This 2017 summer has been a fantastic few months for us. As we wind down, heading into fall, I was thinking about all the sunny and warm days we have had. And as I think about these days I honestly can not remember the last time it rained. Which is both a good thing, but also a bad thing. As I write this post I am looking out a window. A window where I can normally see mountains. But these mountains are nowhere to be seen. The reason you ask? Because where I live I am socked in by smoke from regional fires in my home state of Idaho as well as Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Canada. This summer has been one of the driest in history and has been compared to the summer of 1910.
As history tells us, it was the Egyptians who first developed beer. It was not men, but Egyptian women, who were crafting the beer.
And for that, we thank these ladies.
Fast forward to 2017 and we now find the beer industry heavily dominated by men. Although there are still women brewers out there, according to a 2014 study by Stanford University, of 1700 polled breweries, only 4% had female head brewers.
Not a great showing ladies.
If you love beer and you are planning a trip to Sandpoint Idaho, you are in the right place because this list will cover all your bases when it comes to finding beer. Do you want a beer with a view? We have you covered. Do you want a beer while you’re enjoying the ski mountain? You got it. Do you want beer right from the source? It couldn’t be any fresher. Do you want to check out the local scene? We’ll fill you in on where to go. Here are our top places to find beer in Sandpoint Idaho.
Let us step back to 2012 to the inaugural day of my first solo road trip. It was a warm sunny day when I arrived at the town of Polson Montana. A slight breeze created a twinkling ripple in the jewel-toned water. I navigated my truck, following the instructions of Samantha, my GPS, leading away from the main streets and the lake into a more residential area.
Oregon is a state that you love if you are traveling with your dog. They practically welcome you with open arms, allowing dogs at the majority of their beaches, state parks and let’s not forget the breweries! We have visited Newport Oregon a few times and absolutely love it there, so much so, that if we ever moved from North Idaho, Newport is at the top of our list! From their beaches to their historic bayfront check out our favorite dog-friendly locations in Newport Oregon.
It is week two of our two part series of hiking North Idaho with your dog. Last week I offered up some trails in the northern most part of Idaho’s panhandle. This week we move to the middle of the panhandle. We are still up north, but just not quite able to wave to Canada anymore.
When you live in North Idaho you are pretty much required to go hiking. I am not a huge fan of hiking, however. I know it’s just walking uphill but I blame it on my childhood. Our driveway was a mile long, uphill both ways, in the snow, with coyotes nipping at my heels. All right, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration… however the mile-long driveway part wasn’t made up.
Like any long-term relationship, although they can enjoy their time alone, they are often best when paired together. They are not your traditional couple, but the two are frequently found together, supporting and complimenting each other, showing you just how great their relationship is. And while you may believe this post is about to embark on a love story about Jane and her wonderful John, it is about the bond between food and beer that I am speaking of.
Sometimes wanderlust overtakes me. Normally I am a planner. Down. To. The. Minute. But on a Sunday late last year, I decided to not plan down to the minute. It was a beautiful sunny day that was meant for exploring. I had also not been to Montana since January of that year. Blasphemy.
In between dogs barking and laughter from a nearby group of children playing on the black cobblestone beach I heard a low rumbling. A rumbling that almost resembled the sound of thunder. Despite the low hanging clouds and fog that filled the bay, the sun peeked out to remind us that there is the occasional chance of sun while on the Oregon coast. Although thunder could not completely be ruled out, I decided instead to trace where the source of the noise was coming from.