During this past year Beers Made By Walking led hikes that were held in conjunction with the Forest Park Conservancy through Portland’s Forest Park. The group also led hikes throughout other areas of the Pacific Northwest in and around the Bend and Seattle areas. The purpose of each hike was to allow the brewers that were featured on each hike to go into the wild and find ingredients that they can brew with.
Since the BMBW summer hikes are now completed, founder Eric Steen has now been hosting a few BMBW Festivals. The first one took place two weeks agoin in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival and the second one was held this past weekend in Portland. The last two of the year will take place in Bend, OR on October 15th at Broken Top Bottle Shop and in Seattle, WA at Naked City Brewery on October 23rd.
Here are more details on both the Bend and Seattle Beers Made By Walking Festivals from the organizers press release:
Beers Made By Walking Tapping in Bend, OR October 15th /// 6-9pm Broken Top Bottle Shop /// 1740 NW Pence Lane, Bend
On October 15th, from 6-9pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, beer lovers will have the opportunity to try new, one-off, hike-inspired beers by brewers around the Bend Region. The beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) through a series of public hikes with brewers throughout the summer. Participating local brewers include Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, and Worthy Brewing. Additionally, we will serve two specialty beers from the Willamette Valley.
Visitors can meet the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of ONDA and BMBW’s recent work. Beers are sold by the pint and half-pint. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Crux Fermentation Project – River Trail Sour – Collaboration with Crooked Stave, saison and barrel aged golden sour blend, with chokecherry and mint, inspired by a hike at Alder Spring.
Worthy Brewing – Walk on the Wild Side (Badlands Indigenous Ale) – With Juniper tips, Juniper berries, Indian Rice grass, Desert Sage, wheatgrass, and fescue, inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlads.
Deschutes Brewery – Botanic Ale – Light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet, rose and Stella hops, inspired by a hike along the Middle Deschutes River
Laurelwood Pub and Brewery – Saison de Walkie – Slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries, inspired by a late-summer hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland.
Seven Brides Brewing – Pseudo Tsuga IPA – Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea, inspired by Silver Falls Canyon.
Beers Made By Walking Seattle Tapping October 23rd /// 6-9pm Naked City Brewery /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) and the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) are announcing the release of nine new beers that are inspired by plants found on hikes around the Pacific NW. The beers will be served at a special tapping on October 23rd, from 6-9pm, at Naked City Brewery. These place-based beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and FCRW after a series of public hikes, led by FCRW, with local brewers throughout the summer. Participating brewers and cider-makers that joined in on the hikes include: Big Al Brewing, Brickyard, Epic Ales, Fremont, Hi-Fi, Naked City, and Schilling Cider. Hikes took place at Seward Park, Discovery Park, and Cougar Mountain.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of FCRW and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold in sets of samples, and by the pint, until they run out. A majority of the proceeds from this event will benefit FCRW.
Current beer list:
Epic Ales: Wild watercress farmhouse blonde
Naked City: Belgian Saison with rose hips
Fremont Brewing: Brother Imperial IPA with spruce tips and elderflowers
Big Al Brewing: Saison with wild berries and flowers (varieties TBD)
Schilling Cider: Cider conditioned with Red Cedar tips
Brickyard Brewing: Belgian-style saison with fresh-cut Salal leaves
Hi-Fi Brewing: Cedar-smoked porter
Fort George: Spruce Budd Ale, made with 100% spruce tips and no hops
Laurelwood: Slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries
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.