5 Ski Town Breweries Killing It By The Slopes

Bonkers Magazine, January 21, 2015

Mountain town brewers are living the dream. They make a living brewing beer in a ski town. It turns out some of those brewers are pretty good at making beer. Due to the vagaries (injustices) of the American beer distribution system, most of these beers are available regionally at best, and because craft beer is best enjoyed fresh, we recommend consuming these brews at their point of origin (because the point of origin is a brewery in a mountain town).

Telluride Brewing Company This company makes some of the best beer can labels in the country, drawing inspiration from their incredible surroundings. Their Tempter IPA is a complex IPA with a juicy hop profile that will appeal even to non-IPA drinkers.

Switchback Brewing Company: Bonkers counts Burlington Vermont as a ski town due to its proximity to some of the east coast’s best skiing. Switchback’s beers are known for their complexity. We’re fans of their latest release, a German inspired release called SwitchBOCK.

Backcountry Brewing Company: Backcountry’s operation is in Frisco, CO, a town sandwiched between mountains and ski resorts. Their excellent beer consistently brings home awards and accolades. It’s available throughout Colorado’s Front Range, but their menu is what makes their brewery worth a pilgrimage. Jalapeno bacon wrapped pretzel sticks, served with beer cheese jalapeno sauce and paired with a Pilsner? Yes please.

Aspen Brewing Co: Aspen Brewing Co. is located in downtown Aspen, which we’ve heard is a pretty good place to be if you like to ski or snowboard. We’re particular fans of their This Season’s Blonde, a blonde ale — offer it to someone as a peace offering if you think they’re about to throw you off a chairlift.

Whistler Brewing Company: One of British Colombia’s oldest craft brewers, they’re also one of the best. Their roster of beers rejects the insidious idea that if a craft beer is either insanely hoppy or for philistines. Chestnut ale and honey beer are two of their highlights.