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Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 8:31 am

Biketobeerfest at Hopworks -40

Scene from Biketobeerfest 2009.

That’s right, it’s a weekend so epic it begins on a Thursday.  There’s only so much summer left, so treat yourself to as much music, food, scenery and merriment while you can.

Thursday, August 26th

5:00pm-9:00pm: Kalkhoff Bikes Party
Head to the Kalkhoff Bikes showroom in the Pearl District for this German-themed party featuring beer, freshly grilled bratwurst, and special deals for attendees.  RSVP by calling or emailing the Kalkhoff showroom.

6:30pm-8:00pm: Equity Ride
Join ODOT, The Audubon Society of Portland, Bicyclists of Color, Community Cycling Center, East Portland Action Plan, Friends of Trees, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation on a ride on and around the I-205 bike bath as representatives from each group show you neighborhood projects in the area that their organizations are involved with that focus on equity.  Ride meets at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization at 10301 NE Glisan.

Friday, August 27th

7:00am-9:00am: Breakfast on the Bridges
It’s time once again for our beloved morning tradition, Breakfast on the Bridges.  Come grab free coffee and breakfast on the Hawthorne Bridge and Steel Bridge lower deck on your way to work and meet your fellow commuters and the faithful volunteers and donors who make it happen every month.

6:00pm:  Stumptown Bike Poster Show and Square Dance
A good ol’ fashioned square dance party featuring a live band and a bicycle poster show, hosted by friends of the bike community, Stumptown Printers.  Dance starts at 7:00, and all poster sales benefit the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  3925 N Mississippi Ave.

10:30pm:  North Freak Monthly Mystery Ride
Join the rolling party hosted by the North Freak Cycling Collective this Friday featuring tall, freak, mini, and yes, even normal bikes.  Bring your sound systems, lights, and favorite refreshments. Meet at 10:30 at Irving Park and ride out at 11.

Saturday, August 28th

7:00am:  Beaverton, Banks, and Beyond
Enjoy a fully supported 64 or 32 mile scenic loop through Washington County, through Stub Stewart State Park to the Hilltop day use area, featuring amazing scenery and a pizza lunch at the finish point.  Ride starts and ends at Papa’s Pizza at 15700 Blueridge Drive in Beaverton, register online or at 6:30am day of event.

7:00am Amici di Giacomo (Friends of Jack)
Held in beautiful White Salmon, Washington. This 30-mile ride will explore the east end of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Post-ride party with delicious food, a variety of beverages to quench your thirst and great live music. Also hosting an auction that will feature some fantastic items and services. Plan to make a day of it. (bring your picnic blanket or favorite lawn chair!).
Registration starts at 7am. Ride starts at 9am. Food and band starts between 11:00 am and noon. Silent auction will follow around 1pm after everyone is off the course.
This year, the Amici di Giacomo will benefit Jack Toland, but next year the money will go to someone else (or perhaps be spread among several people in need). You can learn more about the ride from our recent coverage and you can contribute and register at FriendsofJack.org.

12:00pm-10:00pm:  Hopworks Biketobeerfest
Come check out this car-free festival of bikes and beer presented by Hopworks Urban Brewery featuring Live bands, goldsprints, BMX trick competitions, and more.  $2 admission goes directly to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland Sunday Parkways.  HUB is located at 2944 SE Powell, ride out anytime or join Portland Bicycle Tours on a group ride to the party leaving at 5:00pm from the Salmon Street Fountain. For a taste of what this event was like last year, check out Jonathan’s slideshow from last year…

4:00pm-10:00pm:  Backyard Blam Presents Holeshot
Backyard Blam is throwing a party at the new Portland Design Works space at 15 NE Hancock.  Holeshot will feature a cycle speedway, bicycle tractor pull, and a screening of the Disposable Film Festival.

Sunday, August 29th

11:00am:  Kruger’s Kermesse Farm Crit
A break from the typical urban criterium, the Kruger’s Kermesse will take place on the hard-pack dirt roads of Sauvie Island.  Open to all skill levels and spectators, this event will feature a beer garden, live music, and fresh, grilled food options.  Kruger’s Farm is located at 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road, registration available online or day of event.

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elaine

And don’t forget about the inaugural “Amici di Giacomo” or Friends of Jack ride on Saturday 8/28 in White Salmon. We’ll be riding for Jack Toland this year. Next year, we’ll be riding for other injured cyclists who need financial support because of a cycling accident.
http://friendsofjack.org

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
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ack! sorry that was left out Elaine. an innocent oversight. we’ll get it added asap. good luck on the event.

elaine
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elaine

Thank you!

Jeff
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Jeff

Have they stopped doing breakfast on the Morrison Bridge? Always looked forward to that.

Wayne Myer
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Biketobeerfest: “All ages and kid friendly” WTF?!!! Why the hell would they do that? It’s bad enough that most bicycle events are kid-friendly. Is there no refuge for those of us who bicycle and don’t like children?!

Amos
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@Jeff: It’s not as regular as the other bridges. Last I heard it was off for this month but you will probably see it in September.

A.K.
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A.K.

Wayne Myer: Join a cycle club and hook up with the group that keeps a pace that children can’t maintain. There are no children in the club I cycle with.

The midnight mystery ride seems to be kid-free as well.

You could also organize your own events for the 21+ set, or learn to deal with things you don’t like sometimes. 🙂

Wayne Myer
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@7 AK: ah, thank you for that wisdom.

Last year, Biketobeerfest was 21+ and it was great. Since this is going to be kid-friendly, I am guessing that there is going to be a biergarten-style setup because somebody has to think of the children! So instead of wandering around, sampling beers, and taking in everything, we get to sit with our beers in a fenced-in area.

Even if it’s not a biergarten setup, we now get to wander around with our beers while children run around screaming and running into people.

Yes, there is plenty I put up with that I don’t like. But this was a great event last year and is now tainted by the specter of people’s unruly spawn.

ET
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ET

I fully agree with Wayne Myer(8)! As an attendee to many beerfests, tastings, tappings, etc. I have never been to one that was “all ages” that was worth returning to. I guess the seemingly near-capacity crowd I was a part of at Biketobeerfest last year didn’t generate enough money? Oh, and this must mean the music/performances are PG also.

Pfeif
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Pfeif

For Wayne and ET, you must have really enjoyed the beer as last year’s event allowed kids in it. If you look at the above slide show you will see kids in the back ground during the gold sprints. My wife and I brought our two year old with to watch me race during the gold sprints.

Wayne Myer
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@Pfeif, 10: I stand corrected and will gladly take some salt with my shoe leather.

Last year’s event was not promoted as being kid-friendly, so to see it listed on their site as such stuck in my craw.

And yes, I did really enjoy the beer.

kenny
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The beer last year was soooo GOOD! I especially liked the Bike Brew made special for the event… hope they bring it back.

Red Five
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Red Five

I hope they are not condoning biking under the influence. My 81 year old aunt was struck and killed on the sidewalk by a drunk cyclists a few years ago.