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March’s Ride: Cellarmaker in San Francisco


March’s Ride | Cellarmaker Brewing

Sunday, March 30th

Meet at 1130am | Roll out at 12pm


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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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.

March 2013 | Mill Valley Beerworks

Saturday, March 30 2013
Meet at 10:30a | Roll Out at 11:00a
173 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

This month we will pay another visit to Mill Valley Beerworks.  When we first stopped by in 2010 they had just opened, so it will be interesting to see how they have advanced over the last few years.  The ride was great last time, so we will keep with the same route: a scenic loop taking us down to Tiburon, up along Paradise Road, around Larkspur Landing, and finally over the hill from Corte Madera.

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Hope to see you there!


July 2012 Ride: Southern Pacific Brewing

Southern Pacific Brewing
Sunday, July 29 2012
Meet at 10:30a | Roll Out at 11:00a
620 Treat Ave, San Francisco, 94110


This month the Grand Cru is going to check out San Francisco’s newest brewpub, Southern Pacific Brewing.  Nestled in the heart of the Mission, SPB is striving to impress with it’s clean, classic-style brews, tasty food, and ample elbow room – standing capacity is 300 people!  It sounds like the perfect place for a relaxing Sunday afternoon beer, so let’s go see what they have to offer.

For the ride, we are going to cut southwest towards Daly City, and then loop back along the ocean and through the park.  It’s going to be a relatively easy one, so if you have been sitting on your bum for a while, now’s a great chance to get back in the saddle.  Also, please note the earlier starting time: 11:00a instead of the usual noon.  Here’s the route:

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We hope to see you there!

June’s Ride: Russian River Brewing and Santa Rosa

Russian River Brewing Company
Saturday, June 23 2012
Meet at 1130 | Roll Out at Noon
725 4th St, Santa Rosa


We’ve pushed this ride back for several months, but at last we are ready for our annual visit to Russian River Brewing!

Russian River doesn’t need much introduction. If you’re a hophead you’ve probably had your fair share of Pliny the Elder. If you’re into sours – Russian River has one of the best barrel aged sour programs in the world. Long story short: they’re our favorite brewery in the area.

We’ve planned a 27 mile loop around Annadel State Park.  The weather should be nice and hot, so bring plenty of water.

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Unfortunately the public transit options up to Santa Rosa are limited so I would recommend carpooling with your Cru mates.

See you there!

Colin & the Grand Cru

November’s Ride | Drake’s Brewing and the Lake Chabot Bike Trail

Saturday, November 26th
Meet at 11:30, roll out at noon

Drake’s Barrel House
1933 Davis St
San Leandro, CA
Greetings to the Cru!

This month we will be taking advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to visit the new barrel house at Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro. These guys have been a key player in East Bay brewing over the last twenty years, but until recently have been flying under the radar. We are excited to check out their brand new facilities.

Our ride will take us through San Leandro and around the main bike loop of Lake Chabot Regional Park. The ride is a bit shorter than usual – only twenty miles – but makes up for that with ruggedness. There are several steep climbs, so make sure you go easy on the turkey. note: some parts of the ride will be on hard-pack trails with a few rocks. Bringing a hybrid/cross/mountain bike might be a little more comfortable. Bryan notes that it’s rideable on a road bike but it’ll be slower going.

Here’s the ride:

And here’s the brewery:

We hope you can make it!


August’s Ride | Point Richmond and Beer Revolution

Beer Revolution
464 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Sunday, August 28
Meet at 11:30a, roll out at 12:00p

Greetings Cru,

This month we are straying a bit off the norm and basing our ride out of a bar rather than a brewery. However, Beer Revolution has 47 beers on tap, including many from local breweries that don’t open their doors to the public (Linden St and Dying Vines spring to mind), so we hope you forgive the discrepancy.

We will be riding along the East edge of the Bay up to Point Richmond and back. The ride is a tad on the long side (~40 miles), but extremely flat and gentle, so it should be fun for everyone.  For those who would like a shorter option (~30 miles, no hills at all) then you can choose to turn around at the Richmond Marina.

See you there!

April’s Ride | Tied House and Los Altos Hills

The Tied House
954 Villa Street, Mountain View
Saturday, April 30th
Meet at 11:30a, roll out at 12:00p

Welcome back folks! We got rained out of a ride last month, but April has been treating us nicely, so it’s time to blow the dust off our bike seats and get out on the road again.

This month we will be heading out of the Tied House in Mountain View. The ride is a 28 mile scenic loop through the Los Altos Hills. If that sounds a little too intense after a few months of hibernation, don’t worry – there are several shortcuts available for anyone who wants to take it a little easier. Here’s the ride:

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I’ve set up a poll to see which day works for the most people. Please click the link below to vote if you would like to participate in the ride. The poll will close on Monday, April 18th.

Finally, the Tied House is a couple of blocks from the Mountain View Caltrain station, so I encourage everyone to take the train if possible.

Hope to see you there!