Favorite Apres Beer:I like a proper Cosmo with a curly straw to share with my besties just before we hit the clubs. Barring that, Kokanee Gold. It’s Canadian PBR only better and tasting less like garbage.
Why it’s your fav:The price is right. It’s usually served at a fraction of a degree above freezing. And the mountain image on the can is a real mountain you can actually ski near Nelson, BC. That helps.
Ideal situation to drink it in: Behind the wheel. But cracking one while sitting on your tailgate after a day of ski touring is pretty good too.
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Favorite Apres Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon
Why it’s your fav: In 1893, it claimed the blue ribbon for “America’s Best” beer. Then, over a hundred years later, it won the award for “Best American-Style Premium Lager” at the 2006 Great American Beer Fest. That, my friends, is called consistency. Also, it’s dirt cheap.
Ideal situation to drink it in: Apres, after a long day at work, on your day off, sporting events, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, upon winning the lottery, upon losing your life savings on a high-risk investment, while grilling meats, birthday, Presidents’ Day, any day, any night, now, later, as part of a balanced diet, etc.
Any other info: It’s crisp. It’s refreshing. It’s beer flavored. It is Pabst Blue Ribbon. “PBR me, ASAP.”
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Favorite Apres Beverage: Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s and whipped cream
Why it’s your fav: It’s nice to drink something sweet and warm after a cold day of skiing. And it reminds me of being a kid again, when hot chocolate was as much a part of a ski day as chairlifts.
Ideal situation to drink it in: By a fireplace, ski boots off, with big fat flakes coming down outside.
Any other info: For an ideal pairing, have a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with the beverage.
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Favorite Apres Beer: Avery’s Ellie’s Brown
Why it’s your fav: Of all the Avery Brews the brown has that sweet nuttyness that is second to none.
Ideal situation to drink it in: On my back porch in the sun.
Any other info: Drink local- it saves the environment, or at least you won’t have far to drive.
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Favorite Apres Beer: Spaten Optimator
Why it’s your fav: Slam this brew on an empty dehydrated stomach. At 7.2% alcohol it will start your evening, and impending blackout, with class.
Ideal situation to drink it in: The Optimator’s bang for buck makes it an ideal Utah brew, where full strength beer is an endangered species.
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Favorite Apres Beer: At the risk of sounding like a Crocs-wearing, mint-condition-townie-bike-riding, yoga-mat-carrying, visor-sporting, wavy-blond-haired, Crest-Whitestripping Boulder bro, I’m hooked on New Belgium’s organic Mothership Wit.
Why it’s your fave: In a pint glass, with a slice of lemon, this light, infinitely drinkable brew puts me in a spring mood, which means corn season in the Indian Peaks of Colorado. Since I hit a tree and broke my back in January and missed the meat of the season, this I-Peaks corn season will BE my season. I’m just waiting for a canned version of Mo-ship, so I can crush it on my forehead on the summits I plan to crush all spring long.
Ideal situation to drink it in: Lounging on the summit of Mt. Toll before a 1,200 descent through fields of sweet corn. In my lawn, barefoot, after returning home from skiing. Landscaping my yard, working in my garden, attending church, or sitting at my desk at work. It’s hard to think of an inappropriate occasion.