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.
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.
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.
- 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!
- The location where you acquire your beer must be different each ride.
- Each ride should feature a different beer, with preference towards local, craft beers.
- The 8 rides must be completed between May 1, 2014 and June 10th, 2014.
- 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.
- Complete the Brewvet control card at each stop. Document the following:
- 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.