Writing about Portland’s food and drink scene for the past seven years has inspired Lucy Burningham to form some, ahem, strong opinions about what really deserves to be sipped, supped and discussed in this town. That’s why Hop in the Saddle only includes the best of the best, from the city’s most intimate tasting rooms and knowledgeable beer sommeliers to innovative brewers and top-notch cheesemongers. Whether you’re interested in drinking beer straight from the barrel, knowing which of the city’s top chefs secretly cellar beer or loading up your bike some rare bottles, Lucy pours a strong brew of insider info.
What connects Lucy’s favorite finds? Stellar bike routes through each of the city’s five distinct neighborhoods: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest and North, complete with detailed maps and cue sheets. You won’t find carefully tailored cycling routes like these anywhere else. Along the way, prominent guide book author Ellee Thalheimer clues you into the history of Portland’s bike corridors, who to say hello to at the local cargo bike boutique, the city’s fine cycling infrastructure like bicycle corrals and other PDX bike jazz.
Catering to all levels of cyclist, each route is also accompanied by a route extension option that transforms a neighborhood toodle into a bonafide, sweat-inducing bike ride. These extension routes tour iconic Portland places, from the picturesque berry farms of Sauvie Island to the city’s dormant volcanoes.
TITLE: Hop in the Saddle, A Guide to Portland’s
Craft Beer Scene, by Bike
AUTHORS: Lucy Burningham, Ellee Thalheimer
PUBLISHER: Into Action Publications
SUBJECT: Travel / Outdoors
RELEASE: November, 2012
PRICE: Retail: $9.95
FORMAT: Paperback, 96 pages, 4.5×7
Bicycling and craft brew—it doesn’t get more Portland. For the first time, a guide marries these two worlds by linking the best beer spots with routes that explore the city’s first-class cycling boulevards, bike-friendly streets and quirky bike charm. This carefully curated exposé separates the status-quo, tourist ale trail from the hottest, off-the-beaten track beer spots that make Portland so world-renowned. Ten bike routes include detailed maps and accompanying cue sheets for cyclists of any level, with options to extend each brew tour into a longer ride. Locals and visitors alike, from serious beer geeks to cycling aficionados, will want to slip this book into their jersey pockets and panniers as they uncover the city’s booming beer scene.