Suds up: beers to pack on the trail this winter

Whether you’re trekking, snowshoeing or skiing, when there’s a chill in the air and you’ve worked up a sweat, nothing quenches your thirst like a crisp brew.

We scored the beer section at the grocery store for our favorite suds to pack along on your next adventure into the woods (just remember to pack your empty bottles/cans out with you!).

Fat Tire Belgian White
New Belgium : Fort Collins, CO

For the first time in 26 years, New Belgium has added to the Fat Tire family. Fat Tire Belgian White take things to a new level. This sipper is light in body, with a touch of sweetness. The unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with Seville orange peel and freshly ground coriander. Bring this along on the trail for a refreshing drinker that goes down nice and easy.

Bold Rock Cider : Nellysford, VA

For you non-beer drinkers (or Gluten Free gals), we’re fans of Bold Rock Cider’s IPA (India Pressed Apples). The elixir is dry-hopped with five different hops. Beyond the tartness of the fresh-pressed apples, you’ll get notes of passionfruit and grapefruit. This juicy, zippy and slightly sweet cider is one of our favorites when you need a kick on the ascent.

Flannel Friday
Harpoon : Boston, MA

Harpoon’s Flannel Friday is everything you feel in your favorite flannel – warm, adventurous and comfortable. For a chilly trek, you can’t beat cracking open this hoppy, amber ale. You’ll catch notes of citrus and pine up the nose, and taste strong malt and bright hops with each sip. Body-wise, it’s not too full to drag you down. But it is substantial enough to give you life when you’re feeling the grind.

Golden Road : Los Angeles, CA

Spice up your life: Golden Road’s Hefeweizen is a California take on a traditional Bavarian-style wheat beer. Beyond the clove, you’ll get hints of banana. This brew is medium-bodied and has a smooth, crisp finish. It pairs nicely with a bundled-up, sweat session in the great outdoors. The zip will warm your fingers up, while the tropical twist will cool your core down.

Bancroft Up or Down
Narragansett : Pawtucket, RI

You might grab Narragansett’s Bancroft Up or Down for its bright blue and green label, but the easy-drinking of this blonde ale will have you cracking open a second. The hops bring their A-game – you’ll get floral, citrus and mountain pine aromas and flavors, with a touch of sweetness on the finish. For a thirst-quenching drinking experience in the backwoods, sip on these suds to keep things simple.