It is next to impossible to say the words “ski” or “snowboard” without the word “beer” following closely behind. So you have your gear ready to go, you decided on a mountain resort, and you need an après ski hangout? Here are some favorite local breweries to visit if you’re staying in The Rockies.
Backcountry Brewery, Frisco, CO – Summit County has no shortage of resorts and breweries to choose from. Backcountry Brewery, located near Copper Mountain, is the winner of multiple Great American Beer Festival medals. They will serve you just the kick you need after a long day with their Breakfast Stout, made with fresh roasted coffee from local Rocky Mountain coffee roasters.
Broken Compass, Breckenridge, CO – South of Frisco is the idealistic mountain town of Breckenridge, where you will find another Great American Beer Festival winner, Broken Compass. The Coconut Porter is a must have. Tasting almost identical to a Girl Scout Samoa cookie, this silver medal winner will not disappoint.
Dillion Dam Brewery, Dillion, CO – Just down the road from Keystone, the Dam Brewery is a no brainer. Warm up with some beer cheese soup and their Winter Chili brew made from five different peppers.
Hideaway Park Brewery, Winter Park, CO – After the quad workout you will get from the bumps on Mary Jane, head on over to Hideaway Park Brewery in downtown Winter Park. Here you will find yourself in a small, quaint brewery serving El Rojo Diablo, a cherry sour beer sure to satisfy the taste buds of sour fanatics, (a trend sweeping across Colorado).
Storm Peak Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs, CO – When you have had your fill of world class tree skiing in “Ski Town USA”, be sure to stop by the two breweries in the “Boat”, both established less than three years ago. On the west side of town is Storm Peak Brewing Company where the friendly staff is always eager to serve you one of their creations. Be sure to try the 4 Wire Pale Ale or the Flare Orange Wheat, both of which are available in cans at the local liquor stores.
Butcherknife Brewing Company, Steamboat Springs, CO – Around the corner is Butcherknife Brewing Company, where the fresh water from the Continental Great Divide is used to brew their Amputator IPA, voted “Best in the Boat” in 2014.
Crazy Mountain Brewery, Vail, CO – The infamous Vail Valley is home to the legendary back bowls of Vail Resort and Crazy Mountain Brewery, Vail Valley’s first production brewery. Their staple Crazy Mountain Amber Ale is just one of their many year round beers on draft.
Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen, CO – Aspen/Snowmass is a great place to spend your winter getaway, and this 4 mountain destination has a great local brewery. Aspen Brewing Company serves up small batch microbrews to the mountain locals, offering five year round, four seasonal, and four barrel aged beers to choose from.
The Eldo Brewerey and Taproom, Crested Butte, CO – In the rugged mountains of Crested Butte lies The Eldo Brewery and Taproom, the town’s only brewpub. In this “sunny place for shady people”, you can choose from over 40 bottled beers on top of the 9 beers on tap. A true local hang out with good food and an even better atmosphere.
Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO – If you are planning a trip down to the southwest corner of Colorado to ski the steeps of Telluride, be sure to check out Telluride Brewing Company. Their smooth and rich beers like, Facedown Brown, are brewed with some of the freshest water straight from the Rocky Mountain snowmelt.
Salt Lake City
Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT – On top of having 8 resorts accessible from Salt Lake City; this outdoor mecca has some top-notch breweries including Uinta Brewing Company. Along with their flag ship beer, Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta’s seasonal creation, Punk’n, is among the best pumpkin beers out there.
Wasatch Brewery, Park City, UT – Wasatch was the first of its kind, proposing a bill to legalize brewpubs in Utah and opening the first brewery. This award winning brewery has been producing naughty beers like, Polygamy Porter, since 1986.
So after a long day on the mountain take off those boots, put the board/skis away and head into town to check out a local brewery. But remember, be responsible while drinking, and always tip your bartender.
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