5 Bike and Beer Tours to Take This Summer

by  Tyra Sutak | Apr 1, 2016

Beer tours and bike tours are two fantastic ways to forgo boring tourist traps and explore a new city like a local. Recently, tour guides have combined the best parts of two-wheeled travel with the craft beer craze, offering visitors an untapped look into popular destinations. Whether you're traveling solo or with a group, strap on your helmet and hit the road this summer with one of these five bike and beer tours.

1. Duke City Pedaler (Albuquerque, NM)
New Mexico is the poster child of the southwest. At its center, the small but lively city of Albuquerque is -- like many U.S. cities -- experiencing a craft beer renaissance. Duke City Pedaler's Beer Bike is not only a fun way to explore Albuquerque’s downtown hub, but it’s also one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in its increasingly popular beer scene. Hop on the 14-passenger party bike and help pedal through the downtown district. The 2.5-hour jaunt stops at three different breweries where you’ll enjoy tastings, discounted pints, and -- if you're lucky -- some good ol’ fashioned cowboy tunes. ($30 per person or $325 for a group of 14)

2. Pedal Bike Tours (Portland, OR)
Over the last 30 years, Portland has rightfully earned its nickname, “Beervana." The city has more than 40 breweries, many of which are revered by craft beer aficionados across the country. Pedal Bike Tours aims to introduce guests to Portland's booming beer scene on two wheels. The three-hour Oregon Brewery Tour, which runs daily, includes visits to brewpubs, beer tastings, and a behind-the-scenes look at how beer is made. The tour is also a great way to see the Pearl District and northwest Portland -- two of the city's most buzzing neighborhoods. ($69 per person, including bike rental and beer tastings)

3. Bobby’s Bike Hike Bikes (Chicago, IL)
Earn and burn your calories on the Bobby's Bikes, Bites and Brews Tour. This easy to moderate, four-hour bike ride passes through Wrigleyville, the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park to sample beer, deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and cupcakes along the way. Your guide will teach you about Chicago’s colorful history -- from its mean mobster days to the pizza wars -- and the local beer scene, all while taking in some killer views. The final leg of the tour follows the shores of Lake Michigan, making stops to snap photos of Chicago’s iconic skyline. ($65 per person, including bike and helmet rental, plus food and drinks)

4. Ace It! Bike Tours (Santa Rosa, CA)
Northern California may be known for its wine, but grapes aren't the only things fermenting here. In a region dominated by vino, a handful of breweries have emerged, and they are quickly proving that Cali can compete in the craft beer scene, too. Ace It! Bike Tours' Sonoma Bike ’N Brew Tour takes guests to some of those breweries, including Hopmonk Tavern and either Russian River Brewing or Third Street AleWorks. The leisurely, four-hour bike ride ventures along country roads and beginner-level trails to give you a taste of the history as well as the beer scene in Santa Rosa. ($109 per person, including four tastings, bike rental, helmet, and souvenir photo)

5. Beer & Bike Tours (Fort Collins, CO) 
In the last decade, Colorado has become a mecca for craft beer drinkers. Its burgeoning beer industry, combined with the state's long-term appeal among fitness and outdoors enthusiasts, has laid the groundwork for Beer & Bike Tours' adventures. The four-hour Fort Collins Brew Cruise provides travelers with their own beach cruisers for a three- to six-mile ride, with stops at three local breweries. Choose from a handful of routes or customize your own. ($50 per person, including beer samples, bike and helmet rental, lock, and a city guide)

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