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Hop in the Saddle


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Lucy Burningham is a writer who fell in love with beer when she moved to Portland, Oregon, from Salt Lake City in 2005. Since then she's written about craft beer, food and travel for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Bon App tit, Lonely Planet guidebooks, Epicurious, Imbibe and the BBC. She combined two of her favorite things--bikes and beer--when she co-authored Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Beer Scene by Bike. She chronicled her journey to become a beer expert in My Beer Year, which will be published in fall 2016 (Roost Books).

Ellee Thalheimer is a Portland-based publisher, author, freelance writer and speaker. Her books include Lonely Planet's Cycling Italy, the Cycling Sojourner multi-day bike travel series for Oregon and Washington, and Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Brew Scene, by Bike. She has contributed to a number Lonely Planet guidebooks and written for various publications, including Alaska Airlines Magazine, 1859 Magazine, the BBC and Adventure Cyclist Magazine.The mission of her imprint Into Action Publications is to transform the world by making bike travel accessible and inspiring adventure.

Laura Cary is a graphic designer who builds brands she believes in. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she followed her wanderlust west where she began her career in San Francisco designing for clients who ranged from bike 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 shares time between Portland and Trout Lake, Washington with her husband, their son, two dogs and nine bikes.


Wall Street Journal - Elizabeth Gunnison - March 17, 2013
Guidebooks Go Niche
"Lovers of the printed page will be cheered to know that the profusion of smartphone apps and wireless hot spots isn't nudging all travel guidebooks into extinction. The category is simply adapting, welcoming more titles with quirky angles...Portland, Ore.-based writers Ellee Thalheimer and Lucy Burningham (an Off Duty contributor) combined their respective passions for bicycles and beer to create this slim volume. It includes 10 cycling routes around the Portland area, charting top breweries, bottle shops and beer-centric bars and restaurants to visit on the way. Alongside plenty of practical information for cyclists, including bike-parking locations and detailed route maps, the authors have interspersed tidbits of Portland culture tailored to fans of fixed-gear bicycles and good IPA--such as when the city's best beer festivals take place or where you can join in on a Sunday afternoon game of bike polo (it's a Portland thing)."

Sunset Magazine - Heather Hansman - November 12, 2012
It doesn't get more Portland than bikes and craft beer--except, perhaps, putting a bird on it--so it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two.

Portland Monthly - Meaghan Morawski - November 15, 2012
"Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Beer Scene, by Bike is a little red book coauthored by brew-loving bike riders Lucy Burningham, Ellee Thalheimer, and Laura Cary, that helps the thirsty cyclist map out her next pilsner pit stop with a thoroughly researched, but easy to use, compendium of bike routes, breweries, and bottle shops...There is a lot of entertainment value and information in this little book of bike and brew if you take the time to soak it up."

Smithsonian's "Off the Road" Blog - Alastair Bland - August 24, 2012
Your Unofficial Guide to Portland, Oregon's Many Brewpubs and Breweries
.." the book leads cyclists with a pedal-powered thirst from brewery to brewery, to those big and famous and those small and secret. Skeptics may ask if beer and bicycles have anything at all to do with one another. In Portland, they sure do."

AOL Travel - Jenie Skoy - April 28, 2014
..".if you're in the mood for a beer, pick up Hop in the Saddle, which outlines routes to bike to the 52 breweries in PDX."

Willamette Week Bike Guide- Rebecca Jacobson - May 28, 2014
"It's...offbeat characters and experiences that define long-haul bike touring, and they're what turned Thalheimer into an evangelist for two-wheeled travel. Since that 2002 trip with her dad, the 35-year-old Arkansas native has toured in Cuba, Argentina and Italy. She's also managed to turn touring into a career: She wrote Lonely Planet's guide to cycling in Italy, has led several women-only tours across the country and her Cycling Sojourner books offer guides to multiday bike tours in Oregon and Washington."

Television spots

Local news station KGW covered the Hop in the Saddle book launch live in Portland on November 15th 2012.

K5 news in Seattle featured Hop in the Saddle author Ellee Thalheimer talking about the book and Portland beer and bike culture aired on September 16, 2013.

Savvy Stews had Hop in the Saddle authors Ellee Thalheimer and Lucy Burningham join them on their Portland segment aired on December 5, 2013.

Radio spots and podcasts
KBOO Radio - The Bike Show October 5th, 2012 and June 5th, 2014
Sprocket Podcast - June 10th, 2014 and November 11th, 2012

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