After a day of hiking the high peaks or kayaking a mountain river, a well-earned beverage is in order. Across the Northeast this summer you can find local ales worthy of a pilgrimage all of their own. Can you say road trip?
In the Adirondacks, find the best brews at the Great Adirondack Brewing Company . Try the Starting Gate Session IPA, a great cool down in the warm summer months. Win prizes in the High Peaks Happy Hour contest by being the first to post a photo to their Facebook page of you and a growler of choice at the peak of the day.
Killington and Pico
Beer lovers have been glad to Take a Hike to the Long Trail Brewery since 1989. After you grab one of the small batch brews from the Farmhouse Ales series brewed in the farmhouse-turned-pilot-brewing facility, soak in the sun on the deck or dip your toes in on the banks of the Ottauquechee River.
Attitash, Wildcat and Cranmore
Like it hoppy? Try the Iron Mike Pale Ale at Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. in North Conway. Have one on draft with your barbecued smoked pork sandwich or grab a very portable 16-ounce can for a treat on the trail.
Stop by for a brewery tour for a history of the Wachusett Brewery and its brewing, cellaring and packaging, then and sample Massachusett’s finest. The Summer Ale is an American wheat ale with a hint of lemon made for the summer weather.
Mingle with an eclectic mix of locals, tourists and craft beer drinkers on the deck of the Sunday River Brewing Company . Try a flight of all eight craft brew selections or go straight for the hearty and hoppy Mountain Momma IPA.
Photos: Top -- The patio is open at the Great Adirondack Brewing Company. (Great Adirondack Brewing Co./Facebook); Left -- Fill your growler and your belly at Long Trail Brewing. (Long Trail Brewing/Facebook); Right -- Moat Mountain is a favorite end of the trail destination in the Mount Washington Valley. (Moat Mountain); Bottom Left -- Meet the brewers on a tour at Wachusett Brewery. (Wachusett Brewery); Bottom right: A rainy afternoon call for a beverage by the fire at Sunday River Brewing. (Sunday River Brewing)