Backcountry explorers are known for their passion for nature, navigation skills, and their impeccable ability to pair trails with ales. If you pride yourself on your skills in both backpacking and beer selection, take your game to the next level with a beercation — yes, a beer vacation.
Check out these celebrations and destinations for the craft-beer-loving adventurer
Leavenworth is a small Bavarian-themed village tucked away in the Cascade mountain range of Washington. Locals host their annual Oktoberfest during the first three weekends of October each year when thousands of people flock to Leavenworth for German beer, lederhosen, and access to The Enchantments.
Fall is the perfect time to see mountain goats among the craggy peaks and bright yellow larches. Leavenworth is a mecca for outdoor adventure with easy access to hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing just to name a few.
The Pacific Northwest is known for their craft beer culture making Leavenworth the perfect destination for a beercation. You aren’t too far from Portland or Seattle for more craft beer, or surrounding wilderness regions for more adventure!
Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race
No, you’re not dreaming — there truly is a goat and beer festival!
The Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race celebrates speedy goats and traditional German-style bock brews. Hosted in Philadelphia, this festival is more for the creative craft beer experience than the outdoor adventure. Nonetheless, this party shouldn’t be missed.
Craft Beer and Whitewater Rafting
The world-renowned rafting outfitter O.A.R.S. has perfected the beercation by pairing craft beer with adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting. With day trips up to 5-day trips and everything in between, there is something for everyone. On the overnight trips, you can expect have an action-packed day on the river and kick your feet up at night while enjoying gourmet meals and ice cold beers. You can choose a variety of trip lengths on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite, the lower Salmon River in Idaho, and the Rogue River in Oregon. Scenic views, beach camping under the stars, and waterfall hikes are just a few of the added bonuses for your voyage.
This is the perfect trip for thrillseekers and beer connoisseurs alike.
Boulder Ale Trail
Do you want to have a party on the trail? Check out the Boulder Ale Trail in Colorado. A haven for microbrews and outdoor recreation, this Ale Trail is a must-experience. You have your choice to run, walk, or bike to 12 breweries in 15 miles via the Lobo trail. Don’t forget to bring your two way radio! With so many breweries to check out on the trail, you’re bound to have a lingerer in your group.
While you ’re there, make the most of the trail-lined mountains surrounding the city. With over 150 miles of trails with names like Wonderland Lake Loop Trail, it would be easy to extend your stay.
No matter how you choose to pair your favorite beer with your favorite wilderness pastime, remember to drink responsibly and always practice the 7 Leave No Trace principles when recreating outdoors.
– Kayla Haas, Midland Adventures Contributor