One of North America’s longest running heli-skiing services, North Cascade Heli, will open its 30th season on January 18 with one tasty bang. The North Cascade institution is collaborating with fellow local legends at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery (OSB) for the release of a new IPA commemorating three decades of making powder dreams come true.
Rotor Wash IPA from OSB is a “winter-style IPA…brewed to be the perfect sipper as snow piles up in the Cascades,” according to OSB co-owner Jacob Young in a joint release, with “a true malt backbone, a clean mouthfeel, and amber color.“
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Announcing Rotor Wash IPA, a new microbrew that @oldschoolhousebrewery has crafted to celebrate our 30th season of shredding powder! Join us Friday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the OSB Taproom in Twisp for Rotor Wash IPA release night and a Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation benefit, with live music by Loose Notes. No cover charge. Donations to MSRF are optional and much appreciated. Rotor Wash IPA will blow you away! Thanks to @schmies_design for the sweet logo design. #northcascdeheli #oldschoolhousebrewery #methowmade #rotorwashipa #mazamawa #twisp #twispworks #heliskiing #beer #craftbrew #microbrew #ipa #methowvalley #okanogancounty
The result is what OSB calls a “go-to post shredding brew.” It’s a fitting kick-off to the season for this “low-key” operator that’s been taking skiers to hard-to-reach stashes since 1988. Based in Mazama, WA, NCH operates on some of America’s most spiny peaks over 300,000 acres of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
“We are looking forward to another stellar season of shredding untracked snow in the beautiful Alps of America,” Paul Butler, NCH co-owner, also said in the release. “And since it is our 30th anniversary, we plan on making this winter as fun and memorable as possible.”
We’d say brewing a beer specifically for the occasion is a good start.
For readers in the area, a release party at the OSB Taproom in Twisp, Washington will mark the occasion from 6-9 p.m on January 11th. Optional donations will benefit the Methlow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF), a 501(c)(3) dedicated to the preservation of riparian ecosystems and their salmon populations.