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    Sac Brew Bike owner Chris Ferren-Cirino steers vehicle after a stop at Kupros Craft House on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Chelsea Irving, left, and Megan Sullivan party to music blasting though the sound system. The Sac Brew Bike is an eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

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    Enid Gallegos and Josh Jolley have a souvenir photograph taken by Sac Brew Bike owner Chris Ferren-Cirino outside Kupros Craft House while they wait for the group to rejoin them to pedal the bike back to the starting point on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. The Sac Brew Bike is an eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Chelsea Irving, right seat, rides with friends on the Sac Brew Bike to Kupros Craft House for beers Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Sac Brew Bike is an eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Cicely Pearson runs to catch up after her sandal fell off during a ride on the Sac Brew Bike on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. The Sac Brew Bike is an eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Sac Brew Bike owner Chris Ferren-Cirino, right, steers the vehicle down J Street after a stop at Kupros Craft House on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Chelsea Irving, left, and Megan Sullivan pedal to music blasting though the sound system. The Sac Brew Bike is an eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Anna Caselli waves from the Sac Brew Bike as she and a group of friends pedal down Capitol Street on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. The Sac Brew Bike is a eco-friendly cycle that fits 15 passengers and one driver. During the two-hour tour, the passengers pedal to a brew pub, experience craft beer and then pedal to another two brew pubs.

Brew Bike sets course for Sacramento beer

Published: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 - 11:35 am

As the Sac Brew Bike – loaded with more than a dozen whooping and groove-busting 20- and 30-somethings – makes it way though midtown Sacramento, the bike contraption gets plenty of attention.

On a recent outing, it was greeted by an older man blowing some sort of horn and moments later by a young man who decided to treat the crew with a view of his backside.

But what is it like to ride the thing? Sacramento public relations professional and Girls on the Grid blogger Rachael Smith called it a “wonderful addition to Sacramento,” but added that riders should be prepared to pedal.

Built on a car frame, the brew bike allows up to 10 people to pedal while a driver operates the brake and steering. The bike typically hits three breweries in a two-hour tour.

“If you are expecting to just get a ride, you should take a taxi,” said Smith, who happened to draw one of the hottest days of 2014 for her Sunday afternoon tour.

She added that flip-flops might be a bad idea and you might have to sacrifice some cuteness for functionality in deciding what to wear.

Smith said it was a good, active experience with friends. With the music playing and someone else at the helm, there isn’t a lot of thinking involved in providing the pedal power.

“It’s very mindless,” she said. “All you have to do is pedal.”

Midtown resident Luke Roussey, who joined Smith, was more critical. He said he had a good time, but on a hot day it was more work than he expected.

“I felt like I was taking a spin class. Everybody was pedaling pretty hard,” Roussey said. “If everybody is not pedaling pretty good, you’re not going to go anywhere.”

Read more articles by Ed Fletcher



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