Cheers! 10 Beers Inspired by and Dedicated to Our National Parks

Our national parks are a landscape of inspiration, even when it comes to the world of beer. Showing appreciation in the best way, a slew of breweries have dedicated their own special brew to honor the National Parks we know and love. With various factors threatening the protection of these precious lands, breweries are doing their part to raise awareness and appreciation – some even donating proceeds to their beer-spiration of choice.

When you’re hiking in Yosemite and exploring the Grand Tetons this summer, pack one of these cold ones with you and drink to the cause. There really is not better way to celebrate the great outdoors than with the beer dedicated to it.

1. BIG BEND HEFEWIEZEN

Brewery: Big Bend Brewing Co.

ABV: 5.5%

Big Bend Hefewiezen celebrates – you guessed it – Big Bend National Park in Texas. The splendor of Big Bend with the solitary mountain range, desert cactus bloom, and starry night sky is something to be coveted. Embodying the taste of West Texas, this refreshing Hefeweizen was brewed for the region.

The traditional notes of banana and clove are present with a wheat-based backbone that would quench any thirst after wandering around the desert. If you find yourself in Big Bend this summer, grab a can for a hike and cool yourself down with a little taste of this big park.

2. DEATH VALLEY PALE ALE

Brewery: Indian Wells Brewing Company

ABV: 4.7%

This National Park is named Death Valley for a reason. It’s hot, real hot. After you spend the day discovering the unexpected treasures of this National Park – it’s home to the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish – you’re going to need a cold one. Indian Wells Brewing Company coming has you covered. Their Death Valley Pale Ale is reason enough to celebrate your visit to the park.

Indian Wells, located in Inyo County, invokes the spirit of the valley through this California style pale ale with 2-row malt and cascade hops. Getting your hands on a bottle is like finding an oasis of beer in the middle of the desert just waiting to quench your thirst.

3. DENALI SCHWARZBIER

Brewery: Denali Brewing

ABV: 5.6%

After a backpacking trip exploring the 6 million acres that Alaska’s Denali has to offer, you’ll want something that won’t knock you off your feet. And possibly something with a warming quality to it.

That’s why the Denali Schwarzbier is the ideal brew for this National Park. It has the lightness of a lager with the malt backbone of a porter. With subtle notes of chocolate and coffee, you’ll warm up in no time.

When you’re done with your journey, visit the brewery nearby in Talkneeta and drink to the last frontier. Or, take a can with you on your trip and cheers to this National Park as it turns 100 this year!

4. GENERAL SHERMAN IPA

Brewery: Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

ABV. 7.5%

General Sherman is the world’s largest living tree by volume. Coming in at 103 feet round and 275 feet tall, General Sherman is still growing strong at over 2,000 years old. So why not brew a beer dedicated to this giant?

Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company has done the honors by brewing the General Sherman IPA after this grandaddy. Knowing no other style would do, this India Pale Ale is bursting with piney, bitter hops that included Cascade, Simcoe, Northern Brewer, and Crystal.

As their mission is to “produce innovative craft beer from fresh ideas that brings awareness and resources to the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains,” no one is better suited for the job.

Every time you purchase one of Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company’s beers a portion of proceeds goes to the Yosemite Conservancy, Sequoia Parks Foundation, and High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. If you’re visiting General Sherman or one of the National Parks in the Sierra, grab a bottle of this piney IPA and cheers to our National Parks.

5. GOLDEN ALE PARK SERIES

Brewery: Uinta Brewing

ABV: 5%

The folks over at Uinta are concerned with raising awareness about our National Parks. That’s why they’re releasing a Golden Ale National Park Series. The Golden Ale is a “year-round refresher” that will let you celebrate the parks no matter what season you’re visiting. The artwork for the Golden Ale has featured the likes of Yosemite, Arches, Yellowstone, and then some.

The brewery has eight different releases planned, which will eventually celebrate all the National Parks by dedicating a can to each one. Surrounded by the beauty of the Arches National Park in Utah, and only five hours away from various others, Uinta is spreading the empowerment of these beauties that embody America.

6. HALEAKALA SUNRYES IPA

Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.

ABV: 5.7%

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Maui Brewing Co. is located in one of the most gorgeous states in the US. Finding inspiration to brew there shouldn’t be hard – especially when it comes to the Haleakala Sunryes IPA.

The Haleakala Sunryse IPA is Maui Brewing Co.’s homage to the Haleakala National Park and the volcano – on Maui. The use of rye gives the beer earthy notes with a hint of spice that blends beautifully with the bitter hops. Named after the volcano Haleakala – meaning ‘House of the Sun’ – this IPA is reason enough to cheers to this dormant beast.

Experiencing a sunset at this national park is like a religious experience. If you take a can of Haleakala Sunryse with you to bask in the glory, don’t worry, we’re not judging.

7. ICY BAY IPA

Brewery: Alaskan Brewing Co.

ABV: 6.2%

Icy Bay IPA 1% proceeds go back to communities to support coast and waterway cleanups. Cheers to clean water!

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If you did what it took for this beer to earn it’s name, you’re probably crazy – in a good way. Icy Bay IPA is named after a bay in Alaska’s Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve that is sought after by waving seeking adventures. The beer is a nod to all those surfers in Alaska looking for a break and willing to brave the frigid temperatures that barely keep this water from freezing.

Beyond the search for that perfect break, surfers are often concerned with the protection of our oceans – and so is Alaskan Brewing Co. They not only dedicated this beer to the bay, but they strive to protect it. Alaskan Brewing gives a portion of the proceeds of Icy Bay to promote the sustainability of our oceans and waterways. Ride on guys, because a much deserved beer is in your future.

8. LONG PEAK RASPBERRY WHEAT

Brewery: Estes Park Brewery

ABV: 5%

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Located only minutes away from the Rocky Mountain National Park, it only makes sense that Estes Park Brewery dedicates a beer to it. Making this American Wheat extra special, the Long Peak Raspberry Wheat has a burst of raspberries that compliment the lightness of the ale.

This is the refreshing treat you’ll be thinking about the whole time you’re up on the mountain. If you braved the 14,259 feet of climbing up to the summit of Long Peak, you’ve certainly earned a couple rounds of this wheat.

9. PENDLETON PALE ALE

Brewery Rogue

ABV: 5.2%

What better way to enjoy a picnic in a national park than with a Pendleton Wool blanket and beer? Rogue has partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to honor America’s treasures with its Pendleton Pale Ale series. The series features four cans that pay homage to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mt. Rainer, and Oregon’s own Crater Lake.

The Pendleton Pale Ale is light enough for a picnic beer pairing, and flavorful enough to taste the hops grown right on Rogue Farms. Brewed with local hops, there’s no better way to enjoy a national park than with a picnic and a Pendleton brew.

10. TETON RANGE IPA

Brewery: Grand Teton Brewing

ABV. 6.5%

Brewed for Idaho, the Teton Range IPA celebrates the magnificent glory of the Grand Tetons – but it wasn’t easy. In order to honor the magnitude of the Grand Tetons, they needed a beer that could stand up to the name. After 18 months, and 18 pilots batches – and then some – they finally nailed it. The result was this balanced IPA with a pungent tropical aroma followed by a hint of pine that would satisfy any park-goer. They even used hops from Idaho to make it a beer worthy of this National Park.

When you’re out this season celebrating the precious lands that makes this country great, don’t forget to do your part by lifting up a cold one and saying cheers. It’s the American way. Just remember to recycle your cans on the way out.

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