Friday, May 5, 2017

Tour de Bier Next Weekend -- We have the Procrastinator's Special Coupon Code for You!

If you're anything like me (and I assume about 90% of you are since you're craft beer fans), you're a massive procrastinator. I like to think of procrastination not as something negative but instead as creative time management. Why do that thing on your list now when you can just have a beer and sit on the patio now? Well all good things eventually catch up to you and Tour de Bier has done just that for us now--registration for the event ends on Thursday, May 11!


The annual booze-fueled bike ride is coming up next Sunday, May 14! Put on by BikeWalkKC, the bicycle advocacy and teaching organization, and in it's 7th year, Tour de Bier is the premier biking + craft beer event in KC. Instead of being like most of those organized bike rides where you drink beer after the ride, on Tour de Bier, you drink beer on the ride! In fact, the tour takes you by a bunch of our awesome local craft brewers en route. 

Pro tip--read the book before the ride!
And if visiting operating breweries wasn't enough for you, the ride is a historical brewing tour of the city as well. This year BikeWalkKC has teamed up with local beer writing legend Pete Dulin to totally revamp their historical tour. Pete is arguably the most knowledgeable person today about the history of brewing in Kansas City. So much so that he literally wrote the book on it with his recently released Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland. Pete is going to be at on hand at the after party as well to chat it up about history after you've finished the ride. 

So, if you love riding bikes, drinking beer, and learning about brewing history, then this is definitely the event for you. Think you're not up to hang with the spandex clad ironmen and women? Never fear, this is not a bike race--it's a casual ride that's designed for fun and cruising at your own pace. I will be there riding probably wearing something completely impractical like lederhosen. And yes, I will be taking the shortest ride offered, especially if I'm wearing lederhosen. And with nearly 800 people signed up for the ride, you won't be alone no matter what you wear!

Event Details


Date: Sunday, May 14
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 (unless you use our coupon code down below!) - Registration Ends on May 11
Info: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Like I said, Tour de Bier is not a bike race. The only gold you'll be seeing is the gold in your tulip glass along the route. It's planned to be as easy going or hardcore as you like. The courses available on the ride are 18 miles, 38 miles, and 48 miles. Ride start times are:
  • 50 Miles: 8:00 a.m.
  • 35 Miles: 9:00 a.m.
  • 17 Miles: 10:00 a.m.
All of the rides start at Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms and end at the same location for the after party. The shorter ride takes you across the Heart of America bridge to North KC, back up through the West Bottoms and Crossroads and back to Knuckleheads. The 38 miler continues from the Crossroads down to Westport and Waldo before looping back. The big 48 miler goes all the way down to Crane Brewing Co in Raytown (a fitting reward for the hearty).


Along the course are stops at important brewing sites of KC's past. The historical tour is is self guided with a detailed map and guide provided by the organizers and signs along the route. In addition to the historical stops, there will be stops at participating breweries as well. Complimentary samplings will be available at each of the brewery stops for you.

And most importantly (if you're anything like me) there will be roving support & gear wagons. I'm not much for long distance bike racing, so if I get a flat or my chain snaps in two, I usually call someone to come pick me up rather than fix my bike on the side of the road. However, your entry fee gets you access to the course support crews who will help you if anything happens and get you going again.

Here's an overview of what your entry fee gets you:
  • Lunch & 2 beers at the after party at Knuckleheads
  • Live music at the after party
  • Games at the after party provided by 90.9 The Bridge
  • Rest stops with food, snacks, and water along the course
  • Beer samplings at breweries & history sites
  • Roving Support & Gear wagons for help on the course
  • Souvenir maps with self-guided tour information

The profits of the ride all go to benefit BikeWalkKC's education and advocacy work. If you're into biking, keeping kids safe, getting people off their diabetes meds, or just generally living in a cooler, nicer city, go check out their work. Or better yet, get a membership while you get your Tour de Bier tickets! 

The Drinks And Eats

Tour de Bier After Party at Knuckleheads

Breweries Visited on the Ride:
The Big Rip Brewing Company
Brewery Emperial
Cinder Block Brewery
Crane Brewing Company
Green Room Burgers & Beer
Kansas City Bier Company
Torn Label Brewing Company

Food at the After-Party: 
Jerusalem Cafe
Knuckleheads Saloon
Pie Hole
Local Pig's Pigwich,

Drinks at the After Party: 
Pours from Boulevard Brewing Company and Tallgrass Brewing Company served by the VeloWagon



And Finally--A Coupon Code Just for You!


As if you thought I forgot...KC Beer Blog has your hook up for 10% off your tickets this year to Tour de Bier! Just enter the coupon code BeerBlog17 at the checkout and you'll get 10% off your ticket price. See you there!

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