Whether you crave hoppy IPAs or malty lagers, we can all agree that beer is a cause of celebration. There’s just nothing like visiting a local brewery or cracking open a round of cold ones with your buddies in your backyard. For those who are feeling a bit more adventurous, we’ve scouted out three beer hikes and tours around the U.S. 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. In addition to beer, you can also sample delicious food and take in the scenery of these beautiful U.S. landscapes. Cheers!
The Bend Ale Trail (Bend, Oregon)
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. And if you’re lucky enough to find cheap flights in November, you can even celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day chockfull of contests, special events, new beer releases, and concerts. If you download the Bend Ale Trail mobile app, you can map out where you want to visit, track your progress, learn more about beer, and more. In addition to your beer-filled adventures, you can also check out the Far North waterfalls or take in the scenic views of The Riverlands.
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Colorado Beer Trail
The beer trails and tours in Colorado are 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 trails, you’ll experience hundreds of breweries – each with its own unique character – as well as quintessential Colorado experiences including eateries, travel destinations, scenic views, and all of the natural wonders that 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.
You can also find beer tours in downtown Denver, such as the Boulder Beer Trail. The trail takes you all the way from the West End to the East End, and you can spread it out over a few days depending on your preference. And, of course, no beer trail would be complete without some delicious bar eats. Treat yourself to some fried chicken at The Post Brewing Co. or delicious pretzels at the Bohemian Biergarten.
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!) The Burlington Brew Tour includes four stops and lasts for around three-and-a-half hours. The tour provides round-trip transportation to the breweries. It costs around $88, depending on the size of your group. You’ll munch on some beer-flavored pretzels as you sample all types of beer. You can even pair the tour with dinner at one of Denver’s amazing restaurants, like Folino’s Pizza or Nectar’s. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Have you gone on any of these beer trails or tours? Let us know in the comments below!