A Low-Car Beer: Tastes Great, Less Cars
With all of the walking and cycling undertaken by Carectomy patients, a low-carb beer, or any other Atkins-inspired dietary selections, would be absurd. Low-carb may make sense for the passive saps glued to their automobiles. But for the active, carbs are the principle fuel source.
Low-car beers, however, are something we can get behind. Fort Collins, Colorado based New Belgium Brewery offers prime examples of libations that support going car-free.
Workers at New Belgium receive a free cruiser bicycle after one year of employment. The company offers plenty of bike racks for storage and showers to clean up post-commute. Bicycle Colorado awarded New Belgium 2007’s “Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year” for their efforts.
New Belgium also sponsors Team Wonderbike, which encourages their customers to commit to bike commuting at least twice per month. Their slogan is “bike to work, work to live, live to bike.”
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is billed as “A Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer.” The traveling carnival stops at 12 cities, spreading bike-centered joy while supporting local charities and advocating sustainability. One person at each tour stop receives a custom commuter bicycle and BOB trailer in exchange for foregoing car transportation for one year.
Inspired by the beers of Belgium (where cycling is king), New Belgium’s brews range from Mothership Wit organic wheat beer to their take on a Belgian Trippel. Fat Tire amber ale, the company’s most popular variety, derives its name from a beer-sampling-filled bike trip across Europe by founder Jeff Lebesch. Although New Belgium is only currently distributed in the West, their range keeps growing. Check their website to see when to expect the elixir near you.
Another low-car beer option is a little more grass-rootsy. If you’re lucky to live close enough to a microbrewery (as I am), buy yourself a refillable growler (64oz jug), and walk or ride over to get yourself some local flavor. Albuquerque’s Chama River Brewing Taproom, my fill-up spot of choice, typically features a stack of bikes both inside and out and is dog-friendly. Nothing better than multitasking a dog walk with a beer run!
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