Must-Read: Where You Need To Go To Drink Beer
Beer. We love beer. Beer, beer, beer. It’s so delicious. But what is even better these days, in this day and age of the microbrew, is that there are so many places to get some perfectly fashioned, hand-crafted ales and not just have to settle for Bud Light, Miller or, give-us-a-break-already, PBR. But one of the best parts of living in today’s modern beerscape is that you can pretty much make an excuse to tour the country in order to try out these various beers at their breweries. Men’s Health, for instance, has put together an amazing list of places to go on beer pilgrimages that must be attempted. For instance, their first point on the tour is this perfect Oregon brewery:
Bend Ale Trail
What is it?
Bend is a historic Oregon town of just over 80,000, yet it boasts more than a dozen breweries—all of which make some seriously great beer. No wonder beer geeks refer to it, lovingly, as “Beer Town USA.”
Why should you go?
The Ale Trail covers nine breweries over a few miles, and you can hit them all nearly any weekend day when all the breweries are open. The options for non-car transportation are vast—you can hoof it, bike it, unicycle it, or even hire a pedicab, horse and carriage, an 1800s trolley car, or a 16-passenger bike. Seriously. Start your day at Deschutes, where you’ll receive a free pint before you tour the brewery and have some serious beer-geek knowledge bestowed upon you. Follow that up with a much smaller-scale tour of Silver Moon, which concludes with a flight of their seven offerings. After that, you’ve got seven more breweries to visit.
So head on over and check out the other 7 best beer/hiking trails, and then get to working out/drinking!
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.