We started Beers at the Bottom in July 2013. At the time, pairing "trails and ales" was something many people did naturally, without much thought. Simply take a hike, then enjoy a beer (and food) at the nearest brewery. It was just for fun. Or so we thought!
The holidays are here! 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 to trucker hats, here's our 2017 Beer Hiking Gift Guide. Hoppy Holidays!
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!
Another story for the Everett Herald!
After hiking up Green Mountain and back, it’s beer time
The following is a guest post by our globe-trotting buddy, Nathan Anderson of The Open Road Before Me. Read on for Nathan's account of trail and ale adventures in New Zealand, and be sure to check out his site for more adventurous travel stories!
When I moved to the North Island of New Zealand, I wanted to be somewhere central. Somewhere I could use as an adventure hub, sallying forth to explore what the North had to offer. When I got a job as a receptionist in Taupo, I got just what I was looking for. Taupo is about as central as you can get, and is snug on the northern shore of the largest lake (by surface area) in New Zealand. Volcano cones and pillars of steam dot the horizon, and adventure activities abound.
During our latest adventure, we researched a story for the Everett Herald on Highway 2. From backpacking Barclay Lake to hiking Bridal Veil Falls and enjoy pints at Mt. Index Brewery, we had a jam-packed weekend. Read about it here!
We went all out(doors!) for our first feature with OutdoorsNW magazine, "The Northwest Original Since 1988". Being born in '88 myself, I think I'll adopt that slogan moving forward.
Anyways, the article. It's about (surprise!) hiking and breweries in the North Cascades. We wrote about a few new places this time around, so be sure to check it out!
What do hikers crave most after a long, strenuous outing? A hot meal and a cold drink. Read more at WhatcomTalk!
Our friends Stacy and Brandon of Pacific North Wanderers interviewed us! Head over to their site to check it out, and be sure to leave them some love while you're there. Cheers!
For our first "Featured Friends" post, we welcome Stacy and Brandon of Pacific North Wanderers. They caught our eye on Twitter a couple months ago by sharing great content and SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM for hiking. We love it. And you will, too. Without further ado, meet the Wanderers!