Since we’re heading into the weekend some of you may be thinking – how should I carbo-load for tomorrow’s epic mountain bike ride? The answer, my friends, is beer (assuming you’re of age) so here are some choices for the mountain biking gentleman (or gentlewoman):
Fat Tire Amber Ale
The classic beer of mountain bikers everywhere. The Beer Advocate gives it a B based on more than 700 reviews so you know it’s a pretty decent beer if you can find it. Fat Tire is brewed in Colorado and if you’re like me you can almost taste the sweet singletrack inside. Speaking of singletrack…
Singletrack Copper Ale
Good old Singletrack Ale gets a B- from the Beer Advocate who recommends pairing the beer with “Pan Asian cuisine, a salad or an earthy cheese.” I recommend pairing it with a screaming downhill on a 6-inch wide trail with only inches of tree clearance for your handlebars (note: I do not advocate drinking and riding). This one’s from Colorado as well (Boulder in fact) but loses some MTB cred points since hikers also enjoy singletrack trails.
Vaguely MTB-related brews
None of these deserve a paragraph all to themselves but I did find a few interesting sounding brews that might appeal to MTB-minded consumers. Cottonwood Endo is a beer out of North Carolina that could get your smashed (get it? ). Tire Bite a beer is from Flying Dog (Denver) and the label has the flying dog chomping on a bike tire. Long Trail sounds to me like an epic beer and Pedal Pale Ale is specially brewed for the BIKEFEST in Pittsburgh each year.
Coors: Taste of the Rockies
Okay, so if you’re at a bar with a limited beer selection (or if you’re on your way down to a fat tire festival and the only place to get beer is Wal-Mart) you can still get a small taste of Colorado, which is, as everyone knows, the home of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Just don’t do the light version – you’ll need those carbs for your epic ride this weekend.