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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.