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UPDATED! Beers or Bust: The Best Ski Town Breweries, April '14

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It's been almost four months since we've updated our picks for the best ski town breweries and although there's something magical about skiing and drinking a pint at après, the spring and summer months are perfect for suds on the patio. Bring on the t-shirt weather and long sunny days, because we have picks from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon to Vermont's Magic Hat Brewing Company and everywhere in between. Please welcome the newcomers to the list: Breckenridge Brewery, Missoula's Kettlehouse Brewing Co., Sun Valley's Sawtooth Brewery, and Bozeman's Madison River Brewing Company. Without further adieu, here is your summertime mountain beer guide (road trip anyone?) listed from West to East.

Upset that your favorite spot for suds didn't make the cut? Let us know in the comments or send us a tip.


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1. Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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1044 NW Bond St
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-9242
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2. 10 Barrel Brewing Company

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1135 NW Galveston Ave
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 585-1007
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This may not be the working brewery of 10 Barrel Brewing Co, but the Bend Pub is still a great place to sample some tasty suds. 10 Barrel brewers ski hard on powder days and will be more than happy to help you put back a few. The digs are stellar with a great outdoor fire pit, patio, and locals swear by the pizza. See their second location in Boise, ID.

3. Fiftyfifty Brewing Company

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11197 Brockway Rd
Truckee, CA
(530) 587-2337
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4. Mammoth Brewing Company

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94 Berner Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-7141
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After a day of turns on the hill, head to Mammoth Brewing Company for a flight that includes everything from IPAs to Blonds. There's also a bunch of gear so you can rep the Mammoth Brew Co brand with trucker hats, bike jerseys, or even a coozie. Kegs and growlers are available so you can keep the party going at home.

5. Sawtooth Brewery

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600 N Main St.
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 806-1368
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Sun Valley has pretty much everything you could ask for (sunshine, great skiing, and a great town) so it makes sense that there is a kickass brewery too. Whether you head to their tap room in downtown Ketchum or grab a pint on tap at one of area's many bars, Sawtooth delivers stellar beer options throughout the year. Highlights include the low-hop Ketchum Cream Ale and the well-balanced Freeheeler Rye IPA. Stop by after skiing or biking, this place is a must visit.

6. Kettlehouse Brewing Company North

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313 N 1st St W
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 728-1660
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With two locations in Missoula (called Southside and Northside), Kettlehouse is a powerhouse of beer, brewing award winning suds like the Double Haul IPA and the Bong Water Pale Ale. Hit the tasting room after a powder day at Montana Snowbowl, or look for Kettlehouse in other Montana ski towns like Big Sky. State law only allows you to have three pints at the tasting room, so choose wisely. Our go-to pick (in almost any town in Montana) is Kettlehouse's famous Cold Smoke Scotch Ale. A dark smooth ale with a slightly sweet coffee finish and a reasonable 6.5% ABV, we could drink this beer all day (and we have!).

7. Madison River Brewing Company

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20900 Frontage Rd
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-0322
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There are quite a few breweries in Bozeman, but the Madison River Brewery is top notch. Don't come for the ambiance or expect a fancy patio (the brewery is located in a warehouse near the airport), but if you want a good beer, this is your spot. The Irresistible Amber is a balanced, sessionable beer, and we also love the Salmon Fly Honey Rye. While there, check out the local's collection of glass mugs.

8. Snake River Brewery & Restaurant

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265 S Millward St
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-2337
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9. Grand Teton Brewing Company

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430 Old Jackson Hwy
Victor, ID 83455
(208) 538-0068
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Since 1988 Grand Teton Brewing has been pumping out quality brews 30 minutes from the world-class ski resorts of Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Beer lovers can visit the 11,000 square foot brewery and enjoy daily specials (and killer views) at their tasting room. There's no food sold at the pub, so bring your own.

10. Wasatch Brew Pub

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250 Main St.
Park City, UT 82930
(435) 649-0900
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11. Ska Brewing Company

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225 Girard St
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-5792
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12. Telluride Brewing Co.

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156 DEF Society Drive
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-5094
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Located in an unassuming business park, visitors don't come to Telluride Brewing Co for the view, but the beer is dang good. Try the Face-Down Brown, which won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for "American Style Brown."

13. Aspen Brewing Company

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304 E Hopkins Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-2739
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14. Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

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600 S Main St
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-1550
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Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 as Colorado's third craft brewery. It wasn't long until this ski town favorite expanded to Denver, but we still think that Breck beer staples like the Agave Wheat and the Avalanche Ale taste the best in the mountains. The crowds can get a bit overwhelming at the brewery/pub/restaurant in downtown Breckenridge, but know that you can always find a sixer at most Colorado liquor stores.

15. Dillon Dam Brewery

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100 Little Dam Rd.
Dillon, CO 80498
(970) 262-7777
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16. Long Trail Brewing Company

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5520 US 4
Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035
(802) 672-5011
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17. Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5 Bartlett Bay Rd
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 658-2739
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1. Deschutes Brewery & Public House

1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701
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1044 NW Bond St
Bend, OR 97701

2. 10 Barrel Brewing Company

1135 NW Galveston Ave, Bend, OR 97701

This may not be the working brewery of 10 Barrel Brewing Co, but the Bend Pub is still a great place to sample some tasty suds. 10 Barrel brewers ski hard on powder days and will be more than happy to help you put back a few. The digs are stellar with a great outdoor fire pit, patio, and locals swear by the pizza. See their second location in Boise, ID.

1135 NW Galveston Ave
Bend, OR 97701

3. Fiftyfifty Brewing Company

11197 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA
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11197 Brockway Rd
Truckee, CA

4. Mammoth Brewing Company

94 Berner Street, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

After a day of turns on the hill, head to Mammoth Brewing Company for a flight that includes everything from IPAs to Blonds. There's also a bunch of gear so you can rep the Mammoth Brew Co brand with trucker hats, bike jerseys, or even a coozie. Kegs and growlers are available so you can keep the party going at home.

94 Berner Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

5. Sawtooth Brewery

600 N Main St., Ketchum, ID 83340

Sun Valley has pretty much everything you could ask for (sunshine, great skiing, and a great town) so it makes sense that there is a kickass brewery too. Whether you head to their tap room in downtown Ketchum or grab a pint on tap at one of area's many bars, Sawtooth delivers stellar beer options throughout the year. Highlights include the low-hop Ketchum Cream Ale and the well-balanced Freeheeler Rye IPA. Stop by after skiing or biking, this place is a must visit.

600 N Main St.
Ketchum, ID 83340

6. Kettlehouse Brewing Company North

313 N 1st St W, Missoula, MT 59801

With two locations in Missoula (called Southside and Northside), Kettlehouse is a powerhouse of beer, brewing award winning suds like the Double Haul IPA and the Bong Water Pale Ale. Hit the tasting room after a powder day at Montana Snowbowl, or look for Kettlehouse in other Montana ski towns like Big Sky. State law only allows you to have three pints at the tasting room, so choose wisely. Our go-to pick (in almost any town in Montana) is Kettlehouse's famous Cold Smoke Scotch Ale. A dark smooth ale with a slightly sweet coffee finish and a reasonable 6.5% ABV, we could drink this beer all day (and we have!).

313 N 1st St W
Missoula, MT 59801

7. Madison River Brewing Company

20900 Frontage Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714

There are quite a few breweries in Bozeman, but the Madison River Brewery is top notch. Don't come for the ambiance or expect a fancy patio (the brewery is located in a warehouse near the airport), but if you want a good beer, this is your spot. The Irresistible Amber is a balanced, sessionable beer, and we also love the Salmon Fly Honey Rye. While there, check out the local's collection of glass mugs.

20900 Frontage Rd
Belgrade, MT 59714

8. Snake River Brewery & Restaurant

265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY 83001
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265 S Millward St
Jackson, WY 83001

9. Grand Teton Brewing Company

430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor, ID 83455

Since 1988 Grand Teton Brewing has been pumping out quality brews 30 minutes from the world-class ski resorts of Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Beer lovers can visit the 11,000 square foot brewery and enjoy daily specials (and killer views) at their tasting room. There's no food sold at the pub, so bring your own.

430 Old Jackson Hwy
Victor, ID 83455

10. Wasatch Brew Pub

250 Main St., Park City, UT 82930
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250 Main St.
Park City, UT 82930

11. Ska Brewing Company

225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303
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225 Girard St
Durango, CO 81303

12. Telluride Brewing Co.

156 DEF Society Drive, Telluride, CO 81435

Located in an unassuming business park, visitors don't come to Telluride Brewing Co for the view, but the beer is dang good. Try the Face-Down Brown, which won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for "American Style Brown."

156 DEF Society Drive
Telluride, CO 81435

13. Aspen Brewing Company

304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
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304 E Hopkins Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

14. Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 as Colorado's third craft brewery. It wasn't long until this ski town favorite expanded to Denver, but we still think that Breck beer staples like the Agave Wheat and the Avalanche Ale taste the best in the mountains. The crowds can get a bit overwhelming at the brewery/pub/restaurant in downtown Breckenridge, but know that you can always find a sixer at most Colorado liquor stores.

600 S Main St
Breckenridge, CO 80424

15. Dillon Dam Brewery

100 Little Dam Rd., Dillon, CO 80498
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100 Little Dam Rd.
Dillon, CO 80498

16. Long Trail Brewing Company

5520 US 4, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035
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5520 US 4
Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035

17. Magic Hat Brewing Company

5 Bartlett Bay Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403
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5 Bartlett Bay Rd
South Burlington, VT 05403