Nothing beats a good beer after an adventurous day of hiking, boating, skiing, biking or whatever you like to do in the mountains. Just remember to bring enough growlers, bottles or cans of beer for your campsite, RV or hotel.
Regardless of which route you take into the Cascades, from Mount Baker Highway down to I-90, below are some great beer outfitters that you can easily hit along the way.
Elizabeth Station is an obvious choice for picking up beer or getting a growler filled in Bellingham. But if you’re short on time and eager to head east on 542, Safeway at Sunset Square (1275 E. Sunset Drive) makes for a convenient stop. The beer selection is typical for a grocery store (i.e., it doesn’t have a huge selection, there’s only a limited amount of seasonals and stock doesn’t change much), but it’s decent. If you need a growler filled, head to the back-right corner, behind the wine, and you can choose among 12 taps.
Cook Road Shell Taps & Gas (9440 Old Hwy 99 N. Road, Burlington) is unlike most convenience stores that are attached to gas stations. This unassuming place has a surprisingly large selection of craft beer, including many single bottles, plus it has up to 24 taps for growler fills (64 oz. and 32 oz.). Prices are very reasonable, too, as most half-gallon growler fills are only $9.99. What’s even better, this Shell is right next to I-5 and Cook Road, so it’s a super easy stop when you’re driving up the North Cascades Highway.