Beer Buzz – New Belgium Asheville Most Bicycle Friendly, Free Beer At SeaWorld And More!

Yikes, August is just flying by…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, the Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you up on all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that!

New Belgium Brewing Recognized As One Of The Nation’s Most Bicycle Friendly (Asheville, NC) – New Belgium’s ambitious North Carolina brewery, joins their Colorado headquarters in receiving the prestigious Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) certification from the League of American Bicyclists, a leading advocacy organization of nearly 20,000 members.

New Belgium Brewing awards a bicycle to each coworker on their first anniversary, offers fix-it stations and plenty of bicycle parking for both coworker and guests, and sponsors Tour de Fat which is now in its 19th season and has raised over $5 Million for bicycle advocacy non-profits across the country.

New Belgium is the longest standing Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business, having been awarded this designation the first time in 2009. Last year, the 100% employee-owned brewery topped Bicycling Magazine’s list of Best Companies for Cyclists.


Words to Drink By (Asheville, NC) “We believe that the bicycle is man’s greatest invention, next to beer of course.”  – Jay Richardson /New Belgium Asheville GM


SeaWorld Goes All In For Craft Beer (Orlando, FL) – When one thinks about SeaWorld images of killer whales come to mind more often than do ‘killer’ beers. But that’s about to change because the central Florida theme park will be committing to craft beer in a big way this fall.

SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival will pour more than 100 beers on draft on weekends from Nov. 3rd-11th according to the Orlando Sentinel and its lineup will be made up largely of Florida breweries with a few domestic and international beers thrown in for good measure.

SeaWorld’s New Beer Festival comes on the heels of an ongoing free beer special at SeaWorld Orlando through Sept. 2. Beer fans can receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce brews per visit from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before the park closes Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio.

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Bend, OR) – With summer peaking we’ve been drinking low ABV here at the ACB compound and Rogue Ales recently returned a lager yhat’s perfect. With a label that commemorates Rogue’s hot tub-loving founder, Rogue Hot Tub Scholarship Lager is 5.47% ABV Kölsch-style Lager and some of its proceeds go to the support of students attending Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program.

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