Bike to Your Beer (Part 1)!

So has decided to put on the Brewvet.  In personal opinion this is a great way to show athleticism as well as an appreciation of excellent beer.  Does it involve running? No.  But it involves Craft Beer and this is one half of the equation.  For those who are not into clicking a link above then here is a description from ,the reasons of what I am doing and why:

What is a Brewvet?

A friend and award-winning blogger in Washington, DC, Mary of Chasing Mailboxes, provides the inspiration for the concept. Two years ago Mary combined her love of the long-distance cycling sport known as randonneuring and the simple pleasure of a good cup of coffee and created the Coffeeneuring Challenge. Since a randonneuring event is called a brevet, it only made sense to call our take on this concept the Brewvet.

The brewvet concept follows the spirit of the Coffeeneuring Challenge – incorporate take 12 separate bike rides, each of which fitting into a specific category, for a total distance of 100 km (62 miles). Just like in a brevet, you must provide documentation of each stop on your adventures. If you complete the challenge you’ll even get a little prize.

A ride qualifies if you either stop to drink a beer during your bike ride, or purchase a beer on your bike ride that you drink shortly after you get back home.

The Categories

  1. Buy Local: Ride to your favorite local bar and enjoy a beer.
  2. Brew Local: Take a break during your ride to enjoy a locally brewed craft beer.
  3. Enjoy your Hops: Enjoy an IPA on your ride (obviously not while you ride…take a breather and get your IPA on).
  4. Cider Century: Ok, we don’t mind if you ride less than 100 miles – but at least try a crisp hard cider!
  5. Spring Classic: The first rides of the professional season are in Belgium, seek out some Belgian beer.
  6. Macro Ride: Sometimes you end up in the middle of nowhere, and all that’s there to drink is one of the beers from the macro-brewers. Plan your route better next time!
  7. Porteur Ride: A porteur bike is built for carrying loads – but a porter is built for enjoyment – and we hope you try one!
  8. Go Exploring: Try a new craft beer for the first time!
  9. ‘Tis the Saison: Originally brewed for farmers laboring in the fields, saisons are crisp, refreshing, and a perfect complement to a warm bike ride.

The Rules

Rules? Yes, there has to be rules! That’s another quirk of these randonneur events. It seems like a lot, but I promise you’ll still enjoy yourself.

  1. In the interest of safety, you can only count 1 ride per day. If you have more than 1 beer per ride, it still only counts as 1 ride. Know your limits and be safe!
  2. You must complete at least one ride in 7 of the 9 categories above, and a total of 12 rides. Each category can only be used twice.
  3. The 12 rides must be completed between May 30th, 2013 and July 14th, 2013.
  4. There is no minimum length for each brewvet ride, but once you have completed all 12 rides, the total distance you’ve covered must be at least 100km (62 miles).
  5. Complete the Brewvet control card at each stop. Document the location, the beer you enjoyed, the miles you rode, and the date. Also be sure to take a photo! Get your Brewvet card when you sign up here!
  6. Once you have completed your Brewvet submit your 12 photos and completed control card to john “at” drinkcraftbeer dot com. Photos can submitted on your blog, as links to a photo sharing website or tweets, or via email. Deadline for Brewvet submissions is July 21, 2013.
  7. Everyone who successfully completes the Drink Craft Beer Brewvet will receive a prize. In fact, even if you try but fail, we might send something your way so feel free to submit whatever you can. To participate, sign up here.

Here is the story of My journey:

06/19/2013 –  I biked a total of 12 miles to the Urban Grape to see the Urban Hop selection.  While at the Urban Grape I found a bottle of Full Sail 25th Anneversary Pale Dopplebock. Afterwards it was off to Marina Drive for Race Menu’s run with Mass Challenge.  Seeing that the Bruins were playing the run didn’t last long and everyone went home. Trying the bottle of Full Sail I had just Purchased I noticed that there was more of a taste of booze and grain than there was hop and citrus notes.  It surely wasn’t the best beer I have had but cross one of the two #8s off my list.


*Kitty wasn’t hurt while taking this photo.

06/20/2013 – I biked over the the Brewery Sessions for a beer and concert series featuring Balto at Wormwood Park in Fort Point. There was a pre stop at Trillium Brewery to pick up a growler of OneBoston IPA.  The concert was supplied with a keg of 5 Mile Rye Saison which was very welcome on a mild summer day.  This is actually a wonderful hazy lemonesque color which paired perfect with the sunshine. It was a perfect balance of local hops and grain which makes one of the two #9s and a six mile bike ride a very enjoyable one!

06/21/2013 – The bike ride was to Tory Row for bib pick up for the Tory Row 5k.  This is a Five mile trek that I have often taken to Harvard Square. They served Harpoon Summer for runners  signed up for the race for free.  That being said Harpoon Summer is a good beer but not spectacular.  It’s crisp but there is something that is left to be desired.  At least a #2 is out of the way.


06/22/2013- After Running a PR for the Mile (also in the 2nd lane instead of the 1st for 3/4ths of the run) at the 26 x 1 Challenge. The after party was sponsored by the Somerville Road Runners and held at The Pub in Somerville.  If you have never been to the Pub just note that their selection of beer is abysmal.  Harpoon and Sam Adams are the only craft beers on tap so what did I do. I counted this as a Lost Macro #6 and even more embarrassing is that this was only a two mile ride.  Sad enough I had the free Bud Light but not before seeing if using Mio can replace using OnTap beer enhancement.  The results were less than desirable. There will be another blog about this later.

bud mio

Four rides, Four Beers, and 25 miles biking down.


3 thoughts on “Bike to Your Beer (Part 1)!

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