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New Belgium’s 2012 Tour de Fat kicks off in Nashville on June 2

May 10, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

New Belgium bike

Tour de Fat, an annual traveling bike festival sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire, will kick off a 15-city tour next month in Nashville.

The event aims to spread “the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle” and features a costumed bike parade, New Belgium beer, music, food and more.

In Nashville, the bike Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Centennial Park, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The festival, which includes performances by Mucca Pazza, Ian Cooke, Yo-Yo People and Sssnakenstein, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go here.

The event, which is visiting Nashville for a second-straight year, will benefit the Sound Forest, Walk/Bike Nashville and Ride for Reading.

Here’s the full list of cities on the 2012 Tour de Fat calendar:

Nashville, TN – June 2 – Centennial Park
Washington, DC – June 16 – Yards Park
Durham, NC – June 23 – Diamond View Park on the American Tobacco Campus
Atlanta, GA – June 30 – Historic 4th Ward Park
Milwaukee, WI – July 14 – Coast Guard Event Area, McKinley Park
Chicago, IL – July 21 – Palmer Square
Minneapolis, MN – July 28 – Loring Park
Boise, ID – August 18 – Ann Morrison Park
Fort Collins, CO – September 1 – Civic Center Park Area
Denver, CO – September 8 – City Park
Los Angeles, CA – September 15 – Los Angeles State Historic Park
San Francisco, CA – September 22 – Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park
San Diego, CA – September 29 – Golden Hill Park
Tempe, AZ – October 6 – Tempe Town Lake
Austin, TX – October 20 – Fiesta Gardens

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So who’s been to the Tour de Fat? Tell us what it’s like in the comments below. And, New Belgium, how about adding Memphis next year? We’re down with biking, too!

Bikes and beer: New Belgium’s Tour de Fat to stop in Nashville on July 9

June 29, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

New Belgium bike

The Tour de Fat is about to embark on a 13-city U.S. tour and will be making its first-ever stop in Nashville on July 9.

Tour de Fat, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire,  is a traveling bike festival. Its goal is to spread the good word about the “positive societal offerings of the bicycle,” and features a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, music, food and more.

The event, which is free, will take place at Centennial Park in Nashville.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the 5-mile bike parade beginning at 10 a.m. (Costumes encouraged.)

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details are here.

The event will benefit the Sound Forest, Walk/Bike Nashville and Ride for Reading.

Here’s the full list of cities on the Tour de Fat calendar:

June 25 – Durham, NC, Diamond View Park
July 9 – Nashville, TN, Centennial Park
July 16 – Chicago, IL, Palmer Square
July 23 – Minneapolis, MN, Loring Park
July 30 – Milwaukee, WI, Humboldt Park
August 20 – Boise, ID, Ann Morrison Park
September 3 – Ft. Collins, CO, Civic Center Park
September 10 – Denver, CO, City Park
September 24 – San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park
October 1 – San Diego, CA, Balboa Park
October 8 – Los Angeles, CA, L.A. Historic Park
October 15 – Tempe, AZ, Tempe Town Lake
October 22 – Austin, TX, Fiesta Garden

Dirty little secret: Beer tap lines loaded with bacteria!

March 05, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Oddities

I was recently at one of my favorite Memphis hamburger establishments (which shall go unnamed) and ordered a pint of Fat Tire.

What came out tasted nothing like a Fat Tire. It tasted baaad. And for the first time in my life, I sent back a beer.

My buddy thought I was being a beer snob. (The waiter did, too, no doubt.)

But I’m pretty sure the tap line was dirty and loaded with bacteria!

It happens, my friends. You have been warned. See below.

There’s good beer in Nashville grocery stores

November 16, 2010 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Beers bought at Harris Teeter

Just a portion of my haul from Nashville.

If you’re a Memphian who loves beer and you’re ever in Nashville, check out the selection of craft brews in Nashville grocery stores.

When I was there last week on a work trip, I took a side trip to the Harris Teeter grocery at 2201 21st Avenue South near Vanderbilt.

My friend Brad had recommended Harris Teeter as a good place for beer, and it was a total score. I snagged lots of beer you can’t readily find on Memphis shelves.

Here’s what I brought home for me and my fellow FuzzyBrewers:

• four 6-packs of Sweetwater IPA. (For some reason, I can’t find Atlanta’s Sweetwater beer anywhere in Memphis. The IPA is like an explosion of grapefruit. It’s amazing.)

• one 6-pack of Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

• one 6-pack of Yuengling Porter. (Since Yuengling is headed to Memphis, I thought I should try more of Yuengling’s offerings. In Memphis, we can only get the Lager and the Black & Tan. I’d still like to try the Lord Chesterfield Ale.)

• one 6-pack of Starr Hill‘s Dark Starr Stout. (Starr Hill is a brewery in Charlottesville, Va., and I totally bought the beer after seeing the Grateful Dead-inspired label. But it’s quite tasty.)

• one 6-pack of Star Hill’s Festie, which is an Oktoberfest lager.

• one 6-pack of Fort Collins Brewery‘s Rocky Mountain IPA. (In Memphis, you can get tons of Fort Collins beer from New Belgium Brewing, i.e., Fat Tire, but not from the Fort Collins Brewery.)

More later from those of us at FuzzyBrew on what we thought about some of these beers.