On Saturday I embarked on “Le Philly Tour de Brew,” as its been dubbed, for my inaugural event of Philly Beer Week.  Jeff Appeltans put together a great route and a great ride.

There was 25 of us, starting and ending the day at Yards Brewery, with 3 stops in between .  First we took a quite ride past some Chestnut Hill mansions to get to the General Lafayette Inn.  We had a  quick pint and got right back on the road for a hilly suburban ride to Iron Hill in North Wales.  But this point I really needed the lunch and longer break.  They were expecting us, and thankfully had a table waiting.  A flight of their seasonal beers was a refreshing accompaniment to a filling and greasy fish and chips lunch.

We set out again after lunch, back towards the city.  Not far into the ride, the beer made its way to my bladder, making this leg of the ride perhaps the most uncomfortable.  I eventually had to pull over and relieve myself before getting to Manayunk Brewing Co.  The beer at Manayunk was just barely drinkable, but the riverside deck was wonderful.  From there, the group split up, as we all tried to drag our tired legs back across the city to Yards for some celebratory samples.

The weather was wonderful, the first real spring-like day, with highs in the 60’s (maybe even 70s?) and just enough cloud cover to keep the sun from beating us up.  And as my first real big ride of the year, I couldn’t have asked for a better time!

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