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Friday, September 24, 2010

Tour de Fat: Beer-Soaked Bikefest Rolls Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM

click to enlarge "Remember, this is a bicycle festival with beer, not the other way around." Sure. - BRIAN YAEGER
  • Brian Yaeger
  • "Remember, this is a bicycle festival with beer, not the other way around." Sure.
What do a 6-foot-tall carrot, Sasquatch, and a gang of nuns on bicycles have in common? Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's annual lovefest for all things bicycle (and yeah, some beer). The Tour pedals into Golden Gate Park tomorrow for its S.F. rendition, although its hometown ride in Ft. Collins, Colo., which began 11 years ago, owns the Guinness Book World Record for biggest bike parade. Expect lots of costumed revelers, lots of funky-looking bicycles (the more homemade the better), and right in the middle of it all, a biergarten.

They'll be serving Fat Tire, natch, the bike-friendly and -inspired beer that launched the brewery back in '91, as well as other members of the New Belgium family. If we're lucky, that'll include Eric's Ale, a sour peach beer that just earned a silver medal at the Great American Beer Fest. All proceeds from tomorrow's beer sales benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.

Here's the schedule of events. And as the brewery itself says, "Remember, this is a bicycle festival with beer, not the other way around."

Tentative Schedule:

10 a.m.: Bike Parade Registration

11 a.m.: Bike Parade Launch

Noon: Performances Begin

12:20 p.m.: The SLOW RIDE

1:30 p.m.: The Great Bike Story Contest for New Belgium Cruiser Bike

2:35 p.m.: Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration

4:50 p.m.: Faux Finale

4:55 p.m.: Faux-Real Finale

5:00 p.m.: Curtain Closes

New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat

When: Sat., Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park

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