Whether you crave hoppy IPAs or malty lagers, we can all agree that National Beer Lover’s Day is cause for celebration today! Visiting a local brewery or cracking open a round of cold ones with your buddies in your backyard are perfectly acceptable ways to honor this important occasion. For those who are feeling a bit more adventurous, we’ve scouted out three beer hikes and tours around the US that are sure to quench your thirst and be a lot of fun for you and your friends. Lucky for us beer lovers, they also happen to be in some of the most scenic parts of the country.
Bend Ale Trail
Easily accessible by bike or foot, the Bend Ale Trail gives thirsty sojourners the chance to sample beer from world-class breweries in Bend, Oregon (affectionately dubbed Beer Town, USA). If those two modes of transportation aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage, ride the historic trolley, lean into a SEGWAY, or hitch a ride on the Bend Brew Bus.
If you can’t celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day in Bend, plan on scheduling a trip for Bend Ale Trail Month this November. Contests, special events, new beer releases, and concerts make November a fun month to hit the trail. You can download the Bend Ale Trail app to make your experience even more user-friendly. See what other travelers are doing by searching the hashtag #bendaletrail on social media.
Colorado Beer Trail
The Colorado Beer Trail is about more than just excellent brews, it’s also about the pride that those who live in Colorado have for their beautiful state. As you travel the trail, you’ll experience hundreds of breweries – each with their own unique character – as well as quintessential Colorado experiences including eateries, travel destinations, scenic views, and all of the natural wonders the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Colorado craft beer community, there are numerous activities and special events to experience along the trail. Follow the Colorado Beer Trail’s active social media community on Facebook and Twitter or search the hashtag #coloradobeertrail to stay current on happenings in this dynamic corner of the beer world.
Vermont Beer Trails
The great state of Vermont has multiple beer trails to tempt your taste buds. Dedicated to educating consumers about the importance of Vermont’s beer industry, the Vermont Brewers Association has even cooked up a little incentive program for beer aficionados to discover new breweries (as if craft brews weren’t incentive enough!).
You too can take the Vermont Brewery Challenge by picking up an official passport at one of the participating breweries (or downloading it at home), visiting the breweries on the list (don’t forget to ask them to stamp your passport), and mailing in your passport for a free t-shirt. Don’t forget to post about your experiences along one of the multiple trails on social media using the hashtag #drinkvermontbeer.
How do you plan on celebrating National Beer Lover’s Day? Have you gone on any of these trails or tours? Let us know in the comments section – Cheers!