Returning for another season to the Seattle area is Beers Made By Walking. This series of hikes pairs hikers with local brewers to learn about the outdoors and the ingredients that can be gathered to be used in a forthcoming beer. For 2015, Beers Made By Walking has partnered with Mountains to Sound Greenway to host a series of public hikes with brewers for the summer. Four hikes with eleven brewers take place from June through August along the Mountains to Sound Greenway corridor, beginning with the first hike on June 13.
Brewers attending hikes are challenged to create a unique, place-based beer that serves as a drinkable, landscape portrait of the trails that are walked. The resulting beers will be served at a special event in the Fall, in Seattle, and proceeds from the beer will benefit Mountains to Sound Greenway.
Hike registration opens two weeks before each hike:
June 13, 12pm – Seward Park Registration Open Now
Breweries: Naked City Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing
Description: Explore Seward Park with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. Located within Seattle city limits, Seward Park contains over 300 acres of beautiful forested lands. This unique park located on Lake Washington will offer plenty of local flora for inspiration.
June 27, 10am – Snoqualmie Valley Trail Register Here
Breweries: Brickyard Brewing, Hi-Fi Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Tin Dog Brewing
Description: Come take a walk on Snoqualmie Valley Trail with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. The Snoqualmie Valley is a magnificent rural valley just minutes from the greater Seattle area and has some of the most fertile soil in the nation. The hike will explore the trail from Duvall to Oxbow Farm, featuring a tour of Oxbow Farm, an organic farm and educational center.
August 9, 9am- Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail Register Here
Breweries: Fremont Brewing, Machine House Brewery
Description: Hike the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Fremont Brewing. This trail follows the Snoqualmie River under dense tree cover, through old-growth forests with fern undergrowth. Watch for wildlife along the river. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear as there is some rocky terrain.
August 15, 9am – Little Bandera Register Here
Breweries: Two Beers Brewing, Seattle Cider Company, Lantern Brewing
Description: Come hike Little Bandera with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. This hike is the most difficult in the Seattle program, but the views from Little Bandera are worth the effort. Take in views of Mt. Rainier and the valley below, as we learn about local flora. Wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.