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January 4, 2013

That apres ski spirit

Beverages that soothe achy muscles and tired souls

After a long day on the slopes, nothing quite eases the aches and pains like a good drink.

For Brian Sbrocco, the perfect end to a recent day of skiing was a beer float.

Yes, a beer float.

“It’s not quite the root beer float I grew up on,” Sbrocco said. “It’s one of the concoctions that you wouldn’t normally do; you wouldn’t combine beer and ice cream but it blended it beautifully.”

The drink at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Avon, Colo., is just one of the latest trendy cocktails designed for those coming off the slopes.

Skiers have always sought out a refreshing drink or two after a day of racing down the mountain. Every afternoon, they can be seen unbuckling tight boots and heading into slopeside bars. Beer flows freely while a cheesy guitarist or cover band wails away.

But now resorts are making apres ski a bit fancier, with drinks that leave weary skiers shouting, “Another round, barkeeper!”

With his beer floats, Christian Apetz, the executive chef at the Park Hyatt, has taken a childhood favorite and added a bit of kick. All floats feature local beers and ice creams or sorbets made in house at the hotel.

In one drink, he’s paired the New Belgium Brewing Company’s 1554 Enlightened Black Ale with a regional version of rocky road ice cream called Rocky Mountain Road, plus raspberry-Champagne sorbet. Another drink takes the Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout and pairs it with cocoa sorbet.

“This is a perfect way to end a day on the slopes,” Apetz said. “Parents will order a float and enjoy it outside next to the fire while their kids” take part in the Hyatt’s free, post-skiing tradition: making s’mores.

Sbrocco said he would have never thought to put such combinations together but found it refreshing after a day on the slopes.

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