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Beer-lovers discover healthier way to drink with bike tours

By Scott Mayerowitz  /  AP

As for getting drunk while biking, he said: “You’re just really sipping a very small amount.”

Most of the drinking happens at the end of the day.

Mount Major Adventures offers customized Vermont Bike and Brewery tours that visit more than a dozen breweries in the state over a four- to eight-day period.

Too exhausted to think about that much biking? Well, there are plenty of other day trips, including those offered since 2008 by Cycle Portland Bike Tours in Oregon.

Owner Evan Ross sums up the tours as a great way to “work off some calories and build up some thirst.”

The group visits three breweries over three hours and then ends in the bike shop where there is a keg of beer from another local brewery.

Like all of the tours, Ross tends to change the beers with the seasons and his tastes.

The US$40 tour used to include alcohol, but Ross said: “People got too wasted.”

Now, participants purchase drinks a la carte along the way. This way, no one feels like the need to finish every beer to get their money’s worth.

Other companies around the country offering similar trips include Beer & Bike Tours in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Motor City Bike & Brew Tours in Detroit, which focus on the city’s brewing revitalization as well as sites from the Prohibition era.

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