Fun though it may be, the Patio Ride wouldn’t have a place in this blog if it weren’t for the fact that Colorado’s third largest (and soon to be second largest) craft brewery, Oskar Blues, was a sponsor. It was our great fortune that we were able to ride along on the inaugural Oskar Blues Night wherein the bars had the brewery’s beers on special and an Oskar Blues sales rep was onboard to doll out insider information to eager ears. For example, why is Mama’s Little Yella Pils classified as a malt liquor on the can? Because, to sell in Texas, all beers over 5% ABV must be called either a malt liquor or an ale. At 5.3% ABV, Yella had to choose between one of two misnomers. However, since Yella is a lager and not an ale, “malt liquor” was slightly more accurate. Once again, Texas causes Colorado aggravation. And that little circle at the bottom of the cans? Well, the rep could have been messing with me but he told me what it was for and to not tell too many people about its purpose. In keeping with those wishes, if your curiosity is killing you then you’ll have to message me privately to learn the secret.
The ride starts at Billy’s Gourmet HotDogs at Larimer and Broadway and the rest of the route changes depending on the day and by customer request. On this particular day, the ride took us to The Matchbox (foosball!), i-Fish (sake bombs!), and Brauns on Blake (Skee-ball!) with free Oskar Blues beers at each stop. At the moment, there is no drinking on the actual bike but Denver Patio Ride is in talks with the city to remedy the situation.
|Patience on the left, Powerhouse on the right|
|Paint It Black|
|The author and his barleywine|