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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the taproom

Not an object was stirring, not even a broom;

The mugs were stored in their cubbies with care,

In hopes that Overhang Imperial Porter soon would be there;

The brewers were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of Chinook hops danced in their heads;


Joel in his Patagonia, and Dan in a Mariners cap,

Had just settled their spins for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the brew deck there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the window the team flew like a flash,

Tore open the door and breathed in the mash.


The head on the crest of a newly poured stout,

Gave notice as to what our next buzz was about,

When what to our bleary eyes did appear,

But a miniature cask and eight bottles of beer,

With a designated driver so lively and quick,

We knew in a moment we wouldn’t be sick.

More rapid than a wort chiller, Jesse’s favorites they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Fall Line! now, B-BombParabola and Victory at Sea!

On, Cozy Sweater! on, Jubelale! on, Bifrost and Tipsy!

To the top of the tank! to the top of the wall!

Now chug away! chug away! chug away all!”


As dry mouths quenched, coworkers exhaled relief;

A year of hard work behind them, that was their belief;

So up to the counter the imbibers they sat,

With pints full of dubbels, they drank with a chat.

And then, in a clinking I heard from the bar,

The shatter of Dane’s glass from not very far;

As Kristen drew in her head, and was turning around,

Down the hallway Ian came, dustpan abound.

A Northwest native, he was dressed all in plaid

And he tidied up the mess, not even mad;


A bundle of cans Julio had flung on his back,

And he looked like a saint just opening his pack.

Adam’s eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

Kimi shared the last Day Hike, her favorite, we know,

The lacing on the beer was as white as the snow.

The warm nectar we held behind our teeth,

Notes of toasted barrels, encircled heads like a wreath;

Devin reached for the Jameson, adding fire to his belly,

He slammed back the shot, they’d need to make haste to a deli.


Out of the SoDo darkness, an Uber XL arrived,

We couldn’t pile in fast enough, not even if we tried;

A blink of his headlights and a twist of the wheel

Soon our sober chariot sussed out our deal;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And drove us to Fonda la Catrina, a most delicious perk,

And laying his finger aside his automatic lock,

Giving a nod, up the street we started to walk;

With the flip of a blinker, he gave his phone a swipe,

And away they all flew, a Seattle beer loving stereotype.


But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Daylight has grown shorter which can make it hard to motivate to make dinner. This oven roasted chicken  couldn’t be more easy, and you get to drink our winter ale while you prep!


  • 1 small chicken, about 4.5-5lbs
  • 2 cans of Tipsy Toboggan
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8-10 small potatoes, scored
  • 3-4 carrots, whole
  • 1-2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stuck, 3 clove stems (optional)


  • Generous dose of Old Bay
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a baking dish, roasting pan or dutch oven on a baking sheet. With a can opener along the seam of the can, open the Tipsy Toboggan and take a few sips and/or pour about 1/2 off the beer out.
  • Set the can in the center of the dish, add orange slice, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
  • Pour remaining can of Tipsy Toboggan into dish. Arrange vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the seasoning mix.
  • In another bowl, add the softened butter. Add a few pinches (about 1/3 of the mix) of the spice mix to the butter and stir together until combined and smooth. Gently lift the skin of the chicken and rub the butter all over the breasts (UNDER the skin) and the thighs, if you can get to them. You only have to add a thin layer because much of the butter will run out of the chicken as it cooks. Push it up underneath the skin as far as it can go.
  • Slice one of the oranges into 1/8-inch slices and slide them up underneath the skin – as many as you can fit in one layer.
  • Gently sit the chicken on top of the can of beer, the beer can going into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Rub the outsides with olive oil – don’t miss a spot! And rub the remaining spice rub over top. Slice the other orange in half and shove it face down in the top cavity of the chicken (where the neck would be).
  • Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until inner juices run clear.
  • When finished, carefully remove the pans from the oven and let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes.


Beers at the Bottom, enjoyed Day Hike Summer Ale along Cutthroat Pass for #TwoBeersInTheWild! We’ve so enjoyed reading their reports and drooling over their photos. Follow their adventures as we share them on our blog, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. As summer winds down grab another 6-pack of Day Hike Summer Ale and head outside!

Cutthroat Pass via PCT
Region: North Cascades
Difficulty of Hike: Medium
Distance Round Trip: 10 miles
Did you encounter any of the following on your hike? Wildflowers, Edible berries/plants, Wildlife
Road conditions to trailhead: Road suitable for all vehicles
Bugs: Bugs were not too bad
Trail Condition: Trail in good condition
Distance from Seattle: 157 miles

We’ve had a great summer as Day Hike Ambassadors and can’t believe this is our final hike! Despite a summer of 70+ degree weather for weeks at a time, it took until the last few weeks for some of our favorite high-country trails to be fully hikeable. That just means we’re saving our best hike for last!

We took a camping trip out to the North Cascades and made sure to keep a few Day Hikes on ice for our first trek to Cutthroat Pass. While day hikers typically hike to the pass from Cutthroat Lake, we actually decided to get there via the iconic Pacific Crest Trail. An awesome thing about the PCT, is that since it was originally graded for stock, it’s rarely very steep and the trail is wider. While you still gain 2000 feet from the forest to the pass, it’s done gradually over a 5 mile stretch.

Even though it was mid-week, the parking lot was busy, and it was easy to pick out thru-hikers and section hikers on their way to Canada. But once we hit the trail, it was easy to find solitude. The first 1.5 miles of this hike are forested, and known for high-running creek crossings. But for us, even the notorious Porcupine Creek was easy to rock hop across. After that, we came out of the forest to the rugged terrain of the North Cascades. We switchbacked up rocky slopes to the pass above through huckleberry bushes and larches–still sporting their summer green.

When you crest the ridge to Cutthroat Pass, the views will quite literally take your breath away–spin around and all you can see are jagged peaks, some with patches of snow clinging to their rocky faces. We pulled out our Day Hikes and map to try and name the mountains around us. After drinking in our fill of the landscape, we headed back down to the parking lot. Then it was time for Two Beers at the Bottom back at camp!

Even though our Ambassador Summer is coming to an end, this year’s hiking season feels far from over! Cutthroat Pass is an especially great hike for early to mid fall as the Larches turn gold. The hillside that for us was dotted with lush emerald will ignite with bright gold and red in mid-to-late September. Happy Hiking, and Cheers!

Day Hike Brand Ambassador, Christina continued to enjoy Pacific Northwest splendor during August! Bugs and tough road to the trailhead weren’t going to stop her and we appreciate her tenacity! Where did you get out to over Labor Day weekend? Enjoy #TwoBeersInTheWild at your next summit and share with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Hidden Lake Lookout
Region: North Cascades
Difficulty of Hike: Medium
Distance Round Trip: 8 miles
Did you encounter any of the following on your hike? Wildflowers
Road conditions to trailhead: High clearance vehicle recommended
Bugs: Bugs were an annoyance
Trail Condition: Trail in good condition
Distance from Seattle: 2.5 hours

I’ve wanted to do this hike for more than two years, which is when we attempted to make it up the road in our Prius and had to turn around. This time I was in a 4WD truck and we did great, even though some spots were still tricky. We saw some smaller SUVs parked on the road before a particularly big divot in the road, presumably because they couldn’t make it up.

Once at the trailhead (we arrived at about 11:30am), the bugs were definitely out but not as worse as they had been on hikes the previous two days. The first part of the trail is in a nice covered forest with some fun boardwalks. After this, prepare for no consistent shade the rest of the trail. Next you weave through switchbacks through fields of wildflowers, which was magical, as were the views, which were definitely obscured by smoke but still sweeping views. You gain some elevation quickly here and it’s quite hot in the afternoon sun. Every once in a while you catch a tree or boulder to crouch under. Eventually the trail flattens but heads over a rocky boulder field where you have to cross over some streams and around some patches of snow.

You switchback again and then head up a ridge. From here, you enter a huge boulder field area, and I didn’t actually know where the trail was. There were various cairns and trails… I waited until I saw folks coming down… and now I know why I couldn’t see the trail! It’s still a snow field to get up the lake overlook, but it is very easy without any gear (though a bit steep, not dangerous at all). After this you reach a great stopping point for those who want to. You can look down over the lake and around at surrounding peaks (obscured partially on this day by smoke, again). We eventually rambled up to the right to the look out tower. It is a series of steep switchbacks on sandy terrain–use caution! You eventually scramble over some big boulders to get to the look out. There was already a couple set up in there, at around 2pm on a Sunday. I didn’t stay in too long because it was smelly from recent paint. The views are even more dramatic here. Can’t wait to go up on a clear day. Apparently going to the left at the overlook will lead to to the true summit of the Hidden Lake Peak. Will do that next time too!

Also, some may look at the this hikes stats and think it is comparable to something like Mount Si… it isn’t. Though nearly identical, this hike is more exposed and has steeper sections with more varied terrain that can be a little more difficult to manage.

Going outside doesn’t have to mean nights deep in the backcountry. Our brand ambassadors, Beers at the Bottom, enjoyed Day Hike Summer Ale at Little Si for #TwoBeersInTheWild! Follow their adventures as we share them on our blog, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Grab a 6-pack of Day Hike Summer Ale and head outside!

Little Si
Region: Snoqualmie Pass
Difficulty of Hike: Easy
Distance Round Trip: 4.7 miles
Did you encounter any of the following on your hike? Edible berries/plants
Road conditions to trailhead: Road suitable for all vehicles
Bugs: No bugs
Trail Condition: Trail in good condition
Distance from Seattle: 35 miles

We had a Sunday afternoon free to do some hiking, so we sought a shorter hike that would still get some elevation gain. We settled on Little Si— a hike these two native Washingtonians had surprisingly never done before. We stopped to pick up a couple sandwiches and prepared ourselves to battle for a parking spot at this incredibly popular trail. Brandon actually laughed when he saw the sign posted “USE OTHER TRAILS” discouraging the hordes of hikers that flock to both Mount Si and Little Si over the weekend.

We were pleasantly surprised though at how much peace we were able to find while on the trail. Politely passing large groups of ill-prepared visitors sans-daypacks (or in many cases even water), we greatly enjoyed the middle section of the trail as it winds beneath the canopy of trees past moss and fern-encrusted boulders. The tree cover provided shade, giving us a cool respite from the muggy weather of the day. During a few water/snack stops, we watched climbers scale the sides of Little Si.

The last 0.75 mile push to the summit was the only real challenge this trail offered up, but as it was relatively short, the payout views for this trail are worth it. The summit was unsurprisingly crowded, families and groups covering nearly every inch of available bare rock at the top. We were able to find a rocky outcrop a bit away from the summit where we had lunch. Then we cracked open a couple Lima Loca, enjoying the crisp, lime-infused refreshment. Plus, the can matched the landscape perfectly.

Little Si was a pleasant surprise to us— we were prepared to be underwhelmed by its trail-to-hiker ratio and views. I think we would still choose to hike on a weekday or during the shoulder season if when we go out again. But we’ll leave you with this: it’s possible to hike Little Si on a sunny weekend and still find some peace and quiet on the mountain.

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