Gear up for Saturday’s Tour de Breweries

September 11, 2013

The forecast for Saturday: 71 degrees and sunny. Perfect for the first day of fall, and for a leisurely bike ride around the city – especially if it includes pit-stops for beer.

Bardo
Bardo's beer garden in Trinidad features corn hole sets and picnic tables in addition to 20 taps. (Photo by Bill Stewart)

The Mashtown Bicycle Tour, organized by the owners of the forthcoming Bardo Brewery, leaves the Brookland-Catholic University Metro station at 1 p.m. and will visit Chocolate City Brewing, the brand-new Atlas Brew Works and the New Columbia Distillery, home of Green Hat Gin, for tours and tastings. Finally, the peloton will head for Bardo's beer garden on Bladensburg Road for beer and corn hole.

Bardo owner Bill Stewart estimates that the ride (including stops) will cover about 6 miles, sticking to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and other bike trails to avoid main roads. He thinks riders will make it to Bardo by 4 p.m., with "one hour of riding and two hours of stopping."

You don't have to be a cyclist to visit Atlas Brew Works this weekend, though. Brewery founder Justin Cox says that Atlas's Ivy City brewery will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. for growler purchases, tours and T-shirt sales. The DC Sliders truck will be outside providing snacks.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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