The Stark words have held true once more and Winter is Coming. As the fresh powder begins falling in earnest, tens of thousands of people from across the world will flock to mountain towns from California to New Hampshire. After a day on the slopes, nothing soothes muscles more than a fresh pint. Cheers to these great mountain breweries. Hunt one down for your next snowbound adventure.
Breckenridge Brewery has that classic brewpub feel. Several large fermenters sit behind the bar and the building is old brick and well worn wood, giving a historic feel to the space. Their Vanilla Porter is among the best dark brews crafted anywhere, layered with sweetness and an opulent, round mouthfeel. Breckenridge is home to some of the best slopes anywhere in the country, so stop by the next time you eat some powder. Your pride may be wounded, but at least there is beer. Photo courtesy of skitownrestaurants.com
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Just five short miles from the Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort is South Lake Brewing Company. Surrounded by snow peaked mountains and the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe, South Lake is the quintessential place to grab a beer after a long day riding the mountain. The tap list rotates regularly, and with thirteen options there is little chance of going thirsty. The unfiltered Angora IPA is the perfect beer to work through those sore muscles.Photo courtesy of Tahoe.com.
North Conway, NH
Moat Mountain is the all in one package. Delicious BBQ, a well rounded tap list, and a short walk up the stairs to your bed after a day of skiing and a night of delightful imbibement. The Smokehouse Porter, one of their winter seasonals, is excellent with the Texas brisket. Attitash Mountain is only a 10 minute drive making this smokehouse/brewery the perfect place to be next time you feel like hitting the slopes. Photo courtesy of Moat Mountain.
Park City, UT
With some of the best skiing and snowboarding anywhere, Park City Utah had to make this list. Wasatch Brewery is a real head turner in this mecca of moguls. The menu features well prepared classic pub food, pairing wonderfully with the quality beer brewed here. The Snap Down IPL is particularly delicious with a light body, crisp hop profile, and a mild touch of sweetness. Wasatch also offers pitchers, helpful with those stringent Utah low ABV laws. Photo courtesy of SnowPak.
Big Sky, MT
The perfect stopping point for your next trip to the Madison Range, and the powder couldn’t be more fresh. Big Sky Montana can get over 400 inches of snow, and with over 4,000 vertical feet the potential for the ideal day on the slopes is very high. Beehive Basin Brewery is the perfect place to unwind after an intense day flying down the mountain. The taproom has an industrial-chic feel and features 10 taps with seasonal and special offerings rotating constantly. Photo courtesy of explorebigsky.com.
Government Camp, OR
Right in the heart of Oregon’s ski country sits Mt. Hood Brewing Company. With seven different resorts nearby, the alpine adventures could easily fill a whole season for the most diehard of skiers and snowboarders out there. The brewery’s menu features a wide variety of food options from cheese curds to a sweet potato burger. The tap selection is well rounded, and a beer engine behind the bar promises a great pull off of their cask ales. Photo courtesy of pnwbeerchick.
Right at the base of Sun Valley you will find Warfield Distillery and Brewery. The bar and restaurant have a very rustic, old timey feel. Unlike many breweries, Warfield keeps bitterness to a minimum with most of the brews coming in between 20 and 30 IBU’s. Take a step back in time and grab a beer from Warfield next time you take to the slopes. Photo courtesy of Conrad Garner.
Tucked in the northern reaches of Vermont, you will find the breathtaking slopes of Mt. Mansfield. This stunning peak towers over the pine filled landscape and, with an average snowfall of over 200 inches, the powder beckons. Von Trapp Brewery and Bierhall resides just seven miles from the nearest lift. With their exceptional lagers, the specialty of Von Trapp, enjoy a range of styles from the Trösten Lager to a Hoppy Märzen. Photo courtesy of vontrapbrewing.com
As you pull out the board wax and start sanding those skis, don’t forget to pack the growler for the next trip to the mountains. Enjoy your time on the slopes and the sensational suds that come with.