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Brew masters to cycle to Colorado

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 24, 2013

What’s not to like about bicycles and beer?

A group of Texas craft beer brewers plans to cycle from Austin to Denver in 14 days to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

A launch party for the ride, dubbed “1,400 Miles,” is planned for 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Austin Beer Work, 3009 Industrial Terrace. Proceeds will benefit Pints for Prostates, a non-profit organization founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008. The group works to remind men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection. Tuesday’s party will include food, beer and live music.

The cyclists, led by NXNW owner and founder Davis Tucker, will roll out at 7 a.m. Wednesday from North By Northwest Restaurant and Brewery, 10010 North Capital of Texas Highway. (Reminder cyclists: Drink in moderation on Tuesday.)

They’ll pedal an average of 100 miles a day on their way to Denver. They expect to arrive Oct. 8, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.

Anyone can ride along for part - or all - of the adventure. Cost is $50 per day-long leg.

NXNW brewmaster Don Thompson’s recovery from prostate cancer inspired the ride. The group will make eight stops along the way to host community events showcasing NXNW’s Beerliner Bus, a 1974 refurbished bus with four beer taps, three video screens and a commercial kitchen used to cook up beer-inspired food.

A crew will film a documentary about the adventure.

To register for the ride, more information or to make a donation, visit