Cyclists love beer and food. This route is designed to take you past a variety of locally owned craft brewers, wineries, and food stops through Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and rural Thurston County! Due to hours of operation at these businesses, this trip is best started mid-morning on a Saturday.
- Distance: 49 mile loop
- Elevation: 863ft of elevation gain
- Time: Allow one full day
- Parking: Free on-street parking in downtown Olympia on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Road Quality: Good. This route contains a mix of multi-use paths, city streets, and country roads. Mostly smooth asphalt with occasional chipseal.
- Traffic: Much of this path follows a dedicated bike/pedestrian path. Exercise caution when riding in traffic.
- Services: This route begins and ends in downtown Olympia near Deschutes River Cyclery. Water, bathrooms, food, and drink is available at all eight rest stops.
Stop #1 Begin your day at Fish Tale Brew Pub in downtown Olympia. They serve fantastic breakfast and a strong cup of coffee. This is a great staging area if you’re meeting friends, and on-street parking is free in downtown Olympia on Saturdays.
Stop #2 Take the Olympia Woodland Trail to the first ever bicycle roundabout in Washington state. After jogging north on the Chehalis Western Trail, continue heading east toward Top Rung Brewing. They do not serve food, but offer excellent beer and you are welcome to bring in your own food.
Stop #3 Just minutes away, find nearby Stottle Winery. They do charge a $9 tasting fee, but offer great wine in an elegant (air conditioned) tasting room.
Stop #4 It’s time to keep moving on to Medicine Creek Winery. They’re only open on weekends, but they have a great building in the country situated on a wonderful old farm.
Stop #5 After two breweries and two wineries, it’s probably a relief that there’s no booze at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill. Instead, scarf down some famous homemade apple fritters and delicious fresh apple juice. This working farm has a petting zoo, and a fun farm for all ages.
Stop #7 This stop is a humble upstart, with excellent drinks and a great attitude. Hoh River Brewery is named after a river many miles away on the Olympic peninsula, but as long as they keep making good beer, we’re willing to forgive the silly name. No food, just tasty beer.
Stop #8 The last stop of our adventure is 3 Magnets Pubhouse. “Three Mags,” as the locals call it, has food, drinks, and outdoor seating to air out your sweaty arms. When you’re all finished, you’re only two blocks away from your starting location at Fish Tale Brew Pub.
As a reminder, due to hours of operation at these businesses, this trip is best started mid-morning on a Saturday.
Fish Tale Brew Pub: 9am-midnight
Top Rung Brewing: noon-9pm
Stottle Winery: noon-6pm
Medicine Creek Winery: noon-5pm
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill: 9am-5:30pm
Matchless Brewing: 3pm-11pm
Hoh River Brewery: 3pm-9pm
3 Magnets Pubhouse: 11am-midnight
*The above listed hours were current for Saturdays as of the date of publication. You are encouraged to double-check hours of operation before beginning your awesome adventure.