Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 14th, 2011 at 10:35 am
When local cargo bike manufacturer Metrofiets unveiled their "Hopworksfiets" back in September 2009, it was a sensation. The bike, custom made for Hopworks Urban Brewery to be a beer bar on wheels, was a media darling and even made it onto the Discovery Channel.
The bike itself was a smash hit, but it also saw huge demand as event organizers throughout Portland realized its popularity and beer-dispensing qualities.
Now the owners of Metrofiets have made version 2.0 and they're getting into the beer bike rental business themselves.
"At last count there were over 35 breweries and one beer bike. Well, now there are two. Our first beer bike proved such a success that we built another, more compact, keg hauling, beat thumping party machine – for your rental pleasure."
Metrofiets offers the bike as a "self-contained party machine." In addition to two full-sized kegs, it's got a cup dispenser, two taps, a co2 system, 100 feet of cooling coils, drip tray, full height bar top, towel holder, electric-assist, rear rack and, most importantly, a battery powered stereo system.
The beer bike costs $99 for three hours between noon and 10:00pm or $275 for the day. Sponsors on the project were FH Steinbart (home brewing supply store), Shimano, EcoSpeed, Stereotypes Audio, and Sugar Wheel Works.
Metrofiets is throwing a launch event for the beer bike from 5-8:00 pm at the Cascade Barrel House as part of the Cargo Bike Roll Call Pedalpalooza event.
More photos and information at Metrofiets.com/rentals.