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This weekend, a celebration of bikes and beer at Biketobeerfest

Posted by on September 15th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Bikes and beer will be celebrated in true Portland style this weekend at Biketobeerfest, a carfree event being thrown by Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). The event is Saturday, September 19th, from noon to 10pm. And it’s totally free and open to the public.

There’s one catch — the event is carfree. There will be plenty of bike parking right outside the entrance, but no car parking. The block of SE 29th next to the bar will be carfree. And attendees are asked not to arrive by car.

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The program is up on the website, and it looks great — performances by local bands including March Fourth Marching Band, a performance by iconic Portland mini bike dance troupe the Sprockettes, roller races, tons of activities for kids, a BMX trick riding exhibition, something called the “Huffy Huck Off,” a handbuilt bicycle show and tell, and a rodeo just for bike shop workers.

Hopworks will also be premiering two beers brewed especially for the occasion.

We’ll be there, hosting a mini BikeCraft fair, with a double handful of some of the best local bike-oriented crafters and artists. I’ll be posting in the next couple of days about the amazing, handmade biked-out goods that we’ll have there.

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Hopworks owner Christian Ettinger
(Photo © J. Maus)

The event was originally set to be called Biketoberfest, but a trademark issue influenced organizers to change the name.

HUB, which has been open at SE 29th and Powell since 2008, has focused on bikes since its inception, wooing bicycling clientele with plenty of bike parking, decor made out of used bike parts, spare tubes available behind the bar, and sponsorship of local bike causes and teams.

Event details:
September 19, noon to 10pm
SE 29th and Powell, Portland

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  • Ayleen September 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the write-up, Elly! It’s shaping up to be a very cool event. If you work at a bike shop (you don’t have to be a mechanic), sign up for the Bike Shop Challenge Rodeo and put your velo mettle to the test.

    Hopworks has done a great job of making this a high energy, low waste, super-cool free event.

    See you all Saturday.

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  • Bill Stites September 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The CAR-FREE nature of this event is:


    [more please]

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  • BicycleDave September 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “And it’s totally free…” Really? As in Free Beer totally free?

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  • Tom K September 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Oh, how I wish I could be there! Love the “Huffy Huck-Off” name…much better than a plain old Huffy Toss.


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  • BURR September 15, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    link to the event page plz?

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  • Bill September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Here’s a link to the event page.

    A few months ago I put a lot of thought into bike routes to Hopworks, since its location on Powell is suboptimal.

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  • BURR September 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    real link to event page:

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  • Elly Blue September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Updated story with event details in easy-to-check format at the end.Thanks y’all.

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  • Bill September 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Dunno what you mean, BURR, the link in my comment is real also — it’s the same link you put.

    I accidentally fired off comment 6 before it was finished. It should have had this link to a blog entry and Google map about biking to Hopworks.

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  • Tom - BTA September 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    First pints on us!

    Come wrench on the bikes we use to teach elementary school kids Bike Safety in Portland.

    Our warehouse, 10am – 2pm on Saturday 9/19. We’ll give you a HUB pint glass, the warm-fuzzy feeling of doing good work and the first beer on us. (Limited to the first 8 RSVP’s)

    Many thanks to HUB for the support, see you there!

    To volunteer contact: scottl[at]

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  • Afro Biker September 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Powell is a terrible street to cycle on.

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  • Ayleen September 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    No need to ride your bike ON POWELL. There are plenty of options and we’ll have police out there to assist with street crossings. Choose a route that’s comfortable for you.

    We like, the bike route-finding tool, for suggestions, but only go with the route you think is best for your comfort level. Riding/walking on the sidewalk respectfully for a block or two is perfectly acceptable!

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

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  • BURR September 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    @ #9 – sorry bill, you’re right, my bad…


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  • Bill September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am

    @13: no problem, BURR.

    @12: Ayleen, I wish you guys would sling out my custom Google map of routes to Hopworks. makes a couple mistakes: coming from the north it has people cross Powell at 29th instead of either the light at 26th or the crosswalk at 28th. From the south, it has people ride west on Powell to 29th — ridiculous, especially for amateurs or groups.

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