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There are physical and mental changes that occur when you ride your bike – sure there is the elevated heart rate, increased perspiration, and slow release of endorphins – but you also change your perspective on the world around you. You notice storefronts you never noticed before, you realize which roads go uphill, and who minds when you drag your sweaty self into a bar for a refreshing drink. I find myself to be much more in tune with my surroundings on a bike, and that creates a strong sense of local pride.

The thing is craft beer can do similar things to you. You might yearn to connect with your local brewer, or observe (and want to try) new beers on the menu you hadn't noticed before, and if you find something you like you keep coming back for more – like that favorite biking route.

It is in the spirit of commingling our shared love for gears and grains, hops and handlebars that we’re launching the Drink Craft Beer Brewvet Challenge.

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 30th, 2013 through July 14th, 2013.

Gears & Craft Beers

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.

Spokes and Craft Beers

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.

How to Sign Up

To sign up, you'll need to register for the Drink Craft Beer Brewvet by clicking here and filling out the form.

Be sure to tweet using the hashtag #DCBBrewvet so we can follow your adventures!