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Introducing the Hopworksfiets: Beer, pizza, music, and true Portland spirit, all on one bike

Posted by on September 15th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Hopworksfiets

Phillip Ross of Metrofiets rolls out the new Hopworks party bike, complete with wood bar, kegs on tap, pizza rack, sound system, and mountains of mojo.
(Photos © Elly Blue)

I just witnessed the unveiling of something truly in the Portland spirit: A locally built cargo bike that holds two kegs below an inlaid wood bar. A rear rack is built to hold a stack of pizzas; below that a wood-paneled pannier is in fact a compact sound system.

It’s made in Portland. And it’s beautiful.

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Hopworksfiets

Celebrating the unveiling in style

Described as a “pub bike,” or a “mobile party,” this human powered machine was built by local box bike builder Metrofiets specially for Hopworks Urban Brewing (HUB) and will make its first public appearance at the company’s free Biketobeerfest celebration this Saturday.

The bike follows the basic Metrofiets design of a long body, with a cargo carried in the front. The cargo container is a metal keg bucket which holds two full sized kegs and 25 pounds of ice. Beer from the kegs run through a 50 foot cooling coil and then to your glass via two taps (made by Shimano and Chris King) which protrude from a wooden bar inlaid with HUB’s trademark lightning bolt.

Hopworksfiets

Tap handles by Shimano
and Chris King

A large, square rear rack is designed to fit a stack of pizza boxes. Below the rack is a sound system “pannier” with another lightning bolt inlaid wood panel casing and a speaker. The bike sports HUB’s colors, matte orange and black.

This party is entirely human-powered, with the help of nine gears — any more would allow a rider to go faster than would be entirely wise, explained Ross. Sturdy looking disc brakes and chunky tires with full fenders adorn both wheels.

When fully loaded with pizza, beer, and ice, the bike should just about meet Metrofiets’ 400lb weight limit. Still, Ross is recommending that the bike be transported with pony kegs, and refilled with full-sized kegs on the scene.

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The sound pannier in action

The bike was conceived over the course of casual conversations this summer between Hopworks founder Christian Ettinger and Metrofiets owners Phillip Ross and Jamie Nichols. The idea quickly escalated; then the friends began paring it down to a buildable concept and began lining up support.

The bike is a group effort. Ross and Nichols designed and built the bike. Damon Eckhoff inspired the sound system and did much of the wiring. Metropolis Cycles (2249 N Williams) built the wheels and provided general bike shop support. Michael Moscarelli of local brewing supply company F.H. Steinbarts did the beer plumbing; local high school biology teacher, homebrewer, and woodworker Gregg Heppner created the bar top and sound system shell. The bike’s components (including the tap handles) were donated by Chris King Components and Shimano.

Ettinger still has big plans for the bike’s future. A second sound pannier will allow music to be played in stereo; a solar panel cover for the pizza rack will power the sound system and a string of LED lights around the base of the bar, making the bike fully self-sufficient.

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Christian Ettinger shows off his
new seasonal “Bike Beer”

As if the bike isn’t enough, Ettinger plans to unveil his new, seasonal Bike Beer this weekend. The first season’s offering is an organic Pacific Northwest style IPA. It comes in bottles branded with a bike chain motif and the words “Ride your bike,” and features a Portland bike fun event calendar on the back.

The beer was brewed specially for the upcoming Oregon Manifest, and will be the event’s exclusive beer. Its broader intent is to promote Portland’s unique bike culture. “We’re seeking a cross-pollination between the bike and beer cultures,” Ettinger explained.

You can expect to see this season’s Bike Beer at various stores around town in the next month. And keep your eyes peeled for a party on wheels — HUB expects to be bringing its new steed to various bike events year round.

Here’s a photo slideshow of the bike and its happy creators:

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METROFIETS
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METROFIETS

It’s important to mention the contribution of Damin Eckhoff http://pdxfuntime.com who not only inspired the sound system but helped Metrofiets design and wire it. Thank you Damon!

Shawn Small
Guest

someone stab me because this has to be a dream
WOW, insanely impressed
Hats off to the guys at Metrofiets and Hopworks

joel
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and so the circle of life continues – one of the original uses of these “long john” style cargo bikes, 100 years ago, was… yup – hauling kegs for breweries.

Zaphod
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This is the coolest rig I have ever seen. Well done… I want to ride it.

peejay
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peejay

I will trade my car for this bike!

Dan Liu
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My heart is aflutter…amazing work, everyone! But here’s my question: will these great minds be taking the pub bike out on one of the Cycle Wild outings?

Shetha
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Shetha

I sort of want to cry with happy! This is all good things in one place/vehicle. I soooo wish I could go to the biketobeerfest – I’m sure it will be there!

Schrauf
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Schrauf

Very cool. But won’t there be a lot of foam to pour after riding the kegs to various locations? Hopefully this works as good as it looks.

stumpette
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whoa. I can’t wait to see it at Bike-to-beer fest on Saturday!

SkidMark
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No Stokemonkey? What a glutton for punishment.

wsbob
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wsbob

Foam and mmm-mmm….warm beer. At any rate, it’s a commendable effort.

Metrofiets
Guest

@Schrauf & @wsbob

Mike over at F.H. Steinbart is a master at building draft systems. He is confident that beer foam will be kept to a minimum with the way he built the draft system.

Of course, there is only one way to find out! Come to the BiKETOBEERFEST September 19, 2009 Noon to TEN pm and see for yourself.

Christian Ettinger
Guest

Cheers to Phil, Jamie, Gregg, Dave, Damon, Mike, Chris King and Shimano for making “Beer Pedaler” a reality. This bike has many miles and thousands of organic pints in it’s future. See you at HUB on Saturday for the unveiling.

Ken Wetherell
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This is over the top awesome! What a great piece of work. Nice going guys! This takes Portland bike innovation to a new level. Love it.

CMark
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CMark

dude! whoooaaa!! Off the charts, man!

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Kevin Buchanan
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That might be one of the ten coolest things, ever. What a great piece of ingenuity!

BURR
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BURR

man do you people lead sheltered lives

😉

Maks
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Maks

i so look forward to biketobeerfest! I already love HUB and this just kicked it even more! See you all there.

kiwimunki
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kiwimunki

Damon Eckhoff is the same guy that led the PDXfuntime Bike Karaoke ride during Pedalpalooza, right? He built a sweet sound system/karaoke machine for that. “Bike Boombox Builder-Guy” is a cool niche.

hilsy
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hilsy

Umm, hate to be the party pooper, but isn’t it illegal in Oregon to transport tapped kegs or to even transport kegs and have the ability to tap them during transport. I thought I remember some local brewpub chains running into this problem when transporting their kegs from one pub to another.

heather
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heather

that bike is made of 100% pure awesome.

Dillon
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Dillon

Can we borrow it for the Midnight Mystery Ride??

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Tegan
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Tegan

Do you need a liquor license for that thing? How cool would it be to ride around Portland and set up bar where ever? Can’t wait to see that thing in action!

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middle of the road guy
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middle of the road guy

They could make it better by actually loading it with a decent beer.

Dabby
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Dabby

On the same note as Joel above (#3), a bar called the “Slippery Noodle” in Indianapolis still has the ramp intact that allowed such bicycle deliveries to be made directly up into the bar.

And they have a great Corned Beef…

Me
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Me

They’ve been doing this in Amsterdam for some time now. Their’s is bigger though, so we need to catch up!! AND, they have a covering for when it rains…HELLO that is so Portland. Get crackin guys

SkidMark
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For wsbob’s concerns about warm beer.

“The cargo container is a metal keg bucket which holds two full sized kegs and 25 pounds of ice. Beer from the kegs run through a 50 foot cooling coil and then to your glass”

That’s what’s inside the diamond plate box under the kegs.

deadbuny
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deadbuny

yawn. i haul beer and a sound system (that will blow that system away) and free pizza on my tallbike all the time…

oldreed
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oldreed

deadbuny ever hear this quote?

“Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.”

Just sayin’

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oldreed
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oldreed

@deadbunny…

“Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.”

Just sayin’

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[…] The Hopworksfiets is a custom built bicycle bar.  This cargo bike has it all: space for 2 kegs, inlaid wood bar, sound system and a rack to hold a stack of pizzas.  It was custom built by Metrofiets (makers of cargo bikes) for Hopworks Urban Brewing, both in Portland, Oregon.  This thing is a real beauty, and a clear shoo-in for the Hall of Awesome.  Read the whole scoop on BikePortland.org. […]

BikeMan
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BikeMan

I would like to see a video of this bike being driven.
With the heavy weight of the full kegs up front, trying to balance, pedal and turn this Beer Bicycle Beast would be a huge challenge. And going up the slopes on the streets of downtown Portland with all that weight? – Good luck with the pedaling.

SweetyPie
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SweetyPie

I would totally date a guy with a bike like that!! (and that’s sayin a lot b/c I am super picky! AND I don’t even like beer!!) :o)

Rick Wilson
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Absolutely lovely – looking forward to a test ride followed by refreshment!

Seems like only yesterday we were crawling around in front of Peets under the old workcycles bakfiets with your camera and tape measure. 😉

BURR
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BURR

@ oldreed #33 and #36 – Gee do you think that was really intelligent enough to have to say it twice.

like I said before, you people sure lead sheltered lives, especially if you think this is groundbreaking news

Just a friendly reminder from your beleaguered editor to steer clear of personally-directed comments. Stick to the topic on hand. Thanks, folks. –Elly

awake
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awake

Idea is quite old in Holland we got this http://www.bike4fun.nl/2004_0409Image0045.JPG
nevertheless the pizza rack is solid gold 🙂

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Alexandra
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Alexandra

1. Awesome!
2. I’m amazed that 2 wheels is enough! would think that it takes some speed to keep it steady!

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