Magazines, websites, blogs, etc always seem to be coming out with lists of “best outdoor beers” or “top 10 beers you need to try this year”. Sometimes the lists can be advertising related bullshit (see my last post), or have some very good recommendations made by people who know their shit. Regardless of whether or not I have free time I always get sucked into these lists, and hope that I can find a good chunk of them in the Denver area. Additionally, as one who travels for work I am always on the lookout for what to try the next time I’m on the road. One of my biggest complaints about these lists is that there can be little information on what region or states that each beer is available in. I got to thinking of ways to improve this.
The DC community has always been helpful with providing trail, drink, and chow recommendations, and I want to put that to use. Here at DC, we want to start small with a “beer recommendations by state” map, based on the DC community’s input. The hope being that before making a trip to a specific state or region, you can head out knowing that you have some quality beer recommendations from other like-minded drunks with a cycling problem.
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Like I said, we are starting small, so for now there will only be five groups/categories.
1.) Trail beer (must be canned).
2.) Trailhead or parking lot beer. Canned, bottled, or in a growler, it doesn’t matter but something for before or after a day of trail.
3.) Easy sipper. Something to drink on a hot day
4.) Dark and heavy. Why eat dinner when you can just drink a few of these.
5.) Don’t leave the state without trying this.
We’re playing pretty fast and loose on this one, so as of now there aren’t too many rules. We’re shooting for 5 beer suggestions for all the states. California is special because it is fucking huge, so there will be Northern California and Southern California. North Fork, CA will serve as out dividing line between NoCal and SoCal as that is damn close to the geographic center of the state.
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Go ahead and email your recommendations (firstname.lastname@example.org) for each state. I’ll do my best to sort through them all, and get the maps made in a timely manner.
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Done and sent. Although the above map shows my state pretty well nailed.
San Luis obispo
Central coast brewery
Off the hook.
Next to bike shop
Close to trails
Bike advocate meeting site.
Augusta Brewery in Augusta, Mo. is right off the Katy Trail and makes a damned good blonde ale, all of their beers are excellent but I like the blonde ale best.
They also serve some fine German food and the service and atmosphere is wonderful.
Definitely a must visit when biking the trail. Every one
Peroni and I’m from England, none if this yank bullshit beer……. ;-)
I think BeerYoga on instagram should be a guest editor on this topic:
As an FYI, your email link is incorrect and the emails are bouncing back. It appears you have misspelled the cyclist in drunkcylist.
i would rather drink camel piss than Uintah beer.
Check out Taxman Brewing in Bargersville, Indiana. They’re new as hell and focus on Belgian brews that are usually higher in alcohol. Delicious!
Tried sending, but it was rejected-please fix. So I will cast my nomination here, because I’m going to be out for the weekend.
I nominate La Cumbre Brewing Co, located in Albuqerque, NM.
– Minutes from The North Channel bike trail.
-Their Elevated IPA was a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner.
-The Malpias Stout was a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner.
-The Project Dank is a 2014 National IPA Champion-winning brew, as well as a 2013 GABF Bronze medal winner.
La Cumbre is an extremely popular spot and a Haven away from home!
Don’t leave Colorado without trying River North Brewing’s whiskey cask saison.
And don’t leave Arizona without trying something from Wanderlust Brewing. Nate makes an awesome Oatmeal Stout.
I think Oregon is better represented if the Deschutes Brewery Logo filled the space. Other great breweries would include 10 Barrell, McMenamins, and Widmer.
South Dakota. Canned is Crow Peak Brewing Company 11th Hour IPA. One of the most ass kicking but drinkable IPAs in the world. My Brit, Aussie and Swiss pals dig it when they visit. Brewed in Spearfish SD, home of the Dakota Five Oh.
Tman has it nail for SD, Five-o fever, thats my beer when i am there for five-o everytime
If you are going to split CA, I think you need to split CO, too. The best riding and best beer is on the Western Slope. Don’t let the fact that most of the “people” (traffic, cars, etc) live on the Front Range.
The Sweetwater Brewing company in Atlanta, Georgia is a must see while in and around Atlanta. There are plenty of cycling trails in and around Atlanta and North Georgia worthy of riding, especially the new green way circling most of downtown Atlanta and connecting with other trails.
The various Sweetwater Brews available will certainly fit the tastes of most palates…. and if you don’t like it tough, we don’t care and don’t need you around anyhow.
Brickway Brewery and Distillery. Omaha NE
South Central PA’s regional brewery list is not short. Here are some of my persona.
Pizza Boy Brewing Enola, PA near Harrisburg, Closest to my house and some trails on the Harrisburg Green Belt. Also a pizza shop with 100+ taps of in house and other brews.
Trõegs Brewing Hershey, PA formerly in Harrisburg
Liquid Hero Brewing York, PA
Victory Brewing Downingtown, PA
All options have good IPA’s.
1.) Trail beer (must be canned). Manny’s Pale Ale, Georgetown Brewing, Seattle WA, decanted from a growler into recently emptied beer cans and saran wrap over the top.
2.) Trailhead or parking lot beer. Manny’s Pale Ale from a growler.
3.) Easy sipper. Something to drink on a hot day. Manny’s Pale Ale on draft.
4.) Dark and heavy. Manny’s Pale Ale in a dimly lit bar, basement or garage.
5.) Don’t leave the state without trying this. Manny’s Pale Ale, duh.
Ive done a lot of group projects in my life at school and work but can honestly say this is the first time I expect the end results will be positive.
I emailed my list from Michigan, which is full-on apeshit nuts with great breweries all over and more opening all the time. What didn’t make my list, because the beer is good but not great, is Brickside Brewery in Copper Harbor (Coooooppa Haaaaaabaaaaa!!!), MI. Also, because the brewery is right at the trailhead of some of the best singletrack in the world in Downtown CH. The CH trail system is an IMBA Bronze ride center. What did make my list was 51k IPA from Blackrocks Brewing in Marquette, MI. The brewery is just a short spin from more truly spectacular singletrack of the NTN, Noquemenon Trail Network.
Hands down, best beer in the state. Phil said so and I must agree.
Check out anything from Coop Ale Works, Roughtail Brewing Co., or Mustang Brewing Co.
My personal favorites for the above categories are as follows:
1. Coop Elevator Wheat
2. Coop DNR
3. Coop Horny Toad
4. Roughtail Polar Night
5. Mustang Washita Wheat (brewed with oklahoma grain)
Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum, ID is making some great stuff