It’s no secret that the craft beer and outdoor industries often collide. SNEWS has featured a number of hybrid stores in the #CoolShop column, including The Hub & Pisgah Tavern in North Carolina, Colorado-based Shoes & Brews, and Escalante Outfitters, which exclusively serves local brews from Utah.

For these select stores, it was a no brainer to offer beer on tap. It’s a simple way to draw people in, keep them lingering longer, and get them chatting. So much about the outdoors is about bringing people together and building community—just as it is in the craft beer industry. 

Looking for a new beer to taste? Here's our list of 10 outdoor-inspired beers.


Summit Sunrise

10 outdoor inspired beers to try at Outdoor Retailer

Coloradoans love their well-made, local craft beers just as much as the great outdoors. After a long day at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, chances are you’ll be more than ready to pop a top (or two or three). Ditch your go-to brew, and look for one of these beers inspired by the more

The eight directors of outdoor recreation offices met for a signing of an agreement at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

OREC update: Reaching an Accord

If the outdoor industry had a constitution, the Confluence Accords would be it. After seven months of collective effort, representatives from the eight states with formal offices of outdoor recreation gathered on the roof of a downtown Denver hotel yesterday to sign the accords, more

Trail Creek_Employees

This Pennsylvania #CoolShop puts brands, employees, and customers in the spotlight

Ed Camelli and Brian Havertine set out to open “the next L.L. Bean” back in 1983 in Delaware. The store was originally named Country Classics, selling hunting and fishing gear, and becoming a destination for those who wanted to buy anything duck related. Seriously, anything. more

Cabins at Escalante Outfitters

This #CoolShop is located in the heart of the national monuments debate

Next time you’re visiting Southern Utah and are in need of outdoor supplies, head over to Escalante Outfitters. If you need a morning meal to fuel your adventure or a cold local beer afterwards, you can head there, too. Want a tour of the area or a place to say for the night? more

taproom at Shoes & Brews

#CoolShop | Shoes & Brews in Longmont, Colorado

The inspiration behind Shoes & Brews began in an all too common scene, especially in Colorado. A trio of friends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, during one of their regular Saturday runs to local breweries, discussed starting a running shop with a taproom attached. more


Best of 2017: New outdoor shops

Despite all the doom and gloom that we hear about retail these days, we’ve seen some exciting new stores launch this year, each with its own unique spin on specialty outdoor retail. Here are some of the coolest: A new gear shop is born in Pittsburgh, PA A new gear shop is born more

Yosemite Valley with snow and red trees

An update on California's push for a recreation office

Despite former California Governor Jerry Brown's kibosh of a bill to create an outdoor recreation office, an advocacy group is stepping up to see the legislation through under the new administration. Next Monday, California Outdoor Recreation Partnership (CORP) will lead an more


5 #CoolShops to visit while you’re in Denver

Getting your steps in on the show floor and browsing hundreds of booths allow OR-goers to survey the trends, see what’s new and exciting, and get inspired. But why not see it in action? Denver, Colorado is home to some amazing, independent #CoolShops. Take a break and head over more

3 Rivers Outdoor Co

A new gear shop is born in Pittsburgh, PA

When the doors of 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. (3ROC) open for the first time in spring of 2018, the owners, Christine Iksic and Chris Kaminski, both 37, will already know a whole lot about their customer base. In the last year, the Pittsburgh duo has hosted two pop-up gear stores they more