What’s on tap for New Belgium’s wacky bike and beer carnival Tour de Fat


Tour de Fat fills two stages and a tent with a variety of offbeat performances. (New Belgium)

For the past 15 years, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company has been combining its passion for beer and bikes to produce Tour de Fat, a traveling carnival featuring wacky, vaudevillian performances, a costumed bike ride and plenty of brews. The free daytime festival, which on Saturday makes its third stop in D.C. at Yards Park, is meant to raise awareness for bike advocacy. Last year 4,500 people came out for the event in D.C., and tour manager Paul Gruber says he expects 6,000 this year.

Tour de Fat will also feature a number of New Belgium concoctions available for $5 each (the proceeds of which benefit local bicycle nonprofits). The brewery’s flagship beers — such as Fat Tire and Ranger — will be available at three beer stations, but beer geeks should head straight to a fourth area, the Lips of Faith Lounge, where the brewery will tap a new keg of some of its more experimental offerings each hour. Here’s the schedule and a rundown of what’s on tap:

Noon: La Folie, a wood-aged sour brown ale; 8.5 percent imperial IPA Rampant, and Gruit, an ale brewed with ancient ingredients like horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers.

1 p.m.: Yuzu, an imperial berliner weisse brewed with the strange, bold and citrusy Japanese fruit yuzu.

2 p.m.: Carnie Blood, an easy-drinking blood-orange saison that’s exclusive to Tour de Fat. How exclusive? There’s only 10 kegs in existence and one at the event. Get it before it’s gone.

3 p.m.: Gratzer, a German-style smoked wheat beer brewed in collaboration with Indiana’s 3 Floyds that won’t be released to the public until June.

Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free; newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/washington. (Navy Yard)

RELATED: Oddball musical comedian Reggie Watts is right at home at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat.

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Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.

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