The scene: Was it a dumb idea to ignore my early cold symptoms and roll down to Lost Trail for some chilly Sunday skiing? Probably. Hacking up half a lung after a descent through some seriously buttery powder can’t be a good sign. But like my dad always says, a bad day skiing is better than a good day at work, and no ski day is truly complete without an apres beer. So here I am at Draught Works, brain foggy and nose adrip. Cold be damned, I’m fully committed to the skier’s weekend routine. I want a beer that reflects that commitment.

Full Send

The brew: There’s a new double IPA on the menu. Draught Works calls it Full Send, and it debuted during the brewery’s recent Strong Beer Week. The little voice in my head says I should avoid an 8.2 percent brew, but what does the voice know? It also told me not to take that five-foot drop off Bear Claw Ridge this afternoon, and I pulled that off just fine. The beer is a lighter hue than I expected. I thought the hops smell would be more overpowering, too, though that could just be my clogged sinuses. The taste is sweet, bordering on fruity, and I could see myself getting carried away if I ordered more than one. Especially after pounding all that DayQuil.

The name: Why is Full Send so appropriate to my situation? Because in the vacuous proto-language of snowsports culture, “full send” means going for it with complete commitment. Usually the term is reserved for those who huck cliffs without acknowledgement of consequence. But I like to think that throwing health considerations to the wind in the name of good turns and pleasing brews qualifies.

The place: Get a pint of Full Send Double IPA for $6 at Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave. ­

Staff Reporter

Alex Sakariassen began working at the Indy in early 2009. He primarily reports on state politics, the environment and the craft beer industry. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Choteau Acantha and Britain’s Brewery History Journal.

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