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3 Cocktails Reimagined with Anderson Valley Brewing Company Beers

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3 Cocktails Reimagined with Anderson Valley Brewing Company Beers

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Picture this: you've just crushed a day on the mountain. Your legs are burning and you are as happy as can be. Why? It is now time for the après ski ritual of kicking back with friends, sharing stories, and warming up with a delicious drink. Don't get me wrong reaching for a craft beer or ordering up a cocktail are both excellent options. But, what if you were to combine the two? With plenty of ski season left, it's time to raise your ski game with unique and flavorful cocktails crafted around the incredible craft beers from Anderson Valley Brewing (AVB).

Anderson Valley Brewing Company: A California Craft Beer Pioneer

Anderson Valley Brewing

Hailing from California's Mendocino County, Anderson Valley Brewing was a pioneer in the craft beer industry. They have been an innovator in the industry since 1987. It's no accident that Anderson Valley Brewing has been around for over three decades. They're passionate about using pure, local ingredients and unique brewing techniques to create beers that are bursting with flavor. From crisp Pilsners to tart Goses and roasty Ales, Anderson Valley offers a diverse range of craft beers that cater to every palate.

It is this very range of flavors that makes Anderson Valley beers an excellent base spirit for cocktails. Yes, believe it or not, beer is a worthy and innovative ingredient in cocktails. And, with plenty of ski season still left, especially in California where AVB hails from, here are three that you simply must try for yourself. 

Fallgosa: A Gose Delight with a Fiery Flair


As the name would suggest, the Fallgosa is more of a Fall drink than a winter one. However, we do not let the seasons predetermine when we can and should drink certain drinks. This effervescent cocktail is perfect for those who love a balance of sweet, tart, and smoky, especially après ski. The Holy Gose, a tart and refreshing wheat beer with a hint of salinity, provides the perfect base. Here's how to make it:

  • Ingredients:
    • 100 proof brandy (for flaming)
    • Sugar and cinnamon mix (for rimming)
    • ¼ oz brandy
    • 3 oz Holy Gose
    • 6 oz Champagne
    • Thin slice of Fuyu persimmon (for garnish)
  • Instructions:
    1. Rim a flute glass with brandy, then dip it in the sugar-cinnamon mix.
    2. Carefully light the rim of the glass with a match or lighter to caramelize the sugar. (Pro tip: Make sure to extinguish the flame completely before proceeding.)
    3. Combine brandy, Holy Gose, and Champagne in the prepared glass.
    4. Garnish with a thin slice of Fuyu persimmon for a touch of elegance.

Huge Arker: A Spicy Ginger Kick to Warm You Up

For those who crave a bold and warming drink, the Huge Arker cocktail is the answer. This rye whiskey-infused concoction features the Huge Arker, a malty amber ale with a touch of caramel sweetness, balanced perfectly by the kick of ginger beer. Here's how to whip it up:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 oz rye whiskey
    • 8 oz Huge Arker
    • 6 oz ginger beer
    • 1 oz ice
    • Candied ginger (for garnish)
  • Instructions:
    1. Fill a glass with ice.
    2. Combine rye whiskey, Huge Arker, and ginger beer in the glass.
    3. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger for a delightful sweet and spicy contrast.

Boont Fashion: A Classic Twist with a Boont Amber Kick

Craving a sophisticated and flavorful après ski drink? Look no further than the Boont Fashion. This bourbon or rye-infused cocktail utilizes the smooth, toasty notes of Boont Amber Ale to create a well-rounded and satisfying take on a traditional Old Fashioned.

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
    • 4 oz Boont Amber Ale
    • Orange twist (for garnish)
    • Dash of bitters
    • 1 maraschino cherry (for garnish)
  • Instructions:
    1. Combine bourbon or rye, Boont Amber Ale, and bitters in a shaker filled with ice.
    2. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
    3. Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry for a touch of citrus and sweetness.

Après Ski Drinks with Anderson Valley Brewing: Cheers to Creativity!

These three cocktails are just a few ideas to get your creative après ski juices flowing. With Anderson Valley Brewing Company's diverse range of beers, the possibilities for crafting unique and delicious après ski drinks are endless. So, grab your favorite Anderson Valley Brewing Company beer, gather your fellow shredders and raise a glass to another epic day on the slopes!

Remember to always drink responsibly and enjoy your après ski celebrations safely.

The Best Après Ski Attire For Craft Beer Cocktails

Après ski fun isn't just about drinks, it's about celebrating a day in the snow! Whether you enjoy one of Anderson Valley Brewing's refreshing beers or a delicious cocktail that is made with them, après ski is a chance to relax and connect with fellow skiers and riders. Our Après Ski Team Hoodie and t-shirt are the perfect way to show your love for the slopes and après ski culture. No matter your drink preference, you're part of the team! Join the fun and grab your Après Ski Team gear today!

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