Austin currently has 27 breweries (um, what time is it?…maybe 28 now) within the city limits. Reaching beyond the city limits, there are well over a dozen more. Even though cities like Portland have far more, “beer tourism” has become a thing. And, because bikes and beers are also a thing, touring breweries by bike is a natural result.
In Austin, there are three commercial bike tour companies offering brewery tours. Austin Bike Tours and Rentals has a “Texas Craft Beer Tour” focusing on the central city. Mike’s Bikes offers a “Brews Cruise Sunset Tour“. And, Bike and Brew ATX focuses solely on brewery tours with four different tours around town and the Hill Country.
Taking a city bike tour is always a good idea, beer or not. And, if you like finding your own way, BeenThereBikeTours has a self-guided tour of the Eastside beer scene.
If you’d like to plot your own course, here’s our current map of breweries, including all breweries in the city limits along with some select locations further out:
If you’d like a rundown on each brewery, check out Eater Austin’s Guide
Yesterday was the final Tour De Fat event for this year, in Austin. I went last year but this was my first time riding the parade. I hung out mostly behind one of the mobile sound bikes. With the tunes and the bells and the yelling…it was pretty loud for a bike ride. Highly recommended.
Lots more pics over here.
Massachusetts senator Paul Tsongas said:
“Nobody on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.'”
So I took a day of vacation. Managed to keep it at 15 minutes on email and a short conference call. Not bad!
Last week in Waikiki
We were making some beeritas (half frozen margarita, half beer, discovered on a trip to Chicago of all places) yesterday. Our old Kitchenaid (model KSB5WH) blender stripped out the rubber coupling on the motor. Bummer. This was an expensive blender back when we bought it, before there was enough internet that you could read 100 reviews before any purchase.
A little googling and voila..the coupler is a 9701057 and can be ordered from these guys. There’s even directions for removing the old coupling (Hint: It’s reverse threaded, so think righty-loosey.)