What’s Better than Sailing the San Juans?

By Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Permalink

Sailing the San Juans with beer, of course.

The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of islands in the northwest corner of Washington State. Reachable by Washington State Ferry (from Anacortes, WA), by small plane or private boat, the San Juans are a breathtaking place, with fir-covered islands lifting out of blue saltwater, teaming with seabirds and home to resident pods of orca whales. Small harbors are laced together by two-lane roads where locals always wave a greeting. Island hopping between harbors by boat allows you to be even more connected to nature, sunsets and wildlife.

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Beer is Ireland’s Number One Tourist Attraction

By Tuesday, December 30, 2014 Permalink

It is said that over the years countless millions of people have kissed or touched the Blarney Stone when visiting Ireland. Each year the visitor center at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare welcomes more than 800,000 people who come to behold the breathtaking natural beauty. But the number one international tourist attraction in all of Ireland is the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, aka the Guinness Storehouse.

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Beer Hunting in Whistler, BC

By Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Permalink

Most people think of Whistler, British Columbia as a ski destination. No doubt, it is a very fine location for that kind of winter activity, but there’s a lot more happening than skiing and snowboarding on that mountain. For example, Whistler is also one of North America’s premier destinations for mountain biking. And that’s not all: hiking, golfing, rock climbing, and all sorts of non-winter activities await you. The entire area is brimming with opportunities for outdoor fun.

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Chicago Beer Bar Discoveries

By Saturday, October 11, 2014 Permalink

Back when Goose Island was the only local brewery in town, Chicago already had some better beer bars, like the classic 20-year-old Hopleaf. Today there are over 50 breweries (most of them without tap rooms as of yet), and a slew of newer beer bars that locals and visitors are quick to recommend, like the Map Room and Local Option.

We recently dedicated five full days and nights to finding out what’s new on the Chicago beer scene, so everywhere we went we asked for advice from local bar patrons and beertenders. With their advice, we found some great places for craft beer in Chicago that you may not have heard of – yet.

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Orcas Island Beer Adventuring

By Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Permalink

Every year, people from near and far travel to the San Juan Islands to enjoy the pristine beauty, the numerous recreation opportunities, and the slower pace of life. For beer-focused travelers, the only brewery in the San Juan archipelago is Island Hoppin’ Brewery, located near the village of Eastsound on Orcas Island.

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Changes to the Inland Northwest Ale Trail & Beer Festival

By Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Permalink

The Inland Northwest Ale Trail released its new map and passport on August 1st, 2014 revealing that the ale trail now consists of 27 breweries. The program, which started in August 2013, originally consisted of 16 stops, but now enters its second year with the addition of 11 more breweries. During the month of August, the Inland Northwest Ale Trail group will host events at Spokane and Coeur d’Alene bars celebrating the launch of the new Ale Trail map. Find the dates and locations for those events in the press release below.

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Beer Hunting in Buenos Aires & Beyond

By Friday, August 8, 2014 Permalink

The heat of the day gives way to the steam of the night in one of the world’s biggest, sexiest and most notorious cities. I am about half-drunk, just sober enough to stay safe, and I’m wantonly lost on a dangerous backstreet. The music spills out of the raucous neighborhood bars–incoherent rhythms stumbling across the sidewalks and into the street, bouncing harmlessly off each other like whiskey-soaked drunks too wasted to fight.   

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New World Beers, Old World Vibe. Beer Trekking in Victoria, BC

By Monday, July 28, 2014 Permalink

It is not exactly news to most people in the Pacific Northwest that Victoria, British Columbia makes for a great weekend getaway. It is only a couple hours away from Seattle but it feels like an entirely different country. Yes, I recognize that it is in fact a different country, but what I mean is that something about Victoria feels very continental. It hums with a European vibe that is uncommon for a city on the western edge of North America.

Many people think of lace doilies and hand-painted china teacups when they think of Victoria, but those days are all but gone. Sure, you can still enjoy high tea at the Empress Hotel, but Victoria is otherwise a hip and vibrant city with a rapidly growing craft beer scene to prove it.

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Finding Beer at Yellowstone’s Gate

By Friday, July 18, 2014 Permalink

Every year, at least two million people visit Yellowstone National Park. Many of them approach from the west, driving from Bozeman, Montana into the mountains along Highway 191 up the Gallatin River to the park entrance at West Yellowstone. But before you head upstream to Yellowstone, why not spend some time exploring Bozeman’s robust beer scene.

Like Montana itself, this loveable little city (pop. 40k) enjoys a high number of breweries per capita. In all, there are three breweries in Bozeman and two more in nearby Belgrade. What’s more, there’s an upscale pub offering a vast selection of beers from breweries across the state, which enables you to get a real taste of Montana without driving hundreds of miles from one brewery to the next.

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