My bike story started around the same time that I started brewing beer at home. It began when I bought a Kona mountain bike and did the occasional trail ride. It wasn’t until I did my first tour on a borrowed road bike that I started to catch the cycling bug. The idea that I could travel under my own power for miles felt liberating. I also gained a different perspective from the seat of my bike. It made me aware of things that I would have never noticed had I been driving. Soon after getting into doing tours, I started doing organized rides with Yay Bikes! and going to the weekly Tuesday Night Ride.
I started to realize that a bicycle is an instrument of connection with my Clintonville community. When I rode from point A to point B, I could feel the transition between different neighborhoods, seeing the change in styles of houses, and feel the differences between different geographical regions of Columbus.
So what does this have to do with craft beer? Cycling as a form of transportation means experiencing your community around you. You leave that insulated bubble of a car and start observing everything in your environment. You can stop and smell the roses or the sewer gas or a particularly ripe trash can on some side street. It also means interacting with people whom you would otherwise pass by. A local craft brewery represents a part of the fabric of your local community, too. Its beer names may relate to where you are. The ingredients and flavors of beers can also be specific to the place they are brewed. Both bikes and beers allow you to slow down and enjoy life and meet new people. Otherwise, life speeds past too quickly.
With so many great reasons to cycle, it is hard to think of a reason not to. In Columbus, there are many occasions where bikes and beers pair well. There’s the Tour de Fat sponsored by New Belgium, traveling festivals, and the Bike the Cbus event right here in town. You can’t swing a classic steel-lugged bicycle without hitting something or someone that has the “bikes and beers” bug.
At Lineage Brewing, we support cycling in our community because we believe that riding your bike is a better way to connect with the environment around you. Lineage is located right off the Olentangy bike path and we will be installing bike racks in the new lot. We encourage you to jump on the saddle, work up a sweat, and quench your thirst by taking life in a bit slower. We’ll see you out there, riding bikes, experiencing the community, and looking forward to a pint of Lineage-brewed beer. -Carey
Ride on.We at Lineage Brewing do not condone riding bicycles under the influence of alcohol. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly as well as bike responsibly, which means NOT operating a bike while intoxicated and always wearing a helmet and obeying the rules of the road. We are also pro-public transportation, so… grab COTA when you need to and load your bike on the front of the bus.