Raise a glass! Friday 3rd August is International Beer Day, and who are we to argue with such an important event?
We love a celebratory cold one. Coming down off the trails, a beer is the perfect reward for a day well spent, but it’s more than that. Drinking whatever the locals are drinking is an easy way to get a taste for the area, to meet people on their own turf, to make a few friends along the way. Whether it’s East Coast lagers or West Coast IPAs that tickle your taste buds, the USA has some fantastic beers to try. Here are just a few of our favourites...
Coconut Hiwa, Maui Brewing Company
This beer comes recommended by American Adventure Specialist Micah McIntyre from our USA office – and he’d know, having lived on Maui for a year! This light-bodied dark ale is Hawaii in a glass, with chocolatey coconut flavours and comes with the Brewer’s Association’s Independent Craft Brewer seal of approval. Based in paradise, the company are conscious of the ecologically delicate island balance and use solar power and recycled water at their offices. So drinking Maui tastes good and does good, too.
Polygamy Porter, Squatters Brewing Company
Utah may not be your first thought for great beers; keep in mind draught beers here are 4% low percentage alcohol due to Utah laws, which are mostly related to the Mormon population. But the history is intriguing – be sure to ask your guide to spin you the tale as you knock back a few of the Polygamy Porter, a local brew from Squatters Brewing Company. Their strap line is, of course, ‘Why have just one?’
Zion Pale Ale, Zion Brewery
Another surprise up Utah’s sleeve, Zion Brewery is an incredible find. It’s Utah’s first microbrewery and commands an unsurpassable location at the edge of Zion National Park. There’s no better reward after the hiking hair-raising ridge of Angel’s Landing than kicking back on Zion Brewery’s deck, sipping a Zion Pale Ale and admiring the immeasurably beautiful views over the rugged red rocks of the national park. Enough said.
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Boston Lager, Samuel Adams
We couldn’t go without mentioning Boston. Boston’s breweries are renowned across the USA, and even if beer isn’t your tipple of choice you’ll find plenty of interest on a Samuel Adams brewery tour. “It may be the only lager I’ll drink!” says Jay, our leader who loves his beer stops along the Appalachian Trail. “Sam Adams has one of the best beer tours I’ve ever been on,” he enthuses. It’s also the official hometown beer of the Boston Red Sox, and their Boston Lager arguably spearheaded the craft beer industry Boston is known for. There are plenty of great independent brewers here, but for history Samuel Adams can’t be beat. Dedicated beer fans should visit for Labour Day weekend, which signals the kick of the Mass Brewers Fest with over 100 beers available.
Snake River Brewing Company
Jackson’s locally brewed, family owned Snake River brewery has some of the best beer art we’ve ever seen on their cans. This multi award winning brewery looks after their beers “from grain to pint” and has won numerous World Beer Cup medals, Great American Beer Festival medals, and Small Brewery of the Year (twice!). It's something of a Wyoming institution - don't miss out!