Cheers to Beer

It should come as no surprise that ski hills are home to some of the best beer festivals in the country. Mark these on your calendar and grab your stein.

Festival of the Brewpubs
: Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
— May 28, 2017

Colorado has garnered a rep as the planet’s craft-beer hub, and A-Basin hosts a legendary party scene at The Beach (a.k.a. its low-key parking lot). Put the two together, sprinkle in some live music, and add a few laps in spring corn on the East Wall and you have the best beer event in ski country.

TAP New York:
Hunter Mountain, N.Y. —
April 29–30, 2017

Hunt-ah! It’s a ski area known for tight jeans, bumps, and partying like you want to let your mullet locks fly free in your Camaro. No surprise that when the lifts shut down, it hosts the biggest beer festival in the Empire State. More than 120 brewers from across the country handed out mugs of their creative drafts last year, and the crowd handed out awards to the beers that best boosted their everlasting buzz.

Brew-Ski Festival
: Boyne Highlands, Mich. —
March 11, 2017

It’s frigid in Michigan ski country, so chill out with a cold one that will at least get you feeling all warm inside. More than 300 beers flow from 80 breweries at this on-hill bash, including Colorado’s Oskar Blues, Utah’s Epic, and Oregon’s Rogue Ales, as well as
in-state crafters like Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewery and Uncle John’s Cider Mill.

Winterfest Beer Festival
: Beech Mountain, N.C. — 
January 2017

It can seem as if the skiers at Beech Mountain are really just drinkers at times (hey, Southerners don’t see this snow stuff often). And even if the skiing is not up to big-mountain standards, the party scene is full-on ski culture (with a dash of college-football-fan craziness thrown in). This midwinter festival draws in breweries from all over the Tar Heel State and local Americana musicians who can pick the pants off bands in those ski-snobby mountain towns.