For the first time, a guidebook unites two of Portland’s greatest passions: beer and bicycles. Nationally-published beer writer Lucy Burningham and prominent cycle guidebook author Ellee Thalheimer join forces to link the best craft beer spots in Portland with the city’s famous cycling routes.
“In a town bursting with bikes and beer, no one knows more about both scenes than writer Lucy Burningham. With her vast knowledge and experience surrounding the artisan bike culture and booming beer scene, Lucy has sipped, supped and cycled her way around Portland for years, noting her favorite meals, beers and bike paths along the way. Ride with Lucy and Ellee as they navigate you through the city’s best of the best in this guide to Portland’s food, drink and cycle culture.”
“Portland is loaded with so many beery destinations that even a longtime resident can become overwhelmed with options. Instead of taking a chance, follow Lucy to the choicest spots where the beer is top notch and the route is conveniently planned for you.”
“Portland is a mecca for many popular pursuits; chief among them, beer and biking. Lucy and Ellee’ s book captures the spirit of both of these with humor and adventure.”
About the Authors
Lucy Burningham is a writer who covers food, drink and travel for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Bicycling, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Lonely Planet guidebooks, Sunset and Imbibe. She’s worked as a journalist for the past 12 years and holds a masters degree in nonfiction writing from Portland State University. Since moving to Portland in 2005, she’s had numerous beer awakenings and now proudly grows hops for her rare batches of homebrew and seeks out stinky cheeses that were born to be savored alongside a good sour ale.
Ellee Thalheimer is an accomplished freelance travel writer and cycle tourist who believes that there are few better ways to travel and learn than by bike. Co-founder of the non-profit business alliance Portland Society, owner of Into Action Publications, zealous Oregonian, yogini, author of Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy and drinker of yerba mate, Ellee rarely turns down an adventure. Her recent love project was authoring and publishing Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon. When away from Portlandia, she misses the bejeezus out of her husband Joe and her puppy dog Winston.
After graphic designer Laura Cary graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, she followed her wanderlust west. She began in San Francisco, where her design clients ranged from bicycle companies to the opera. In Portland, Oregon, Laura founded Cary Design Group, a brand and identity firm. Portland has provided a welcome sense of community, bold entrepreneurial spirit and support of her love of the outdoors. Laura lives in North Portland with her husband, their son, two dogs and nine bikes.
Over the years, these ladies became friends in true Portland style: at backyard barbecues, on the World Naked Bike Ride, at cyclocross races and over beers. It was only a matter of time before they realized they were destined to combine their professional super powers to create Hop in the Saddle.