Today, ten brewers from three Colorado breweries will embark on a five day, 470 mile bike ride for charity. Tour of BoulDurango starts at Avery Brewing Company in Boulder and crosses over 6 majestic mountain passes to Durango. During the epic journey, the ten crazy brewers from Avery Brewing, Oscar Blues Brewing and Ska Brewing will be visiting craft breweries and brewpubs along the way in an effort to bring together Colorado brewers, raise money for local charities, and encourage the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.
“Craft beer isn’t about getting rich and cutthroat business practices; it’s about following your passions and doing what you love, it’s about being part of your local community and working with people who are just as psyched to be in the business as you are.” — Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing Company.
Each evening, the brewers will be partnering up with breweries along the route to co-host fundraising parties, with profits from pint sales, raffles and auctions going to local charities. Participating breweries along the route include: Tommyknocker Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Eddyline Brewpub, The Brick Oven Restaurant, Ourayle House Brewing, Colorado Boy Brewery, and Ska Brewing Company.
“We’ve had quite a few brewers from around the country express interest in this– I think it has the potential to become huge, whether evolving into a Colorado stage race, a brewer’s tour or just a fun way to hang out with our craft-brewing brethren while we try to make a positive difference in our communities.” — Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing.
The crew will climb approximately 42,000 vertical feet over the following six high mountain passes: Loveland Pass – 11,992′, Fremont Pass – 11,318′, Cottonwood Pass – 12,126′, Red Mountain Pass – 11,008′, Molas Pass – 10,910′, Coal Bank Pass – 10,640′. Mutineer wishes all the brewers good luck and safe travels on their endeavor!