Pack Up and Go: Fall in the Golden State


Words and Photos by Amanda Leigh Smith

I’ve never really considered my Toyota Corolla an adventure mobile, even though it has gone a hundred thousand miles with me across the country multiple times and explored all over the Pacific Northwest (even down many dirt roads!). But it really proved tough when we decided to tow two motorcycles with it almost 2,000 miles up and down the west coast. We packed our little white sedan to the brim, loaded up the trailer and our motorcycles, and drove from Whistler, BC to San Francisco to pick up some friends from Santiago, Chile who were visiting the USA for their first time. We met them last summer on a motorcycle trip through South America, so it seemed fitting for us to cruise around on bikes, but we wanted the comforts of having a car around for our two-week adventure. I wasn’t sure if our little car could carry all that weight up and down mountains and for so many miles, but it did great and made us realize you don’t need a fancy rig to get out there and have fun. That’s not to say we didn’t get a few goofy looks and laughs along the highway.


After we picked up our friends from their hotel in downtown San Francisco, we headed to Big Sur. It was my first time camping there, and we found a great spot along the Big Sur River to set up for two nights. We took a day trip with the motorcycles up the mountains of Los Padres National Forest. It was so beautiful. The hills were gold, the oak trees were huge and the fog rolled in from the ocean.

The next day we headed to El Portal to camp near Yosemite Valley. We rode the motorcycles down Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest to the town of Lee Vining where we would stop for lunch. We cruised through the high desert to the Mono Lake Tufa Reserve to check out the unique limestone formations and made it back just in time for sunset in Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and the giant granite monoliths were lit up golden by the setting sun.

After packing up camp at Yosemite, we drove northwest across the state to camp in the redwoods. It was exciting to show our Chilean friends this area, as it’s unlike anything they had ever seen before. We camped beneath the canopy of the Richardson Grove State Park, stoked to be out of the crowds of Yosemite, having the whole campground to ourselves.  In the morning we set out for the Usal Road, an unmaintained dirt road winding along the Lost Coast. Splashing through massive mud puddles and riding over downed trees we caught glimpses of whales and elk. It was definitely the most fun day of riding. We ended our day with a delicious seafood feast in Shelter Cove.  Our last day on the bikes would take us through the Avenue of the Giants, stopping along the way for hikes through the ancient trees, grateful to be in there presence. 

So the little Corolla that could. From Whistler to Portland to SF to Big Sur to Yosemite to Mono Lake to the Redwoods to Southern Oregon coast to Portland and back home to Whistler. Two weeks, 2,000 miles and loaded up 2,000 pounds of fun stuff. Making it home without a hitch


Amanda Leigh Smith – – @a_leighsmith

James Crowe – – @crowemetalco

Click below to shop the products on this trip:

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Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Boston Opening Event Recap

On Thursday, November 19th, we were happy to celebrate the opening of our second U.S. store on 299 Newbury Street in Boston. It was an exciting night as the Ben Falkoff Quartet showed up to play a few tunes while guests checked out the extensive range of our famously warm Woolrich John Rich & Bros. parkas.

Joshua Rich, Executive Vice President of Woolrich, had this to say about the latest brick-and-mortar addition, “We’re so excited to open our second freestanding Woolrich John Rich & Bros. store in the beautiful city of Boston. It feels natural for us as a brand with history and heritage to open in such a historically important location. The vibe of Newbury Street is perfect for Woolrich, and our plan is to help the people in Boston to stay warm every winter with our outstanding outerwear.”

Of course, no event is complete without a few libations, and our co-branded beer with Dogfish Head, Pennsylvania Tuxedo, was available to sample all night.

Check out the slideshow below to see how the party went down.

Shop the entire Woolrich John Rich & Bros. collection here.


Tasty Bites: Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Words, pictures, and recipe by Cara Nicoletti

Here’s a recipe as cozy and simple as your favorite flannel. This cheddar cauliflower soup is perfect for crisp fall weather, and pairs beautifully with the Dogfish Head x Woolrich spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo. Cheddar cheese and cauliflower are both great partners to a pale ale—the bright hops of the beer help to cut through the cheese’s creaminess, and the cauliflower’s sweet earthiness brings out the same attributes in the beer. We’re adding spiced pepitas not only for texture, but also to highlight the beer’s warm spices.

Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
Makes 2 quarts (feeds 4 hungry people)


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 small onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs. cheddar cauliflower (two small heads), cored and de-stemmed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • leaves of 5 thyme sprigs
  • leaves of 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Cauliflower Florets Sprigs of Thyme Block of Cheddar Cheese Double Cheddar Cauliflower Soup


Melt butter and olive oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add garlic and onions and cook over medium heat until soft and golden-brown—about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cook 7-10 minutes, or until cauliflower is softened. Add heavy cream, chicken stock, thyme and rosemary and simmer lightly 10-15 minutes. Pour soup into a high-powered blender. NOTE: hot soup trapped in a blender can explode if the steam has nowhere to go—to solve this, cover the hole in the lid of a blender with a towel before blending.

Blend soup until very smooth (you will probably have to do this in two batches). Transfer soup from the blender into a bowl and stir in the shredded cheddar until it’s melted and incorporated throughout (if you want your soup to be extra smooth you can run it through a fine mesh sieve before mixing in the cheddar, but you will sacrifice some of the soup’s thickness and body if you do). Season soup with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with spicy pepitas (recipe follows).

Pepitas Spices

Spicy Toasted Pepitas
Makes 1 cup


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup pepitas (raw green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Add pepitas to egg white, and toss until coated. Mix dry spices together in a separate bowl, sprinkle over pepitas and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet covered in parchment, and bake until golden brown (7-10 mins).

Cara Nicoletti

Cara Nicoletti (@caranicolleti) is the author of Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books (Little, Brown & co). She is a butcher by trade and writes the literary food blog She lives in Brooklyn, NY and would be lost without her Woolrich Yankee Buck Boots.

Here’s a collection of cozy Woolrich creations that will keep you as warm as Cara’s cheddar cauliflower soup…

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Dogfish Head x Woolrich Pennyslvania Tuxedo Launch Event Recap

Good times were had by all at the official launch party for our co-branded beer with Dogfish Head. Our flagship store in NYC was packed with plenty of friends eager to sample the delicious spruce-infused ale aptly named Pennsylvania Tuxedo. The launch was a huge success, and we have the pictures to prove it. Watch the video above for a quick slideshow recap, and make sure to be on the lookout for Pennsylvania Tuxedo at your local beer retailer.

Click here to shop the Dogfish Head x Woolrich capsule collection.



Pennsylvania Tuxedo: A Woolrich and Dogfish Head Partnership


After a limited run last year, we are excited to announce that we have once again partnered with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to bring back Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a spruce hopped IPA, this holiday season. Our friendship turned partnership with Dogfish Head was born out of a mutual admiration for family-owned American businesses that value quality craftsmanship.

A True Collaboration
When we discussed doing a beer with Dogfish Head, we all agreed that it would be great if our employees had an actual hand in the making of it. Over the course of several days back in May, our mill employees in Woolrich, Pennsylvania were given the opportunity to harvest new growth spruce tips. Together, we picked several hundred pounds of tips to send over to the Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware for the making of this delicious concoction. We are proud to say that this is more than just a co-branded beer, it is a true collaboration!

Reviving the Founder’s Recipe
While reading up on Woolrich history, Sam Calagione, owner and founder of Dogfish Head, was inspired by a story from the mid 19th century when Michael Bond Rich, grandson of Woolrich founder, John Rich, had an unforgettable encounter with spruce beer. The incident occurred when his father was hosting a barn raising. The young M.B. Rich recalled, “On account of rain on the day set, the raising was postponed a couple of days and the spruce beer which was prepared had acquired a potency not intended. As it was accessible to me, I drank quite freely and, when later on I stooped over to get a drink from the spring, I fell in headfirst and was too much intoxicated to get out.” Luckily, M.B. Rich was saved by a woman who happened to be fetching water from the spring, and the young boy lived to tell the story that helped Sam create Pennsylvania Tuxedo.

M.B. Rich of Woolrich

M.B. Rich

Pennsylvania Tuxedo: What’s in a Name?
Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a nod to the iconic hunting outfit of our 503 Hunt Plaid Wool Jacket and Pants traditionally worn by outdoorsmen in Pennsylvania. While the head to toe outfit isn’t as popular today, our Classic Wool Hunt Coat, known for its unparalleled warmth and durability, remains one of our best selling items.


More Than Just Beer
In addition to the beer, we also created a great selection of Woolrich x Dogfish Head co-branded products including Dogfish Head flannels featuring the exclusive “Dogfish Head Plaid” for both men and women, “Pennsylvania Tuxedo” hats with fold down ear-warming flaps, ceramic coasters, wool koozies, pint glasses, and last but not least, an embroidered 503 hunt coat. You can shop these limited edition goods here, but we have to warn you, they may not last long!


Shop the Woolrich x Dogfish Head collection here.