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Ride Start Times
- 48 Miles: 8:00 a.m.
- 37 Miles: 9:00 a.m.
- 18 Miles: 10:00 a.m.
The shorter 18-mile rides show you the heart of Kansas City’s historic beer institutions. You’ll have almost two-dozen points of interest and stops, including the site of Electric Park in the Industrial Northeast where beverages from the adjacent Heim Brewery were pumped fresh into the park’s beer garden, and the erstwhile “wettest block in the world” where 23 of 24 establishments were liquor-related. Of course, it’s not all in the past: you’ll see—no, taste, the city’s beer legacy living on at Boulevard Brewing Co. and smaller brewers.
More hardened riders can choose the 37– or 48-mile ride. Both routes make the same stops as the shorter rides but break away to the south. The 37-mile riders visit Westport and loop around Waldo.
The 48-mile route drops visits Crane Brewery in Raytown and returns via scenic Johnson County.
Though the tour is self-guided, docents will be at many stops to tell the story of Kansas City’s colorful beer culture, recounting the rise and fall of big brews, the mob’s influence on the lucrative business, and the story of “near-beer” and other Prohibition-dodging techniques. You’ll see mansions built by beer barons, learn how Kansas City was a major outpost for Milwaukee and St. Louis brews, and hear about the connection between KC baseball and beer. Plus, you’ll learn about the role some of the city’s most iconic buildings played in the production and distribution of beer. It’s an afternoon of tall tales and intrigue—together with bicycles and beer.
All proceeds from Tour de Bier KC support BikeWalkKC’s educational programs, legislative efforts, and other initiatives, helping to improve conditions for bicycling and walking in the area