New Belgium Ranger Station
100 Elbert Lane, Unit M-115
Snowmass Village, CO
Design Architects: Scout Regalia, Reunion
Architect of Record: John Perkins
The maker of Fat Tire beer has launched its first concept bar and eatery in Snowmass Village, near Aspen. Located at the base of the mountain, the New Belgium Ranger Station expresses the brewer’s ideals of sustainability and craftsmanship within a tight 750-square-foot space.
Inspired by national parks and ranger stations, LA firm Scout Regalia deftly mixed hardy and honed design elements in collaboration with New York-based Reunion, who developed the space’s concept and identity. Olive green walls are offset with a herringbone wall treatment made of beetle kill pine, which leads the eye to a white oak A-frame bar.
Custom furnishings maximize the 55-seat space and take hikers, skiers, and snowboarders into consideration. Narrow, elevated picnic tables sport red powder coated metal “socks” that prevent the wooden legs from damage by skiing and hiking boots. Tall, white metal stools with white oak accents feature cubbyholes for gear storage and underside hooks for helmets, gloves, or goggles.
Wire caged pendant lamps by Roll & Hill add an industrial flavor. Recycled rubber flooring stands up to heavy use without too much wear and tear. Minimalist Boy Scout-badge-like graphic identities adorn the windows and walls, reinforcing the cabin life motif.