Steamboat celebrates 50th anniversary with special beer, cocktail |

Steamboat celebrates 50th anniversary with special beer, cocktail

Nicole Inglis

— A golden anniversary just isn't the same without a celebratory toast of a golden concoction.

Steamboat Ski Area now has two beverages — a new cocktail and an extra special bitter beer — with which to toast its 50th anniversary.

A specially designed cocktail, called the Golden Antler, features Barenjager Honey Bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice and ginger ale.

Joe Schuetz, front of the house manager for The Steamboat Grand, mixed up a few of the drinks Friday afternoon in the hotel's Cabin restaurant bar. The drinks are available at all Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. locations with a full bar ($7 for cocktail-style, $9 for martini).

The Barenjager Honey Bourbon, which leads the flavors of the slightly sweet and tart drink, is a relatively new product, he said.

"It's bourbon with real, natural honey in it," he said. "It's a wonderful, nice combination."

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Schuetz said Ski Corp.’s Food and Beverage Director Liz Wahl designed the drink.

"I love it because you taste the honey in it, and it's a little sour to counter the sweet," Schuetz said.

The beer — which is on tap at Bear River Bar & Grill, The Cabin, Stoker Bar & Restaurant, Thunderhead Red's and Rendezvous — is an ESB brewed by Anheuser-Busch and is labeled with a custom Steamboat 50th Anniversary tap at participating bars.

Steamboat's not alone in celebrating its birthday with special adult beverages. Alta Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area are celebrating 75th anniversaries this year with microbrewed small-batch beers from nearby breweries.

The Wasatch Brewery made Alta's 75th Anniversary Ale, a dry-hopped pale ale deep in color, according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Closer to home, Loveland Ski Area had Tommyknocker Brewery in Denver create its Pine Bough Pale Ale using pine needles from the slopes of Loveland.

So why an ESB for Steamboat?

Well, its gold color certainly looks nice against the white of the storm rolling over Mount Werner and matches the golden anniversary.

"It's a big anniversary for us to be celebrating 50 years of skiing and riding, and any way we can share that excitement with the guests, that's what we're looking to do this year," said ski area spokesperson Loryn Kasten. "We're hoping people will cheers our birthday with it."

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