meet OUR TEAM: 

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Owners:
Elissa & Justin 

Justin and Elissa both grew up in Colorado, and have been active in the Summit County community for several years. This couple shares decades of experience in both the corporate world and public service. As avid coffee and beer enthusiasts, Justin and Elissa agreed that there was an unfilled niche for handcrafted coffee and beer, and decided to create two beautiful mountain spaces in Keystone to cultivate and share these two delightful beverages with the community. As chief operator of Steep, most days you will find Justin sharing his knowledge of craft coffee roasting at our gateway location, or talking craft beer with patrons at our new location in River run Village. On days off, you will find these two fly-fishing on the river, Trekking into the backcountry, or shredding the powder! Cheers!!

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HEAD BREWER:
Levi

Levi is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. After spending the last 5 years brewing beer in Denver’s competitive brewing industry, he made the move to summit county in summer 2021 to join the team at Steep.

levi enjoys hiking, climbing, camping and snowboarding. He played baseball in college and looks forward to playing on Steep’s softball team. levi  is a lover of all beers, but tends towards drinking classic styles whenever he can find them. 

 
Brewer:
Mike
 

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Mike came to Colorado for a year and 20 years later, he is still here. He is a professional snowboard bum and a blossoming river rat. Mike aspires to be a Baja off-road racer but is settling as the world's worst fisherman for now. When he isn't out and about, you'll find him playing video games. Mike has been at Steep since we opened in 2020, starting as our bar manager and transitioning in 2021 to become one of our esteemed brewers of fine craft beer. His favorite drink is a Red Tide. . . Never heard of it? Mike will make you feel like you have been transported to the Caribbean after just one sip. If you have a question about one of our brews on tap or our craft cocktail list, Mike is our craft beverage connoisseur & will guide you along your journey! 

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Gateway Manager:

Audrey

born and raised in Indiana, Audrey has always loved to travel & four years ago, Summit County stole her heart. Now she finds herself living in a converted silo in the heart of Montezuma, managing the Steep Gateway location, finishing her bachelors in Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College & pursuing her small jewelry business. Audrey's free time is spent roaming the trails in Montezuma with her two dogs, kayaking and hiking. While management takes her to all corners of the business, you can most often find her creating coffee masterpieces behind the counter on the weekends. Stop by and try her personal favorite, a brown sugar latte!

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River Run Manager:

KRISTIAN

Kristian is embarking on his 28th season in Summit county. A long-time local, he enjoys skiing, rafting, fly fishing, hunting & mountain biking in his spare time. kristian has always enjoyed a great coffee before and a tasty craft beer after all of the outdoor activities that he enjoys doing in the mountains, so naturally he is a great fit here at steep. in 2021, kristian cordially ended his 20 year career in real estate to come join the Steep team & manage our new brewery That opened up fall 2021 in keystone's river run village! 

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Manager:

SCOTT

The newest member of our management team,

Scott is Also the reigning Steep bags tournament champion.  He grew up in Wisconsin, and 15 years ago scott decided to trade in the grey Midwest winters for Colorado’s sunshine. 

Scott manages both our Gateway & River run locations. When he isn’t behind the bar at Steep you can find him outside,  enjoying all there is to do in the mountains.  After spending decades in the corporate world, Scott is looking forward to pouring you some craft drinks and getting to know the Steep community!

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BAR Manager:

BEN

ben started bartending at steep during our first winter of 2020-21, & was recently promoted to become our bar manager. We are proud to say that Ben also joined the keystone ski patrol team this season!

 Relatively new to Colorado, ben grew up in the suburbs of chicago & went to school in the southern states.  Now ben spends every free minute on the mountain, followed up by good beer & surrounded by good friends here at steep.

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ASSISTANT Manager:

DAN

AKA: DANTHOR, Dan the Man

Dan came on board as a bartender during winter 2020-21, proving himself as a jack-of-all trades & was recently promoted to our assistant manager position. Dan is originally from North Carolina, but grew up overseas in the UK. He moved to Summit county in 2020 in pursuit of more ambitious athletic endeavors.
Outside of work, Dan is an ultra-endurance & accomplished strength athlete who enjoys pushing his limits in the mountains. Also An avid traveler, Dan loves learning from different cultures and philosophies. 
Dan maintains a number of small businesses including a carpentry/handyman service & an athletic apparel brand.
He can be seen behind the bar, likely eating, making jokes or playing metal on the stereo!