Ever since the first Michigan Summer Beer Festival, I’ve known that Original Gravity’s brewed in Washtenaw County – in the city of Milan to be more specific. In spite of this, I had not visited their operation due to the social forces that kept me anchored near Ann Arbor. All of that changed today as I organized the first of seven Brewvet rides.
DrinkCraftBeer.com launched the idea of a bicycling beer challenge to get people to explore their areas for new and interesting beer experiences. The idea is based on randonneuring - a sort of long distance, non-competitive bike touring event often held over a period of several days. A “brewvet” is a play on the word “brevet” which signifies a leg in a randonneuring event. In a brewvet, a rider must accomplish a beer-themed goal – such as drinking a porter, IPA, or any of the seven others. You can read all the rules to DrinkCraftBeer.com’s Brewvet challenge on their website.
I asked a few people I know who ride bikes and enjoy beer to come with me on a ride to Milan. The three of us couldn’t have asked for more pleasant riding conditions – it was a perfect spring afternoon and we had only light traffic on Platt road. Orignal Gravity’s brewing operation is directly behind a comfortable bar area. I had tried their Primordial Porter before, so I opted for the Black IPA to start and a Witbier for some refreshment before leaving. Feeling refreshed, I remembered to turn on the GPS bicycling app on my phone to map the ride home.