City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

A great way to start any trip is to make your first stop at a place that serves beer. And what better way to start my spring 2015 trip than making my first stop at City Limits Pub in Wallace Idaho. Not only was it a pub but they also serve craft beer from North Idaho Mountain Brew, which comes in handy because I loves me some craft beer. Continue reading

Trickster’s Brewing in Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Trickster's Brewing in Coeur d'Alene Idaho

Trickster’s Brewing in Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Tucked away along some industrial buildings you will find Trickster’s Brewing in Coure D Alene Idaho. Although more of a distributor location, there is a small tasting room located at the brewery. I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and had the place to myself. Not my favorite scenario but it meant that I would have quick service! Continue reading

Exploring Vashon Island, Washington

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The ferry ride out to Vashon Island

While visiting Seattle I realized that I had never taken a ferry ride out to any of the islands in the Puget Sound. Although the ferries are slightly costly, I decided to throw caution in to the wind and figure out which island I wanted to visit. I would be traveling with my friend Meg so I found us a suitable island that had things that both of us would like, a lighthouse for me and wine tasting for her… well OK the wine tasting was for both of us. I’m an only child – I plan most things to revolve around me. Continue reading

A Tall Needle, Flying Fish and a Wall of Gum: Sites of Seattle Washington

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Space Needle, Seattle Washington

Large cities often have landmarks that are recognizable even if you have never been to the city. You see Big Ben and you know you’re in London. The Eiffel Tower, you’ve got Paris. The Sydney Opera House, you know it’s Sydney. The Space Needle and you are in Seattle. Continue reading

Going underground in Seattle Washington

Underground tour Seattle Washington

Underground tour Seattle Washington

So why does Seattle have an underground? Well it all started in 1889 with the “Great Fire” that destroyed about 31 blocks in the business district. After the fire the city began to rebuilt, but this time with stone buildings instead of the previous wood buildings. The theory was that another fire was likely and the stone would prevent the fire from causing such destruction again.

The business district also sat on tide flats which helped encouraged the decision to raise the streets. The regrade averaged between 12 feet (3.65 m) to 30 feet (9.14 m). This meant that the the streets were now raised about a story above the businesses’ first floor. The old sidewalks, at ground level, or what was once ground level were left behind. They were closed over, thus creating the underground passages. Continue reading

Paws for Beer’s Spring 2015 Trip: Utah/Colorado/Arizona/Wyoming

My first trip of the year is planned and booked. This trip is unique in the fact that I have never planned a trip so close to my departure time. This trip was part of another trip I was going to take in the Fall of 2014 but got canceled because the company I worked for went out of business.  I was left with the decision of either going on the trip or paying my mortgage… decisions decisions. Continue reading

A Hidden Gem: Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Don’t judge it from the outside my friend Amy said to me as we stepped out of her car and walked into Skookum Brewery. I laughed a little as I looked at the building, not because it was funny, but because it was funny that Amy thought I had not walked into places that looked just like this all the time. Continue reading