Giveaway: Hop in the Saddle

Update! Giveaway is now closed, and Peddler’s Kickstarter is now funded. Thanks for your patronage.

Well, I promised you a giveaway involving beer and bikes. But first, an announcement involving the same: Have you funded Peddler Brewing Company’s Kickstarter campaign yet? They blew through their original $5,000 goal in just 5 days, and now have one week left to meet a $15,000 stretch goal which will help them build their tap system, finish construction of the cold room, and more. Folks, I want to drink their beer quite badly, so I’d appreciate if you’d head on over and give the nice brewers some of your money.

When you’re done there, let’s turn our attention to our bikey southern neighbor: Portland.

Hair of the Dog.

When I was waiting tables at the Elysian, I once met the owner of Hair of the Dog, and he gave me a sweatshirt with the logo on it. It was a mens XL, and had been worn by one of the brewers for some time, I believe. I gave it to my dad, on account of me not wearing a mens XL, and now I have a soft spot in my heart for Hair of the Dog Brewery. Good folks, good beer. The beer in this glass is actually New Belgium’s Chainbreaker IPA, though. Sorry. But I drink almost all my beers at home out of it. And there’s your photo caption.

If you like beer and bikes and have internet access then I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard about Hop in the Saddle. From the website:

For the first time, a guidebook unites two of Portland’s greatest passions: BEER + BICYCLES. Nationally-published beer writer Lucy Burningham, prominent cycle guidebook author Ellee Thalheimer and brand designer Laura Cary join forces to link the best craft beer spots in Portlandwith the city’s famous cycling routes.

The guide launched back in November, and I’ve been sitting on a pair of the books ever since. One is for me, of course, but one might be for you!

It's signed, just for you!

It’s signed, just for you!

Hop in the Saddle is really well done—super design, fantastic writing, and what seem to be very clear directions (not having actually ridden a route, I can’t actually vouch for them. But they’re well laid out, with maps and everything.) I’ve learned a ton about Portland’s beer and bike history just by reading through it.



Yep. It’s definitely time for me to plan a long weekend down that direction. Your mission—should you choose to try to win this book—is to please tell me your favorite brew of your favorite Portland brewery. (It’s okay if you can’t choose, but it still only counts as one entry.)

I’ll go first. Hi, my name is Jessie, and I really love me some Hopworks IPA. At their brewery, I once had a single hop IPA brewed with Amarillo (sorry, I can’t remember what they called it). It was seriously to die for. Mmmm. You have until midnight on Wednesday January 23rd (Seattle time) to leave a comment. Cheers!

10 thoughts on “Giveaway: Hop in the Saddle

  1. I’m going to with Hopworks Survivor Stout. 10 grains of nutritious, tasty, inebriating liquid refreshment. A close second would be any beer served from the Metrofiets bar bike. Cheers!

  2. Absolute favorite is the Proletariat Red from Lompoc Brewing. And “Lompoc Beer means local beer!”

    Not to mention, their Hedge House locations about five minutes away by bicycle!

  3. Hopworks IPA was our “table beer” for a long time but I’m enamoured with Golden Valley Brewing’s Exit 65 IPA. So balanced, nice toasty malty flavor, and a beautiful hop bouquet that has no bitterness at all. My all time fave, except for seasonal fresh hop brews 🙂

  4. I realize it’s a chain, but McMenamins won my heart with the combo of decent beer and second-run movies at their movie house on Glisan St. I went there on my first night in Portland, watched “Thank You for Smoking”.

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