Munich's Oktoberfest is just around the corner, and that means cities all over the country (and world) are hosting their own hop-friendly celebrations. In the spirit of the season, we asked a few of our retailers across the country to share their favorite local breweries with us...plus their favorite Toad styles from our fall collection for enjoying a cold one.
The 45th Apparel is a family owned 4-season outdoor adventure clothing store located in beautiful Bellaire, Michigan.
Favorite Brewery: Tani and Rick of The 45th Apparel's brewery pick: Short's Brewing Company is our neighbor located just down the street. Short's features flavorful and extremely creative beers. The 45th Appar-Ale is our favorite one – it's a kolsch-style ale brewed with blueberries (yum!).
Favorite Toad Styles: Tani loves all of her Toad&Co clothing, but the Bodie Dos 1/4 Zip is a favorite! It's so cozy. Rick loves his Mojac Dos Shirt Jacket. It's a staple for him in the cooler Northern Michigan weather.
Outside In is a female owned and operated outdoor lifestyle boutique in downtown Bend, Oregon, that takes pride in partnering with brands they believe in without compromising function, comfort or style.
Favorite Brewery: Bend Brewing Company is one of our favorites in town. Besides the tasty beers, they have a perfect location right on the Deschutes River (and only 2 blocks from our store!). A great outdoor space for everyone in the family – dogs included – to hang, play corn hole, listen to music, and enjoy that famous Central Oregon sunshine. Our summer go-to is either the Metolius Golden Ale or if we're feeling sassy, the Ching-Ching Sour...but in the fall and winter their Trade Wars Stout is our favorite.
Favorite Toad Styles: We're loving the Earthworks High Rise Pant and the Scouter Cord Jumper. They're the perfect shoulder season pieces that pair great with the Piru Short Sleeve Tee or Piru Mockneck Tee (we're big fans of the Camp Green Stripe).
Kayak Centre is a full-service kayak and paddleboard specialty retailer (they sell clothing too!) that has been around for 26 years in historic Wickford Village, RI.
Favorite Brewery: Our favorite local brewery is Shaidzon in Kingston, Rhode Island. It has great IPAs and is right next to the train tracks so it's fun to sit and watch the high-speed train go by. They're one of the few breweries in the area that make a variety of beers, and our new favorite is called Ocean Lust.
Favorite Toad Style: We're all about the Mission Ridge Pants (3 different fits and a ton of colors to choose from) – they're classic, consistent, and best-selling for a reason.
D.D. Bullwinkel's Outdoors and MooseTracks Footwear is Brevard, NC's premier outdoor retailer – known for friendly and knowledgeable staff and affordable clothing, footwear and gear, rich in quality and design.
Favorite Brewery: Noblebraü Brewery is our favorite local spot. The owners Madeline and Cody Noble create a comfortable atmosphere with curated local music, good food and (most importantly) great beer. Of their ever rotating selection, the stalwart Hausbier German Pilsner is our all-time favorite.
Favorite Toad Styles: We love a shacket, and Toad&Co's Folk Yeah Shirt Jacket epitomizes the style as it easily makes the transition from trail to pub.