Brewvet Challenge – What you need to know

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Is there anything more satisfying than a bike ride through the city or deep in the woods with your best friends, followed by a cold beer and some grub at your favorite local bar? Tired, sweaty, dirty – it no longer matters. 

I love exploring on bikes, new routes, new neighborhoods, new businesses – and I love exploring the world of craft beer.  The Brewvet Challenge combines both, as I said last year “in the spirit of commingling our shared love for gears and grains, hops and handlebars …”

Go, ride, explore. Then come back and share your stories.

Gears & Craft Beers

What is a Brewvet?

In short this is a challenge to inspire you to get on your bike and explore your surroundings – and your local craft beers. The event will run from May 1, 2014 through June 10th, 2014.

Award-winning District of Columbia denizen and blogger Mary of Chasing Mailboxes, provides the inspiration for the concept. Combining the long-distance cycling sport known as randonneuring and the simple pleasure of a good cup of coffee – the Coffeeneuring Challenge was formed. Since a randonneuring event is called a brevet, it only made sense to call our take on this concept the Brewvet.

The brewvet will incorporate 8 separate bike rides, each of which to a different location, where you will buy or consume a different beer, for a total distance of at least 40 miles. 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.

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.

Spokes and Craft Beers

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. The location where you acquire your beer must be different each ride.
  3. Each ride should feature a different beer, with preference towards local, craft beers.
  4. The 8 rides must be completed between May 1, 2014 and June 10th, 2014.
  5. There is no minimum length for each brewvet ride, but once you have completed all 8 rides, the total distance you’ve covered must be at least 40 miles.
  6. Complete the Brewvet control card at each stop. Document the following:
  • Location;
  • The beer you enjoyed;
  • Some enlightening thought (beer tasting notes, the people you saw, anything really);
  • The miles you rode; and
  • The date.
  • Also be sure to take a photo and share with the hashtag #brewvet

Once you have completed your Brewvet submit your 8 photos and completed control card to dirtengineer “at” gmail 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 June 21, 2014.

Everyone who successfully completes the Brewvet will receive a prize – albeit very small. Probably not something you need to re-arrange the trophy case for.

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  1. […] Award-winning District of Columbia denizen and blogger Mary of Chasing Mailboxes, provides the inspiration for the concept. Combining the long-distance cycling sport known as randonneuring and the simple pleasure of a good cup of coffee – the Coffeeneuring Challenge was formed. Since a randonneuring event is called a brevet, it only made sense to call …read more […]

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