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September 2016: Temescal Brewing + The Bay Bridge

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Temescal Brewing + The Bay Bridge
4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Meet at 1030 | Roll Out at 11

Hey guys! How’s 2016 treating ya’ll? We thought we’d bring the Cru back from the dead. We’ll start with some baby steps…

We’ll be riding the eastern span of the bay bridge as far as they’ll let us (almost to Treasure Island). Then we’ll head back for a few beers at the newly opened Temescal Brewing in Oakland.

It should be a fun and chill one hour ride with negligible elevation gain.

We like to blame The Grand Cru’s hibernation to us figuring out how to raise the next generation of the Cru. Expect some babies on the ride (specifically ours). We’ve worked to make it kid friendly. Temescal Brewing has a great outdoor space and is family and pet friendly.

As usual, we recommend you take public transit when possible.  Temescal Brewing is a 1 minute bike ride from the MacArthur BART.

Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!

P.S. Consider this a warm up. October will be back to our usual 20-30 miles. There are so many new taprooms to visit…

TOUR DE BIERE 2016: BYE-YEAR BABY HIATUS

SORRY Y’ALL, 2/3 OF US HAVE BABIES THIS YEAR.  WE’LL TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

October 2015: We return to Biketoberfest Marin!

Saturday, October 17, 2015
The San Francisco Ferry Building
Meet at 8:45am, roll out at 9:00am

Hey folks,

The Cru rides again!  We’ll be joining some friends and riding to Fairfax from the Ferry Building.

Beer tasting tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The festival features beer from:

  • Lagunitas
  • Iron Springs
  • Baeltane
  • Russian River
  • HenHouse
  • Firestone Walker
  • 3rd Street Aleworks
  • Pizza Orgasmica
  • South City Cider
  • State Room
  • Auburn Alehouse
  • Lost Coast
  • Snake Bite
  • Berryessa
  • 21st Amendment
  • Speakeasy
  • Stone Brewing
  • Knee Deep Brewing
  • 101 North Brewing

And numerous bike vendors, live music, and food.  There is bike valet parking.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm. We’ll ride across the Golden Gate Bridge then through Sausalito, Corte Madera, Larkspur, and Ross. On the way back, you may choose to take a ferry (The Larkspur ferry is 5.5 miles away) or you can ride all the way back into San Francisco. Or you can do an Alpine Dam loop with some of the other riders.  What you choose will probably depend on how much beer you’ve sampled at the event.

November’s Post-Thanksgiving Ride: Iron Springs and Marin Brewing

November’s post-Thanksgiving ride

Sunday November 30th 2014

(weather permitting?)

49 miles, includes stops at Iron springs and Marin Brewing

Meet at the SF ferry building at 8:30am

Roll out 9:00am

The ride ends at Marin Brewing, where we can take the ferry back to San Francisco.

If you want to shorten the ride, hang out for a bit at iron springs and then take Sir Francis Drake east towards San Rafael and meet us at Marin Brewing!

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March’s Ride: Cellarmaker in San Francisco

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March’s Ride | Cellarmaker Brewing

Sunday, March 30th

Meet at 1130am | Roll out at 12pm

** MEET AT THE SF FERRY BUILDING **

Hey Cru, it’s been a while since we have done a jaunt around San Francisco. Luckily we have a few new breweries popping up in town, including Cellarmaker Brewing. They are a fun little operation that is so far focused on three styles: highly aromatic hoppy beers, saisons, and imperial stouts. No complaints from us!

We will start at the Ferry Building and head up around the Embarcadero, through the Presidio, down the Great Highway, and back over Portola Drive. Anyone who wants to get in a few more miles can take a loop around Lake Merced or climb to the top of Twin Peaks.

The routes are below. Hope to see you there!

Regular option:

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Extra-Phil version:

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2014 Tour de Biere – Thank You!

Thank you all!

In April, we mailed a check for $2000 to Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bike Coalition), which is 61% more than we sent them last year.  We donated 72.3% of the revenue from ticket sales.

Check out Bike East Bay’s Summer 2014 Ride On newsletter.. we are all in there thanks to your donations.

That puts us in the same category as City CarShare, Google, GU Energy, UC Berkeley, and Sungevity.  Not bad!

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And of course, we wouldn’t have been able to do this without support from the breweries:

Enjoy this gallery of photos from our ride:

October 2013: Biketoberfest Marin

Saturday, October 12, 2013
The San Francisco Ferry Building
Meet at 9:30am, roll out at 10:00am.

Hey folks,

We are once again returning to Fairfax for this year’s Biketoberfest Marin on October 12th, 2013.

Beer tasting tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The festival features numerous bike vendors, live music, local breweries, and food.

The event runs from 11am to 6pm. We’ll be meeting at the SF Ferry Building at 9:30am and departing at 10:00am. We’ll ride across the Golden Gate Bridge then through Sausalito, Corte Madera, Larkspur, and Ross. On the way back, you may choose to take a ferry (The Larkspur ferry is 5.5 miles away) or you can ride all the way back into San Francisco. What you choose will probably depend on how much beer you’ve sampled at the event.

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August’s Ride: Woodfour Brewing in Sebastopol

Hello!  We’ll visit Woodfour Brewing in Sebastopol for this month’s Grand Cru ride.

August’s Ride | Woodfour Brewing: Sebastopol, CA

Saturday, August 31st

Meet at 1130am | Roll out at 12pm *note time change

Woodfour Brewing Restaurant
6780 Depot Street
(Entrance at 6780 McKinley St.)
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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It’ll be a  moderately hilly 36 mile ride (2329ft of climbing) with a flatter 25 mile option (1082ft of climbing) for those who would like to avoid Joy Rd. and some other hills.  We’ll enjoy beers and food on the patio afterward.

Regular option:

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Flatter option:

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July’s Ride | Baeltane Brewing & Novato

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July’s Ride | Baeltane Brewing & Novato

Sunday, July 14th

Meet at 1030 | Roll out at 11

401-B Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This month we’ll be going to a brand new brewery (like 7 months old new) out of Novato called Baeltane Brewing. I remember the first time I had one of their beers a few years ago at Biketoberfest back when they were still a nano-brewery. Lets all hope they’ve kept up their same level of deliciousness.

As for the ride, we’ll be doing an intermediate one in the hills West of Novato. It’ll be familiar territory for those of you that frequent Grand Cru rides, but when the vistas are that pretty – we don’t object to covering similar terrain.

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We look forward to raising a pint with all of you. It’s been too long.

Cheers,

Israel