Thirsty Thursday: Aslan Brewing Dawn Patrol Pacific Ale

It's Thirsty, I'm thursday.

For the Beer Nerds:

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Location: Bellingham, Washington

IBUs: 18

ABV: 5.3%

Hops: Cascade, El Dorado

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Caramunich, Munich, Rye

Awards: None yet, but we deem it the Wake and Chug winner.

Number of beers drunk during this review: 4 (lay off me, I'm thirsty).

We (meaning me and my friend that I somehow convinced to drink beer with me, by a river, at 10 a.m.) decided it would be best to test this beer while catching a quick snooze at the base of the Tetons.

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Just finishing my morning coffee I cracked into the Dawn Patrol Pacific Pale (it's organic so I figured it was similar to having fruit for breakfast). A nice medium bodied American pale ale style, this tasty treat is bursting with tropical fruit flavors. Pineapple, mango (watch out Sierra Quitiquit), passion fruit all exploding in your mouth at once, I thought about immediately booking a flight to Mexico.

At only 18 IBUs I figured this would be more gentle for the morning time, but it’s hoppy for sure, I think? I may be mistaking that with the spice characteristic of rye malt. What do I know, I just drink the stuff.

They say that this is a fresh farm-to-glass beer, meaning it is unfiltered, unprocessed and certified organic. I think I just found my new morning orange juice.

That's all for now, we'll just be here, drinking beer, until the snow flies.

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Find Aslan Brewing beer on tap at Mt. Baker Ski Area or check out their beer finder to find it in a store near you.


Ah, those ski bums. They trade security and income for skiing endless powdery, bluebird days, and whimsical lives. But it takes a special kind of talent to live large on 8 grand a year, plus the idea of being a 30-50 year-old server or bartender might not be a huge draw to you (and definitely not to your spouse/kids/pets). Luckily, in ski towns, there is a middle road. Some people have real jobs and still ski every day. Welcome to the elite club of dawn patrollers, who, in order to live the dream, traipse up mountains before or after a day at the office, like strange, very fit, powder-loving vampires.Zahan Billimoria, director of communications for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and avid dawn patroller found time to offer some tips on how to get started. Billimoria holds a full time job, runs a language school, and is an Exum mountain guide and father. He can do it, what’s your excuse? Soon, you’ll be shunning lifts and skinning in the dark even on your days off.

Dialing in the Dawn Patrol

If you want to ski powder and still hold down some semblance of a real job you're going to have to get up early. Backcountry guide/dawn patroller/employed dude Zahan Billimoria told us how to do dawn patrol right.