Free Camping, Beer and Biking: Harvest Hosts Breweries in the Northern Midwest

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The open road, the adventurous trails, a freshly brewed beer, handcrafted pizza, conversations and laughter under the stars. This is what we live for, camping, beer, and biking.

NORTHERN MIDWEST HARVEST HOSTS BREWERY CAMPING, BEER & BIKING GUIDE

This Northern Midwest Harvest Hosts Brewery Camping, Beer and Biking Guide is one of several regional guides giving you instant access to mountain biking trails that match up with free camping at breweries nationwide.

In this guide for each specific area you will find:

  • Harvest Hosts (HH) Brewery
  • Mountain Biking Trails near the HH Brewery
  • Additional Breweries in the Surrounding Area

This is what I live for
Baby, you’re my open road
You can take me anywhere the wind blows
Right into the great unknown
We can throw our hands up out the window
This is what we live for

American Authors – What We Live For

MTB Project reports that the U.S. has over 144,000 miles of trails on over 44,000 trails. Combine those stats with over 7400 craft breweries and over 100 of those breweries offering FREE camping through a Harvest Hosts membership? Dude, your beer and biking vacation just became a complete no-brainer.

Courtesy of Potosi Brewing Company in Potosi, WI

What is this Harvest Hosts thing?

Harvest Hosts is a membership for RVers (or van-lifers) that provides FREE RV camping at over 1600 wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms, museums, and other unique locations. You don’t have to be full-timers to use Harvest Hosts; you simply need to be self-contained in your RV (or van or truck camper), meaning you don’t require or expect the host site to provide you with any RV necessities like water, power or sewage. 

We’ve used Harvest Hosts at numerous different locations. It is one of our favorite traveling memberships. Breweries are, of course our favorites, but we’ve used our membership at orchards, vineyards, museums, alpaca farms, and a variety of other places.

Why Harvest Hosts?

Why not? OK, so yeah, we do get affiliate income from Harvest Hosts if you sign up through our link. You get a benefit from this, as well. If you use our Harvest Hosts link, you get a Discount OFF the regular price. But seriously, I’d still be writing this guide for you even if we didn’t get that tiny reward.

Why? Because we want to make your craft beer and biking vacation as easy as possible.

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We’ll do the research; you do the riding and drinking.

Picture this. The RV is packed. The beer fridge is full. The mountain bikes are tuned and raring to go. You’re ready for an adventure. But that RV needs to find a place to camp. The beer fridge will be empty sooner than you think and those bikes are itching to get some mud on them…NOW!

Ken getting ready to ride around Lake Michigan.

If you have been anything like us, you know it takes time to plan. We pull out both our smartphones ladened with all the top notch apps dedicated to beer, biking, and camping. Two hours later, research done, we are ready to go. Two hours? That’s time that could’ve been spent on the trail leading into time drinking that well earned beer.

Camping, Breweries, Trails: all in one place

So, we have done the work for you by putting together a listing of all the trails that match up with local craft breweries that match up with free camping (Harvest Host breweries) – all separated by regions of the country. Did you know we also have a Craft Beer Travel and Adventure Journal matched up by regions of the country, as well? What a beautiful way to track your beer and biking adventures. Click here to check out the Journal.

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We did all the work, so all you have to do is:

  • Become a Harvest Host member.
  • Choose your location. (We’ve done the research for you.)
  • Pack your RV.
  • Latch those bikes onto something.
  • Don’t forget your helmet.
  • Call your Harvest Hosts brewery to reserve your spot.
  • Crank the tunes and hit the open road.

We sought out the Harvest Hosts craft brewery locations that have mountain biking and craft breweries within a 50 mile radius (give or take a few miles). All you have to do now is call your Harvest Hosts ahead of time, show up, drink beer, stay overnight, go for a bike ride, maybe drink more beer, and move onto the next Harvest Hosts site, and repeat.

Now that’s a beer and biking vacation.

Ken heading into BrewDog in Columbus, Ohio.

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OHIO

Harvest Hosts Breweries near Columbus, OH

Dalton Union Winery and Brewery

Located less than an hour’s drive and just northwest of Columbus, Dalton Union Winery and Brewery is made for community. Live music, outdoor and indoor seating, and love of craft, you’ll love staying here.

Edison Brewing Company

Just east of Columbus proper, Edison Brewing Company is a lover of original beer and history. This brand new brewery has a beautiful biergarten with a sunset toast. What a great way to spend an evening.

Mountain Biking Near Columbus, OH

  • Alum Creek State Park
  • Sharon Woods Metro Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
  • Horns Hill Park
  • Star Hill
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Columbus, OH

  • BrewDog
  • North High Brewing Co
  • Crooked Can Brewery
  • Endeavor Brewing and Spirits
  • Ill Mannered Brewing Co
  • Olentangy River Brewing Company
  • And so many more – check out the map below
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery near Cincinnati, OH

Valley Vineyards Winery and Brewery

Located 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati, in Morrow, Valley Vineyards Winery and Brewery has a selection of grape wines, meads, champagnes, craft brews, cheese trays, pizza and more. Combine that with weekend cookouts, live music and fresh farm produce, you may not want to leave.

Mountain Biking Near Cincinnati, OH

  • Lebanon Bike Park
  • Caeser Creek State Park
  • Harbin Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Cincinnati, OH

  • Listermann Brewing Co
  • Grand Junction Brewing Co
  • Yellow Springs Brewery
  • Carillon Brewing Co
  • Fretboard brewing Co
  • 16 Lots Brewing Co
  • And so many more – check out the map below
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Central OH

Wooly Pig Farm Brewery

Located NE of Columbus and SW of Akron in Fresno, at Wooly Pig you’ll get a brewery, a farm and a community. Billed as a bit of Bavaria in Central Ohio, not sure why you wouldn’t come here. Combining old world traditions with innovative vision, your visit to Wooly Pig will not be one soon forgotten.

Mountain Biking in Central OH

  • Camp Tuscazoar
  • Mohican State Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Central OH

  • Hoodletown Brewing Co
  • Five Barrel Bullet Brewing Co
  • Southside Brewing Co
  • Millersburg Brewing Co
  • Buck’s Brewing Co
  • Dankhouse Brewing Co
  • With Columbus, Akron and Philadelphia surrounding Wooly Pig, there are plenty more breweries to choose from if you desire the big cities.
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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INDIANA

Harvest Hosts Breweries Near Indianapolis, IN

Cedar Creek Winery, Distillery and Brew

Located in Martinsville, just 30 some odd miles or so south of Indianapolis, this family owned and operated winery, brewery and distillery has all the beverages. With Little Nebo Lake as its neighbor, places for picnicking, and wildlife viewing, your evening spent here will be quite relaxing and rejuvenating.

Simmons Winery and 450 North Brewing

Located about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis in Columbus, you’ll get small town vibes close to city convenience. Brewing on the Simmons family farm, you’ll also get handcrafted wines, brews and hard cider. This small family brewery will welcome you in like family and feed you like one, too.

Mountain Biking Near Indianapolis, IN

  • Southwestway Park
  • Fort Harrison State Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Indianapolis, IN

  • Sun King Brewery
  • Indiana City brewing Co
  • Metazoa Brewing Co
  • Nailers Brewing Co
  • Switchyard Brewing Co
  • Guggman House Brewing Co
  • And so many more in and around Indianapolis – check out the map below
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Northern IN

10-56 Brewing Company

Located about 60 miles southeast of Gary, Indiana, in rural Starke County Indiana, 10-56 Brewing offers beer, wine, cider and food, with a laid back, fun atmosphere. They are a micro-brewery that is family and dog friendly. With access to a fenced in patio your dogs can play, and you can play to your heart’s content. Remember to save your legs for some biking, though.

Mountain Biking in Northern IN

  • Outback Trail at Imagination Park
  • Soldiers Memorial Park
  • Creekside Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Northern IN

  • Koontz Lake Brewing
  • Hop Quest Brewing Co
  • Hunter’s Brewing LLC
  • Fenwick Farms Brewing Co
  • Back Road Brewery
  • Plat 35 Brewery
  • And more, if you like to drive a bit more – Chicago is less than a two hour drive away
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Southern IN

Chateau de Pique Winery and Brewery

Centrally located in between Louisville, Kentucky, and Indianapolis, in Seymour, this 80 acre winery, brewery and event center is the perfect place to rest your tired legs and grab your favorite beer (or wine). Surrounded by the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, you’ll get old world style craft ales and lagers, served to you from its quaint 19th century refurbished horse barn.

Mountain Biking in Southern IN

  • Versailles State Park
  • Muscatatuck State Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Southern IN

  • The Seymour Brewing Co
  • New Madison Brewing Co
  • Mad Paddle Brewery
  • And all the breweries in Louisville and Indianapolis – go ahead, you know you want a brewery tour.
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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MICHIGAN

Harvest Hosts Brewery Near Kalamazoo, MI

Lucky Girl Brewery and B52 Winery,

This classy and sassy (their words) brewery and winery is located in Paw Paw near Kalamazoo. Representing unity and the heart of Americana, as similar to the Pin-up Girls, and honoring the first female aviators in WWII, this brewery and winery will definitely have you feeling nostalgic. Cheers to getting lucky!

Mountain Biking Near Kalamazoo, MI

  • Allegan State Game Area
  • Yankee Springs State Recreation Area
  • Maple Hill Trail
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Kalamazoo, MI

  • Paw Paw Brewing Co
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co
  • Barn Brewers Brewery
  • American Brewers, Inc
  • Presidential Brewing Co
  • Territorial Brewing Co
  • and many more along the coast of Lake Michigan
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Southwestern MI

Haymarket Brewery and Taproom

Located along the southeastern coast of Lake Michigan in Bridgman, Haymarket Brewery and Taproom serves award-winning craft beer and wood-fired pizzas. Situated on 17 wooded acres, you’ll definitely find space here to relax and enjoy your well-deserved beer.

Mountain Biking in Southwestern MI

  • Andrews University Trails
  • Outback Trail at Imagination Glen – Indiana
  • Bendix Woods – Indiana
  • Soldiers Memorial Park – Indiana
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Southwestern MI

  • Silver Harbor Brewing Co
  • Watermark Brewing Co
  • Greenbush Brewing Co
  • Beer Church Brewing Co
  • Burn ‘Em Brewing
  • Bare Hands Brewery
  • And many more inland and all the breweries just north of here close to Lucky Girl Brewery, which is another Harvest Hosts brewery next to MTB trails. See listing above.
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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WISCONSIN

Harvest Hosts Breweries in East Central WI

Zymurgy Brewing Company

Zymurgy Brewing Company is located in Menomonie, central Wisconsin and was designed with community in mind. Patronizing small business and creating  a sustainable, earth-conscious operation from the start, you’re in great hands at Zymurgy.

Durand Brewing Co

This new nano brewery located in Durand is owned by two veterans in love with the art of brewing. That art creates great community and a great resting place for worn out mountain biking legs.

The Coffee Grounds/K Point Brewing

Eau Claire has all of your favorite vices in one place…The Coffee Grounds and K Point Brewing. Having been around for 29 years, this place does it all, and they do it well.  Come feed and water your hungry and tired soul.

Mountain Biking in East Central WI

  • Lowes Creek County Park
  • Otter Creek Park
  • Northwest Park
  • Pinehurst Park
  • Area 178
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in East Central WI

  • Bobtown Brewhouse and Grill
  • Hockey Puck Brewery
  • Dave’s Brew Farm
  • Lucette Brewing Company
  • The Brewing Project
  • K Point Brewery
  • And a few more…always
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery Near Oshkosh, WI

Bare Bones Brewery

Located in Oshkosh on the western coast of Lake Winnebago, you’ll “fear no beer” here. Opened in 2015, Bare Bones Brewery became Oshkosh’s first craft brewery. And with their creative mix of brews ranging from the traditional to the innovative, they’ll be sticking around for awhile.

Mountain Biking Near Oshkosh, WI

  • Hartman Creek State Park
  • Mount Morris
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Oshkosh, WI

  • Omega Brewing Experience
  • Barrel 41 Brewing Co
  • Fifth Ward Brewing Co
  • HighHolder Brewing Co
  • Lion’s Tail Brewing Co
  • Rowland’s Calumet Brewing Co
  • And a few more surrounding the lake
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery Near Wisconsin Dells, WI

Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen

Situated south of Wisconsin Dells in the small town of Baraboo, near Devil’s Lake State Park, Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen has everything you need. Complete with an open concept kitchen, large fireplace, expansive patio, home coked food, full bar, and of course craft beer, you’ll feel cozy indoors and out. Don’t eat too much; you’ve got riding to do.

Mountain Biking Near Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • Devil’s Head
  • Blue Mound State Park
  • Pleasant View
  • Blackhawk Ski Club
  • Quarry Ridge
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in and Near Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co
  • Vintage Brewing Co Sauk Prairie
  • Port Huron Brewing Co
  • The Lone Girl Brewing Co
  • Octupi Brewing
  • Lake Louie Brewing
  • Keep heading south, there are many more around Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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Harvest Hosts Brewery in Northeast WI

Forgotten Fire Winery and Brewery

If you find yourself north of Green Bay by about 50 miles in Marinette, be sure to make a stop at Forgotten Fire Winery and Brewery. Named after a fire that raged through Peshtigo and the surrounding areas, their beverages are not to be forgotten. Built around community and good drinks, your evening spent here will be well worth it. Oh, and did I mention the mountain biking trails are only two miles from here?

Mountain Biking in Northeast WI

  • Governor Earl Peshtigo River State Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Northeast WI

  • Three Bridge Brewing Co
  • There are a few brewpubs around here, but not too many breweries. However, Green Bay is about 50 miles south, with plenty more breweries.
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Southwestern, WI

Potosi Brewing Co and Brewery Museum

Located 90 miles southwest of Madison in Potosi, not only will you get to drink the craft beer, but you’ll also get to experience the history of it. Originally founded in 1852, closed in 1972, and revitalized in 2008, Potosi is where beer is an art form and they celebrate it with small batches and the finest ingredients.

Mountain Biking in Southwestern, WI

  • Proving Grounds
  • Cloi Creek
  • FDR Mountain Bike Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Southwestern, WI

  • Hop Haus Brewing Co
  • Pearl Street Brewery
  • 608 Brewing Co
  • Second State Brewing Co
  • Five Cities Brewing
  • Contrary Brewing
  • And more in this entire area
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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MINNESOTA

Harvest Hosts Brewery in Southwestern MN

Take 16 Brewing Company

This small town brewery located in Luverne is only 30 minutes from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but is all Minnesota. The handcrafted beers made at Take 16 Brewing Company are exemplary of and a tribute to the rich history shared with other communities along old Highway 16, once connecting Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. When you stay here, you become a part of that history.  Now, let’s hope your legs haven’t become history.

Mountain Biking in Southwestern MN (Sioux Falls, SD)

  • Leader’s Park
  • Yankton Trail Park
Click the map for detailed locations, trailheads, route building, and more.

More Breweries in Southwestern MN

  • Forbidden Barrel Brewing Co
  • Drink Me Brewing Co
  • Okoboji Brewing Co
  • A Homestead Brew
  • Obscure Brewing Co
  • Lupulin Brewing
  • And more both in Sioux Falls, SD and heading east of Take 16 Brewing
Click the map for detailed information on nearby breweries.

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We’re not done yet. 

Check out our other Harvest Hosts Brewery Camping, Beer, and Biking Camping Guides:

Stay tuned for more detailed Harvest Hosts brewery and biking locations coming soon.

Feeling adventurous? There are over 1600 Harvest Hosts locations (including an additional golf course membership), and once you become a member, you’ll have access to all those places. Many mountain biking regions that are close to Harvest Hosts breweries are also close to Harvest Hosts wineries, distilleries, farms, and more. So while you can only stay one night per location, there might be another location just down the road. Keep that mountain biking adventure going as long as you can.

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Amy
Amy
1 year ago

This is incredible! Very helpful!! Just joined HH and was sitting down to create a google map of exactly this on my own.. just saved me tons of work. Cannot wait to start our travels and visit the trails, breweries and free camping spots. Thanks!!

Gerardo Capiel
Gerardo Capiel
11 months ago

When will you have the Northwest?