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Tour de Bière 2011 Debrief

As everyone’s livers recover from the 2011 edition of SF Beer Week, I wanted to give you folks a debrief on the inagural Tour de Bière. The ride was to benefit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC), and I think we did pretty well.

We did what we could to keep costs down and the EBBC will soon be receiving a check for $720, 96% of the revenue collected.

One reason we were able to keep costs down was the tremendous support from the East Bay breweries who opened their doors to us at no cost. Those five gentlemen from Trumer? They gave up their Sunday morning to help make Tour de Bière happen. Same goes for the Bicycle Coffee Co folks and the owners of Linden St. These businesses gave us their time and wares in support of the ride. Triple Rock and Pyramid Berkeley were both generous with their discounts and freebies.

The event wouldn’t have been a success without all of you who attended. The ride sold out nearly a week before the event, which was much sooner than expected. Thank you for your support and for helping us raise funds for the EBBC. For those of you who had never ridden with The Grand Cru before, make sure to keep in touch:

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March’s ride details will be posted within a week…stay tuned.

Photos from the 2011 Tour de Biere

Thanks all for coming out for the 2011 Tour de biere.  To sum it up: great weather, great coffee, great beer, great people, great ride.  Once again, thanks to all who participated – the riders, the bicycle coffee company, trumer braueri, linden street brewery, triple rock brewery, pyramid brewery, and of course, the EBBC.    Serious generosity and serious good times.

Here are some photos from the tour.

riding up market street to triple rock

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riding up market street to triple rock

October’s Ride | Triple Rock & The Berkeley Hills

Original photo by Stewf

This month we’ll be heading to the East Bay to visit Triple Rock in Berkeley. They’re one of the first brewpubs in the US and earlier this month scooped up a set of medals at the Great America Beer Festival.

Prior to drinking their offerings, we’ll be riding the Berkeley Hills. The ride will be hillier than usual, but we’ve also shortened it to 20 miles. If the weather holds up, expect some challenging climbs paired with some outstanding views of the bay.

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As usual I would encourage everyone to take public transit over to Triple Rock. It’s conveniently located three blocks away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Right now there’s a 40% change of rain on the 30th. Keep a lookout on this site and our twitter feed (@thegrandcru) in case the ride gets rained out. The weather gods have been good to the Cru in the past, as we’ve never had to cancel due to weather. I’m hoping we can maintain the streak.

See ya’ll on Saturday!


P.S. If you’re one to plan ahead, next month’s ride will be on Saturday, November 13 in conjunction with the Bistro’s 5th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest.

From the archive: April 2010 Grand Cru Ride

From the archive:

This weekend we’ll be enjoying the beers of Jupiter in downtown
Berkeley. They’ve got good house brews, a well curated guest tap list
and a really wonderful garden in the back that I’m hoping we can take
advantage of.

Here’s the beer: http://www.jupiterbeer.com/jupiter/

Here’s the ride:

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This month we’ll be rolling through around 75% dedicated bike path –
so it should be a beautiful stress free route. We’ll be riding the
Ohlone Greenway up to Richmond and then riding back talong the Bay

Since Jupiter’s across the street from the downtown Berkeley BART
station – carpools won’t be organized. I encourage all of you to take
public transit.