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Bikes N’Brew For Shelli
Date: Oct 08, 2016
Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

bikes n brew

10.8.16 | #BikesNBrewCLE | Tapstack | 9941 Walford Ave | Cleveland


Bikes N’Brew was dreamed up by Shelli Snyder, our friend who recently suffered a serious collision while riding across the country. She started this to raise money for Bike Cleveland, so this year we want to repay the favor by donating all proceeds to her GoFundMe campaign.

Bikes N’Brew features six fantastic local breweries which you will visit on this unsupported bicycle tour through Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs. There will be 20-ish mile & 40-ish mile suggested route option with cue sheets & maps provided.

Limited to the 21 and over crowd and 150 participants, advance tickets are $25 (day of – $35 if not already sold out. Pro tip: it’ll sell out). You’ll be issued a passport to validate at each stop and post ride you’ll receive a sample from each of the breweries you visited; up to five samples. Try and rip through it, or take your time, it’s a fun day of riding! We’ll feed you, too, so stay tuned for the food details (hint: we’re thinking a food truck).

Want to up the ante? Kick in a few extra bucks for the privilege of pulling a keg. We’ll have a 20-ish mile team keg, a 40-ish mile team keg, and a 40-mile solo keg. Pulling kegs is thirsty work, so these riders will receive a growler of beer from one of the breweries for their efforts.

Better yet? You’ll be helping one of Cleveland’s best ever advocates get back on her bike again after what one can only assume will be a long recovery.


When, Where & More Details

Saturday Oct 8th, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Tap Stack Buckeye Brewing | Next to Ray’s MTB | Follow the Smokestack | 9941 Walford Ave | Cleveland

Money Stuffs:

  • Advance registration: $25
  • Day of (if available): $35
  • VIP Keg Schlepping (9 slots available, 2x four person teams, 1x solo keg pull): $75

What’s Included:

  • Cue sheet & Map of suggested route
  • Passport to be validated at each stop
  • Up to 5 samples of local craft awesomeness
  • Food of some delicious variety (stay tuned)
  • Trailer & hitch (if you are a keg puller)
  • The fun of watching your pals lug a keg behind their bike for 40 miles (or 20, if you are lazy)

How This Goes (Itinerary)

  • Check-in (ID required): 9:30 – 10:30 am @ Tapstack (9941 Walford Ave, Cleveland)
  • All riders on route no later than 10:45 am
  • After party: 4:30-6 pm @ Tapstack (9941 Walford Ave, Cleveland)
  • Keg tapping: 5:15 pm


Keg Pulling

There are three kegs you can pull. A 40 mile, 4-person option. A 20 mile, 4-person option, or a solo 40-miler keg for one brave soul, or one loon with poor decision making skills. You can ride in a group, or you can ride solo – it’s up to you! However, all designated keg pullers will ride together for each keg (along with their groupies) following the route. How you divvy up the load is up to you. The only rule (other than “no cheating”) is that you be back at the Tap Stack no later than 5pm!

You’ll be thirsty, so we’ll have your complementary growler chilled and your samples upon request.

Keg pulling fine print:

Keg pullers must arrive by 10:00am for a quick run down and trailer outfitting demo. You see, if you sign up to pull the keg, make sure your bike can accommodate the standard bike trailer. See our handy-dandy guide in the FAQ section to be 100% sure. Got it?


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be 21 or over? Yes. We will check your ID upon check-in. Also, there will be a waiver to sign.

What if it rains and I already signed up? The ride is rain or shine. If you don’t feel like riding, consider your monies a great donation to Bike Cleveland and come join the after party at Tap Stack. But really? Do you melt in the rain? RIDE YOUR BIKE!

Do I have to visit each brewery by bike to earn my samples? The short answer is yes. In a “scavenger hunt” style, you must have your passport marked by each brewery to earn their sample at the after party. Hit all 5? You get 5 samples. Hit only 2? Then you get 2 samples. You know the drill. And? Remember to RIDE RESPONSIBLY. We will have cab numbers on hand for you if needed, and if you haven’t already signed up for Uber or Lyft, well you should have by now.

Which breweries are involved? Tap Stack @ Buckeye Brewing  is our host brewery – we thank them lots for helping to make this whole thing easy, fun, and awesome! Supporting roles and way cool stops include: Bottlehouse Lakewood, Brick and Barrel, Goldhorn Brewery, Platform Brewing Co., and Sibling Revelry.

Is this a group ride? Will we have a leader? No and nope. The rolling start is between the time you check in and 10:45am. After that, yer on your own. (We do ask that you obey traffic laws & Ride Responsibly)

Are there road markings? No. However you will be armed with a cue sheet and maps with suggested routes.

But I only want to do the 20 miler. That means I am missing 2 samples for same price as the 40 milers, right? Unfortunately, yes, but we want to keep it simple and raise a few bucks. So thanks! Trust us, we really appreciate it!

I see you said 20-ish and 40-ish miles up top. Is it more than 20 or 40?Depending on routing, roads, conditions, and most logical yet easy ways from brewery to brewery, it could be a few miles more total, but we’ll do our best to keep it there or under. Pretty sure you will be having so much fun that you won’t even notice, though.

I am gonna pull that keg! Do I have to use my own bike? My own trailer? Yes, yes you do, and no. We provide the trailers (and kegs) – BUT be sure that your bike can accommodate a standard bike trailer (even though we will have a nice big beefy one, it connects the same).

How do I know if my bike will work with a trailer? Lucky for you, Eddy’s Bike Shop has provided a handy-dandy way to check. See the following photos (then continue to read the FAQ stuffs…it’s IMPORTANT!)  Got questions on the trailer hitch stuff? Contact jason@eddys.com.

You wanna pull this? Check out our handy-dandy hitch check.

The hitch.

Should I bring funds for the ride? MOST DEFINITELY. We encourage supporting the participating sponsors. How you spend your funds is up to you! Besides you gotta eat, right? AND – tip your servers. And remember: RIDE RESPONSIBLY.

Should I bring a lock? Yes, a lock is recommended. And a HELMET IS REQUIRED.

What if I break down on the route? Can I call someone? A friend, sure. However this is an unsupported ride. (Read: No SAG) Please be sure your bike is in good working order and you have supplies to help you out on the road. Also, the cue sheet / map will note Bike Cleveland member bike shops along the routes.

Is this on roads or paths? Both. All riders should be comfortable with sharing the road and should obey all traffic laws. The 20 miler will be concentrated in areas that have lanes and trails, however there will be areas that are just road. We’ll do our best with what we have.

Will you have the maps online ahead of time? No. Given the nature of road projects around here, the routes won’t be finalized until closer to the date. But know that the routes will try and showcase some of the improvements and advancements in infrastructure and what we are working for. Besides, surprises are good for you.

Hey! This whole thing doesn’t seem like much given the price! Why no SAG? No T-shirt? No rest stop grub? It’s a fundraiser. But the funnest one you’ll do for a while. We just wanna ride bikes, help our friend, and get to know cool people like you.

Will swag be available? You bet! Get your favorite Bike Cleveland t-shirt during check-in & the after party! In fact, the holidays are coming and they make nice gifts. Just sayin’.

So who is behind this whole thing anyhow? Us, and Eddy’s, and the Cuyahoga Valley Cycling and Craft Beer Club, and our awesome breweries we’ll be visiting.

Somehow, I still have a question? Email – info@bikecleveland.org


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