Apparently there is an "International IPA Day".
I'd never heard of it. No one I knew had heard of it. But it popped up on my radar (via Twitter) one day when I was planning a beer hike anyway, so I took it as a sign that I should only drink IPAs on the hike. Which I did. So what?
This hike also served as a another tune-up for the ridiculous 17 mile expedition I was planning to join the following week. (More to come on that. Someday.) Let's see how many IPAs it takes me to get shit-faced:
IPA Day 2011; 8.4 mi.The Dray / Maritime Pacific / Brouwer's / Fremont Brewing / Big Time / Bottleworks / The Dray
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- Obviously, at 8+ miles, this hike is best suited for the long days of summer. We began at The Dray around 12:30pm and finished the loop around nine hours later.
- The route I've plotted here sticks mainly to streets and there is almost no elevation gain, so it's more about distance and endurance (especially if it's hot.)
- The Burke-Gilman Trail is a safe, even path between (3) Brouwer's, (4) Fremont Brewing, and (5) Big Time Brewery.
- By the time you get to Bottleworks, consider calling it quits if you're drunk. You're in a central area with lots of bus and taxi options. The last leg back to the beginning is a bit of a climb (albeit gradual) and can be confusing in the dark, especially if you're cutting through Woodland Park
- This is a very dog-friendly hike. At Brouwer's, hitch up just outside the front door and see if you can sit on the patio. Big Time is a little trickier and you'll have to hitch up out on the sidewalk, and hope you can get one of the few tables near the window.