This past Sunday after arriving home from the Bike Swap I fired up the Internet only to see on the Twitter that Lucid Brewing was having an open house at their new brewery in Minnetonka. A couple months ago I contributed to Lucid’s Kickstarter Campaign for a community fermentation tank. I was due for a Sunday fun day so I fired up the truck and made my way out to their new digs. I arrived to the quiet little light industrial complex off of Baker Rd and the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT trail to meet the brewers and have a beer.
Upon arrival I was amazed by the size of the space which offers a lot of excitement as to the possibilities of what they can do as they grow. Shortly after taking it all in I was handed a glass of Air, Lucid’s refreshing light and crisp Golden/Blond Ale I could certainly see myself enjoying an Air after a trail ride on hot summer afternoon or on a Friday night OMG ride. After chatting with a Friend of Brewers and Wife of Brewer Jon Messier I was grabbed by Jon who along with Craig the GM from the Groveland Tap took me over to the bright tank to grab some Lucid Camo, their well balanced sneaky IPA.
Co-Founder Jon Messier pointing at a beer making apparatus
The Camo had just been filtered the day before and had a creamy almost cask like mouth feel to it and it was even more delicious than what I’ve already had on tap at the bar, so if you see this on tap be sure to grab one but keep in mind at 9% ABV it packs a punch without letting you know it.
From there I went back over to the bar area where I had a sample of the first community brew which is still in it’s test phases called Craig’s Rye Pale Ale, a slightly sweet pale ale with a light hop finish. In speaking with head brewer Eric Biermann he said that they were still looking to make some tweaks to the recipe before it would be ready for the community tank. From the Rye I moved onto a sample of blueberry infused Air, the aroma of the blue air was pretty much all blueberry and on first sip you are given a sweet flush from the blueberries but then the crisp hop flavor of the air comes through and shines even brighter in stark contrast to the sweet blueberry infusion.
Co-Founder and Head Brewer Eric Biermann
In talking with Eric I found out that in addition to the Community tank Badger Hill Brewing had 2 fermentation vessels of their own in the building and were sharing brewing equipment with Lucid. I was then introduced to Broc and Brittany Krekelberg of Badger Hill and talked with Broc about brewing with another company and how they liked it. Broc was really pleased with the generosity of Lucid to help them get a jump start brewing on a large scale and couldn’t say enough about how easy it was to work with Jon and Eric. I went on to press Broc about where Badger Hill was looking to make a permanent home for themselves and one of the locations just so happened to be in a municipality of which used to work with someone who sits in a big chair there. So I called my friend and gave him a heads up and put in a good word for Badger Hill, hopefully everything falls into place and they can ride off into the sunset together. Broc promised me some beer of theirs so when that happens expect to pass some bottles around on the next Friday Night ride, and make sure to take good tasting notes for them.
Broc and Brittany of Badger Hill Brewing
I would like to thank Lucid Brewing for opening up their doors, Broc and Badger Hill for the lively discussion and offer of generosity, and PB and the Jam for making a little get together a funky fun Sunday fun day. Now it’s just a matter of getting the Beer Barron of Plymouth to put in for a brew in the community tank, what do you think? MORBID buys the material The Barron Brews it, Lucid distributes it and MORC could get the proceeds. Now go like these folks on their Facepages.
I set out from my place in S.MPLS at about 2pm for a slowish 25ish mile ride though Mendota both ways and loop the MN River via Cedar Ave Ped Bridge. I tend to ride this route pretty often, probably 10 times this year so far. I didn’t get down there at all last year as most of the trails were under water a good chunk of last year and this spring. In dryer years and when I lived in Bloomington, I rode this 2-3 times a week.
The slop was still there when first setting out from Mendota, some fun mud spray. Lots of people and dogs out but I didn’t see another bike the entire loop. It’s a shame since 99% of the sand that is down there is now easily passable since it firmed up. Up and over 494 bridge and down into the refuge was next but not before finding this pile of junk on the trail.
I did my part to take some with(an old Kryptonite cable, SCORE!)
Rode down the Bloomington side of the river, scared the crap out of some walkers (NOTE: add bell to Muk2) crossed the Cedar Bridge and stopped for some water and a Honey Stinger Waffle (NOTE #2 These get pretty hard at freezing temps).
I can’t believe home much this trail has changed over the last 4-5 weeks. The sand is almost hard packed now. The fatbike was not needed for most of the sections. Rolled on up to the 494 bridge and snapped this. Seen a few other shots like this one and really liked it.
Got back to Sibley House and decided to check the trail that runs farther toward St. Paul. Cruised on it for another 1/4 to 1/2 mile and then came back, it was getting a little narrow and I didn’t want to bushwhack in the dark. I was almost back to Sibley House when this happened:
I called my lady to let her know I was going to be late for dinner and she said her and the little lady would be on their way to pick me up. I told her to meet me at Ft. Snelling, I was in the mood for a little walk. Called Angry Catfish and had them order me another hanger. Got home, ate dinner and took a look at what broke.
I took a quick look at the bike, looks okay so far, a few scrapes/etc. Was a good ride, looking forward to getting back on it tonight.
I built up a temporary deck while I decide how I want to build this up completely. This will become somewhat of a template for the final design of the Bierwagen. Right now it rides fine, took it around the neighborhood. Need to mount up the grill and get out for an extended ride with it. .
I am currently trying to figure out what type of wood/finish I want to use and a perfered mounting method. The u-bolts work fine but look somewhat ugly. The reflectors will be upgraded to some Planet Bike blinkies. I think this is the setup for fall and hope to build it up as a winter project.
Link to Part 1
So any project should start with some beer. Luckily MikeyB dropped off some brand spanking new Steel Toe Brewing Provider. A tasty little number and I am looking forward to drinking some more of their brews. Nice to have another brewery in town.
So about this project, I have been thinking about getting a trailer to haul stuff around, usually what I want to haul is a cooler or goods from a trip to the liquor store or a grill or whatever.
Found a sweet old Burley for $15.oo. Can’t beat that. Picked it up and it was in awesome condition. I doubt it had ever seen rain. I really didn’t need something that looked that nice since I was just looking for a sturdy frame to build the Bierwagen up from.
I was able to undo most of the snaps pretty easily and took the rest of the fabric off with just a pliers and a socket wrench. Twenty minutes of work later and one beer and I was done for the night.
I am working on a plan for the new deck and mods to the plastic fittings and possibly the tube that is not needed any more. Mods may involve the Dremel and/or a hacksaw.
The tires look like they are in pretty good condition but not great. I am planning on replacing them with a set of Maxxis Hookworms, new tubes probably wouldn’t hurt also. Some dual rear blinky lights should finish it off in flat bed configuration.
I still need to measure the deck out to see what size cooler I can get to fit on there. I would love to find an old metal Coleman cooler, if anyone has a line on one locally let me know. Stay tuned for part 2. -PR
We like cargo bikes. We take great joy in loading them chock full of stuff. Here we are gettin’ ‘er done.