Fast forward to 1997 when the reality of moving to Houston to work as a geologist began to
sink in, Mic and Molley realized the key to living a mountain lifestyle was to transform their
home brewing hobby into a business and in 1999 they found the open door that led them to
launch Socorro Springs Brewing Co. During the next several years as Socorro Springs thrived
and grew, Mic pursued an airline career before realizing being home and raising a family was
more important and that it was time to find the path to the mountains and rivers of Colorado.
In 2005, they decided that Buena Vista was the key to their dreams and began investigating
During the decade that transpired from when there were just a few dozen Colorado
microbreweries to when they decided to call Buena Vista home, nearly 200 microbreweries
were started. The Heynekamps knew that to be successful in such a competitive arena they
had to produce beers that were exceptional. The Heynekamps moved to Buena Vista with
their relatives Brian England and Ryan McFadden who were to manage Eddyline. Eddyline
initially began as a brewpub featuring wood-fired pizzas and grilled items in a location on the
banks of the Buena Vista river park brewing on a three barrel brewery. By the second summer
capacity had been reached at 400 barrels (1 barrel = 31 gallons) and the planning process had
begun to build a bigger brewery and canning facility to can the Eddyline beers.
Eddyline opened in May 2009 over the CKS Paddlefest weekend with the goal of serving exceptionally drinkable beers suited for any outdoor adventure whether just a quick play session in the river, celebrating a tough 14’er, mountain biking any of the epic single track, or just kicking back on the deck overlooking the beautiful Arkansas valley. In September 2011, Eddyline opened its production brewery and started canning their CrankYanker IPA. Eddyline chose cans over bottles due to their much smaller environmental impact, better ability to preserve the quality of the beer, and suitability to be enjoyed in an outdoor environment.
The CrankYanker IPA deviated from the traditional american IPA where the emphasis was on maximizing bitterness to maximizing the hop aroma and balancing the malt profile with the bitterness for absolute drinkability. Following the success and rapid market response to the CrankYanker, Eddyline launched a pilsener for CKS’s Paddlefest called Boater Beer. This was followed by their Mountain Fairy Raspberry wheat named after the feeling one has as they are trekking through alpine meadows filled with raspberries and wildflowers in awe of the magical scene. This beer was followed by the Pumpkin Patch Pale Ale which won a silver medal at the All Colorado Beer Festival.
In October of 2012 at the Great American Beer Festival, Eddyline’s River Runners Pale Ale won a
prestigious gold medal and became their fifth beer to be canned. From brewing less than 300 barrels
in 2009 they are on track to brew more than 3000 barrels for 2013. Eddyline chose to take over where New Belgium Brewing left becoming the title sponsor of the 65th year of FIBArk, Colorado’s oldest and largest whitewater festival. Taking over as the title sponsor was a natural choice as Eddyline believes in pairing beers that are specifically designed to complement the outdoor enthusiast, supporting a local event that epitomizes the reasons the Heynekamps have called the Arkansas valley home, and the belief that Eddyline can build on the legacy that FIBArk has grown.