I know this is not Seattle-related. But it is related to my dreams. A group in Bend, Oregon, is creating a bier bike. From what I can tell, this is the closest a bier bike has yet to come to being in Seattle.
A little history. A bier bike is basically a horseshoe bar with pedals beneath each bar stool and a (sober) driver. You pedal while you drink, and the whole bar just basically cruises the city. I dare you to think of something cooler than that.
Anyway, I want one in Seattle. I even asked the Liquor Control Board if it would be possible. Their answer: “…Meh?”
Enter James Watts and Cycle Pub. They are nearing the launch of their handcrafted beer-powered machine in Bend.
“It is basically a 20-foot-long pub on wheels that you pedal,” said Watts.
Current plans call for debuting the Cycle Pub Feb. 18, offering rides around the Old Mill District during the 2011 Bend Winterfest.
“It looks like a trolley or San Francisco cable car, but the twist is that riders actually provide the horsepower by pedaling this passenger bike while enjoying the various sights and attractions of Bend along the way,” Watts said. “We provide the driver, so riders can legally enjoy a local fine-crafted beer, glass of wine or cup of coffee en route, and bring snacks aboard to keep the energy high.”
In an email, Watts suggested that they could perhaps pedal it up here some day. I don’t know how many miles/oz their machine is going to get, but I know I would chip in to fill the keg once they get here. Unless, of course, one of you Seattle entrepreneurs gets on it first…