ABOUT US

 

Bob and his family lived in Fort Collins for a number of years while Bob managed a local bicycle store and his wife taught Middle School. Seizing on an opportunity to travel and see the world Bob, Katy and their daughter moved to Berlin, Germany for a couple years. While living abroad their bicycles were more then just an exercise machine, they were a mode of daily transportation. While in Germany they were able to take advantage of and explore daily the many trails throughout the city and countryside around Germany. Their favorite tour was riding the entire Berlin Wall trail with their daughter in tow. They also enjoyed loading up their cycling and camping gear and riding the amazing and well organized bicycle routes between towns. Experiencing first hand the beer gardens, campgrounds and other amenities built just for cyclists was an eye-opener!

Along with being fortunate enough to ride they also sampled many a great brew at the endless beer gardens and festivals. Don’t get Bob started talking about Oktoberfest! The greatest combination of travel, beer and bicycles took place while watching many of the classic European cycle races, including the “Tour de Flanders” in Belgium, the Berlin 6 day, the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in Italy. Dreams come true!

After leaving Berlin, Bob and his family moved to Kobe, Japan where his wife continued to teach and their son was born. Cycling and trains are the main mode of transportation in Japan, especially in the cities. Bob and his children explored daily by bicycle the shrines, temples, hills, alleyways, parks and playgrounds. While traveling around Asia Bob witnessed an incredible variety of bicycles and was always astonished at how many people could fit on one bicycle. His family enjoyed some hilarious bike rental experiences, from Vietnam to Korea. He also assisted in bicycle repairs for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake in northern Japan in 2011, which was a life-changing experience.

It was in Kobe, Japan that Beer & Bike was born in September of 2008. Beer & Bike was the idea of Bob and a group of international and local friends with the goal of exploring the new city by bicycle and finding new watering holes. Little did they know it would lead to weekly outings, rain or shine, brewery and whisky tours and endless laughs and stories (mixed with some late night karaoke). By 2012 the Beer & Bike crew represented at least 4 different nations. There have been many a pint and a story since. We look forward to sharing and swapping travel stories and new adventures with you and your friends and family.


WHO WE ARE

Cycling + Beer + Travel = Beer & Bike Tours info@beerandbiketours.com

Beer & Bike Tours is a collection of wonderful guides and support crew. As guides we are your connection to a fun and safe adventure. All of us have a unique skill set that will help you get the most out of your holiday. If you would like to request a specific guide for an adventure let us know. Cheers


BOB WILLIAMS

Bob is the founder of Beer & Bike Tours. Bob began exploring on his bicycle when the training wheels came off. At the age of 15, Bob and a group of friends embarked on a 400 mile adventure around Wisconsin. It was during this Adventure that Bob fell in love with bicycle touring. Many years and adventures later Bob founded Beer & Bike tours. With extensive touring and travel experience Bob still loves a new adventure and is excited to share them with you. As are our other guides Bob is trained in first aid and an experienced mechanic just in case there is a bump in the road along the way. Bob is also a certified Beer Server and is working on his Cicerone certification.


KATY WILLIAMS

Katy has the travel bug worse than anyone you have ever met, and that is a good thing. Always a runner Katy took to Bicycle touring while living in Berlin Germany. Her first bicycle adventure is now one of Beer & Bike Tours featured rides in Germany, The Spree Radweg. Never to take the easy route Katy began touring pulling Katy and Bob's daughter Suzy in a trailer. 7 years later Katy has completed many cycling adventures and continues to expand her travel horizons. Along with guiding Katy helps to design and promote many of Beer & Bike's Adventures.


Contact Us

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and take a look at our Adventures on Tap. We are here to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to send us an email using the form on this page or better yet pick up the phone and give us a call 970-201-1085. We are around to answer your questions and help you find the right adventure for you. If you are hoping to purchase a gift card, click here. Cheers!

 

Beer & Bike Tours

2414 Stanley Ct

Fort Collins, CO 80526

970-201-1085

 

Winter Hours:

Monday - Friday 12:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm

 

Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday - Sunday 9:00am - 7:00pm

 

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of many of the most common questions we get. If you do not see your question or would just like to chat please send us an email or call us at 970-201-1085. 


General FAQs

Do we sell Gift certificates or Gift Cards?

Yes! thank you for thinking of us as a gift to others. You can purchase a gift card in any dollar amount, click here to purchase one.

How long has Beer & Bike Tours been in business?

2013 was our first year providing tours commercially. Our background is in the bicycle industry and as travelers. You could say that we finally decided to take the training wheels off of our idea. Thank you for coming along for the ride, you will not be disappointed.

What should I bring?

Each tour participant will be sent a complete packing list of all necessary items. It varies from tour to tour.

What else is included and what is not?

Under each tour listed there is a complete list of what is included during your trip.

How should I prepare for my trip?

While many our trips are in the mountains general cycling fitness is all that is required. We will provide you with training advice to help you make the most of your tour when you arrive. The better your cycling shape the more you will enjoy your trip.

Do you offer family trips?

We call our family trips "Root Beer and Bike Tours." As parents ourselves we understand what it takes to entertain kids and enjoy travel as an adult as well. Any of our multi-day or day tours can be converted to a Root Beer and Bike ride.

Is there an age requirement for the tours?

A parent for safety reasons must accompany all participants under 18. In order to sample the beer you must be 21 years old. If you are bringing along your children give us a call so we can help find the right tour for your family.


On tour FAQs

What can I expect from the weather?

The weather will vary depending on the specific tour and also the time of the year. For each tour you will receive a specific packing list taking the weather in account. In general the weather in Colorado in the summer is mild and wonderful, especially in the mountains. However it can still get cool in the evening.

How difficult is the riding, how hilly?

The riding is as challenging as you want to make it. By keeping our groups small we can adjust a daily ride for the whole group or an individual without hassle. There is always a way to make a longer day of it if you would like. If for any reason you wish to ride in the van for a bit or a whole day you are more than welcome to.

What will the group be like?

In a word…small. We keep our tours small unless you have a larger group you want to all come on the same tour. We limit our group size to 12 participants and at least one tour leader.

We have at least one guide for every six people to ensure you a personal experience.

How many miles is the average day?

Our daily average is between 20-50 miles. However on some tours there will be longer days. If you would like to ride more or less we can sort that out for you.

Are there options for less riding or non-riding partners?

Definitely. We can alter routes to accommodate all riding levels. Colorado has so much to offer we will find something to match the interest of non-riding partners.

I do not drink is a Beer & Bike Tour for me?

While our tours do involve tasting and sampling beer the tour is primarily a cycling tour. Considering the small nature of our group size it would be no problem to accommodate a non-drinking member on our tour.

##Can I rent a bike or bring my own? Is there a discount if I bring my own? Comfort and enjoyment is key to a successful tour. We have rentals available for you or you are welcome to bring your own bicycle on our Multi day adventures. Day tours include a bicycle suited for the ride you will be doing.

Do I need a helmet?

Helmets are required on all of our tours. We strongly recommend bringing yours but we have them available as well.

Can I bring my own pedals and helmet?

We strongly encourage bringing your own pedals, shoes, helmet and in some cases bike seat as well. The more comfortable you are the more you will enjoy the ride.

##Should I tip my tour leader? While we pay our guides well if you feel inclined I am sure they would never turn down a little extra for the hard work the do. Tipping is pretty common. The average guest tip is about $10 a guest on Day trips and $10-$20 a day on Multi day trips. Our guides work hard to make you adventure safe, fun and amazing

##What food is provided? This depends largely on the tour. On Multi day tours some meals are included. There is a tab on each tour with specific information on what meals are included.

##Is there a limit on the luggage I can bring? While we do not place a limit on what you can bring we ask that you pack light. We will send you a packing list with both essential items and optional items for your tour. If you are going to be traveling with extra luggage we may ask you to leave extra items at the beginning of the tour to save space in our vans. The bottom line is this is your trip not ours and you need to do what you need to do to feel comfortable. We are here to help with that.


Reservation FAQs

Can I bring a friend?

Of course. If you have a couple people you want to take the trip with let us know and we will make sure you are together.

Discount for teachers?

We offer a 10% discount to teachers booking a tour. We understand how nice it is to not have to think in the summer. Enjoy your tour and let us handle the thinking and teaching, about yummy beer that is.

Kosher, Vegan, Veggie or Allergies accommodated?

What you want to eat is entirely up to you. If you let us know your dietary needs we will sort it out for you. On our sign up form has a short medical section, please list any allergies or conditions you may have so we can serve your needs better while on holiday.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up online here or by phone at 970-201-1085.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit for a tour with lodging is 25% with the balance due 45 days prior to departure.

Is the deposit refundable?

Your deposit is refundable minus a $100 handling fee if canceled more than 45 days unless noted on a specific tour. If the trip is canceled 30-45 days prior to departure half of the trip price will be refunded. If canceled within 30 days of departure the trip is non refundable. However the bottom line is we are normal people too and understand life happens. If you need to reschedule or cancel your tour give us a call and let us help. We will figure out a way to make it work out for you. The fees cover our expences of setting up the trip. In order to get the best prices for you we have to reserve and pay for rooms a bit before the trip.

Is it possible to arrange pre or post tour lodging?

We are happy to book your travel before and after your tour. Send us your arrival dates and we will sort everything on your behalf.

Is airport transfer available?

In most cases, Yes. Check first to make sure the airport or train stop you are arriving at is a possibility for us. If not we will help you find a shuttle.

Are the rates single or double occupancy?

All quoted rates are based on Double occupancy. If you would like to travel single occupancy there will be an additional charge depending on the tour.

Do I need travel insurance?

We do not sell travel insurance but strongly recommend the purchase of it.

What is the lodging like?

We try to book local hotels and bed and breakfasts that will give you a feel for the area. All our selected hotels are clean and well kept. We have chosen them based on both personal experience and references from other travelers. If there is a hotel in the area of a tour we offer you are interested in let us know and we will try and accommodate your request.

What if Beer & Bike Tours has to cancel a trip?

In the event that we have to cancel a trip you will be given the option of a full refund or a spot on a different tour at your discretion.