Now you can get refreshments on the slopes, without even having to leave the ski runs, thanks to 10 Barrel Brewing Company’s ‘Beer Cat’. And this month, it’s visiting several Colorado ski areas, starting with Copper Mountain.
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Snowcats are a big part of ski area operations. They’re used to groom the snow, get supplies all over the mountain, and also sightseeing tours for non-skiers. The ‘Beer Cat’ just adds another use of these versatile machines: a mobile brewpub on the slopes.
10 Barrel Brewing Company, based in Bend, Oregon, is behind the concept:
“It’s a 1987 LMC snowcat with a custom-built bar attached to the back,” said Megan Mooney, a brand ambassador with 10 Barrel Brewing. “We can go anywhere a snowcat goes. That was kind of our vision.”
The Beer Cat has a three-sided wooden bar, lights and a stereo for music, and three taps of beer. Work on the Beer Cat finished in late January. It’s been making stops at ski areas mostly in Orgeon.
Last week it was at Copper Mountain, followed by Aspen and then Eldora.