What better way to get to know a city than drink its local craft beer? Bus and bike tours of craft breweries are trending in North Texas, where the craft beer scene has exploded in the past several years. The Dallas Morning News reported that the number of area craft breweries has ballooned from one or two prior to 2012 to more than 10 now, and that has gained the attention of a younger, active crowd.
According to the article, more than 150 cyclists met recently for a five mile ride to three local craft beer destinations. Other tours have been organized by the Dallas Brew Bus, a chauffeured trip to three local craft breweries. $50 got riders a seat on the bus, complimentary beer samples at each brewery and a snack from up-and-coming restaurant LUCK.
It’s a trend that is not showing any sign of slowing down. The first Dallas Brew Bus tour sets off on Feb. 23 and is already sold out. To quote The Dallas Morning News:
“Anytime you can move people around from various bars or brew pubs, people are enjoying themselves more because they feel like they’re getting more out of it,” [Adam Donaghey, vice president of Aviation Cinemas and an attendee on the bike tour] said.
The tours expose the glaring differences between each brewery’s beers, equipment and facilities, [Matt Dixon, founder of Dallas Brew Scene and organizer of the Dallas Brew Bus tour] said. “We wanted people in the area and across the country to see there is a craft beer scene in Dallas and it’s growing.”
Don’t worry, safety is a primary concern on all the tours, particularly the bike tour. You don’t want tourists putting themselves in a position where they could end up with a DUI. While self-discipline plays a large role, the social aspect and physical demand of a 5-mile ride also tend to curb the urge to drink more than a rider should.
For the full story, check out The Dallas Morning News.