With the vestiges of summer fading, and a longing for longer days, there is but one thing left to do. And that is Beer Gran Fondo Due. For the uninitiated, this is a continuation of last year’s Beer Gran Fondo Uno.
For the record, this dork is responsible for the design
This being an event where one bikes and drinks, then bikes again only to arrive at another spot to drink, there was the mandatory safety message via gif.
The big Chicago beer news this summer was that Lagunitas opened up their new brewery in town. Even though Lagunitas was further away from all the other breweries and general fun spots that we gravitate too, their hoppy beer, penchant for fun and the fact they are now the largest brewery in Illinois made this a must-go location.
To compensate for the extra miles, less breweries made this year’s list. Though this may sound like a disappointment, the Lagunitas Tap Room made it worth our while. The other two stops? Goose Island Brewpub on Clybourn and a return visit to Revolution Tap Room-the shining jewel of last year’s ride.
While Beer Gran Fondo Due was an overall success, the slowdog family couldn’t get their shit together. It all began with mrs slowdog coming to the realization that she forgot her wallet…5 miles from home. I won’t lie, I was a little smug knowing that as the general screw-up in the family, it wasn’t me that caused this delay. As it usually does though, the tides shifted into mrs slowdog’s favor as the remaining blunders belong to yours truly. It began by coming out to a flat tire after Lagunitas-on the only day since I can remember that I left my repair kit at home.
It didn’t end there. My chain proceeded to drop from the drive chain 3 times. Again, something that hasn’t happened since before I can remember-and it hasn’t happened since either. Such iz life. And then, following several hours at Revolution Tap Room, I came out to another flat on the same tire. It turns out I had blown out the sidewall of the tire.
Aside from these hiccups, Beer Gran Fondo Due was successful. Good weather, good beer and good people. Oh, and thanks to this dork for the spare tube!