This past fall, I had the opportunity to attend the Winter in Wyoming event as it made its way through NYC. Held at The Standard, it was, hands down, one of the best media receptions that I have attended. The warm, welcoming people of Wyoming made me feel like I fit right in and just reminiscing about it has me thinking about jumping on a plane and flying out there right now. The food and beverage variety only upped the ante on this event. With some of the best sliders I've ever eaten and a healthy dose of lobster rolls I definitely got my fill. Although the food may not have been native to Wyoming, unless I am mistaken about the lobster population out there, the beer certainly was. Flown in from Roadhouse Brewing Company, I was able to sample a variety of their beers for the first time, and I really dug them. Their Family Vacation was my go to that night, and my only let down was that they eventually ran out and I could not drink any more of it. It was also at this event, that I met Roadhouse Brewing Company co-founder, renowned chef and part owner of Jackson Hole's Fine Dining Group, Gavin Fine. Upon meeting him, I could instantly sense his passion for food and how it pairs with the beers that they are brewing at RHBC. That is, after all, the purpose, to create a harmonious blend of flavors with the food you prepare and the drinks that compliment it. And, it was clear, based on my conversation with Fine that he was devoted to that plan.
At the time of the reception, I was in the process of doing the research for my most recent article on ski themed beers, and given that Roadhouse was located in one of the most authentic ski towns in America, I asked him if they had any plans to release a ski themed brew. His smile widened from ear to ear as he pulled out his phone and immediately showed me the graphics for Roadhouse's Loose Boots "Apres IPA" set to drop within the next few weeks. Boom! What a fortuitous conversation that turned out to be. Since that time I have had the opportunity to give Loose Boots a try (loved it...see below) and have become determined to learn more about the brewery itself. I have come to find that their passion is more than pairing good food with good beer. It extends beyond the parameters of the brewery and into the community where they seek to form lasting relationships forged by their motto, Live Deep.
At one point in the movie Braveheart William Wallace says, "Every man dies, not every man truly lives." Those who call Jackson Hole home or who are lucky enough to have visited this epic locale know that it is a place filled with adventure. From the deep pow days to the white water rapids, you have no choice but to truly live while there. It is this passion that Roadhouse captures in every beer that they brew. Each bottle is a tribute to their love for the outdoors and the people that Live Deep while in them.
This type of dedication to their craft that has contributed to the continued growth of Roadhouse Brewing Company. When they started out , they were brewing out of the back of a garage. Now they occupy a state of the art facility in huge industrial space complete with authentic German tanks and vintage wooden barrels. The brewery is open daily from 4-9pm, offering a selection of their year-round beers on tap, as well as seasonal and experimental brews available exclusively in the tap room. You can regularly find a pretty good après ski crowd there drinking these tasty beers, but I imagine the true après ski hot spot will be when they open the Roadhouse Pub and Eatery in Jackson Hole's town square this summer. In the meantime you can find a healthy variety of their beers at many of the bars and restaurants around town and even grab a sixer throughout Wyoming and Idaho as well as the Bozeman area of Montana. They even plan on increasing distribution into California early this year.
All of this is great news for RHBC as their continued expansion makes their tasty beers more accessible for fans likes us. We at All About Après were very fortunate to try three of Roadhouse's top selections: Loose Boots, Family Vacation and Avarice and Greed and here's what we thought.
Loose Boots Après IPA 5.5% ABV
The worst part about skiing...ski boots. The best part about skiing, unbuckling them and letting the blood flow back into your feet as you slowly regain feeling in these lower extremities while sipping an ice cold bevvie. That's exactly what the collaboration beer with Stio Outdoor Apparel, Loose Boots Après IPA was brewed for and it truly hits the spot. This is as good of a session IPA that I have had. It is super easy drinking with the perfect amount of hops that give off a nice citrus flavor of orange and lemon. Not overly malty at all and low on alcohol so you can really throw these back after a long day of shredding. Roadhouse says that Loose Boots pairs with, "tired legs, loaded nachos, and slopeside live music." I say it pairs well with life.
Family Vacation Blonde Ale 4.9% ABV
The first beer that I tried from Roadhouse and still one of my favorites. For a blonde ale this beer is really quite tasty. Flavors of biscuit blend extremely well with the citrus, particularly lemon, notes of the hops to create a refreshing and crisp blonde. So pack a bunch up to take on that Griswold-like vacation you're planning or throw a few back while playing cornhole in your yard, you won't be disappointed.
Avarice and Greed 9% ABV
Avarice and Greed can be dangerous, and so can this beer. With an ABV of 9% this Belgian Strong Ale packs a serious punch. However, its harmonious blend of Pilsen malts, Belgian yeast along with just enough hops creates a balance of flavors that makes it dangerously drinkable. So tread the line with this one Avarice and Greed may feel damn good but it can get you in the long run.
For more on these beers check out the upcoming edition of the Ski Bum Podcast where the guys and I crack a few of these open and chat more extensively about them and the brewery itself.