Here at BTBT we try to keep our bike tour directories current. Sadly, some tour companies don’t make it, but we usually find more new tours to add than those defunct ones we have to remove. Well…I guess they may end up being a defunct tour after all….here’s hoping someone takes it over.
Riders to were invited to buy a beer at each stop, in exchange for a collectible Bike Tour aluminum water bottle. A group ride would have been impractical considering congestion when arriving at the breweries, so the organizers suggested “riding in packs”. The turnout felt a bit light to us. Nevertheless, we chanced into meeting up with friends (the founders of The Brewtorium) and spent an enjoyable, albeit muggy Saturday afternoon.
Once Oskar Blues is open, we expect to see future similar events. BTBT has a few suggestions:
Throw a few free T-shirts to some volunteer tour leaders. “Packs” could depart every 30 minutes or so and rotate between the breweries. The leaders could do a quick intro to each brewery while the riders are queuing up to be served.
Some additional bike racks or valets would be helpful for bike security.
Sponsor a “ride to the tour” departing from central Austin.
Anyhow, at 1.3 miles, we think this may be the World’s Shortest Bike Tour.
We just discovered Bobby’s Bike Hike tours and, in particular, the Pork and Bourbon Bicycle Tour. We’ve had the opportunity to visit charming Little Rock a few times, but never had a chance to ride (came close last time!). It’s definitely a bike friendly town, full of trails, most notably the Arkansas River Trail.
Look for a review soon and let us know if you get there sooner.
Sacramento’s Sac Brew Bike has a nice write-up from their local NPR station. A number of cities have Brew Bikes and Pub Crawlers. Some allow beer on board (Austin’s does) and some, like Sac Brew Bike, just visit local establishments. In particular, Sac Brew Bike “offers tours of Midtown Sacramento’s craft beer scene”. Craft beer is exploding in the US, and the fusion of bikes and craft beer is common in many cities.
Since many of the beer bikes operate in the central parts of town, they offer a different way to take a city bike tour. Most seem more focused on the beers/bar than local sites…but the social aspect is definitely part of the experience. We look forward to trying and reviewing one soon.
City Bike Tour Database & Reviews — Urban Ride Ideas