Why Skiers Love Beer

The search for lovers of snow and microbrews at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.
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Sure, resorts are starting to open here in Colorado, but make no mistake, we’re still deep in the throws of autumn. The best skiing is still a long way away. With 578 breweries pouring over 2,700 different beers, the Great American Beer Festival provided a malt-fueled distraction from the doldrums of the season. Here’s what went down at last week’s festival in Denver. Here’s a hint: I drank beer. Lots of it.

Sure, resorts are starting to open here in Colorado, but make no mistake, we’re still deep in the throws of autumn. The best skiing is still a long way away. With 578 breweries pouring over 2,700 different beers, the Great American Beer Festival provided a malt-fueled distraction from the doldrums of the season. Here’s what went down at last week’s festival in Denver. Here’s a hint: I drank beer. Lots of it.

Few things in this world rival a bar stool and a cold, locally produced craft beer after a day on the slopes. If I had to pick a style to end the ski day, I’d have to go with the following: pilsner after bump skiing, IPA after powder days, stout after cold, dark days in the trees.

Since, it was mid-October, I didn’t get the chance to put in a few laps before the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. But while I cruised around the event sampling mountain-inspired craft beers and catching a pretty decent buzz, I got to meet plenty of festival goers who had similar feelings about pairing a day of skiing with a tasty microbrew. It seemed the whole place was filled with my kind of people: fun-loving, beer-drinking, slightly intoxicated skiers. Here’s what they had to say. Good times.

And check out last year's awesomeness here.

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