Skiers dig beer. So it’s no surprise that a number of beer festivals are held at ski resorts. Most in the summer and fall, but occasionally one pops up while there’s snow still on the ground. Personally I love the idea of a ski-in beer fest. I also enjoy good food and music, which most beer festivals feature as well. Pretty much a perfect mix!
Ski resorts offer large open venues, great views, and a population of eager enthusiasts (AKA skiers) ready to knock back a few pints.
Google “beer festival” along with your state to find festivals near you, including those hosted off-resort. Here are a five to get you started:
August 16, 2014
Location: The Valley, Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Admission: $30/in advance, $35/at the door
Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, the Blue’s Brew Fest combines fun revelry and music with a beautiful destination—perfect for a weekend getaway!
“Blue’s Brew Fest features a wide variety of local microbrews, craft beer and some of your favorite domestic and imports! Enjoy live music with the Doc from Penn’s Peak Radio and craft and specialty vendors!”
September 12 – 14, 2014
Times: 9/12 – 2:00pm-6:00pm, 9/13 – 10:00am-6:00pm, 9/14 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Admission (including stein): Half Liter Stein – 1 Day $30/Full Liter Stein – 1 day $35
One of several Oktoberfests around the country, Breckenridge is sure to do it up right. Let’s face it, how can you miss with schnitzel and beer?
“Breckenridge’s 20th annual Oktoberfest, September 12-14, 2014, includes a fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, genuine German cuisine, collectible steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains.”
Aug. 16 – Oct. 12, Every Saturday – Sunday
Times: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah (Near Salt Lake City)
Another fun Oktoberfest, held annually since 1973, Snowbird’s event is one of the largest festivals in Utah. Nosh on German food, dance, and sample some of Utah’s finest local brew. While you’re there, be sure to ride the tram to the top of Hidden Peak, especially at sunset.
September 20, 2014
Times: 12:00pm – ?
Location: Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado
Admission: Chili & Beer Ticket $25 in advance/$30 at gate
Here’s your chance to get high (elevation 9,375 feet, what were YOU thinking?). Drink beer, eat chili, and relax to laid-back tunes. This is the 16th consecutive Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival and it sounds like a blast! They have several ticket packages to choose from so be sure to visit their website to order in advance.
“Sample locally made chilis, sip some of Colorado’s finest craft beer, and enjoy some great tunes from great bands.”
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs, Michigan
Here’s where powder meets a frothy mug! They even have weekend packages including lodging, breakfast, Friday night hors d’oeuvres, and lift tickets.
“Hit the slopes, share laughter with friends and join us at our sampling bars where brewery representatives share their enthusiasm, and 240 brews from around the U.S. When you’ve satisfied your thirst, take in some live music while your favorite brats and burgers reach tasty perfection on nearby grills…”
Still looking for more brew-fest options? Here is a great collection gathered by BeerFestivals.org of beer festivals help across the country: