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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Motor City Brew Tours: Cruisin' For The Trails



Motor City Brew Tours started the bike season off with a bang in May with their annual Cruisin’
for the Trail bike ride where they had record attendance of 600 people and was able to donate
$6,600 to the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

September 10, Motor City Brew Tours is excited to once again partner with New Belgium
Brewing, Clubhouse BFD, Main Street Bicycles, Lafayette Market and the Friends of the Clinton
River Trail for another charity bike ride.

Stephen mentioned the satisfaction of partnering with groups like the trail groups, “It's very
gratifying to know that you helped, whether it was your time, money or both to the very trails that
you enjoy to bike, walk and run on every day. We are lucky to live in a state where we have
these amazing outdoor resources and people who volunteer to help maintain them.”

Past events have helped the Friends of Paint Creek to install a new drinking fountain at the
Tienken Road trailhead. They have also raised funds to purchase and install bicycle repair
stations, trash receptacles and bike racks. Currently, they are gathering money for an
educational side path with native plant gardens. Jim VanDoorn, President of the Friends of Paint
Creek Trail, said, “We are so pleased to have the support of Steve Johnson and Motor CityBrew Tours.”

During the Cruisin’ for the Trails Fall ride on September 10, you will enjoy a bike ride along the
Clinton River Trail with a special New Belgium Brewing Themed SAG stop at Lafayette Market
in downtown Pontiac. Stephen says this is his favorite part of the bike ride, “Enjoying beer and
freshly made granola bars in the outside patio area of the Lafayette Market at the halfway point
of the ride. It’s pretty satisfying to see all of the riders outside, enjoying the day!”

After the ride, enjoy ice cold New Belgium Brewing beer on tap on the Clubhouse BFD patio in
Rochester Hills. As part of the event, there will be plenty of giveaways and a charity raffle to win
a special New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Bike. The Friends of the Clinton River Trail will be
selling raffle tickets. Net proceeds from event tickets and 100% of the raffle proceeds go toward
the trail work of the Friends of the Clinton River Trail.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Clubhouse BFD, located at 2265
Crooks Road, in Rochester Hills. Tickets are available online for $25 prior to the event or for $30
day of the event.

Stephen is excited to have his new book, Detroit Beer – A History of Brewing in the Motor City
available for sale online and at this event. He has spent the summer doing book tours and
signings. Stephen noted this about the Detroit beer book project, “I was reinvigorated in how
diverse the brewing scene was and still is today in Detroit. Downtown Detroit was a melting pot
of different ethnic groups in the 1800's all the way up to present day. With this diversity of
people came a diversity in food and beer culture.” You can see this diversity today in the
different brewery styles from Kuhnhenn Brewing, Motor City Brewing Works, Traffic Jam & Snug
and over 40 more in the downtown and metro Detroit area.

Event Tickets: HERE