Beers and what we like to call sk’riding are the tightest of tandems. And while we skiers and riders are quite fond of the symbiotic brew-ski relationship, we are hardly alone. So too it seems are many breweries, offering more and more beers with names and graphics pertaining to the slopes. And whether they relate to mountain peaks, trail names or just good old ski culture, the following beverages are sure to enhance your antics this winter.
1. Roadhouse Brewery Loose Boots Après IPA 5.5%
This collaboration brew with Roadhouse’s Jackson Hole neighbor, Stio Outdoor Apparel, really pairs well with sore feet. Not overpowering and with a sessionably low ABV, the citrusy taste and slightly piney finish provide a refreshing relief from those tight boots you’ve had on all day.
2. Melvin Brewing Company Pils-Gnar 4.5%
When two greats in their respective industries come together, the end result is usually pretty gnarly. In the case of the multi-award-winning Melvin Brewing and legendary shred flick brand Teton Gravity Research, it’s a beer worthy of its name. Light, crisp and super sessionable, this brew is sure to quench your thirst after a long day of shredding the gnar.
3. Foolproof Brewing Yahd Sale 5.5%
Yahd sales in New England take on a whole new meaning. Sure your gear is everywhere like normal, but on the ice coast, the fall is just a bit hahda. With that in mind, Foolproof brewed this après shred session IPA for Mount Snow, so if you do happen to send it the wrong way, you can drink your pain away with delightful hoppiness and citrusy goodness.
4. Ska Brewing Euphoria 6.2%
The mountain community is all about friendships, and that is exactly what is going on here between Ska and Venture Snowboards. Venture hooks Ska up with a board and Ski brews their winter season special for them. Medium bodied with a touch of malty sweetness, this pale ale is a worthy companion for your post-mountain fun.
5. Good People Brewing Company Denim Downhiller 5.3%
Apparently there is skiing in Alabama and apparently many people do so in jeans. This appropriately named brew-ski pays homage to those very people. Tasting of toasty bread and sweet caramel goodness, this beer packs a punch of flavor. However, its lower ABV will allow you to drink and few without losing your Scotchgard.
6. Telluride Brewing Company Face Down Brown 5.7%
This multi-award-winning beer celebrates the art of a good face plant. And fortunately for you, this beer is not just another pretty face; it has some bite as well. Rich flavors of toffee, chocolate and even a bit of coffee offer a taste explosion unrivaled in other brown ales. It’s hearty sweetness will wash all your on mountain pains away. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
7. Sawtooth Brewery Last Chair Stout 5.9%
Who doesn’t love catching the last chair up the mountain? One final ascent with an opportunity to prove your mettle and earn your après. Once there, catch this Last Chair (third from left above, joining Sawtooth’s full selection, including several other ski-themed beers) at the bar and revel in the lighter-bodied dry stout’s coffee and chocolaty goodness.
8. Aspen Brewing Company This Season’s Blonde 5.6%
Ah, this season’s blonde. There to tantalize and tease… your taste buds, of course. Get your mind out of the gutter. This Season’s Blonde is a slightly stronger blonde ale that stands out with her fruity and almost floral taste. Refreshingly good, no matter what the season.
9. Magic Hat Single Chair Ale 5%
This brew pays homage to the iconic single chair lift and the unique vibe at Vermont’s skier-only Mad River Glen. It’s a medium-bodied, well-balanced golden ale with hints of sweetness and hoppiness that don’t overwhelm. This makes it a worthy and refreshing friend to hang with while riding solo on the lift that bares its name.
10. Woodstock Inn Brewery Frosty Goggles 5%
Come in from the cold, kick back and relax, you deserve this appropriately named ski beer. Offering a toasty bread and caramel taste that is just sweet enough, it’s perfect for warming by the fire while you defrost those goggles.
11. Ellicottville Brewing Company Ski Bum 6%
We’ve all dreamed of quitting our jobs, running away and becoming a ski bum, and this beer is a tribute to those who have. A hop-forward beer full of citrus and pine flavor with a bit of bitterness at the end, it’s a ski bum’s dream for breakfast, in the lift line and especially at après.
12. Zero Gravity Madonna 8%
Named after the peak of the number one ski resort in the east, Smugglers’ Notch, this double IPA packs as much of a punch as the mountain’s famous triple diamond. Not too hoppy and full of tropical grapefruit and tangerine flavor, it goes down far too easy for a double IPA with an 8% ABV. Scary good, just like skiing Madonna Peak.
13. Deschutes, Red Chair NWPA 6.2%
This multi-award-winning pale ale named after a legendary chair at Oregon-based Deschutes’ home mountain, Mt. Bachelor, will not disappoint. Malty goodness hits you hard right away, followed by a healthy dose of zesty citrus flavor. Red Chair is well worthy of the flavor ride it will take you on.
14. Wasatch Brewery, First One Down Winter Ale 7.1%
When you are the first one down the hill, you get all the fresh pow and a beer as good as this one. It looks a bit like an amber in the glass, but it’s filled with dark fruit flavors and a slightly roasted finish. This easy-drinking, not-too-boozy winter warmer will having you wanting to send it down the hill just to get to the bar before they run out.