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Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Kojones » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:57 am


We are coming to a close with the warm weather climbing season. Sometimes, nothing tastes better than a creek-cooled beer at the trailhead after a climb, even if it is 9:30 in the morning. I'd like to get an idea of what beers pair the best with certain peaks. Tell me what beer you'd most like to drink after what peaks.

I have had a number of beer coupons from the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado that I haven't been able to use. I hate to have free beer go to waste. They all expire on January 1, 2013. I have listed below the coupons I have. Most are free beer (maybe a couple require a food purchase).

Only if you'll use them, I'd like to send them to you.

1. First come, first served.
2. Let me know which one(s).
3. Respond to the beer-peak pairing question.
4. I'll PM you and you can respond with the address you'd like me to send these to.

Colorado Springs:
-Rocky Mountain Brewery
-Phantom Canyon Brewing Co
-Front Range Barbeque
-Colorado Mountain Brewery
-Bristol Brewing Company

Grand Lake
-Grand Lake Brewing Co

-Oskar Blues Brewery (3 locations, buy beer & glass is $2)

Fort Collins
-Odell Brewing Company

-San Luis Valley Brewing Company

-Crazy Mountain Brewing Co

-Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery

Woodland Park

-Aspen Brewing Company

-Silverton Brewery

-Durango Brewing Company
-Ska Brewing Company

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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Lemmiwinks » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:24 am

I think it's fitting to go with a Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat from Estes Park Brewery after a summit of Longs.

As for the coupons, perhaps these would be good to hand out at the next happy hour on Nov 1?
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby bradyj » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:25 am

I had a Lucky U IPA from Breck Brewing on top of Snowmass. It was my last 14er and I felt very lucky and privileged to have completed all the 14ers with only 3 trips to the doctor. Intestinal bacteria, knee problems, and stitches in my leg from a fall on Capitol. FWIW my buddy had a Guinness on top.

As for the coupons I wouldn't mind having a Bristol one to go grab a pint of Winter Warlock when it comes out this month. But I'm not picky when it comes to free Colorado Springs Beer coupons.
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Brian Kalet » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:42 am

Horsetooth Stout from Coopersmith's is good after scrambling up Horsetooth Mountain.

I wouldn't mind taking the Odell Brewing Company coupon off your hands...
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby pills2619 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:01 am

90 Shilling, 5 Barrel or some Great Divide Rumble are my personal favorites to carry to the top.
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Snowgirl » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:03 am

I'm a pretty big Avery and Mountain Sun fan, but I know I'll be down in Silverton this year and don't mind taking the Ska and/or Silverton Brewing (new to me...?) coupons off your hands? It's a pretty generous offer, and hard to resist :)
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby EmmaM » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:33 am

I nursed two Ellie's Brown Ales after Capitol. A great recovery drink.

I wouldn't mind the Colorado Mountain Brewery or Phantom Canyon coupons, but I'd take any from the CO Springs area :-D

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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Matt » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:05 pm

Gordon/G'Knight is my favorite Colorado beer. I've included it in many trip reports, like this one.
For me, nothing tops off a successful day in the mountains like the taste of a Gordon. The buzz helps make those aches and pains fade into the background, too!
And.. my birthday's coming up soon. A coupon for OB, especially if I can snag a pint glass, would make it extra special.
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby BenfromtheEast » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:41 pm

Just brainstorming...
-Any beer after any peak
-Dale's after a peak when it's warm out
-Ellie's after a peak when it's cold out
-Shadow Mountain Oatmeal Stout after its namesake-that's my favorite from Grand Lake Brewing Co. I'd love that coupon if it's still available!

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby SummitKathy » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:56 pm

Only 2 in particular for me.....

Two Moons Pale Ale, Phantom Canyon Brewery - Pikes Peak. I've gone here every time in Colorado Springs before racing either the Pikes Peak Ascent or the Marathon. I always make sure to have at least 2 beers before races... otherwise I'm taking myself to seriously ;)

Independence Pass IPA, Aspen Brewing Company - North Maroon Peak. My husband and I got engaged on North Maroon Peak and went to the brewery afterwards to celebrate with a beer. We now make it a tradition when climbing any of the peaks in the Aspen area.

That's really all that I have. I love beer from all of the breweries mentioned... but these are the only two that stood out because they're special to me.
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Re: Mountain/Beer Pairing (Free Beer Inside)

Postby Double Oh Seven » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:52 pm

How bout Lefthand Sawtooth....after running the sawtooth ledges

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