Round Lake Idaho State Park & Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage Scenic Byway

Round Lake Idaho State Park

Round Lake Idaho State Park

In the profession of travel writing, there is a common thread between us all. We are always traveling AWAY from our homes. Seeking adventure elsewhere. But when you live in North Idaho, home to alpine views, crystal clear lakes and adventures around every corner, why travel? Continue reading

Visiting the new Payette Brewery in Boise Idaho

new Payette Brewery

The new Payette Brewery and Taproom

A year ago I was in Boise and stopped at Payette Brewery’s tap room. The spot was simple, located in an industrial part of town. A typical brewery with a small taproom attached. Nothing overly special, just a room with bar seating, some tables and or course taps. A window peaked into the brewery and the only food available was from food trucks. Continue reading

Touring Brewers On The Bay & Rogue House of Spirits Newport Oregon

Touring Brewers On The Bay

Brewers On The Bay in Newport Oregon

With the faint aroma of fermentation and the saturation of moist, yes I said it, air, I stood in a group of strangers. A rush of air flew behind me, not from the wind, but from a man walking briskly past me. He paused slightly, gaining the group’s attention. And like a fan girl, I perked up and leaned forward to get a better look at the familiar bearded man. No, it wasn’t Santa Claus, but better. It was a brewmaster sighting. And not just any brewmaster, it was the brewmaster, John Maier. Continue reading

Top Things To Do In Glacier National Park This Summer

top things to do in Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Road trip season is upon us. We are loading up our cars with tents, hiking packs and our favorite 6 packs of beer. And we are also loading up our vacations with plans. Here at Paws For Beer, we love a great road trip, especially one that involves driving a road through alpine views hugged by aqua-colored lakes pairing up with the thrill of wildlife sightings around every corner. Here is our list of the top things to do in Glacier National Park this summer: Continue reading

Bellingham Tap Trail: Challenge Accepted

Bellingham Tap Trail

Bellingham Washington Tap Trail

I sat at a table in the Archer Ale House (1212 10th Street) in Bellingham Washington contemplating what to do. There was a lofty goal in front of me, The Bellingham Tap Trail. Being that I was only in town for a few days.  Could I really collect 8 stamps before I left, to obtain my treasured tap trail prize? The two boys to the right of me had attempted the complete trail… in one day… but they had not finished.  Instead, they were invited to leave from one of the tap trail establishments participating. Not overly shocking as completing that many breweries and pubs in one day could be considered borderline alcoholic, but let us give them an A for effort.

My attempt would be far less than the boy’s attempt, as I took the shorter of the two options.  8 stops as opposed to the entire trail of 19 stops.   Continue reading

Betting on Beer at Banger Brewing Las Vegas Nevada

Banger Brewing Las Vegas Nevada

Banger Brewing Las Vegas Nevada

In the land of margaritas by the yard, non-existent open container laws and glassy eyes from a long night before, I found myself not at the head of a craps table, or mesmerized by a sparkling overhead light parade, but at a brewery. Although Las Vegas may be well known for its sin city ways, they do have a decent amount of breweries in the area. And you know me, I love checking out new breweries! Continue reading

Las Vegas History at the Neon Museum Boneyard Las Vegas Nevada

Neon Museum Boneyard

Neon Museum Boneyard

In the dark of night, the dynamite charges explode. Puffs of sparks and debris shoot out the windows and the building begins to lose its balance.  Wobbling, as though it has become weak in the knees, knowing its final moments are near.  The walls give way and floor after floor comes crashing down to the ground. It is the fate of many hotels in Las Vegas. Continue reading

River Side Drinking At Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Sometimes I see strange things while out on the road. Like a grown man dressed up as Minnie Mouse wearing combat boots walking into the Buoy Brewery bar and asking for a beer. The real question was, where was Mickey? And what kind of footwear was Mickey wearing?

Perhaps the guy was just bringing a little weird to Astoria.

Well done sir. Continue reading

Doing Time at Seaside Brewing, Seaside Oregon

Seaside Brewing Beer

Seaside Brewing in Seaside Oregon

I always like a building with a bit of history and Seaside Brewing’s building has just that. Located in the former Seaside City Jail this historic brick building was built in 1914. It may no longer have unsavory men roaming the exercise yard but the bars from the windows are hung up on the walls inside reminding us of this building’s checkered past. Continue reading

Visiting Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock with Dogs

Haystack Rock with Dogs

Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock

We picked up Jovi early last year from Wyoming. And while Jovi’s history may be unknown, it is probably safe to assume that she had never been to the ocean before. The shelter staffer when we picked up Jovi described the people who had owned Jovi before as less than awesome. Less than awesome people probably do not drive all the way from Wyoming to take their dog to the ocean. Continue reading