The Mountain Bike Life

Some people say the hops and barley in beer are good for you after you ride. Others argue not to put those calories you just burned off, right back on. Regardless, it’s hard to argue that a cold beer after a hard ride or while you are wrenching on your bike doesn’t taste amazing. So I’ve put together 6 bike inspired beers for this Friday.

6 Bike Inspired Beers

Fixed Gear


Brewed by Lakefront Brewery
Style: Amber Ale, 6.8% ABV and 54 IBU’s
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

“Inspired by the energy and audacity of the fixed gear courier, Lakefront Brewery ran smack into this arresting creation. Fixed Gear is a big, bold American red ale. It pours a glaring crimson tone with a rocky white head and a brilliant floral-citrus aroma, thanks to an aggressive dry hopping. Its immodest, malty spine and intrepid caramel flavors blow in via gratuitous amounts of 2-row pale and dark caramel malts. A balanced citrus bite comes from Chinook and Cascade hops followed shortly by mild, fruity esters from the ale yeast.”

Fat Tire


Brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale, 5.2% ABV and 22 IBU’s

Fort Collins, Colorado USA

“Named in honor of our co-founder’s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.”


Brewed by Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA), 7.1% ABV, and 65 IBU’s
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“It started as an experiment that asked the question: “Exactly how many hops could fit in a beer?” Well, the brewers at Amsterdam answered that question so well that Boneshaker IPA graduated to the brewery’s line-up of always available favourites. And the beer that answered that question so admirably? An unfiltered IPA born from a continuous hopping method that blends Amarillo hops with seven different malts to produce a large hop character not for the faint of heart.”

Project 9 Pils



Brewed by Fernie Brewing Company
Style: Pilsener 5% ABV, and 35 IBU’s
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
“Brewed right in the Canadian Rockies, Project 9 is a true Bavarian Pilsner with exceptional continental hop flavour that can only be achieved by a selection of fine noble hops including the Saaz variety. The use of Munich, Pilsner and Pale western Canadian malts and time honoured brewing methods produces a clean, crisp Bavarian Pilsner that is truly transcendent.”

Red Racer IPA 

Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA), 6.5% ABV, and 80 IBU’s
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
 An ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hops, hops, and more hops, this ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. Drink as an appetizer on its own, or pair it with any hearty dish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster’s choice. Cheers!”

Switchback IPA

Brewed by: Lighthouse Brewing Company
Style: American IPA 6.50% ABV and 80 IBU’s
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

“Citra, Zythos and Falconer’s Flight hops combine to produce citrus, stone fruit and tropical flavours. The assertive bitterness of these hops is nicely balanced by medium bodied, fresh malt characters. Switchback IPA is a Pacific Northwest style IPA.”

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