Posted by Ron Carter


Take a Hike!  Lace up those sneakers!  Strap on the hiking boots!  Or simply slip on the flip-flops for a hike on the new Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail.  “Everyone with a thirst and a palate are welcome on the new trail,” said Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club President Breane Martinez.  The Club announced the Trail at it’s annual Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament June 22.

It’s purpose is to connect “hikers” with  50% off deals at seventeen establishments in Kitsap County and beyond.  “The goal is to have twenty-five partner establishments - breweries and restaurants - on the Trail by the end of September,” said Martinez.  “We’re doing this for multiple good causes including for our ‘hikers,’ our partners, and the community.”

Here’s how it works.  Go online to either the Apple Store or the Google Store and download the app called “Donor Trail.”  Then click on “Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail.” From there,  select a charity to which benefits should go, and then purchase a Trail Pass for $20.  The final step is to save money and enjoy.  “Hikers” have a full year to visit all Trail sites, and they can be on more than one Trail going at a time.  All the information is located at

Local partners include the likes of Downpour Brewing in Kingston, where “hikers” get one-time 50% off of two beers.  Next, they can hike down the Trail to Kingston’s Ale House and get one-time 50% off of two beers.  Now, next door to d’Vine Wines for 50% off of two beverages, beer or wine.  Next, across the block to Kingston’s West Side Pizza for 50% off of two beers.  By now, savings has exceeded the $20 Trail Pass cost, and there are as many as thirteen or more establishments left to reach on the Trail.  Oh, and the good news?  Half of the Trail Pass cost has gone to local charities, as designated by “hikers” when they sign up. 
The full list of partners includes CB’s Nuts - yes, they have beers at the nut store - Hood Canal Brewery; Bushel and Barrel Ciderhouse and Western Red Brewing in Poulsbo; the Point Casino; LoveCraft Brewing, Dog Days Brewing, Hale’s Ales Barrelhouse, and Silver City Brewery & Taproom in Bremerton; Cash Brewing Company in Silverdale, Slaughter County Brewery in Port Orchard, and Bainbridge Brewing on Bainbridge.
Hikers love Ale Trails. Sarah Hedges, Visit Kitsap Peninsula’s Event and Social Media Coordinator,  says, “My husband and I love these ale trails.  We’ve hiked them in B.C. and back east.  He gets most of the benefit because I’m the designated driver.”  To which, Martinez, the Rotary Club president, responded, “what a deal.”  What a deal, for sure.  Go to  Sign up now.  Do good in your community.  And do yourself some good. All thanks to the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club and Ale Trail  partner establishments.
The Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail is another example of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s leadership in the community.  The Club meets Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m., at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.