Alpine Distilling, a local company right here in Park City, crafted 200 bottles of barrel-aged aquavit for our us at Stein Eriksen Lodge. The spirit made its debut on Stein Day, December 15th, 2019, and was enjoyed by guests celebrating the life of Stein Eriksen. Aquavit originally hails from Scandinavia and was a favorite of Stein himself. Its rich tradition and flavor complement the Norwegian heritage here at the Lodge.
Water of life
The word “aquavit” is derived from the Latin aqua vitae meaning water of life. Though now typically only seen around the holidays, weddings, or birthdays, aquavit was indeed the “water of life” for some Scandanavians in its early years as it was believed to possess healing powers. Today, however, aquavit is no longer considered medicinal though it is regarded as a digestive ease when consuming rich foods, which most likely plays a factor in its popularity during the holidays.
Our Aquavit from Alpine Distilling was made from Utah Winter Wheat and Utah 2-Row Barley that was converted from starch to sugar before fermentation. After fermentation, the liquid was distilled, seasoned, and transferred to barrels before being bottled and brought to the Lodge. Aquavit is traditionally made from either wheat or potatoes, then seasoned with caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, fennel, or orange peel to name a few. The longer the Aquavit ages in barrels, the easier it is to detect these flavors. In fact, Norwegian Aquavit is often aged the longest and turns a delightful amber color whereas Danish or Swedish Aquavits are more pale, even clear. The Stein Eriksen Aquavit presents as “liquid gold” with a beautiful aroma and a complex taste profile maintaining a balanced mouthfeel.
Norwegian aquavit is served at room temperature in a special tulip-shaped glass. You can either take the whole glass at once and follow it with a dark beer, or sip on the contents to savor the unique flavor or the spirit. No matter how you choose to drink it, always start with a toast. The toast used when drinking aquavit originated with the Vikings. Skaal is the standard toast used today and references a drinking cup that the Vikings used. During the toast, it is traditional to maintain eye contact with your fellow drinkers. This too originated with the Vikings and embodies their sensibility of keeping an eye on others at all times.
Stein and Aquavit
Stein himself enjoyed a glass of aquavit with friends and guests at the Lodge. His favorite way to drink it was all at once and encouraged his fellow drinkers to do the same. The aquavit crafted by Alpine Distilling not only carries on a Norwegian tradition but also reminds us of the legend himself and his days here at Deer Valley
After the Lodge received the 200 bottles of aquavit, the barrels used to age the spirit were delivered to another local company for repurposing. Red Rock Brewing is making a beer that will be aged in these same barrels for the Lodge. Stay tuned for the release of this beer!
You can try some aquavit yourself at Glitretind while supplies last. Call (435) 645-6455 to make a reservation today, and be sure to ask your server for food recommendations that will pair well with the spirit for the complete experience
It is the perfect time to begin working on those new year's resolutions you made at the end of last year. Start the new decade off strong by learning a new sport. January is aptly named the official “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” and resorts around the country are making it easier than ever for you to learn a new skill.
In Utah, resorts around the state are offering special deals and discounts for first-time local skiers. Deer Valley Resort is celebrating Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month on January 25th. To get you out on the slopes and learning how to ski with a professional, they are offering a fantastic package for first-time local skiers to take advantage of to fulfill those new year’s resolutions.
You’ll spend a half-day on the slopes with an instructor learning the basics and exploring the mountain. You don’t have to worry about gear as rentals are included in the package. You just need to be willing to learn, make a reservation, and enjoy yourself as you challenge yourself and learn a new skill.
What is included:
For only $49, participants receive a lesson, lift ticket, ski rental equipment, and locker/basket check storage. The lesson begins at 12:45 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Check-in is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the lower level Basket Check area at the Snow Park Lodge.
How to Redeem:
Reservations must be made before January 25th by calling Deer Valley at 435-645-6648 and referring to “Ski Utah Learn to Ski Program”. This package is limited to the first 70 registrants, so don’t wait!
This special offer is only for January 25th. Participants must be 13 years of age or older.
After your first successful day on the slopes, head to Troll Hallen Lounge here at Stein Eriksen Lodge for some après drinks and food to complete your day of skiing. Indulge in our famous Stein Burger to replenish your energy and swap stories with your fellow skiers with the mountains you just skied as the backdrop.
With its rich heritage of folk art, it's no surprise that out of Norway emerged a distinctively patterned woolen sweater. This sweater is now recognized around the globe as being iconically Norwegian, and tourists visiting the country often purchase one as a souvenir. The pattern of this sweater was designed by knitter Unn Søiland in 1953 and was eventually named after, and made famous by Stein's older brother, Marius Eriksen Jr.
Stein wasn't the only skier in his family. His father, Marius Eriksen Sr. was an avid cross-country skier who opened a shop in Oslo selling ski gear. His brother, Marius Jr., was a Norwegian champion in alpine skiing in both 1947 and 1948. In addition to his skiing success, Marius was also pilot during World War II in the Norwegian Army Air Service and after the war, an actor starring in several films.
Marius's role in the hit Norwegian film Troll i ord in 1954 is what made the Marius sweater design boom in popularity. He is seen in many scenes wearing the sweater. After the film's success, everyone wanted to knit their own Marius sweater. The pattern became legendary. Marius was already a decorated war hero for his exploits as a fighter pilot, and his acting career further cemented his popularity across the country.
Stein and Marius's mother, Birgit "Bitten" Eriksen loved to knit and made and sold the now-iconic sweater in their father's ski shop in Oslo. The original pattern featured crosses and diamonds predominating across the shoulders in navy, white, and red, the colors of the Norwegian flag. As the pattern's popularity grew, the use of colors became more varied and creative.
Stein himself was often photographed skiing in the Marius sweater. Between the two brothers, the sweater and its pattern became an iconic piece of winter wear that remains popular even today. Now, the Marius pattern can be found not only on sweaters, but on mittens, hats, t-shirts, and more.
The Marius sweater is just one example of Norwegian heritage that permeates Stein Eriksen Lodge. Throughout the Lodge, thick wood paneling, painted murals, and patterned accents offer a Norwegian escape rooted in cultural heritage encouraging guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Book your stay now and enjoy a mountain escape steeped in old-world charm this winter season.
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