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Bikes and Beers

Next week Atlanta will be celebrating two of my favorite things – biking around town and drinking craft beers. Often at or around the same time.

First, the safe and healthy topic: “Bike There” Week is next week.  I believe it’s officially Bike to Work Week, but I know that’s not practical for some people, and as plenty of short trips can be conducted on bikes, I’m rebranding the movement. The ABC website has a  laundry list of events, which includes a kids’ bike rodeo. This, of course, makes me picture small, bucking mechanical bikes à la Urban Cowboy. With training wheels. For safety.

I’m a fan of any events that open up the biking community and let everyone know that yes, it’s really quite fun, not terrifying, to ride a bike in Atlanta; that no, most bicyclers don’t have death wishes; that you don’t have to have special equipment or clothing; and that normal, mentally and physically healthy people ride bikes, like, a lot.

Brickstore in Decatur, arguably the epicenter of Atlanta's good beer movement

And onward, to another of my favorite things! Atlanta’s craft beer scene has absolutely BOOMED in the last five years. The few breweries that can navigate state regulations are thriving and turning out some exciting, solid, brews. The 2004 legislation that allowed high-gravity beers to be sold in Georgia has exposed us to some beautiful beers. Home brewing is a thriving culture in the city, and fledgling breweries are set to come online this year.

Atlanta’s first Beer Week is a celebration of all these things with beer pairings, special cask tastings, beer trivia, “Meet the Brewer” events, all in the name of good beer. Details on their website.

As always, if you see me on my orange bike, possibly weaving a teensy bit next week, please say hello!

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