Admit it. Whether you’re taking a calf-searing hike at Mount Rainier National Park or a long paddle across the Tacoma Narrows, sometimes you look forward to a cold, hoppy brew at the end of the trek as much as the impressive elevation gain or jaw-dropping views.
That’s what’s fantastic about Tacoma-Pierce County. We offer all the active adventure you could ask for—biking, hiking, running, kayaking and more—and great Northwest craft beers to pair it with.
Enjoy the outdoors with these 10 ways to combine cardio and craft beverages:
- Bikerobrew your way through Tacoma’s offbeat, boozy and industrious side during this four-hour history lesson on bike. Recess breaks at four craft breweries and a distillery.
- Hop aboard the 15-seat, pedal-powered Party Cycle NW and roll through Tacoma’s funky and historic Sixth Avenue business district. Quad stretches and thirst stops included.
- Launch a kayak from Owen Beach and paddle to the historic fishing city of Gig Harbor. When you’ve finished your paddle, grab a Life Jacket Citrus IPA from 7 Seas Brewing.
- Join the Tacoma Runners’ Thursday Night Beer Runs. Three miles earns you grub and a cold one at a local eatery, and the chance to compare PBs with fellow runners.
- Head toward Mount Rainier National Park to hike Crystal Mountain Loop, then reap your trail rewards with a pint of Snorting Elk Frost at Snorting Elk Cellar.
- Namaste and have a beer. Tacoma’s Odd Otter Brewing Company offers Saturday morning yoga and brews.
- Multitask during the Stein Dash 5k, a highlight of Octoberfest NW in Puyallup. During the race, fill and drain your stein at three brew zones.
- Log miles, do good and enjoy a great after-party at the Cranksgiving Alley Cat Race, a food drive on bikes. 2nd Cycle organizes the November event.
- Rack up some Fitbit steps. The South Sound Craft Crawl features more than 20 tasting rooms, brewpubs and distribution-only brewers offering up locally made ciders and beer.
- All great adventures start with good prep. Book a backpacking or climbing class at Peaks and Pints, a mountain-themed bottle shop, pub and eatery in Tacoma’s Proctor District.