Brandon Fralic is a freelance travel writer and bestselling guidebook author based in Bellingham, WA. He is the co-author of three books:
- Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest (Helvetiq; 2018, 2nd edition 2022)
- Urban Hikes Washington (Falcon Guides; 2020)
- Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest (Lonely Planet, 2024)
In 2013, Brandon co-founded the hiking and craft beer blog, Beers at the Bottom, to highlight Pacific Northwest “trails and ales”. He’s spent the last decade writing for print magazines and newspapers, destination marketing organizations, and a variety of travel and outdoors websites.
Today, Brandon is the beer & spirits columnist for Bellingham’s independent newspaper, Cascadia Daily News.
REI Uncommon Path, Matador Network, Modern Hiker, Northwest Travel & Life, Outdoor Project, BC Ale Trail, Scenic WA, Bellingham Tourism.
“Outdoor Project is a contributor-based online resource for outdoor adventures of all kinds. Occasionally we target specific regions where we need to expand our adventure coverage, and we try to develop a more robust working relationship with a specific person assigned to that area. We look for great photography, excellent writing, and technical proficiency with GPS devices and an array of web-based applications. For a good portion of 2014, Brandon was our Contributor on Assignment for the entire North Cascades region in Washington.
As the content editor and contributor liaison for Outdoor Project, I work with all of these contributors closely. I can say without hesitation that Brandon has distinguished himself as a contributor. Brandon seamlessly transitioned into both our editorial process and our content management system, so he was churning out quality content from the start. His photography and writing has been consistently excellent throughout the contracted period. Writing and photographic adjustments have rarely been necessary, they have always been minor, and they have all been made quickly and easily. Brandon’s attentive and professional tone has made collaboration a cinch, as well, and his attention to quality, consistency, and efficiency has meant less work for me. It has been a pleasure to work with Brandon for the duration of this contract, and I would jump at the opportunity to work with him in the future.”-Halvor Tweto, Content Editor, Outdoor Project
“As we expanded our online trail guide, Tmber.com, we looked to hire people who were local outdoors experts in their area and who reliably provided quality work. Brandon fit the criteria: He successfully researched hard data on trails across the Pacific Northwest, then provided a brief written description of each one.
Brandon took the job in stride, consistently delivering a quality product that required minimal – if any – fact-checking or editing on our part. He met every deadline on time or early. Brandon also maintained a friendly yet professional relationship throughout. At the end of the day, I knew I could rely on him to deliver exactly what we needed, freeing up my time for other demands.”-Daniel Escher, Expansion / Development, Tmber