After exploring the Avenue of the Giants, a short drive from the North entrance to the road is Eel River Brewing Co in Fortuna, CA, which was the first certified organic brewery in the US.
Maybe it’s my city-girl bias talking, but in the last year, twice I’ve been genuinely surprised to greatly enjoy beer from a small-town brewery. If people are coming to the only brewery around for miles, I guess I thought some places would skimp on taste or quality. But not in Long Beach!
If one were to choose to play hooky to hike and get a beer (or if one works an alternative schedule), many breweries might not be open weekdays, especially weekday afternoons. But if hiking up north, Sound to Summit in Snohomish has got your back!
The days of Yogi Bear hunting down a pic-o-nic basket are long gone. In this day and age, you need to keep your food locked up tight before a bear or smaller critter gets to it first! Not just to keep your belly full, but for an animal’s safety as well.
Despite only being 37 square miles, there are multiple options to whet your whistle on Vashon Island, whether being a tourist or after hiking in Dockton Forest or Shinglemill Creek Preserve. On this day, we chose Vashon Brewing Community Pub.
My holiday break ended up not being quite what I had in mind, but I got to explore a few breweries in the Tri-Cities and see beloved family members, which is always a treat. I’ve already wrote about Badger Mountain in Richland, now where’s a brewery to hit afterwards!