Eastern United States -- Appalachian Trail brew hiking
The 2,200-mile, Georgia-to-Maine trail makes the Camino de Santiago look like a skip through the park. If you dare embark on such a trek, then a drink or two along the way is required. Luckily the East Coast prides itself on having some amazing breweries, and there's even a pub crawl on the way for those wanting to keep it real. It's just that at times, you might have to hike days to get to the next bar.
"There are a ton of crazy stories," says Kellen Beauregard, a student and homebrewer in Honolulu, when asked about his experience hiking the trail in 2015. He started the trip on April 2nd at the Springer Mountain southern trailhead, finishing at Maine's Mount Katahdin on September 6th, clocking in a total just shy of 2,000 miles. Along the way he found excellent breweries and bars, including Outdoor 76 in Franklin, North Carolina; Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Spring Creek Tavern in Hot Springs, North Carolina; the Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, Virginia, which if you call ahead will pick you up off the trail and fill you with breakfast; and the Spencer Trappist Brewery in Spencer, Massachusetts.
The best beers along the way, Beauregard says, included Devils Backbone's Vienna Lager and Catty Wompus Belgian IPA, and Firestone Walker Pale, "from a killer liquor shop in Dalton, Massachusetts." You know about the hike's amazing sunsets, locales, locals, and potential to change your life. But great beers en route should entice you to carve out five months for the long walk.