The best hiking beers are refreshing, flavorful, and worth carrying in your pack during your journey until it’s finally time to crack open a cold one. It doesn’t matter what type of hiking you prefer to get into — whether it be an urban hike with metropolitan views or a hike along one of the country’s stunning scenic trails — a hiking beer feels like the cherry on top when enjoying the views you trekked miles to see. Few people know this as well as the brewers themselves.
We got in touch with 11 brewers from Vermont to California and everywhere in between for advice on the best hiking beers to pack before heading out. Each brewer gave two options: One beer from their own brewery, and one beer that another brewery makes. Some picked easy drinking, low-alcohol lagers while others opted for high hop IPAs. All are worthy of consideration the next time you’re browsing the grocery aisles looking for a hiking beer to add to your snack and refreshment options.
These are the best hiking beers, according to brewers.