Skiing and drinking beer are two beloved Colorado activities, though it’s not in your best interest to do both at the same time. Look for these snow-worthy brews at your favorite local liquor store, or head for their namesake mountains to toast your perfect powder day.
Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs
This robust porter is named after brewers’ favorite ski run at Monarch Mountain. Expect a balanced brew that’s malt forward with a lingering sweetness of chocolate and coffee.
Guanella Pass Brewery, Georgetown
Parker the Snow Dog, the official mascot of Loveland Ski Area, has inspired his own brew. His last birthday party at the brewery raised over $1,100 for furry friends at the nearby animal shelter, thanks to proceeds from the balanced American brown ale, hopped with a touch of piney flavor.
10 Barrel Brewing Company, Denver
It’s every skier’s and snowboarder’s mantra, and the herbally-spiced winter ale is an annual favorite. Even better, 1 percent of all Pray for Snow sales benefits the climate advocacy group Protect Our Winters.
Blue Spruce Brewing Company, Littleton
Who doesn’t love the four-legged heroes of backcountry search and rescue? This medium-bodied oatmeal pale ale gives them their due, with a Patrol Shack partnership that directs a portion of sales to snow safety and rescue nonprofits.
Avery Brewing Co., Boulder
Don’t worry about that double black diamond “Experts Only” warning on the can. This big, roasty stout is just right with a hearty barbecue platter after you hang up your skis for the day.
Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride
Every skier knows the epic fail pictured on the can of Face Down Brown. The beer, however, boasts multiple podium finishes at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, thanks to toffee, chocolate and nut flavors.