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Good Beer Hike 5K Results

May 18, 2010

The first Seattle Beer Week Good Beer Hike 5k is now in the books. Dave and I were pleased that 23 of the 33 Good Beer Hikers that were with us at the start made it to the finish line. Congratulations to all those that finished!

We walked 5.3K from Pyramid Alehouse, to Collin’s Pub, to Pike Brewery, to Pioneer Square Saloon, to Elysian Fields (some made it to the Historic Triangle Pub too), and finally to Hooverville. There was a great mix of people of all ages, including two guys from Ohio and a couple from Vancouver, BC, making this truly an international event. Dave and I both had a great time, and at least I look forward to doing this again next year. (if not sooner)

Unfortunately, after several hours of drinking I’m not able to recall a lot of the details. Therefore, I will hit a few of my highlights, point you to the photos Dave posted on Picasaweb, and invite the Good Beer Hikers to comment on their experience.


  • The beautiful Seattle spring weather. You could not have asked for a better day for a beer hike.
  • Pyramid Brewery setting aside one of their banquet rooms for us. It gave us a great location to start the Hike, and made it look like we knew what we were doing. Good Beer too!
  • Link, the official mascot of Seattle Beer Week gracing us with his presence.
  • Everyone that RSVP’d (plus 2) showing up.
  • Dave’s awesome full color two-sided maps.
  • Terry from Ohio getting his picture on the pig outside of Qwest Field.
  • Tom’s excellent photos.
  • Collin’s Pub’s great selection of beer! I was so beer shocked, I had to play it safe with a Boundary Bay ESB.
  • The five guys at Collin’s pub that decided to join us (even though they only stayed with us until Pike). I did feel bad for Collin’s pub when we left, because we took the entire bar.
  • The Pike Brewery reserving space in their Beer Museum. Once again it looked like we knew what we were doing. It’s too bad they didn’t have anyone available to give us a tour.
  • The hike from Pike to the Pioneer Square Saloon that took us past the Lusty Lady, down the Harbor Steps, along the Waterfront and back up to Pioneer Square. Thank you Dave for planning this route, when most would have just gone down 1st Avenue.
  • The Pioneer Square Saloon. I’ve not been there for probably 10 years or more, and I forgot how much I used to like it. It has a nice kick back, relax, non-pretentious vibe, and an excellent beer selection.
  • Elysian Fields for putting up with us. We forgot to notify them when we were about there, plus at that point the group was fairly separated. Some went there straight from Pike, some straight form Pioneer Square Saloon, and others (not I) went to The Triangle Pub. When I arrived there were hikers all over the bar, dining room and patio. Eventually, we all ended up together pretty much owning the dining area.
  • Hooverville. What a great location to finish the hike. There was plenty of room for all of us, a great beer selection, and they didn’t even seem to notice or care that 23 drunks showed up, continued drinking, and started throwing peanuts around.
  • JP the Bike Taxi Driver joining us for a few beers at Hooverville.
  • This was an easy and safe Good Beer Hike to do on your own, without a tour operator.  Here is the route if you are interested.
  • Everyone seemed to have a great time!
  • I wasn’t hung-over on Sunday!

Here are some email comments from our hikers.

“Thank you Dave and Eric! The hike was definitely a highlight of our visit to Seattle. It was very well executed and you guys didn’t disappoint in the stop selections. A great selection of tap handles everywhere we landed. I don’t think we could have asked for a better group of people to spend the day with either. Everyone was very welcoming. Please send my appreciation to all the outstanding Seattle-ites (and Canadians lol) who participated. What a beautiful city!”,  Gary & Terry, Ohio

We just wanted to thank you guys for hosting a great Beer Hike!  We had a great time and look forward to next year’s hike!” , Jim & Tracy, Washington

The dudes we picked up from Collin's Pub

Looking at the lead group


I remember that!

Hey Ladies



2 Comments leave one →
  1. jackie humes permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:59 am

    It was a beautiful day, a nice walk around, some great snacking oh yah, and great beer selections. The Good Beer Trip guys are are great beer guides/pals, including Link the quadruped mascot! Love, jackie

  2. Emily White permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:39 am

    Terrific weather, terrific beer, and terrific company. Thanks for organizing such an awesome event. I’m completely inspired to take my own good beer trips!

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