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This Friday marks the start of Philly Beer Week, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. This Saturday, we’ll kick it off by having a Beer by Bike event touring 5 of the city’s breweries. Details, as noted at the Beer Week site:
Join us Saturday morning for a citywide bicycle tour of five Philadelphia breweries. We’ll start at PBC and take a leisurely bike ride to Yards, Triumph, Nodding Head, and end at Dock St. This is a pay as you go event, so bring some cash to sample each brewery’s creations. All types of bicycles and skill levels are welcome, but helmets are required, and be sure to bring a lock to secure your bike. Please: no scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, or other fun forms of transportation! This is a bicycle only event.
The ride and registration begins at PBC, 2439 Amber St at 11am, and this ride will be limited to the first 100 people.
See you all at PBC this Saturday at 11am!!
This past Saturday about 8 of us rode to the new Yards tasting room. I woke up to snow falling, and it continued to fall all the way to the Art Museum. It wasn’t that cold however, and the snow soon ceased, and left us with a rather nice winter day. We weren’t sure how the paths would be, but it turned out Kelly Dr was clear. We ended up riding out to the Falls Bridge and back (admittedly, this was mostly to kill time until Yards opened), and then straight over Spring Garden to Yards.
The new tasting room is great, with a large bar, long tables, and several booths. The food is limited, but cheap and simple. I only had time for one beer, so I opted for the Old Bart, which is a stellar English style barleywine. They offered flights, which several of our riders went for. I couldn’t stick around, but I heard that the tour was awesome, and that the tour guide was hilarious.
All in all, it was a great day and a great ride, though perhaps a bit too short. Alas, that is the curse of the winter months. I hope to have some longer rides and longer days in the coming months.
P.S: Thanks Denine, for taking some pictures!
I just saw on Meal Ticket that Yards is putting out a Barleywine. This got me really excited. I’ve haven’t talked much about it this year, but come winter, barleywine is my beer style of choice. Well, I would take it in any season, but most of the breweries put them out this time of year. And there is nothing like cuddling up on a bitter cold winter night with a snifter of aged barleywine and a hunk of stinky cheese. So bring it on, winter!
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!
Its a bit old news at this point, but I had a interesting experience last week. I hinted at it in my previous post, but I had a chance to be on a TV show!
I was contacted (by roundabout means via Chris LaPierre) by the producer of the Samantha Brown show on the Travel Channel a couple weeks ago. Apparently they somehow heard of the Beer of the Bike rides that I do and thought it would be a nice feature for the show. We met, planned and set up a brief pub crawl ride.
There were some errors in planning, and Wednesday I found myself scrambling to gather the 10 or 11 people that had planned on filming with us on Thursday. Sadly very few of those who had planned on coming (and had taken Thurs off from work) were able to make it. Due to the weather, they decided to scrap the actual riding too. I don’t think Samantha was excited about riding a bike through a rainy 40 degree day. Go figure.
So I ended up drinking beer and filming for a TV show with Samantha Brown, along with Lois (6 months pregnant), Rose, and Sonya. A stark contrast from our usual rides, which are heavily male populated, and of course, are actually rides.
We started at Yards, with a faux tour, including some staged dark malt additions by Samantha. We spent the most time at Monks, where Tom Peters poured some amazing beers, including a 6 year old Westvleteren 8. That alone made the day worth it. We ended the day at South Philly Taproom, where Adam and Joe poured us some local favorites while we chatted about the Philly beer scene on camera. And Lois got her chance to shine by dissing the suburban beer culture, ha, which she mildly regrets.
Some other high points: getting to wear a fancy wireless microphone, a full meal at SPTR paid for by the show, having a chance to plug my idea of a Travel Channel show – filming me riding my bike to different breweries worldwide. I’m glad that at least some of you all were able to be a part of it, especially Lois! I just hope they manage to hide her pregnant belly, I don’t want to be seen as encouraging alcohol consumption during pregnancy! The episode should air sometime in May. Stay tuned!