Author: Malin Norman
Many beer lovers want to experience the joy of the outdoors and also enjoy a well-deserved beer at a welcoming brewery or cosy pub at the journey’s end. Take a look at this bundle of resources for glorious beer routes in inspiring landscapes, with the promise of a cold pint after a long day out.
A great source of beer knowledge and inspiration, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has published a series of books about pub walks in the UK. In Wild Pub Walks, Daniel Neilson explores 22 routes in remote locations in areas such as Snowdonia in northwest Wales, the Lake District in England, and the Scottish Borders, with comfy pubs waiting at the end of the trails for a refreshing beer after a day exploring the outdoors.
Geographer Bob Steel has written several guides too, also published by CAMRA, for example South East Pub Walks and Peak District Pub Walks. His London Pub Walks is suitable for those who would rather stay within the big city borders, uncovering pub culture and heritage in the buzzing city as well as the leafy suburbs, in more than 30 walks with stops at over 200 classic pubs along the way. And with the help of Bob’s Edinburgh Pub Walks, you can discover the historic Scottish city and surroundings with 25 town, park and coastal walks, including pub visits of course.
For German beer adventures, check out Beer Wanderers founded by Rich Carbonara, an American living in Munich. He has been exploring beer and hiking in Bavaria for more than 20 years and offers walking trails in Franconia, which has long brewing traditions and a high concentration of around 300 breweries scattered across the stunning landscape, as well as guided beer tours in Munich. Rich has also written the practical guide Beer Hiking Bavaria, with beers and paths off the beaten track.
If we look across the pond, there are plenty of resources for beer hiking enthusiasts in the USA. The detailed guide Beer Hiking Colorado includes 50 urban walks and mountain trails around the varied setting of Colorado, with some great craft breweries along the routes.
And in Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest, beer lovers and hiking enthusiasts can discover handpicked trails near breweries or brewpubs, for a lovely thirst quencher or two.
Online travel and adventure resource Matador Network lists some of the most beautiful beer hikes in the world. Check out the impressive Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, USA. This hike covers more than 1,000 miles through a region shaped by continental glacial ice, and normally takes 7-12 weeks to complete from start to finish. Or how about the adventurous Appalachian Trail Pub Crawl, which stretches across 14 different states In Eastern USA, with stops such as Smoky Mountain Brewery and The Damascus Brewery.