Ideally positioned in the heart of snow globe-perfect Park City, Wasatch Brewery proves that the state is no tea-toddling spot.Brews like the Bobsled and the Winter Seasonal speak to their love of winter and the town's Olympic heritage, while the heady 8% ABV Devastator will make the aches and pains you earned through a hard-charging day a distant memory.
For a state that seems like it has more microbreweries than cities, it's inconceivable that the haute ski town of Aspen has only one. Yet the way Aspen Brewing Company executes their brews, there may not be room for another.
Their centrally located tap room is open from noon until late, and the prices are low, often less than $5 — another Aspen rarity. The styles bridge the gamut, from the super-hoppy Independence Pass Ale to the funky Brett Barrel-Aged Saison and the 10thMountain Imperial Stout, an oatmeal stout named in honor of the army division that trained in central Colorado and fought in the Italian mountains during World War II.
With a modest 8,000 barrels a year, Snake River isn't the king of the mountain town microbrews — and that's just the way they want it. This small-scale craft brewery sits in the heart of Jackson Hole, concocting signature beer rarities like Gravity's Gone Saison and the all-too-scarce Le Serpent, a Flanders-style sour brown ale aged in French oak barrels for more than a year.
The Alchemist, a micro-craft brewery in Waterbury, Vt., only makes one beer. But considering it's the Heady Topper, a dense double IPA brewed from a blend of six different hops, you won't yearn for anything else.
The brew fosters such a loyal following that the brewery was forced to relocate to a new, bigger establishment in early 2014.
What started as a ski bum's dream — a bum with a talent for making beer — has since graduated to one of the state's best breweries, crafting more than 52,000 barrels a year.With five brew pubs in Colorado and expansive distribution, finding Breckenridge Brewery's beer is easy throughout the state.
But the original spot on Breckenridge's Main Street, close to the resort of the same name, may rank as the best of the bunch. Here you can sample their entire range, from the Avalanche Ale, a smooth-drinking amber with a wink of hoppy bitterness, to the limited-release NVP nitro vanilla porter and rare whiskey barrel-aged batches.
Fifty-Fifty's slogan — "Find Your Balance" — works just as well for skiing and snowboarding as it does for serious beer consumption, and their brewery and restaurant will help you forget any snow-exploding tumbles and strive for a more even-keeled drinking experience.
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Located in the tiny town Truckee, within driving distance of most North Tahoe ski resorts, this microbrewery rises to the fore in a state that's practically drowning in amazing beer.
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Try the Donner Party Porter, a formidable brew made from hand-toasted oak flakes and molasses, or one of their barrel-aged brews.
Loveland-based Grimm Brothers shares pretty rarefied company with the other stellar breweries in Colorado's Front Range. But this small outfit has earned legions of awards since they opened in 2010, and they continue to push the edge with experimental and limited-release craft beers.
Deschutes is the big boy on the block in Bend, Oregon's crowded craft beer scene, a quaint town located 30 minutes from Mount Bachelor Resort.
In addition to such fantastic, ski-centric beers like Red Chair NW IPA and the crisp seasonal Chasin' Freshies, a fresh-hop IPA, Deschutes boasts two locations within Bend proper: a downtown brew-pub and a massive factory on the river from which the brewery derives its name.
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