Best Beer Hike

Carquinez Regional Shoreline or Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez to the Warehouse Cafe

Who amongst us loves a good hike but does not also love great beer? The place to combine the two is the Warehouse Cafe in Port Costa. Funky does not describe it: dark, dilapidated, and populated with long-dead taxidermied animals and patrons, the Warehouse nestles in Port Costa, a one-street town that dead-ends at the Carquinez Strait. The Warehouse is a hulking old cavern of a tavern, across the street from an alleged former whorehouse. Outside, there is usually a line of old Harleys and other motorbikes; inside, hundreds of beers from around the world, from local microbreweries to obscure German brews. First-timers should order at the antique bar in the middle of the cavern, because if you ask nicely — and the bartenders can be bothered — you'll get escorted into a huge cooler to make your selection. Order a hearty meal, wander outside, and watch the ships steam by, the quiet broken by a cycle's roar. The trail to the Warehouse starts at parks in Crockett or Martinez. From either direction you hike through the Carquinez Regional Shoreline Park until you hit Port Costa. Along the way there are great views of the Delta; if you're lucky you'll spot an osprey flying by with dinner in its talons. Listen to the trains rumble and whistle below, and look north to Sonoma and east to Mt. Diablo as you stumble back to your ride home.
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