Beer, Boondocking, and the C-Word

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Tips on Visiting Breweries and Boondocking during the Pandemic

It’s time. Summertime and time to go. Time to travel. Time to see the country again. Time to get back out there. Time for some beer and boondocking, even if that C-word is still out there.

For us, time to go means finding free places to camp to hit those mountain biking trails, but also finding those craft breweries along the way.

Beer and Breweries

That C-word makes visiting breweries a bit different today than yesterday. But really, it’s not that complicated.

Enter the breweries with grace and kindness; beer is not your God-given right. Just be good to people.

Brewery Peeps
  • Don’t be a dick.
  • Say hi to a stranger.
  • Wear a mask when not at your table.
  • Keep your kids and dogs in line.
  • Enjoy a real pint or a flight.
Perro Loco at Brewability visiting breweries in Denver
You meet the greatest people at breweries – Meet Perro Loco!

Boondocking

Now, about that traveling and boondocking thing? What is it, and how do I do it? It’s not that complicated, either.

If you can pee anywhere, you can go anywhere

April Pishna, fellow boondocker
  • Buy beer to go – stock your fridge.
  • Know the terms: moochdocking, boondocking, dispersed camping.
  • Know your vehicle and the roads it can handle.
  • Have at least an idea of where you want to go.
  • Use the apps that work for you.
  • Conserve your resources and use other facilities when they are available.
  • Follow LNT principles – leave no trace.
  • Use a generator or solar power.
  • Be flexible.
  • Trust your gut.
  • Have a campfire (if there are no fire bans) and enjoy the starry night.
Boondocking at Buffalo Creek, Colorado

Oh the places we went!

  • Lowdown Brewery and Kitchen – Denver, CO
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery – Hot Springs, AR
  • Twisted Spike Brewing Company – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Strange Craft Beer Company – Denver, CO
  • Woods Boss Brewing Company – Denver, CO
  • Ten Sleep Brewing Company – Ten Sleep, WY
  • Craters of the Moon National Park – Idaho
  • Boondocking on the beach – Creole, LA
  • Boondocking in the desert on 18 Road – Fruita, CO

Oh, the beers we drank!

  • Blackberry Sour from Lowdown Brewery and Kitchen in Denver, CO

Resources:

  • Campendium – free camping app
  • iOverlander – free camping app
  • freecampsites.net – free website for free campsites
  • Allstays – app with a small fee but worth it for finding dump stations and potable water
  • Harvests Hosts – membership site where you can access breweries, vineyards, farms, and more to stay overnight for free (save 15% with this link)
  • MTB Project – free mountain biking trail finder app
  • Trailforks – free mountain biking app – trails, reports, routes, etc.

PRO TIP: When possible, please check ahead anywhere you go. Many places are re-opening, but some may not be. Due to the C-word, you need to be prepared for restrictions and closures. Be flexible.

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Debbie LaFleiche
1 year ago

This was the first one I listened to. It’s great. Congrats on trying out a new platform. I haven’t made it to a brewery yet but I did make it to a distillery. They had a big bottle of hand sanitizer at the door and had a sign that everyone had to use it before coming in.

Renetta
Renetta
1 year ago

Lol! At first I was like, “the c word”? Oh cans, she hates cans and drinks out of a glass. Then I got it! Yeah, I hate that word too! Good to see y’all out and about, hoping to catch up soon!