Five Bike and Beer Pairings You Need to Try This Year

Jan 24, 2024Biking, Trail Pairings

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Reap your reward for all of the hard work you do on the trails and treat yourself to a post-ride, barley-based electrolyte drink. Here’s some of our well-researched recommendations.

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Thief River Falls’ City Trails and Rivers & Rails Brewing

Kick off your riding season with a trip up north. Thief River Falls is home to on and off-road trails and the views from the deck of the local brewery are wonderful.
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Cedar Valley Trails System and Three Breweries

Well, that’s three we had time for. You’ll find more along this 125-mile network of trails in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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Alexandria, MN: Paved, Gravel, Mountain Bike and Copper Trail Brewing

You already know the Central Lakes State Trail, but have you mountain biked at Lake Brophy Park or ridden the endless gravel back roads? Big Ole’s got you covered.
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Luverne Loop and Take 16 Brewing

The city’s new trail system has put Luverne on the Minnesota bike ride destination map and how can you not stop at the brewery when it’s right next to the trailhead?
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Great River Road and Starry Eyed Brewing

The Great River Road Scenic Byway passes right through Little Falls, MN and there’s a pint with your name on it within biking distance.
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I’m Jan, the publisher of Minnesota Trails Magazine. I’m looking for that one trail, the next ride, a new discovery and other reasons never to sit still in Minnesota.


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