Trailside Tavern: Beer

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It’s a time-honored tradition to enjoy a sip of whiskey around the campfire, or a beer at the trail head after a long trail ride.  Alcohol, when consumed in moderation, can provide a welcomed reward at the end of a long day.

Trailside Tavern, Chris Binkley

This is the first in an on-going series, Trailside Tavern, where we will discuss the best backcountry bartender mixes, beers and spirits to reward yourself after a day in the woods.

Beer is most certainly one of the de facto choices for those pushing themselves in the outdoors.  Great after a day of snowboarding, and perfect after a hot day spent hiking.  The natural carbonation is uplifting, refreshing after the water drank all day in the trail.

Some even say the nutritional benefits help with recovery by providing magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, chromium and B vitamins.  Not to mention, the high carb content “liquid bread” provides.

The beauty of packable shatterproof canned beer, allowing us to carry it in, and crush the container once the contents have been consumed, is hard to beat.  (To learn more about the ingenious design of the aluminum can, check out this video.)


On a warm day we like to freeze one of our water bottles and nestle it deep in a pack, sticking the beer cans nearby to stay chilled.

With the craft beer boom in full swing it’s easy to find a can of beer for everyone in your party.  From a light watermelon beer to rootbeer flavored beer, to strong bitter IPAs, there’s something for everyone.

To top it off, the number of beers named after outdoor activities seems to never end.  Try a Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Bell’s Winter White, Mammoth Brewing’s High Country Pilsner, or the Base Camp In-Tents I.P. L.

Fireside Chat

Outdoor meccas like North Lake Tahoe are  even using beer as an enticement for getting out on the trail.  They’ve created the Ale Trail, connecting recreationists with pubs, bars and brew houses along or nearby popular trails.

Toss a can or two in your pack for your next adventure, and let us know what your favorite beer is to enjoy after a day in the outdoors.