Après Eats: Local Beer

Après Eats: Local Beer

Corduroy, powder, ice… no matter the conditions, all any skier or snowboarder wants after a long day on the mountain to quench their thirst and refuel their body is a big, cold, beer. Oh yeah, when that sweet craft nectar hits your lips it’s like heaven on earth… it’s like new fitted boots or freshly waxed boards on a refill day.

Wait – play this and reread that paragraph: Oh Yeah – YouTube 

If you’re on your way out or just trying somewhere new during your stay, check out some good-vibe breweries and pubs that will help you heal after a long day.

Pennsylvania

Nearby Ski/Ride: Seven Springs, Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Laurel Mountain State Park
Nearby Hiking: Ohiopyle, Forbes, Laurel Ridge, Laurel Hill, Linn Run, Kooser State Parks & Forests

  1. Helltown Brewing – Mt. Pleasant, PA – Learn More
  2. Whitehorse Brewing – Berlin, PA – Visit Site
  3. Ridge Runner Distillery – Farmington, PA – Check It Out

More Food & Beer: Falls City Pub – Ohiopyle, PA 

West Virginia

Nearby Ski/Ride: Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Canaan Valley, White Grass (Cross-Country) 
Nearby Hiking: Blackwater Falls State Park

  1. Barrels Brewhouse (previously Blackwater Brewing Co) – Davis, WV – Learn More
  2. Mountain State Brewery – Thomas, WV – Pizza & Beer, What’s Better?
  3. Stumptown Ales – Davis, WV – Not Stumped

More Food & Beer: Hellbender Burritos – Davis, WV

Maryland

Nearby Ski/Ride: Wisp Resort
Nearby Hiking: Swallow Falls

  1. Mountain State Brewery – McHenry, MD
  2. 1812 Brewery – Cumberland, MD – Check It Out

More Food & Beer: Green Turtle – McHenry, MD

BONUS: Pittsburgh, PA

Oh yeah, the city of dreams… er, steel. This town is chock-full of breweries and good eats! I am cutting it off at 10.

  1. Church Brew Works – Lawrenceville
  2. East End Brewing – Pittsburgh
  3. Penn Brewery – North Side
  4. Voodoo – Homestead (I have hear a LOT about this place, need to try!)
  5. Spoonwood Brewing – Bethel Park
  6. Brew Gentlemen – Braddock
  7. Rivertowne – North Side, Monroeville & more (This is a personal hometown fave)
  8. Full Pint – Lawrenceville
  9. Southern Tier – North Side (I love LIVE after a day of skiing)
  10. Bonus Bonus: Wigle Whiskey! – Strip District

Did I miss anything or is there a brew-city in your state? Leave your comments with places I need to check out!

I am thinking a Laurel Highlands wine tour write-up to come. Cheers!

Après-Eats: Stove Top Popcorn

Well, let’s just say I have failed miserably at my “weekly” food posts for after ski fun. I currently have just one recipe up. If you don’t know about my actual cooking skills, you’ll find out later in this post and totally understand why I am not cooking all the time. It’s dangerous. And I know what you’re thinking – popcorn? But literally you need to know how to do this. Someone told me they’ve never eaten it this way and I almost fainted. I don’t eat bagged popcorn anymore, in fact, I don’t even have a microwave! This bowl of white gold is for those oh-so-exhausting days when you get in after dark, icicles on your beard or in your nose hairs and you just sit in your thermals watching Netflix, falling asleep on the couch by 9:00 pm. Or any other day for that matter, you’ll probably still fall asleep at 9 watching Netflix, anyway.

You’ll Need:
Vegetable or Coconut Oil (I don’t recommend olive oil due to the low heat index)
Popcorn Kernels
Salt (optional)
Butter (optional)
A large bowl

I don’t have measurements for this. It’s popcorn.

The Basics
Get a medium to large pot that has a lid. Pour enough oil to fully layer the bottom, and turn your burner on. 6.5 on the dial will do fine, medium-high. Do not turn this on high, I repeat, do NOT turn this on high. I have forgotten about making this and walked into the kitchen and lifted up the lid to a pot of flaming oil. I like to test the heat and put one kernel in. The oil should just cover the kernel, just – a little less is fine. Cover with lid, and don’t go far. In a minute or two, that kernel will pop – you’ll hear it hit the lid. The oil is ready. Layer the bottom of the pot finely with kernels and cover immediately. When I say finely, do not double layer the kernels! 10 popcorn kernels doesn’t seem like much, but omg I have set you up for panic, as you put a lot of kernels in because “finely” didn’t seem like enough, and there’s WAY too much popping and it’s overflowing the pot like at the movie theater. You’ll get used to how much you need per the size of the pot you use. Once the popping mess has slowed down, pour popcorn in to the large bowl.

It’s delicious without adding anything, hot out of the pot. Salt makes it heavenly. Add butter and you’re going to need wet-naps.

Get Funky
Garlic salt, anyone? Cheddar cheese powder? Go ahead and get funky, try what you like. You literally can’t mess this up.

Give It as a Gift
I know people who have gone this far. Lay your popped corn out on wax paper and spruce this ish up with melted chocolate and peanut butter chips, or crushed candy canes and white chocolate, or oreos, caramel or any other absolutely wonderful thing you can melt (or sprinkle on to melted confections) and let harden into chunks on the popcorn. People literally pay $20+ for this in the city. You will make all your friends fatter for the holidays. And yourself. Done and done.

#apreseats

Après Eats: Stove Top Popcorn

Well, let’s just say I have failed miserably at my “weekly” food posts for after ski fun. I currently have just one recipe up. If you don’t know about my actual cooking skills, you’ll find out later in this post and totally understand why I am not cooking all the time. It’s dangerous. And I know what you’re thinking – popcorn? But literally you need to know how to do this. Someone told me they’ve never eaten it this way and I almost fainted. I don’t eat bagged popcorn anymore, in fact, I don’t even have a microwave! This bowl of white gold is for those oh-so-exhausting days when you get in after dark, icicles on your beard or in your nose hairs and you just sit in your thermals watching Netflix, falling asleep on the couch by 9:00 pm. Or any other day for that matter, you’ll probably still fall asleep at 9 watching Netflix, anyway. Here’s an après snack.

You’ll Need:
Vegetable or Coconut Oil (I don’t recommend olive oil due to the low heat index)
Popcorn Kernels
Salt (optional)
Butter (optional)
A large bowl

I don’t have measurements for this. It’s popcorn.

The Basics
Get a medium to large pot that has a lid. Pour enough oil to fully layer the bottom, and turn your burner on. 6.5 on the dial will do fine, medium-high. Do not turn this on high, I repeat, do NOT turn this on high. I have forgotten about making this and walked into the kitchen and lifted up the lid to a pot of flaming oil. I like to test the heat and put one kernel in. The oil should just cover the kernel, just – a little less is fine. Cover with lid, and don’t go far. In a minute or two, that kernel will pop – you’ll hear it hit the lid. The oil is ready. Layer the bottom of the pot finely with kernels and cover immediately. When I say finely, do not double layer the kernels! 10 popcorn kernels doesn’t seem like much, but omg I have set you up for panic, as you put a lot of kernels in because “finely” didn’t seem like enough, and there’s WAY too much popping and it’s overflowing the pot like at the movie theater. You’ll get used to how much you need per the size of the pot you use. Once the popping mess has slowed down, pour popcorn in to the large bowl.

It’s delicious without adding anything, hot out of the pot. Salt makes it heavenly. Add butter and you’re going to need wet-naps.

Get Funky
Garlic salt, anyone? Cheddar cheese powder? Go ahead and get funky, try what you like. You literally can’t mess this up.

Give It as a Gift
I know people who have gone this far. Lay your popped corn out on wax paper and spruce this ish up with melted chocolate and peanut butter chips, or crushed candy canes and white chocolate, or oreos, caramel or any other absolutely wonderful thing you can melt (or sprinkle on to melted confections) and let harden into chunks on the popcorn. People literally pay $20+ for this in the city. You will make all your friends fatter for the holidays. And yourself. Done and done.

#apreseats