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The Best Ski-Town Microbrews

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Wanaka, New ZealandHow far would you go for a beer? This small ski-town in New Zealand’s Southern Alps is home to the Brewski, a Bohemian pilsner.…

Wanaka, New Zealand
How far would you go for a beer? This small ski-town in New Zealand’s Southern Alps is home to the Brewski, a Bohemian pilsner. Enjoy it any of lakefront bars in Wanaka—which is closest to Treble Cone and Cardrona ski areas—while watching the sun sink into the mountains over Lake Wanaka. www.wanakabeerworks.co.nz

Lake Placid, NYUbu Ale, named after a chocolate lab, is an English Strong Ale with a devoted following among the locals and further afield—Bill…

Lake Placid, NY
Ubu Ale, named after a chocolate lab, is an English Strong Ale with a devoted following among the locals and further afield—Bill Clinton is a fan. Visit the brewpub—located in Lake Placid, which is 10 minutes from Whiteface ski area—to pick up a growler any night of the week, or settle in at the bar for Two-fer Tuesdays. www.ubuale.com

Burlington, VTMagic Hat has a monopoly on the ski bums of the Northeast. The classic Magic Hat #9 is good all year round, and the summer beer Wacko…

Burlington, VT
Magic Hat has a monopoly on the ski bums of the Northeast. The classic Magic Hat #9 is good all year round, and the summer beer Wacko keeps many a powerhound happy in the warmer months. www.magichat.net

Durango, COHere are the facts: Ska Brewery is located 3.5 miles from Fort Lewis College. The school had a 33 percent graduation rate as of fall 2008.…

Durango, CO
Here are the facts: Ska Brewery is located 3.5 miles from Fort Lewis College. The school had a 33 percent graduation rate as of fall 2008. Coincidence? Maybe, but we’ll bet Ska’s suds and the skiing in the San Juan Mountains—including nearby Durango Mountain Resort and Silverton Mountain—have teamed up to keep more than one student from getting that diploma. www.skabrewing.com

Boulder, COBoulder may not be an official ski town—it’s over an hour to Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, and other ski areas—but…

Boulder, CO
Boulder may not be an official ski town—it’s over an hour to Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, and other ski areas—but we’ll bend the rules to include the microbrewery closest to Skiing’s office. Avery is often on tap in one of the two kegerators at our office, and we swear it will improve your performance on the snow. www.averybrewing.com

Breckenridge, CORichard Squire just wanted to ski all day and drink all night. Sound familiar? He’s been living the ski bum’s dream since 1990. Belly…

Breckenridge, CO
Richard Squire just wanted to ski all day and drink all night. Sound familiar? He’s been living the ski bum’s dream since 1990. Belly up to the bar and ask for the Agave Wheat. www.breckbrew.com

Jackson Hole, WYThis brewpub is the last stop for skiers, climbers, bikers, and generally thirsty people in Jackson. There are 40 microbrews on the…

Jackson Hole, WY
This brewpub is the last stop for skiers, climbers, bikers, and generally thirsty people in Jackson. There are 40 microbrews on the beer list—we suggest you start with the Snake River Pale Ale or the OB-1 Organic Ale. www.snakeriverbrewing.com

Bend, OR In 2009, Oregon microbreweries produced more than one million barrels of beer. Take a seat at Deschutes and start sampling with bestsellers…

Bend, OR
In 2009, Oregon microbreweries produced more than one million barrels of beer. Take a seat at Deschutes and start sampling with bestsellers Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, then branch out to the Inversion IPA. www.deschutesbrewery.com

Missoula, MTWith bestsellers like Moose Drool and Trout Slayer Pale Ale, the beers from Big Sky will entertain you and quench your thirst.…

Missoula, MT
With bestsellers like Moose Drool and Trout Slayer Pale Ale, the beers from Big Sky will entertain you and quench your thirst. www.bigskybrew.com

Taos, NMThe official state question of New Mexico is ‘Red or green?’ This microbrewery has gone green with its Taos Green Chile Beer, marrying local…

Taos, NM
The official state question of New Mexico is ‘Red or green?’ This microbrewery has gone green with its Taos Green Chile Beer, marrying local flavor with a classic ale style. www.eskesbrewpub.com