Yeah, I said it; beer during a ride! Sure, anybody can partake after a ride, but it takes a true soldier to drink 'n' ride!
Last weekend, a friend and I did a short loop from Martinez, CA (SF Bay Area) out to a little dead-end town on the water called Port Costa. There appear to be three commercial businesses in Port Costa: a bar, a restaurant, and a post office.
We found the pub at the end of the main drag, facing the Carquinez Straits section of San Pablo Bay, just across the railroad tracks. This bar had great atmosphere: it is in the bottom story of a 100+ year old building (attached to the post office), and they serve a few selections of tap beer in 14-ounce canning jars.
The real splendid bit is ordering off of the bottled beer menu: OVER 400 BEERS! Being in Northern California, all the usual suspects were accounted for in terms of local microbrews, but they had many selections in 22-ounce bottles, and scores of European imports.
The best part was how you order the beer: all the bottled stuff is stored in coolers spaced throughout the bottom story of this building. So, following signs, you find the cooler you want, pick out your beer, and go pay for it. Then, drink it in the bar or go drink it outside.
For the record, we each had a jar of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and split a 22-ouncer of Moylan's Kilt Lifter. Tasty! Just the thing to get us back home. Most of the rest of the ride is along a road overlooking the Straits, closed to vehicle traffice because it is slowly sliding into the ocean. Total distance is something like 12 miles, maybe 1,000 total feet of climbing.
Nearly all my cycling is off-road, and I wouldn't want to get too schnockered before riding in traffic, but in this case it really hit the spot.
What about y'all? Any good stories about drinking and riding?