Some things in life just naturally go hand-in-hand. Baseball and hot dogs. Macaroni and cheese. Movies and popcorn. But none quite as dynamic as skiing and beer, an age-old combination that was destined to be in harmony. Seriously, name a more iconic duo? I’ll wait. With microbreweries as hot as ever, we wanted to create a series that highlights our favorite breweries in each of our favorite ski towns. Follow along and find out “What’s Brewing” in Ski Town, USA!
PC: Grand Targhee Resort
Take in the breathtaking views of the Tetons with a fresh, local brew in hand! Millions of people flock to these grandiose mountains every year for the world-class skiing, rafting trips, wildlife and adventure. While I am sure you don’t need another reason to visit the Tetons, you should check out the craft beer scene! There are both, old and new breweries nestled in Jackson and on the outskirts in Alpine and the Teton Valley. Check out the taprooms and grab a 6-pack to go for any adventure the Tetons have to offer!
A road trip North to Jackson would not be complete without make a pit stop in Alpine at Melvin Brewing. They have made a name for themselves around the craft beer world for their renowned lineup of stellar IPAs. Melvin Brewing was born in the back of their current Jackson taproom, Thai Me Up restaurant in 2009. After starting with a 20 gallon brew system, they quickly grew into a larger scale operation with their award-winning brews including the original Melvin IPA, 2×4 Double IPA, and Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb! After winning Small Brewpub of the Year at GABF 2015, Melvin opened their main production facility 45 minutes away in Alpine, WY. Stop in and see what all the madness is about!
SNAKE RIVER BREWING
Snake River Brewing opened in 1994 as the the first brew pub in Wyoming. Located in the heart of town, the “Brewpub” has been a staple of Jackson since the start! It stands as a local “living room” and a family friendly, must-visit spot for the flocks of tourist who come into town. Try one of their famous Pako EYE- P-A’s or the Jenny Lake Lager.
GRAND TETON BREWING COMPANY
Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 by Charlie and Ernie Otto as Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company, which was the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. Their original brewhouse was located in Wilson, WY but in 1998 they moved over the pass to Victor, ID. They boast that Teton Valley, Idaho is the best place on earth to craft beer. The local water is glacial run-off, filtered over 300-500 years by Teton Mountain granite and limestone before it surfaces at a spring a half mile from the brewery. Also, the proximity to locally-grown barley and Northwest hops make it an ideal spot for brewing. Fun Fact: The Otto brothers are credited with reintroducing the “Growler” into modern day brewing. Swing by their taproom in the Teton Valley for a Teton Amber Ale or Bitch Creek Brown Ale!
Roadhouse Brewing is the new kid on the block up in Jackson. This fresh, new brewery has hit the ground running with a fleet of high quality beers. With the addition of their larger scale brewery, they have just recently started canning and distributing their brews! Roadhouse has two locations in town which makes it ideal for getting some tasting in before or after your adventures. Make sure to try their Wilson West Coast IPA and the Trout Whistle Pale Ale!