I know what you’re thinking: We shouldn’t be drinking and skiing.
Well, fine, but like it or not, there’s a pre-après culture out there like you wouldn’t believe. And I’m with them: The brews can be quite tasty in between runs on the ski lift, and they sure can make you feel all warm and fuzzy on a cold, wintery ski day. It sort of makes sense. A 10 or 15-minute lift ride was meant for a brew and some conversation, don’t you think?
Two preferences for my list: It’s got to come in a can (for transportability’s sake) and it’s got to be reasonably available in ski areas (a beer brewed and distributed only in the south doesn’t really work for a ski beer).
Who says you have to wait for the après scene to start drinking? Here are the best beers to keep you warm on the slopes (just avoid those black diamonds until you’ve sobered up).