Surprise! Thankfully for beer drinkers everywhere, we’re not the only “trail” for beer in the region. Ale trails, beer maps and many other iterations are thriving right now. They are found across the US, Canada and outside of North America, from little cities to big cities.
The US now has over 5,000 breweries. Canada has over 600. That’s a lot of breweries and beers to keep track of. There are events, expansions, beer releases, hirings and everything else that comes with being closely tied to a brewing community.
Trails have become a sort of hoppy Dewey Decimal system for helping locals and tourists alike keeping track of everything – They’re a natural evolution of organizing lots of information. And they work! We hear all the time, in person and via messages, that our map has helped craft beer lovers find locations they wouldn’t have otherwise.
Be Disloyal. Drink Everywhere.
The recently formed BC Ale Trail in British Columbia has over 100 breweries to experience and was started with the help of Joe Wiebe, a well known regional craft beer expert. Wiebe is also an accomplished craft beer writer, who’s released two editions of his “Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries.” Want to know about anything BC beer related? Seek him out, or head to the BC Ale Trail.
The east side of Washington State also has the Inland Ale Trail that winds you through 28 breweries. Vanocuver, WA has 9 breweries in a 2 mile radius and Brewcouver was formed in 2015 to help you enjoy all of them! Let’s not forget about Oregon’s, Bend Ale Trail. They were part of our inspiration for starting Tap Trail.