The Mtbr Best Beer Guide

Editor’s Note: This beer guide was written by Peter Tsang. Peter, like the rest of us are young Padawans (learners). But, he is open-minded, honest and down to earth. He can explain why a beer is good in the simplest terms and he can turn an AA meeting into a tasting session.

For the Mountain Biker

For the mtber, I tend to think about brews you either want to enjoy post-ride or mid-ride. Cyclists also like to support businesses that support them, so that’s an important aspect. Anything from Deschutes year round brews are solid. Seasonal brews like Jubelale, are exceptional and are available in small format 12 oz. bottles. The company also supports mtb and the local community. They just helped raise $7500 for Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Oskar Blues Dales Pale or Deviant Dales. Like Deschutes, another brewery that supports mtbers and regularly gives back to the community. Unlike Deschutes, they have offerings in cans, which make for great mid-ride refreshment options. Great for packing in and packing out.

Ballast Point Sculpin is now available in cans! Outside of Vermont’s Alchemist Heady Topper, is arguably one of the best craft brew IPAs available in a can. B right citrus and tropical fruit notes make for refreshing and satisfying IPA.

Peter Drinking From a Salsa Cup.

Lagunitas and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA!

Coors/PBR/Tecate…This may be a joke, but what if your favorite mtber only likes cheap beer? Ever have an ice cold version of one of these non-craft brew lagers handed to you on a hot day after a long ride, or even better, mid-ride, after a long climb? ’nuff said. A case of any of these beers are widely available at any supermarket and will supply ample refreshment for many rides.

For the Noobs

Brews for noobs can be tough. Nothing too wild, but if I were to introduce someone to beers, I think a variety of different, approachable styles is nice. You want to give ‘em a taste of all the possibilities and leave them wanting more. How many people have had some IPA and said it was just bitter? Golden Ales such as Duvel, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Saisons and wild ales such as Lost Abbey, Allagash, and Ommegang. Stouts/Porters such as Deschutes Black Butte, Ale Smith, milk stouts and German beer such as Berliner Weisse.

For the Hardcore Fan

The hardcore fan wants the best beer available from different regions. Also, what’s hot. Sour beers, and barrel aged beers are all the rage, and anything rare is a bonus. If you have a membership for special releases available through select breweries, limited release bottles of rare brews are especially appreciated. Bruery beers like Black Tuesday, Cantillon, Westy XII and small brewers like Sara, Hill Farmstead, Prairie Artisan, and Crooked Stave.

For the Hopheads

Russian River Brewing Co. Pliny, Alchemist Heady Topper, Bell’s Hop Slam, something regional. Growler of something fresh. Hand delivered and shared!

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The Mtbr Beer Guide
Francis Cebedo’s Pliny Killer IPA Guide »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Mountain Biker »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Noob »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Hardcore Enthusiast Fan (Seasonal Beers, No One-Offs) »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Hophead »
Peter Tsang’s Beer Guide »

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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  • BH says:

    In 50 years of riding (no racing) I’ve never had a LBS fit a new bike, or even offer to. I’m anal & spend a lot of time the first week + with a new bike setting it up the way I like it so I’m fine with my set up & sure a lot of other avid riders are in this group. But I see a lot of people that ride new bikes AS IS – that’s the target group that really needs these services. A riding friend is this way and his new $4,500 mountain looked to be to be a very poor fit, he really did not like the bike. I thought it was too small but did not say anything (but it was a “good deal”). The LBS helped when he took it back but it still looked like a bad fit. He went to a professional fitter (2 trips) who made a number of changes including a different stem & seat post to overcome the frame being to small (his statement), he is much happier with the ride now. Looking forward to Part 2 to see if it changes my mind about being fitted.

    • shawn says:

      If an LBS cannot get you on the right frame size for a mountain bike then they should be doing something else. I would hope the people at the LBS strongly tried discourage him from buying a bike that was too small and he simply ignored their advice. I would feel horrible selling someone a $4,500 item that I knew they would not be happy with, and even worse could be dangerous. Anyone can set saddle height for free with some very basic pointers; just Google it. From there you can do minor experiments with switching spacers around from under to on top of the stem, or trying a longer/shorter stem. Also experiment with seat rail for/aft adjustments and judge how your body feels, how your control of the bike felt after each ride. Spending $300 dollars for a bike fit seems like a real waste for the large majority of people.

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