If you stay overnight in one of Mount Rainier’s campgrounds, you won’t need a permit, but if you want to camp anywhere else, you will. You can get those permits from any ranger station, as well as at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center, the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, the White River Wilderness Information Center near the White River entrance or at the Sunrise Visitor Center. This also applies if you plan to hike or camp along the Wonderland Trail. On the way to the permit office, stop by Peaks and Pints and grab these six new beers and ciders. Cheers!
DRAGONFRUIT: It’s not a new cider to our lodge, but its 19.2-ounce stovepipe can is its new, er, home. Made from dessert apples, infused with dragon fruit and prickly pear juice, this cider tastes more like mild kiwi. 6%
Black Raven Brewery
CORVUS FRAMBISCUS: This Belgian style sour is brewed with raspberries, thus the strong raspberry and mature soured notes on the nose. It drinks crisp and dry with a slight raspberry hard candy note on the front, but finishes with huge acid. 5.6%
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
SWEET JANE KEY LIME: If you like key lime pie, then this milkshake IPA is for you. 7.2%
DOUBLE STROKE: Dude, the drummer from Primus opened a cidery in Bellingham. Founded and owned by Tim “Herb” Alexander, Herb’s Cider is made with 100 percent organic Washington apples, and guided by Chris Weir, formerly of Finnriver Cidery and Port Townsend brewing. Double Stroke (yes, all the ciders have a drum theme) is the cidery’s dry offering. 6.5%
Sierra Nevada Brewing
SAISON DE ROSE: The Chico, California folks play with the saison style adding Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay grape must. The bright fruit blends with the spice and citrus of saison yeast. 5%
MARZEN OKTOBERFEST: It may be 72 degrees outside Peaks and Pints, but you may get your Oktoberfest ion with this Märzen-style beer. Because lagers were impossible to brew during Bavarian summers, this style was brewed in March with higher alcohol by volume to keep through the warmer months. Expect flavors of cracker, biscuit, hint of citrus, and grassy hops. 5.9%