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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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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!


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:

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



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


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.



April 2013: Mount Diablo and Ale Industries

Ale Industries Logo

Sunday, April 28th

Ride starts at Walnut Creek BART

Meet at 10:00a | Roll Out at 10:30a 



This month, we’ll climb Mt. Diablo for a strenuous, but rewarding climb and then head down the hill to Concord’s Ale Industries, where we will refresh ourselves with some well-deserved craft beer.  This is about a 38-mile ride with 3800 feet of climbing.  We’ll ride along the Iron Horse Trail for a bit, and then ascend Mt. Diablo from the North gate and take a break at the saddle point, which is just over halfway up Diablo.  Those who prefer to not continue to the summit are welcome to hang out here for a while or can head over to the brewery early.  For the rest of us, there’ll be spectactular views, and perhaps ice cream at the summit.  We’ll then ride down back to the saddle point and through the bright green fields (probably speckled with orange California poppies) back into civilization and onto Concord.

This ride will be slightly different than others in a few ways:

  • Normally, we do a loop.  This time, we will start the ride at Walnut Creek BART and end at Ale Industries.  It is about a 6 mile bike ride between the two, so if you want to drive, you can park at either place and get in those extra miles at the beginning or end of the ride.
  • The ride’s a bit more strenuous than normal.  You are more than welcome to ride half of the way up Diablo and hang out for a while until the rest of the group returns from the summit.

Here are links to the route:

See you at Walnut Creek BART at 10am on the 28th!


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Thanks for a great 2013 Tour de Biere!

Hey there. We hope you had a great San Francisco beer week and an excellent Tour de Biere 2013.   We had excellent weather and excellent beers (and cookies!), and hopefully made new riding and drinking buddies.  Now that things have calmed down a bit, we’d like to share our fundraising data and photos with you.

We were able to donate $1317 to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition this year.  This is a record amount!   This was 90% of your entry fees.

Jenny Oh Hatfield wrote a nice piece in KQED’s Bay Area Bites about the ride:

as did Gene Anderson from Our Oakland

Tour de Biere 2013 Funds Distribution

We’d like thanks those who made this possible:

Scroll down for photos from the 2013 Tour de Biere.  Also, stay tuned for details for our March ride!


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