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Saturday, November 06, 2010
55175 - Reverse Keg Ride
We’re partnering with East End Brewing Company for their annual Reverse Keg Ride. Back in May almost 700 people joined the original Keg Ride, to celebrate the first Pedal Pale Ale kegs of the season. And now that summer is over, it's time for the Reverse Keg Ride from OTB Bicycle Cafe back to the East End Brewery!
On Saturday November 6th after a nice hot breakfast at OTB Bicycle Cafe, courtesy of our friends at Whole Foods in Pittsburgh, we’ll set off promptly at 10:00 AM taking the ceremonial empty PEDAL PALE ALE kegs BACK to the brewery to officially mark the end of the season.
Like the spring Keg Ride, this trip will be slow, meandering, and maybe even a little surprising, in spite of already knowing the destination. When we arrive, we'll say goodbye to Pedal Pale Ale until next year, and raise a glass of SNOW MELT WINTER ALE to toast the start of the cold season.
After the last keg ride, it became clear that we need to turn this into an event with a higher purpose. This time we're also riding for Southwinds, a non-profit agency which provides quality residential care and life skills training for adults with developmental challenges through out Allegheny County. They do great work with modest resources.
How to Join the Fun:
If the idea of following a few guys pulling kegs around town on bicycles sounds like the kind of thing that interests you, then you're our kind of people! To ride along, all you need to do is sign up below and then show up at our starting point, OTB Bicycle Cafe (view map) around 9:00 AM (or a little earlier if the hot breakfast interests you.) Bring your bike and helmet, get yourself signed in, collect your "beer token"... and then just follow the bouncing kegs when we head out at 10:00 AM!
Is this ride for you?
There's no two ways about it. Riding from OTB to EEBC is an uphill trip. If you haven't been on your bike for 3 years, this ride may not be for you. But we'll do our best to keep the pace nice and gentle, and keep the group together... which will mean some waiting around for the quicker riders. (Part of this route will include a long climb through Panther Hollow, but we plan to stop at the end of this climb and re-mass the group, and wait for any stragglers.) Of course, the good news is that if you're heading back to the Southside, it's almost entirely down hill.
Part of the route this time will be on roads (with cars), part will be on paved trails, and some will be unpaved but smooth trails. So really, any kind of bike should work just fine. And if you're needing to pick up a used bike for this event, check out FreeRide, a local bike organization that does some great work in the community.
Time: Brunch at OTB: 8:00-10:00 AM, Registration: 9:00-9:45 AM, Departure: 10 O'clock sharp!, Arrival: between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Price: $15.00 if you pre-register, $20.00 day of
Starting Point: OTB Bicycle Cafe
Destination: East End Brewing Company
Distance: Somewhere around 7 miles
Return Trip: Sorry folks, you're on your own.
Kid friendly: There have definitely been kids on this ride in the past, and they are certainly welcome this time. But the ride is on open city streets, and a decent portion of this trip will be up one long hill. But the pace will be gentle, and we plan to obey the law and stop at all red lights and respect one-way street designations. Oh, and of course the kids don't get a beer at the end of the ride, but we'll have homemade Root Beer on tap.
You can also win a chance to pull an empty keg to the brewery. These kegs are a lot lighter than the full kegs towed on the Keg Ride in May. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your highest bid. The highest bidder on Friday, November 5th will win the prestigious spot to pull the lightest keg. The other two kegs will be auctioned off live at 9:30 AM the morning of the ride.
For more information on the Keg Ride visit East End Brewing Company's website: www.eastendbrewing.com/node/874.
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