Mountain Beer For Mountain Living
Not a lot can top a cold brew after a killer day on the hill. Last year, we celebrated Park City Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary with a Golden Ale and Alta’s 75th with the Anniversary American Amber. You sit in a cozy chair, kick off the boots, put your feet up, and crack one open, toasting to your turns. It’s no surprise then that many resorts team up with brewers to create signature labels that embody your moments on hill.
Wyoming’s Snow King Mountain and Snake River Brewing Company are the latest to partner up with the return of Snow King Pale Ale. It first came out in 2013 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Snow King Mountain, Wyoming’s first ski area but the recipe has been modified slightly. It has a blend of Progress hops from the UK, and US-grown Organic Fuggle, and Organic High Alpha Magnum. Apprarently, “dry hopping” brings out “the delicate flavors and aromas, and the result is a copper-colored, fully hop-flavored and moderately bitter beer.”
“We’re excited to bring it back for the second year because we had such an enthusiastic response last year,” said Krissy Zinski, Snake River Brewing Company’s Director of Marketing and Events.
Even if you don’t drink beer, you’ll dig the retro label which comes from a vintage Snow King poster Snake River Brewing and local retailers will also sell limited edition pint glasses and t-shirts featuring the skier on the iconic “Town Hill”.
Snow King is planning a “Return of the King” Celebration – complete with a first keg-tapping of the new Snow King Pale Ale –Saturday, December 20.
Other noteworthy ski beers:
Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery is named after the oldest operating chairlift at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.