The Mountain Biker’s Guide to the Best Packable Beers


Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA)

Watch out: this one is dangerously drinkable, especially on a hot day. Several companies are making excellent canned watermelon brews these days but none are as widely available as Hell or High Watermelon. Refreshing as flavored water but with a 4.9% ABV kick.

Long Hammer IPA (Redhook Brewery, Woodinville, WA)

If you’re heading out for a long hammer, stash a 16 ounce Long Hammer American IPA in your pack for a well-deserved reward at the end of the ride.

OB-1 Organic Ale (Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson, WY)

For those looking for an organic beer to enjoy just as nature intended, look no further than OB-1 Organic Ale, a 5% English Brown Ale. Oh, and Jackson isn’t a bad place to be brewed.

Singletrack Rye Pale Ale (Boulder Beer, Boulder, CO)

IMO this isn’t necessarily the tastiest beer on this list but then again, I’ve never been a huge fan of rye ales. Still, Singletrack is a classic mountain biker’s beer brewed in Colorado, and it’s only fitting to consume it alongside a ribbon of actual singletrack.

Purple Haze (Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA)

This is another fruit beer–this time with raspberries–that will taste great on a hot ride. Just don’t drink too many or you’ll end up in a haze of your own.

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