The Tour de Brew KC, is a point to point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s breweries, historic brewing landmarks and other breweriana and is lauded as the “first of its kind in the region.”
Participants in the Tour de Brew KC can learn about the rich history of brewing in Kansas City and hear the stories and urban legends surrounding brewing in Kansas City. On the tour you hear about the “wettest block in the world,” the link between beer and baseball and where Kansas City’s only Alligator pit was.
The Tour de Brew KC starts and ends at Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms. All participants cruise through the City Market, meander beside historic buildings in the West Bottoms, and pass by some of the most famous (beer) institutions in Kansas City. The main tour takes riders past Boulevard Brewing Company, and the longer tour zips past Westport, to Martin City Brewing Company and Family Bicycles. The Tour de Brew KC has plenty of fun, themed rest stops, docents to help tell the story of KC brewing and many guides to help you along the way. Details below.
At the end of the Tour de Brew KC participants and the public celebrate not only the end of the Tour de Brew KC, but also the end of Bike Week events for the region. Tour participants can choose lunch from several vendors including SPIN! Pizza and beverages from Boulevard Brewing or Tallgrass Brewing Company. Massages and music will also be available.
The Lager tour is 15 miles and hits all the highlights of brewing history in Kansas City. Roll by old breweries, ice houses and discover the best of Kansas City’s rich brewing history in a cool tour of Kansas City’s urban core. This tour will take you from the East Bottoms to the River Market, West Bottoms, Crossroads, downtown and will return by the mansions of former beer magnates. Be sure to take the three mile detour to North Kansas City’s newest brewery, Big Rip. Start time 10:00 a.m.
IPA Tour is 33 miles, and the best of both worlds. This tour hits the historic highlights then stops for refreshments in Westport at McCoy’s. The ride continues through lovely older neighborhoods south of the Plaza to Family Bicycles in historic Waldo. Then you return to Knuckleheads through Brookside, by the Nelson Atkins Museum and by lovely old homes in Kansas City’s famous historic neighborhoods. Start time 9:00 a.m.
Dunkel is 63 miles long and is for those hammerheads who want to get in some miles and learn about beer history. This route takes you past the major highlights, along scenic Blue River Road to be welcomed with treats at the Trailside Center. Then onto Martin City Brewing Company to fill your water bottle and get a snack. After that, you start your return on the beautiful streets of southern Johnson County to be welcomed at Family Bicycles. Then finish the tour riding through historic neighborhoods of Kansas City. Start time 7:00 a.m.
For all three routes commuter, touring, hybrid and mountain bikes are recommended, but not necessary. There are some railroad crossings and rough spots. The tour can be ridden with skinny tires but bring some tubes and a pump!