Friday, September 30, 2011

B4TW - Boulevard Wheat

I know what you're thinking after reading the title. What the hell? Boulevard Wheat? Whatever for? Well, I'll tell you why. Because that's what I'll be drinking this weekend, at least tomorrow, hopefully around noon (Dear Zeus, let me be done by noon). You see, tomorrow is the Tour de BBQ and I'll be riding 35 miles in it. Somewhere around mile 20, I'll think about the Boulevard Wheat that is sure to meet me at the end of the ride and that thought along with some Oklahoma Joe's, RJ's Bob-Be-Que, Johnny's and Woodyard Barbecue along the last 15 miles, will get me to the end of the ride. And I won't have a better tasting beer than the Boulevard Wheat at the end of that ride. If you do the ride or have done it in the past, you'll know what I'm talking about.

If you're not riding in the Tour de BBQ and live downtown or somewhere south of downtown, east of I-35 and west of Holmes, odds are the Tour de BBQ will pass within a mile or two of your house. Why not look at the map, head out to a good viewing point near your house or down Southwest Boulevard near Boulevard, sit down and cheer on the riders. When you get back home or go to a bar, grab a Boulevard Wheat and maybe you'll get a fraction of the wonderful feeling that I and the other 2000 riders will have at the end of the ride.  That's why Boulevard Wheat is the beer for the weekend.

As an added bonus, for any riders or volunteers, if you're one of the first 5 to post a picture of you enjoying a Boulevard Wheat with your Tour de BBQ gear visible (helmet tag, wrist band, bib number, etc.) on the KC Beer Blog Facebook page, I'll give you a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.


  1. Since you're a veteran, do you have any special advice for rookies? Logistics, what to expect, how much to eat at each stop, etc.?

  2. Take the time to stand in line at the BBQ stops, especially the first one because it's a long ride to it and a long ride to the next one. I skipped it last year because the line was so long and then the food at the 2nd stop (Hayward's) was awful so I was starving by the time I got to Oklahoma Joe's. The ride through Fairway and Mission Hills was not pleasant.

    Servings are pretty much set so eat what you can get and make sure to fill your water bottles at each stop.

    Try to stay in a pack so you're not responsible for knowing where you're going. The course is marked but I get so locked into hating my life during the ride I have trouble locating all the markings. It shouldn't be hard to stay within sight of other riders.

    I'm going to get down there about 7:30. Last year the 35 milers started 30 or 45 minutes earlier than expected, so I'm not sure how much weight the 8:30 start should carry.

    But, most of all, just ride at your own pace and have fun with it.

  3. Sounds good. We may straggle in a little later, but look forward to the journey...and the Boulevard beer at the end.

  4. BLVD Wheat is one of the best after a long ride on the bike

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