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Sac Brew Bike plans bar in midtown

Sac Brew Bike owner Chris Ferren-Cirino, right, steers the16 passenger bike down J Street after a stop at Kuprows Craft House on May 25, 2014 in midtown Sacramento. Chelsea Irving, from left, and Megan Sullivan pedal to music blasting though the sound system. The Sac Brew Bike is a eco-friendly cycle that fits fifteen passengers and one driver. The business plans to open a bar on 19th Street.
Sac Brew Bike owner Chris Ferren-Cirino, right, steers the16 passenger bike down J Street after a stop at Kuprows Craft House on May 25, 2014 in midtown Sacramento. Chelsea Irving, from left, and Megan Sullivan pedal to music blasting though the sound system. The Sac Brew Bike is a eco-friendly cycle that fits fifteen passengers and one driver. The business plans to open a bar on 19th Street. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Those beer bike treks around midtown can get a little taxing. You might soon have a place to power up – and down – before jumping in the seat.

Sac Brew Bike has filed an application with the city to open a bar at 1519 19th St. in midtown Sacramento. The bar’s permit is up for discussion at Thursday night’s Planning Commission meeting at City Hall. The bar would go in Sac Brew Bike’s current headquarters.

The new 2,400-square-foot bar would “provide the tour participants with a place to gather before and after the tour and to sample local beer and wine,” according to a city staff report. The staff report said no concerns have been raised with the bar.

Sac Brew Bike opened last year and has run 800 tours on its 15-person bikes. Riders are not allowed to drink on the bike, so the excursions are designed to ferry people between popular midtown bars.

The Midtown Business Association submitted a letter to the city in support of Sac Brew Bike’s bar that said the establishment “will enhance the overall experience of the tours, resulting in increased business for not only Sac Brew Bike, but the bars and restaurants they visit on their tours.”

A new California bill could allow brew bikes serve beer while they travel from bar to bar. The bill would set uniform standards for cities that want to allow the "road beers."

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