Jason Buehler, head brewer of Denver Beer Co. and Cervecería Colorado, died Friday from injuries after falling during a climb at Maroon Bells. He was 43.
“Jason could walk into a brewery anywhere, and instantly be friends with everyone, regardless of whether they spoke the same language,” Denver Beer Co. posted Monday on Facebook.
Buehler, who lived in Niwot, was climbing solo, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. A pair of climbers on the North Maroon Peak summit said they saw him fall from the ridgeline between the north and south Maroon peaks. It was estimated that he fell between “500-1,000 feet down a narrow gully to the southeast of the summit of North Maroon Peak.”
The Aspen Times first reported his death.
Prior to joining Denver Beer Co., Buehler also worked as a brewer for Oskar Blues, Shamrock and Rockyard, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“As a brewer, Jason was one of the greatest talents in the industry,” Denver Beer Co. posted on Facebook. “The GABF and World Beer Cup hardware he amassed in his career is only the beginning of that story. The rest of it is in our pint glasses. And will continue to be for a long, long time as we brew his recipes in his honor.
“We love you JB. You will remain forever in our hearts.”
Buehler was married and had three children. A GoFundMe has been set up to help his family. As of 10:18 p.m. Monday, it has raised more than $100,000.
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