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5 craft breweries in ski country

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery

While après-ski activities involve a number of options, beer geeks will tell you that once they’re off the slopes, they’re looking for the closest spot with locally made craft brew. Here are five of New England’s best:

1. The Alchemist After Hurricane Irene demolished the popular Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vt., in 2011, owners John and Jennifer Kimmich opened a small production brewery just off Interstate 89’s exit 10, close to ski destinations Sugarbush, Stowe, and Mad River Glen. They now focus on the ultra-popular Heady Topper, one of the country’s best reviewed — and hardest to get — double India pale ales. See the website for locations of where to purchase. 802-244-7744, www.alchemistbeer.com

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2. Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery This locale in North Conway, N.H., is a favorite of locals and visitors for its superb barbecue selection and a wide-ranging, in-house brewing process that delivers some of Mount Washington Valley’s favorite beers. Try the Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale or the Moat Square Tail Stout. A few selections can also be found in cans at local retailers. 3378 White Mountain Highway, Route 16, 603-356-6381, www.moatmountain.com

3. Long Trail Brewing Co. Just try not stopping at this brewery in Bridgewater Corners, Vt., on the way back from Killington or Pico. Its most popular selections are on tap here, as well as the latest seasonals and the brewmaster series. If you’re waiting for a table, visit the lookout at the bottling plant just a staircase away, then chow down on traditional pub food served at more-than-reasonable rates. 5520 Route 4, 802-672-5011, www.longtrail.com/visit-us.aspx

4. Woodstock Inn and Brewery This locale in North Woodstock, N.H., has become a favorite for its seven-barrel brewing process, which churns out such favorites as the Pig’s Ear Brown Ale and the Pemi Pale Ale. Tours daily at noon for a $5 fee. Many selections are also available in six- and 12-packs throughout the area. 135 Main St., 800-321-3985, www.woodstockinnbrewery.com

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5. Wachusett Brewing Co. It’s a quick jaunt from a day of skiing at Princeton’s Wachusett Mountain to Wachusett Brewing Co., which offers tours between noon and 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon until 3 on Wednesdays and Thursdays (full, 45-minute tours Saturdays only). At the end you get to taste some of the Wachusett offerings that have made it one of the more popular breweries in the Bay State, including the Country Ale, Green Monsta, and Blueberry. 175 State Road East, 978-874-9965, www.wachusettbrew.com

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