Isha also likes to let all visiting female dogs know that she is the queen of the brewery.

Nitro Ristow - Chief Quality Control Officer

Nitro is the newest and youngest member of the Crazy Mountain team. Nitro joined Crazy Mountain’s team as the Chief Quality Control Officer when we was just 8 weeks old. When he’s not posing for pictures for Crazy Mountain’s Instagram feed or basking in the collective attention of every girl within a square mile, Nitro enjoys waking up far too early in the morning and then peeing for a nanosecond before looking at his dad like he’s a total sucker. He aspires to be a duck dog one day, but should probably focus on learning to come, sit and stay on a consistent and dependable basis before he tries his hand—or, paw—at hunting.

 

Colt Klopfenstein - Certified Cicerone

Colt hails from Pierce, Colorado, where he was born to two champion bird hunters, Star and Taz from KB Kennels. On June 13, 2014, Colt joined the Klopfenstein family in the Vail Valley and immediately started training to become a bird hunter and Certified Cicerone for Crazy Mountain. Since he was 8 weeks old, Colt would study for the Cicerone exam by tasting all of the grain left by the brewers, and licking up any spilled beer in the tasting room. His knowledge of beer and birds was finished at 6 months old, as he passed the Cicerone exam with flying colors, and went on his first grouse and duck hunts. His time is now spent perusing the brewery, making sure everything is running correctly, and helping Doobie and Isha guard the office. In his spare time he loves to hike, hunt birds, and cuddle with his masters.