Alcohol-Free on the A.T.: Why I Will Forgo Ales on the Trail

Not too long ago in a galaxy not so far away, Virginia’s own Devil’s Backbone Brewery announced their Chief Hiking Officer contest. The gig promised to take “’go for a hike’ to a whole new level,” with one lucky cat earning all the gear and funds necessary to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2021 and throw “big ol’ beer parties along the way.” Devil’s Backbone was my favorite beer to sell (and drink) when I was slinging shellfish at The Walrus Oyster and Alehouse in the National Harbor during college. ...

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