Top après-ski beers from big ski states
We took a look at the top ski states in the country, and found the best beers to sip slope-side.
February 01, 2021
What is après-ski?
Après-ski is the social events and activities that you do after a day of skiing. You can do this however you feel. However, there are a few classic après-ski must haves; good music, good friends, good food and good beer. We’ll leave those first three up to you. Since we’re an alcohol delivery company though, you know we’re all about the good beer. So, we took the liberty of breaking down our top five après-ski beers from five different ski states so you don’t have to think about it, or drudge all the way to the bar and get it. That’s right - not only are we recommending the beers, we’re showing you where to get them. Read now, thank us later.
Elysian Space Dust (WA)
Starting in the upper northwest, we’re heading over to the Washington beer scene. Elysian is a three-time Large Brewpub of the Year winner known for classic styles, flexibility and innovation. They’ve created over 500 different recipes since starting in 1996. So chances are you’ll find something you like. We’re focusing on a fan favorite, Elysian Space Dust. This is a citrusy, hoppy IPA with an amber color and thin white head. It has a strong hoppy bitterness with flavors of peach and mango on the finish. After a day Mt. Baker or Crystal Mountain, follow it up with some more Washington pride with one of these beers. Buyer beware though, at 8.2% this beer means business.
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Melvin IPA (WY)
Heading slightly east, to Washington - we’d be remiss not to say anything about Melvin IPA. Melvin started in 2009 in a Thai restaurant when owner, Jeremy Tofte decided to bring some futuristic bears to Jackson, Wyoming. Melvin IPA was the first brain child of this idea. This old school west coast IPA is brewed with centennial, simcoe and citra hops, giving the Melvin IPA a fruity and intense flavor with a light body and crisp, malty taste. Coming in at 7.5%, it’s a heavy hitter that won’t put you to sleep before the nachos come after your day at Jackson Hole.
New Belgium Fat Tire (CO)
New Belgian started after a bike trip through Belgium in 1988 when co-founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch were inspired to bring Belgian brewing to home to Fort Collins, Colorado. Fat Tire, named after comments he received about the tires on his mountain bike on a bike trip sampling beer through Europe, was one of the two first beers sold by New Belgian in 1991 at the Colorado Brewers’ Festival. Fat tire has a unique flavor profile which originates from 1930s Belgium. It’s easy-drinking, 5.2% ABV beer with signature Belgian yeast. Fat tire is a flavorful, balanced beer with a fresh herbal hop profile with a touch of malt.
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Zero Gravity Green State (VT)
For our first state in the east, we’re heading over to Vermont. Zero Gravity started in 2004 out of American Flatbread in Burlington, Vermont. Since then, they’ve been making delicious beers and making Burlington proud. Green State is a 4.9% ABV easy drinking pilsner, made with noble hops, it’s a malty pilsner with a clean and satisfying finish.
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Allagash White (ME)
Going all the way to the east, we hit Allagash in Maine. Founded in 1995 by Rob Tod, Allagash has been making award winning beers since. Allagash White is a traditional Belgian-style witbier with a refreshing balance of citrus and spice. This beer pairs with just about anything and has an ABV of 5.2% - meaning it's perfect for whatever your après-ski looks like.
There you have it, folks. We hope you enjoy your day on the slopes, your après-ski beer, or the beer you ordered and got delivered with no skiing involved at all. Happy imbibing.