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7 Towns That Have Mastered the Post-Ride Pint

After a day of adventuring, you deserve an amazing beer paired with a tour of an amazing brewery

Who says you can't drink and ride? Sojourn Bicycling Vacation’s Vermont Bike and Brew trip takes you to various breweries, Kingdom Trails mountain biking paths, and passed the Green Mountains. (Courtesy of Sojourn Bike Tours)

After a day of adventuring, you deserve an amazing beer paired with a tour of an amazing brewery

You’ve just finished a great bike ride, trail run, or paddle. A cold refreshment sure sounds nice, right? Thankfully, more and more guiding companies around the country are pairing outdoor adventures with tours of local craft breweries. We’ve picked seven of our favorite U.S. towns that have blended a love of the outdoors with a thriving local brew scene.

Fort Collins, Colorado

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With more than 20 breweries stationed in this northern Colorado college town—including New Belgium and Odell Brewing—Fort Collins is king of summer après. Beer & Bike Tours offers a three-day Fort Collins trip ($600) that includes road biking through Rocky Mountain National Park, fly-fishing the Cache la Poudre River, and sipping pints from a range of local breweries. For visitors who prefer to do the tour on their own, it’s easy to check out a cruiser bike from the local bike-share program. Stop into a bike shop, and they’ll hand you a map to all the best ales in town.

North Lake Tahoe, California

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With Tahoe Brew Tours’ Adventure and a Brew ($100) package, you’ll paddle a sea kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe all morning, accompanied by a guide from Tahoe Adventure Company. In the afternoon, you’ll get a chauffeured tour of Tahoe’s local brewery scene, including Alibi Ale Works. Prefer a DIY tour? Take yourself on the ale trail around North Lake Tahoe, with beers you can hike, bike, and paddle to.

Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville calls itself Beer City USA, and for good reason. You can sign up for a six-day self-guided tour (from $1,595) of Asheville and nearby Brevard’s best breweries, like Highlands Brewing, Wicked Weed, and Pisgah Brewing, with Outfitter Bicycle Tours. You’ll ride anywhere between eight and 75 miles a day with a combination of road and mountain biking. For a more low-key one-day option, it’s easy to ride from pint to pint through West Asheville’s brewery district.

Stowe, Vermont

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With Sojourn Bicycling Vacation’s six-day Vermont Bike and Brew trip (from $2,295), you’ll pedal from inn to inn and brewery to brewery, climbing through the Green Mountains’ rolling terrain and scoring a day of mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails. Your reward? Visits to some of the state’s best microbreweries, including the Alchemist, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Stone Corral Brewing, and more.

Duluth, Minnesota


Beer & Bike Tours offers a weeklong trip ($2,450) along northern Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastline. After a tour in Duluth—with stops at Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Fitgers Brewhouse, and Lake Superior Brewing Company—you’ll spend the next few days road biking along the historic Gunflint Trail toward the Canadian border. The trip finishes at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where you can fish for brook trout and smallmouth bass while giving your legs a well-deserved break.

Bend, Oregon

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You’ll spend six days riding some of the best singletrack Oregon has to offer—and sampling some of the state’s tastiest craft beer—on Dirt Gypsy Adventures’ Oregon Craft Tour ($2,400). Running from the Hood River to Bend and on to Eugene, this is guided mountain bike trip that ends each day with visits to Ninkasi Brewing and Solera Brewery. Afterward, a designated driver delivers you back to your hotel. If you’d rather venture out on your own, stay in Bend, where a majority of the town’s breweries are within walking distance of downtown, and you can follow an ale trail from one IPA to the next.

Anchorage, Alaska

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With Anchorage outfitter Big Swig Tours, you can sign up for a Bike and Brew Tour ($199) of the city. Visitors spend a few hours riding along Kincaid Park’s Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and then get a behind-the-kegs tour of local craft breweries, including Midnight Sun, King Street, and Resolution.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.