| The Downhill Report, December 1996|
There's a Reason They Call It a Brewski
Six of America's Best Microbrews
Long Trail India Pale Ale
The Ski: Stowe, Vermont
Our Hopsmeister Says: "Keg beer in a bottle. Brings a flood of frat-party flashbacks, but with a smooth, cigarette-butt-free aftertaste. Call it a Foosball brew."
Deschutes Obsidian Stout
The Ski: Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Our Hopsmeister Says: "Nothing halfway about this one--it's all-the-way dark. Nutty, with a velvety molasses undertone. Proves that Guinness does not hold a monopoly on stout."
Wasatch Raspberry Wheat
The Ski: Park City, Utah
Our Hopsmeister Says: "The Earl Grey of beer: mountain-air scent, back-of-the-tongue taste. It's a little on the thin side, but finishes with a zing. The sun's shining, the snow's melting--it's spring skiing with a head!"
Snake River Lager
The Ski: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Our Hopsmeister Says: "Light, clean--a good drinking beer. Subtle, but not wispy, and satisfying, though not remarkably complex. The kind of beer that gets better as the evening goes on."
The Brewery at Lake Tahoe's Indian Pale Ale
The Ski: Heavenly Valley, California
Our Hopsmeister Says: "A sassy bite, with just a hint of apricot. Intricate, deep, inviting. Makes your taste buds stand up on edge. It says, "Deal with me on my own terms."
Breckenridge Mountain Wheat
The Ski: Breckenridge, Colorado
Our Hopsmeister Says: "A wheaty wheat, like a Kansas county fermented and bottled. Earthy, but also proud, proletarian. As dependable as a midwinter snowstorm on the banks of the Prairie Dog River."
Copyright 1996, Outside magazine