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Where to whet your whistle in between runs...

Right at home skiing pow in the Utah backcountry!! #beerporn#skibeer #utahsnow #utah #parkcity

Right at home skiing pow in the Utah backcountry!! #beerporn#skibeer #utahsnow #utah #parkcity

Drinking and ski culture undoubtedly go hand-in-hand. As any seasoned skier or snowboarder knows, the après ski scene is almost as important as the snow conditions.

But it’s no longer enough to swing by the pub closest to the ski lift and order a Bud Light. A major trend in skin towns over the past few years has been the establishment of local and artisanal craft breweries and distilleries. From rare beers, to whiskey, vodka, schnaps, and more, visiting these spots makes for the perfect “off-mountain” activity.

Here, we pulled together a quick guide to where to go and what to order at these après ski destinations. Next time you visit make sure you swing by. Tell them Mr. Luxury Ski sent you…

Colorado

Aspen

Aspen Brewing Company

Après ski. •• @matthewaitkensphotography •• #aspen #colorado #presidentsweekend#aprèsski #drinkintheview

Après ski.
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@matthewaitkensphotography
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#aspen #colorado #presidentsweekend#aprèsski #drinkintheview

Head Here After Skiing At: Aspen/Snowmass
Open Since: 2008
What To Order: Independence Pass Ale
Accolades: World Beer Cup Gold Medal(s) – Independence Pass Ale IPA & Cloud 9 Saison
Experience Info: Taproom open 12-12 every day; Tours $20/pp Tuesday & Thursdays
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jeff Moreland
304 East Hopkins Avenue, Aspen CO 81611

Woody Creek Distillers

Head to @hbgarbo's blog to find out how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary

Head to @hbgarbo's blog to find out how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary

Head Here After Skiing At: Aspen/Snowmass
Open Since:  2012
What To Order: Woody Creek Mule; Smoke on the Water
Accolades:  Woody Creek Colorado 100% Potato Vodka: 2015 Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015 Best in Show (vodka) San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Woody Creek Colorado Straight 100% Rye Mash Whiskey: 2016 Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Woody Creek Colorado Stobrawa Reserve Vodka: 2014 Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Experience Info: Tour only: $10; Tour package (tour/tasting trio/specialty cocktail): $30
Brewmaster/Distiller: David Matthews
60 Sunset Drive, Basalt, CO 81621

Breckenridge

Breckenridge Brewery

The next variety in our Barrel Aged 471 series is ready - Barrel Aged 471 Citra! We take our 471 Double IPA and rest it in whiskey barrels to add a deep, sweet, oak character then we dry-hop each batch with a different hop varietal. Citra hops will add a smooth floral and citrus brightness to this heavy hitter. Barrel Aged 471 Citra will be hitting store shelves soon. Check out breckbrew.com/beer-locator to find the closest locations to you! #471 #471DoubleIPA #IPA #barrelaged#471series #citra #hops bit.ly/ba471citra

The next variety in our Barrel Aged 471 series is ready - Barrel Aged 471 Citra! We take our 471 Double IPA and rest it in whiskey barrels to add a deep, sweet, oak character then we dry-hop each batch with a different hop varietal. Citra hops will add a smooth floral and citrus brightness to this heavy hitter. Barrel Aged 471 Citra will be hitting store shelves soon. Check out breckbrew.com/beer-locator to find the closest locations to you!
#471 #471DoubleIPA #IPA #barrelaged#471series #citra #hops bit.ly/ba471citra

Head Here After Skiing At: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Open Since: 1990 (But the newest location, in Littleton, opened in 2015)
What To Order: Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Amber Ale, Agave Wheat, 471 Double IPA, and Breck IPA, along with a variety of specialty beers that include seasonals, barrel-aged beers, the Brewery Lane Series, and a newly announced nitrogen-charged canned series.
Experience Info: 90-minute guided brewery and sampling tours are offered five days a week.
2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO 80120

Breckenridge Distillery

Our partner, @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s Is a master of cocktails. Check out this light and refreshing drink, perfect for entertaining this holiday season! . . Pomegranate Gin(ger) Fizz

Our partner, @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s Is a master of cocktails. Check out this light and refreshing drink, perfect for entertaining this holiday season! .
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Pomegranate Gin(ger) Fizz

Head Here After Skiing At: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Open Since: 2007
What To Order: Wee Bitter and Mule in Paradise
Accolades: New York International Spirits Competition: Distillery of the Year 2013, 2015, World Whiskies Awards: Best American Blended-Breckenridge Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys
Experience Info: Tours during business hours 11am-5:30pm every half hour. After-Hours Private Tours for 10-25 people start at $100.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jordan Via
Distillery: 1925 Airport Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Tasting Room: 137 S Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424

Crested Butte

Montanya Distillery

#montanyarum#montanyadistillers #hemingwaydaiquiri#rayofsun

#montanyarum#montanyadistillers #hemingwaydaiquiri#rayofsun

Head Here After Skiing At: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2008
What To Order: Montanya Platino, Montanya Oro and Montanya Exclusiva (limited release)
Accolades: The Platino has been awarded 9 gold medals and two “Best in Class” designations in International competitions, as well as “Best White Rum” at the World Rum Awards, UK 2015, The Oro has received 8 Silver medals and one “Best In Class” designation in competition.
Experience Info: The tasting room is open from Monday to Sunday, from 11 am to 9 pm. Open daily, all year round, for free rum tastings, distillery tours, artisan cocktails, appetizers and small plates.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Brice Hoskin
212 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224

Durango

Ska Brewing

Pouring today only is our featured #caskconditioned #craftbeer : #TrueBlondeAle with flavors and aromas of lime and ginger with a hint of mint! *BYOCM (bring your own copper mug) #coloradocraft

Pouring today only is our featured #caskconditioned #craftbeer : #TrueBlondeAle with flavors and aromas of lime and ginger with a hint of mint! *BYOCM (bring your own copper mug)

#coloradocraft

Head Here After Skiing At: Purgatory Resort
Open Since: 1995
What To Order: Euphoria Pale Ale and Steel Toe Stout
Notable Awards: Back-to-back Gold Medals for Steel Toe Stout at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and 2012 World Beer Cup.
Experience Info: Free tours of the brewery are held daily at 4 p.m.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Kurt Randall
225 Girard Street, Durango, Colorado 81303

Telluride

Telluride Brewing Company

RYE'D Out is on tap! Our collaboration with our brothas @marblebrewery ! A hybrid of our #bridalveilryepaleale and Marble's White Out!

RYE'D Out is on tap! Our collaboration with our brothas @marblebrewery ! A hybrid of our #bridalveilryepaleale and Marble's White Out!

Head Here After Skiing At: Telluride
Open Since: 2011
What To Order: Face Down Brown
Accolades: Face Down Brown: Great American Beer Festival: Gold 2012 & 2014; Bronze 2016; World Beer Cup: Gold 2012, Whacked Out Wheat: Great American Beer Festival Silver 2015; World Beer Cup Silver 2016
Experience Info: Take the Fat Biking tour from downtown Telluride approximately four miles along the valley floor to the brewery. Don’t worry, they drive you back!
Brewmaster/Distiller: Chris Fish
156 Society Dr., Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Distilling

Batch 1 whiskey is being bottled today. Available tomorrow at the distillery Friday July 1st!!! #telluridedistillingcompany#telluridedistillery #craftdistillery #whiskey#drinkingefficientlyat8750 #craftspirits

Batch 1 whiskey is being bottled today. Available tomorrow at the distillery Friday July 1st!!! #telluridedistillingcompany#telluridedistillery #craftdistillery #whiskey#drinkingefficientlyat8750 #craftspirits

Head Here After Skiing At: Telluride
Open Since: 2013
What To Order: Chairlift Warner Peppermint Schnapps
Experience Info: Tasting room open seven days a week, tours available by appointment. Don’t forget to order a $5 cocktail, available all day every day.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Abbott Smith
152B Society Drive, Telluride, CO 81435

Vail

Vail Brewing Co.

After you GET SOME ❄️, stop by for our new Hut Trip Winter Warmer, a winter ale brewed with vanilla black tea and herbal chai... with some crushed up cinnamon sticks for a finishing touch. This will be sure to warm you right up 😜 #vailbrewingco #winterale #powday#colorado #mountainliving #brewery

After you GET SOME ❄️, stop by for our new Hut Trip Winter Warmer, a winter ale brewed with vanilla black tea and herbal chai... with some crushed up cinnamon sticks for a finishing touch. This will be sure to warm you right up 😜 #vailbrewingco #winterale #powday#colorado #mountainliving #brewery

Head Here After Skiing At: Vail and Beaver Creek
Open Since: 2014
What To Order: Gore Creek IPA and Pete’s Stash Pale Ale
Accolades: Best Wheat/Belgian beer at Crested Butte Chili/Beer Fest
Experience Info: Brewery is open from Sunday to Wednesday: 11:30 am -10pm. / Thursday-Saturday: 11:30 am-UTC.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Garrett Scahill
Vail Village, Suite 209, Vail, CO 81657

10th Mountain Whiskey

Great day with one of our favorite local bartenders @msblairme and a few of her friends.

Great day with one of our favorite local bartenders @msblairme and a few of her friends.

Head Here After Skiing At: Vail
Open Since: 2014
What To Order: Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine, 10th Mtn Rye Whiskey, 10th Mtn Bourbon, 10th Mtn Vodka and Alpenglow Cordial.
Accolades: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival 2016: Alpenglow-Silver and Bourbon-Silver, Denver International Spirits Competition 2015: 10th Mtn Bourban-Gold, Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine-Silver, Alpenglow Cordial-Silver, 10th Mtn Rye Whiskey-Silver.
Experience Info: Started a barrel investment program
Brewmaster/Distiller: Ryan Thompson, Christina Avignon
227 Bridge St, Vail, CO 81657

Utah

Park City

Alpine Distilling

#Reposting Thank you @topshelfutah! #pclife #preserveliqueur#parkcitygram #mountainlife #craftspirits#bourbonwhiskey #utahgram#beautahful #distillery-- Park City are you ready for what we have our hands on?! Welcoming @alpinedistilling to the community. Can't wait for you all to try this tasty new Whiskey! #whiskeywednesday #whiskey#alpinedistilling #parkcity #utah

#Reposting Thank you @topshelfutah! #pclife #preserveliqueur#parkcitygram #mountainlife #craftspirits#bourbonwhiskey #utahgram#beautahful #distillery-- Park City are you ready for what we have our hands on?! Welcoming @alpinedistilling to the community. Can't wait for you all to try this tasty new Whiskey!
#whiskeywednesday #whiskey#alpinedistilling #parkcity #utah

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain resort
Open Since: 2016
What To Order: Preserve Liquer, Stonefruit, Primrose, Cinnamon Bourbon-Whiskey, Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey and Traveler’s Rest Barrel Proof Single Malt Whiskey
Accolades: SIP Platinum for Preserve Liqueur and Gold for Stonefruit, Primrose, Cinnamon Bourbon-Whiskey.
Experience Info: Daily tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tastings can be arranged in advance.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Rob Sergent
7132 N. Silver Creek Rd., Park City, UT 84098

High West Distillery

Our Double Rye is a great camping accessory, @Backcountrycom said so themselves!  Take a look at their “Escape to Moab” article and you’ll spot us in “Chapter 4 - Dinner with a view.” Cheers!

Our Double Rye is a great camping accessory, @Backcountrycom said so themselves! 
Take a look at their “Escape to Moab” article and you’ll spot us in “Chapter 4 - Dinner with a view.” Cheers!

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2006
What To Order: The Utah-only releases: Valley Tan, 14 Year Light Whiskey
Accolades: 2016 High West is Named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Advocate
Experience Info: Tours at the Saloon in Park City daily at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Brendan Coyle
703 Park Ave., Park City, Utah 84060

Park City Brewery

Happy #nationalamericanbeerday celebrate with your friends here @parkcitybrewery as we have specials on your favorite #parkcitybeers #utahbeer #craftbeer#supportlocal

Happy #nationalamericanbeerday celebrate with your friends here @parkcitybrewery as we have specials on your favorite #parkcitybeers #utahbeer #craftbeer#supportlocal

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2015
What To Order: Imperial Pilsner, American Pale Ale and India Pale Ale
Experience info: Tours are free, open 3-8 Tuesday through Friday and 12-8 Saturday and Sunday
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jeremy Ray
2720 Rasmussen Rd Suite A1 Park City, Ut. 84098

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Roadhouse Brewing Co.

Now on tap: Punky's Dilemma, our new boysenberry saison. Brewed over 15lbs of fruit per barrel and 7.2% ABV, it's only on tap @jhqroadhouse. 

Now on tap: Punky's Dilemma, our new boysenberry saison. Brewed over 15lbs of fruit per barrel and 7.2% ABV, it's only on tap @jhqroadhouse. 

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2012
What To Order: Loose Boots IPA, Rhombus IPA
Accolades: 2014 Great American Beer Festival: Silver- Saison En Regalia, Belgian style Fruit Beer, 2015 North American Brewer’s Awards: Silver – Sacred Creed- Saison, Silver- Sacred Brett- Other Belgian style ale, Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style strong pale ale), 2016 North American Brewer’s Awards: Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style strong pale ale, Bronze- Sacred Brett- Other Belgian style ale, 2016 US Open Beer Championships: Silver- Innocent and Pure- French/Belgian style Ale, Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style Triple.
Experience info: Guests can enjoy 15 Roadhouse beers on tap at The Q Roadhousealongside a regionally-focused gastropub menu.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Kyle Fleming
2550 Moose-Wilson Road, Wilson, WY 83014

Honorable Mention: Jackson Hole Winery

Smoke from the Pine Creek Fire! #nofilter #naturesbeauty#notesofsmoke#smokeonthemountainfireinthesky

Smoke from the Pine Creek Fire! #nofilter #naturesbeauty#notesofsmoke#smokeonthemountainfireinthesky

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2009
What To Order: Rendezvous Red / Catch and Release Red / Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Accolades: Silver medals for its 2010 Rendezvous Red and 2010 Catch & Release Zinfandel from the International Womens Competition. The 2011 Russian River Valley chardonnay won bronze at the Sonoma Harvest Fair.
Experience info: Tastings by appointment.
Wine Maker: Anthony Schroth
2800 Boyles Hill Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83002

Wyoming Whiskey

We hope Santa left something nice under your tree. #jacksonhole #wyoming#tetons #bourbon #whiskey #itwas24belowzero

We hope Santa left something nice under your tree. #jacksonhole #wyoming#tetons #bourbon #whiskey #itwas24belowzero

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2006
What To Order: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Outryder Straight American Whiskey and Barrel Strength Bourbon.
Accolades: The Denver International Spirits Competition: Silver medal in the Straight Bourbon Category and the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition: Silver medal in the Single Barrel Bourbon under 10 years of age category
Experience info: Complimentary tours are offered at the distillery Monday-Friday 10 am-3pm at the top of each hour.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Sam Mead
100 S Nelson St, Kirby, WY 82430

Alberta, Canada

Banff

Park Distillery

Want to know how Master Distiller Matthew Hendriks makes his gin and how it compares to other gins in Alberta? Join us for GINS OF ALBERTA - Spirit Seminar & Tasting - part of Banff's Big Taste on January 22nd, 2:30pm. >>> Buy tickets here: https://www.banffsbigtaste.com

Want to know how Master Distiller Matthew Hendriks makes his gin and how it compares to other gins in Alberta? Join us for GINS OF ALBERTA - Spirit Seminar & Tasting - part of Banff's Big Taste on January 22nd, 2:30pm. >>>
Buy tickets here: https://www.banffsbigtaste.com

Head Here After Skiing At: NorquaySunshine Village, and Lake Louise
Open Since: 2015
What To Order: Vodka, Gin and Rye – Signature cocktail: The Glacier Manhattan
Accolades: Alberta Beverage Awards: Gin-silver, Park Vanilla Vodka-silver
Experience info: Free distillery tours everyday at 3:30pm
Brewmaster/Distiller: Matthew Hendriks
219 Banff Avenue, Banff, Canada

Don’t Forget The Schnapps!

What better way to experience the birthplace of Alpine skiing than to drink your way through the Alps via the Tirol Schnapps route in Austria? Since the 1700s, small batch, craft distillers have been handing down recipes and making use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and crisp snow-melt water to produce some of the finest distilled spirits in the world.

Some distilleries to catch along the route:

Region: Ausserfern and Tirol Oberland

  • Lechtaler Haussegen Distillery
  • Brennerei Kofler Distillery
  • Brennerei Gspan Distillery
  • Brennerei Schiechtlhof Distillery

Region: Innsbruck and Tiroler Unterland

  • Hoferbauer Nagiller Distillery
  • Brennerei Hortnagel Distillery
  • Bognerhof Destillery
  • Steinerhof Destillery
  • Schaubrennerei Schmider Distillery

Region: Osttirol (East Tirol)

  • Edelbrennerei Obkircher Distillery
  • Kuenz Naturbrennerei Distillery

Additional research by Angelina Bruno.

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