Beer & Cycling

Canadians, Finns and Belgians get along for many reasons, but especially for the amber nectar of gods. Beer has been a part of cycling as long as, well, since bikes been along. Beer used to be the replacement for water after all and it was also the main energy drink on long bike treks.

Even the Rules state in Rule #47 that:

Rule #47

// Drink Tripels, don’t ride triples.

Cycling and beer are so intertwined we may never understand the full relationship. Beer is a recovery drink, an elixir for post-ride trash talking and a just plain excellent thing to pour down the neck. We train to drink so don’t fool around. Drink quality beer from real breweries. If it is brewed with rice instead of malted barley or requires a lime, you are off the path. Know your bittering units like you know your gear length. Life is short, don’t waste it on piss beer.

One of our favorites is the Old Empire IPA, seen here with sausage.

The Chimay Grande Reserve is one of the best beers in the world, readily available in many places. It is quite strong though, but it builds character.

But when it comes to what is the best beer in the world, there’s only one option. The Westvleteren 12. You’ll probably never have an opportunity to taste it, but if you do, take it! You can only get this by going to the Abbey in Belgium and picking it up. Sure, you must be Belgian and stuff, but it costs like 3 euros a bottle. Which is ridiculously cheap. If you buy it in a bar, however, be prepared to pay about 50 euros per bottle.

Still, there are so many great and good beers in the world, readily waiting for our taste buds. Here seen Ridgeway IPA, Belhaven’s Twisted Thistle, Marston’s Old Empire and Ayingers Hefe-Weisse (that’s the tall boy in the back).

If you have beer we should taste, what would it be? What do you recommend?

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.