A beautiful Saturday should be spent outside. And if you can’t be hiking, may as well be drinking a beer dedicated to hiking.
Last weekend, we saw a billboard advertising a new brewery that had opened in Franklin, NC. And since a few of you have pointed out, 90% of the things we do revolve around really delicious beer. So obviously, we had to go check it out!
The Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. is located in Franklin, NC, and takes its name from that fact that the brewery and taproom sit 14 miles off the Appalachian Trail and only 3 miles from the Bartram Trail.
The location is really great – Lazy Hiker is in downtown Franklin in the old Town Hall & Fire Department. When you walk in, the ladies behind the bar greet you with a big “hello!” and don’t mind if you spend too much time debating over which of their 8 beers to try first.
One thing I really liked was that they had a Beer Trailhead – You can actually line up to order beer while others patrons sit at the bar, preventing that awkward “excuse me, can I get in to order a drink?” that happens during a busy afternoon. I hate that. All bars should have a drink ordering trailhead.
Since I am entirely indecisive, I went with a flight for $9. I got to pick which beers I wanted, and I even got to write them on the board myself! I don’t know why, but that was really exciting to me. And it also allowed the bartender to serve the customer behind me while I debated which 5 would make the cut.
Out of my 5, there were three that really stood out to me. The Belgian Wit was so delicious and perfect for the warm weather, I wished I would have just ordered a whole pint of it. The Golden Ale and the Session IPA also ranked highly in my eyes. Matt really liked the Slack Pack IPA.
Another great thing about this brewery is that it is dog and kid friendly. Everyone on the patio had their pups with them, and the girls working brought out water for the dogs. Inside, there was a kids corner with activities for beer-drinkers who happen to have tiny humans. The inclusiveness of the brewery was really cool.
Since the brewery is so close to great hiking, they had maps of the Appalachian Trail, other area trails, and information about how to be a courteous and responsible hiker.
There is also a food truck!
The Fork in the Road lives in the Lazy Hiker parking lot, providing food to hungry patrons. My only issue with the food truck was their hours: it was a busy Saturday and they were closed between 2 & 5pm – times when I wanted a snack. We also saw several other patrons walk up to the food truck, only to also be disappointed by the fact that it wasn’t open. Hopefully they’ll realize the potential of being open all day on Saturdays so next time I can get some of the delicious Cuban people are writing about on their Facebook page!
If you want to check out the Lazy Hiker, you can visit them at 188 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734. Check their website at www.lazyhikerbrewing.com for hours, and information about their beers on tap.