This is one of the most awesome bike events in Miami. Once you start, you'll want more: weekly, daily even. There really is nothing more fun than taking a leisurely ride with your friends over the stunning Venetian Causeway after a cheap, fancy beer at Zeke's or The Abbey. This is the life! We asked organizers Rydel of themiamibikescene.com and Gary Medenhall about their beer feelings and their feelings on beer.
New Times: Why did you choose beer instead of some other beverage or activity?
Gary Medenhall: There are other bike rides throughout the country that are "pub crawls." I wanted to make something unique to this concept and for Miami. Something that celebrated the locally owned and operated businesses in Miami. A way to showcase what this city has to offer and a unique way to experience this and the people you will meet at these rides.
Rydel: We figured a "latte crawl" would not appeal to our demographic... So beer became the obvious choice for a themed bicycle ride.
Are you a beer snob?
Medenhall: Yes, I am.
Rydel: Not necessarily, while I do enjoy craft beers I can and will drink just about anything (preferably with a 8.0% ABV or above).
What makes a beer snob?
Medenhall: I approach beer like I do bikes, food, wine, and music. I enjoy seeking out that which is off the beaten path. That's where you find the most satisfaction when you discover something wholly unique. You want to share this with others almost immediately. Anyone can order a Miller Lite or a Budwieser, but why? As of 2009 there are almost 1,500 craft breweries in America.
How much better is it to ride with a beer in you?
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Rydel: Studies have shown that beer is optimal for rehydrating the body. On that same note, we remind you to drink responsibly.
Bring a bike light, a bike lock, and make sure to be over 21 years old. Some riders will met at the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover station at 3:30 p.m. The ride begins at Zeke's (625 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) where all the fancy beers and even the crappy ones are only $4 cash. It continues on to The Abbey (1115 16th Street, Miami Beach), The DRB (255 Northeast 14th Street, Miami), Elwoods Gastro Pub (188 NE 3rd Ave, Miami), ending at The Filling Station (95 Southeast 2nd Street, Miami). The crawl formally ends near Government Center, so you can take the Metrorail home. The ride takes place on May 7 from 4 to 8:30 p.m.; check for updates on themiamibikescene.com.