A unique program has come to Bellingham and it’s breweries. Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes, and urban walks, and make new beer inspired by the edible and medicinal plants from the trail. Beers Made By Walking helps raise funds for environmental non-profits by working with them to create educational programming in outdoor areas. The brewers that go on the hikes send their beers to a series of events that they organize in the Pacific Northwest, and in Denver, Colorado.
This year Whatcom Community Land Trust is hosting 3 hikes and teaming up with Aslan Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewing, Kulshan Brewing and Bellingham’s soon to be newest brewery, Stones Throw Brewing. The Stones Throw and Kulshan event has already occured, but there are two events left! Check them out.
Saturday, July 11, 8am: Canyon Lake Community Forest – Registration Now Open
Breweries: Stones Throw Brewery & Kulshan Brewing Company
Description: Join the first hike for Beers Made By Walking in Bellingham at Canyon Lake Community Forest. Join Bellingham brewers from Stones Throw Brewing and Kulshan Brewing Company as we explore this old-growth forest on a hike led by naturalists and Whatcom Land Trust. Canyon Lake Community Forest’s 2,250 acres includes 700 acres of ancient Alaskan yellow cedar, some of which are 1,000 years old. Since access to the site has been restricted over the past few years due to road wash out, Whatcom Land Trust and Beers Made By Walking are excited to offer this unique opportunity to explore this remote site
Saturday, July 25, 12pm: Edfro Creek – Registration Now Open
Brewery: Aslan Brewing
Description: Come take a hike along the South Fork of the Nooksack River at Edfro Creek with Bellingham brewers from Aslan Brewing. The hike will be led by naturalists and Whatcom Land Trust. The beautiful South Fork Valley is an important focus area for Whatcom Land Trust, where the mission is balancing protection of fish and wildlife habitat with farmland conservation.
Saturday, August 1, 12pm: Stimpson Family Nature Reserve – Registration Now Open
Brewery: Boundary Bay Brewery
Description: Come take a walk at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve with Bellingham brewers from Boundary Bay Brewery. The hike will be led by naturalists and Whatcom Land Trust. Walkers will explore the Lake Whatcom watershed, which provides drinking water for Bellingham. A well-maintained trail through the forest near Lake Whatcom wanders through quiet forests and offers beautiful views of two ponds on site.