In 2016 we made an announcement: we were researching and writing our first guidebook, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest. We dropped everything, spent 4 months mostly on the road, and turned in our manuscript in record time. We didn't know details at the time, but we weren't alone in our endeavors. Just a few states away, another first-time author was working with the same publisher to produce a second book in the US beer hiking series: Beer Hiking Colorado.
We recently visited the Washington state capital city of Olympia to research trails for our next guidebook, Urban Hikes Washington. While there, we discovered a perfectly-paired beer hike: Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls and Well 80 Brewing. Here's the scoop on what's brewing in Olympia.
Where to Buy the Book
Ladies and Gentlemen, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest is finally here! Here's how you can get your hands on a copy:
2019 Update: Hops on the Rock will be held November 9, 2019 on Orcas Island! Check out our recap of the 2018 event below, and snag your tickets now!
"Our time in the islands came to a close all too soon. One thing is for sure, though -- we'll be back."
- Trails and Ales in the San Juan Islands blog entry, November 2017.
We made good on that promise the following year, returning to Orcas Island in 2018 for a beer fest known as Hops on the Rock. Come along as we share the ins and outs of this annual tradition in the islands -- and some of our favorite stops throughout the weekend. All aboard: it's island time!
The holidays are upon us once again!
This year, we've curated a list of some of our favorite beer and hiking gifts from around the northwest. From trail and brewery guides (ok, it's mostly guidebooks) to t-shirts and trucker hats, here's our 2018 Beer Hiking Gift Guide.
We recently received some hiking gear from KÜHL, an American outdoor clothing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. To test it out, we hit one of our hometown favorite trails: Bellingham’s own Rock Trail. We wound up on the Rock Trail on a lovely summer day. Perfect weather to test out our new convertible pants!
Often people seem positively stumped by the amount of travel we do. “How can you afford to travel so much,” they ask. “Don’t you have jobs?”
TL;DR: we travel on a budget, taking advantage of deals, promotions, and occasional press trips/travel writer perks. We’ve saved thousands of dollars over the years by “travel hacking”. And yes, we both juggle multiple jobs — in true millennial form!
Of course, if you really want to know the answers to these questions, it’s a wee bit more complicated than that. In this post, we’ll outline some specific strategies we use to take advantage of cheap (and even free) travel. Happy hacking!
Confession: we don’t spend much time in Seattle. While we appreciate the city’s beer scene, we prefer to go out in Bellingham (less traffic, free parking) or sneak up north to Vancouver, BC for our big city thrills. On the few occasions when we do make it into the Emerald City, it’s for a damn good reason. Usually involving beer. We’d like to share one of those reasons with you today.
There’s a new beer festival in town!
Longtime readers of Beers at the Bottom and newcomers alike may have noticed: we don't do much blogging anymore. It’s not for lack of interest. Life has simply gotten in the way.
Our guidebook, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest, was originally scheduled to release during May 2017. Nearly a year later our readers want to know: where the hell is it? Here’s what happened.
After our night out in Anacortes, we hopped the ferry to the San Juan Islands. Five years ago there wasn’t a single craft brewery in the islands. Now there are three, with a fourth opening on Lopez next year. Consider us convinced: it’s high time to visit the islands.
We just got back from a night spent in Anacortes for the Brewgrass! festival. Here's the scoop.
It’s a frozen Friday night in November. We’re in Anacortes for Brewgrass, an annual music-and-beer festival that has been going strong for 14 years. Three venues are involved -- H20, Rockfish Grill, and Brown Lantern Ale House — all of which are within a block of each other on the west side of Commercial Avenue. We begin at the brewery (Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewing) for dinner and drinks to the tune of bluegrass, played by the Rain City Ramblers.
While the west side of the mountains was being pelted by a river of rain, we escaped to sunny Eastern Washington in search of fresh hops, hikes, and fall colors in the Yakima Valley.
Four years ago we started Beers at the Bottom -- and writing about our Trails and Ales adventures. It's been an amazing time that has taken us not only across the Pacific Northwest, but across the sea to Japan and South Korea. Now, after dozens of published articles, hundreds of trails hiked and beers sampled, plus a book on the way -- it's time we took a moment to celebrate how far we've come.
And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?
There’s something about books that we can’t shake. Maybe it’s the heft — the physical space occupied by a book — or the timeless scent of bound paper and ink. Perhaps it's the low-tech, battery-free operation that we find so appealing. As hikers, backpackers, and travelers, we believe books are worth the weight. You’ll always find one in our packs.
Because of our longstanding love of books, we’ve added a new section to the site: Book and Brew Reviews. Here, we’ll review hiking, beer, and travel-related books while enjoying a beer or two along the way.
Join WTA June 22, 2017 at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham for an evening of Trails and Ales. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to register at the link, and we hope to see you there!
Have you heard the news?! We’re excited to announce that we are brand new brand ambassadors for Two Beers Brewing Co!
Here’s our first Day Hike blog (which we totally messed up by using last year’s can, lol). So while you won’t see this one on the official Two Beers blog, we thought we’d post it here as a preview of the content we'll be creating for them this summer. Cheers!
Normally we’d spend a sunny Saturday on the trail, chased by a pint or two at the nearest brewpub. But February 25, 2017 is no normal Saturday in Bellingham. It’s a day to celebrate with two of our favorite industries: local beer and the great outdoors.
Many of us after reading the current headlines are starting to worry about the future of our wild spaces. As hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, we want to keep our wild spaces...wild. That means free of pollution, with minimal human interference. Recent events feel like a threat to our environment — and we can’t help but be worried.
One of the best things about working on our upcoming guidebook is having the chance to do something we absolutely love: Beer Travel. We’ve had the opportunity to explore places long on our list, but some of the best trails and ales we’ve checked out recently were in places we never expected.
To kick-off this holiday season, we’d love to give you a little peek into one of the hike-brewery pairings that will be featured in our book!