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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.