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.
Located on the banks of the Columbia River in Hood River is pFriem Family Brewers. Established in 2012 this brewery may be new to the Hood River beer scene when compared to Full Sail Brewing and Double Mountain Brewing but they are kicking out quality beers and have a location you can’t beat. Who doesn’t like a view of the river while you are drinking beer? There is inside and outside seating, neither of which are dog-friendly, although there is a “dog parking spot” located outside the front door. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not, but there was a water bowl there, so maybe I could have parked Boomer and Jovi there while I went inside for a few beers. There is a dog-friendly park across the street from the brewery if you want to stretch your dog’s legs before or after you enjoy some beer.
While driving through Hood River Oregon you may be distracted by the kite-surfers who are taking advantage of the Columbia River and favored windy conditions. But don’t let them distract you too much as there is beer to be had. On this day while in Hood River the beer to be had was from Double Mountain Brewery.
A few years ago I saw a list of the Top 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try At Least Once. As an Idaho native, I was curious about the list and scrolled through the 75 different things I should try. One of which was driving along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
I go to a lot of breweries by myself. Some may judge me for that because I drink alone. Not like George Thorogood drinking alone, but still alone. Fortunately, the bartenders at Boise Brewing were friendly and engaging, so I was a little less alone while trying out Boise Brewing’s Beer.
Sometimes there are benefits to traveling alone. Like when you arrive at a popular brewery and the wait is long… For some. When you are a solo diner, often your wait is not long. You can be squeezed into just about anywhere.
When I arrived at 10 Barrel Brewing in Boise this was the case. It was a busy Friday night in the heat of the dinner rush. A waiter whisked me away to a family style table and handed me a menu where I sat at the end of the table filled with strangers, who happened to also be beer lovers. At least we could use that to break the ice.
It was a night in early January of this year. I laid awake, tossing and turning for more hours than I was able to sleep. I had had an extra stressful week at work. In addition to that, I also had building pressure from financial woes that had been plaguing me for the last few months. If it could happen, it did. My refrigerator died on me, check. Unexpected car repairs, check. Trouble with my main heat source for my home during an unseasonably cold winter, check. Canceled my annual spring road trip due to reallocating funds to lame adult responsibilities, check. Pulled over for the first time and given a ticket, check.
Why have one location when you can have three? Kannah Creek Brewing does just that with its three locations. Recently opened Kannah West is located in Fruita Colorado, and “The Edge” and “The Creek” are both located in Grand Junction Colorado. At the time of my visit to Grand Junction, The Edge and The Creek were my choices. Typically there would be no need to choose between two different locations. They both offer the same beer and both have food. But it is the food that sets them apart. The Edge food menu features burgers while The Creek features pizza. So what’s a girl to do? Is it pizza and beer or is it burgers and beer? Well, I may surprise you as I am usually a burger and beer kind of girl, but on this day I went with pizza. Which meant that I visited The Creek location.
Traveling solo can sometimes be lonely. The isolation alone causes many to give up. It is one of the reasons I travel with my dogs. Although I may not have a human companion, I do have two furry friends who love adventure as much as I do. They help push through the feeling of loneliness, as well as giving me someone to talk to. Granted I look like a crazy person driving around talking to my dogs, but we all have our quarks.
Typically I am a fan of walking into a brewery and having it packed full of people. It is usually a sign that they have good beer. On a Wednesday night in April I wasn’t overly thrilled when I walked into a full house at Horsefly Brewing because the only seating left was outside. YIKES! Colorado in April. Yeah, it wasn’t warm. But there was beer to be had, so I braved the elements for you because it’s the least I could do. I’m nice like that.