The Local Brew

Supporting your ski town, one beer at a time.
Goose Island Mild Winter

These days, supporting your local economy is the in thing. And for good reason. Personally, I'd rather get fresh tomatoes from my buddy Thad at the farmers’ market than a funky looking reddish blob that tastes more like spicy wet cardboard. There's something to be said for a product that isn't made for the masses—quality retained in a disregard for quantity. Beer, quite obviously, is what I'm talking about, and beer from ski town breweries in particular. In the weeks to come, we’ll bring you insights into some of our favorite ski town breweries. Now, however, it’s not snowing and we need to be more productive than running around the office in long underwear and ski boots. So while you wait for the season to start, here are a few great breweries worth checking out.

Laurelwood Public House and Brewery

Portland, Oregon

Try an…Organic Free Range Red. Combining organic farming, hops grown in state, and a perky looking rooster for a mascot, no wonder it pairs well with patchouli.

Goose Island

Chicago, Illinois

Try a… Mild Winter Ale. Medium bodied but creamy, great for impatiently watching leaves fall from trees.

Clipper City Brewing Co.

Baltimor, Maryland

Try a…Holy Sheet. Rich and full bodied in the style of Belgian beers, delicious, and it gives you a great excuse to say ‘Holy Sheet’ a lot.

McGuire’s Irish Pub Brewery

Pensacola, Florida

Try a…McGuires ‘I’ll Have What the Gentlemen on the Floor is Having’ Barley Wine.Honestly, I haven’t tried it but please, if you have, let us know how it turned out.


I Don't Drink in the Afternoon, Honest.

Aspen Brewing Company

Aspen’s only microbrewery? Why didn’t I think of that?


Telluride Brewing Company

A new Telluride brewery continues an old tradition: Good beer for thirsty skiers.

Snow Cap Beer

And Your Mother Said Drinking Beer Would Never Get You Anywhere

Pyramid Brewery’s sweepstakes could get you five days of resort and cat skiing at Squaw Valley.

The Londoner Thumb

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?

Austria’s Londoner Pub: Where World Cup downhillers go to unwind. Daron Rahlves gives us his take on the legendary post-race party.

Another Lonely Bro

Get A Life

Unsolicited advice for guys in ski towns.


Westbound Brews: Ski Town Breweries with Great American Beer Festival Wins

Idaho Springs’ Westbound and Down Brewpub cleaned up at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival, as did four other mountain town breweries.

Black Star Beer Barter

The Black Star Beer Barter

What would you trade for a year's worth of beer?

Photo courtesy of Upslope Brewing

Five Question Interview: Upslope Brewery

It's about time someone brewed beer specifically for skiers. We make a visit to Colorado's Upslope Brewery.