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Two Great Beers for Closing Day Shenanigans

Celebrate the wackiest ski season ever with two Oskar Blues beers that are perfect for springtime parking lot parties.

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There comes a time in every skier’s life when they must stop riding chairlifts for the season. While many ski areas delay the inevitable for as long as possible, there are closing days scheduled from now until June (and hopefully July) at ski areas across North America.

The world might be as weird as ever, but skiing has served as the perfect escapist activity for all of us through these unprecedented times. So raise a beer to this awesome sport of skiing at your favorite resort’s closing day this spring, even if it’s in the parking lot because the lodge is still closed. (Did I mention how weird this season was?)

Two new beers from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado are great options for hoisting and celebrating the change of seasons. The first, Oskar’s Lager, is a beer-flavored beer that will be right at home in the hands of locals and ski town visitors alike. Brewed with German lager techniques, high-quality ingredients, and “kire,” Oskar’s Lager is like a craft brew cross between Sapporo and Warsteiner. And with a 4.2-percent ABV and only 95 calories per can, this beer still has an American-lager drinkability without any sacrifice in flavor.

“When developing this recipe, we had in mind a Japanese concept called ‘kire,’ which in the beer world means a pleasing crispness with cleansing properties,” says Ryan Dunnavant, VP of Operations for Oskar Blues in a press release. Based on our testing, “kire” goes great with après.

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Oskar Blues Guava Guava Rodeo

Oskar Blues Guava Rodeo
Pretty sure this is set up for a still-life painting. Photo: Courtesy of Oskar Blues

For those who like to live on the wild side, Oskar Blues’ Guava Rodeo Sour Ale is an exciting ride of flavors that can last much longer than eight seconds. Brewed with guava and tangerine, Guava Rodeo has a tart start with great tropical notes that mellow out the pucker factor.

While the premise of a sour ale might intimidate some, this one is worth trying at your next closing day luau party because all those fancy hazy IPAs are played (or are they?). With a not-so-heavy but not-so-light ABV of 6 percent and no bitterness, the Guava Rodeo is a unique, tropical way to end a ski day and a season on chairlifts.

And don’t cry because the chairlifts are closed, it doesn’t mean you have to stop skiing. Keep your eyes on SKImag.com next week for a new all-things-backcountry section to help you move beyond the resort ropes and extend your season. The only thing better than a beer after riding a chairlift is a beer after earning your turns in springtime corn.

Oskar Blues Oskar Lager Details

Oskar Blues Oskar's Lager can
Photo: Courtesy of Oskar Blues

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Oskar Blues Guava Rodeo Details

Oskar Blues Guava Rodeo Can
Photo: Courtesy of Oskar Blues
  • Style: Fruited Sour Ale
  • Flavor Notes: Pink guava, tangerine, apricot, lemon
  • Paris Well With: Luau-themed après, the first post-covid community mountain town rodeo, courageous folks who aren’t afraid of sour ales.
  • ABV: 6.0% IBU: N/A
  • More info: Oskar Blues Website