The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. will host build-a-bike lunches during December. Groups can purchase bikes that they assemble and donate to needy kids. Photo courtesy ABGB

Forget small talk and bad hors d’oeuvres. Wouldn’t you rather build a bicycle for a needy kid at your next holiday party?

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., or ABGB, is teaming with the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative to host Build-A-Bike holiday lunches during the first three weeks of December.

Groups can purchase one or two bikes for donation. Party goers show up for pizza and beer, and mechanics from Ghisallo help them assemble bikes that will be given to children at Perez Elementary School, which serves families hard hit by the latest round of flooding on Onion Creek.

The bikes, SE Soda Pop models, will cost the group the discounted price of $170 each and Ghisallo will provide a helmet, bell, lights and lock for each one. Party goers pay for their own food and drink.

The groups will assemble SE Soda Pop bikes like this one. Photo courtesy Ghisallo Cycling Initiative

The bikes will go to kids who are part of the Bike Club Program at the school. With a little encouragement, they’ll be pedaling those bikes to school after the new year, says Christopher Stanton, founder and executive director of the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative.

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The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative also will hold its end-of-the-year benefit ride, party and raffle on Dec. 10 at The ABGB as part of the Hell Yes! project partnership. For more information go here.