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Trailblazing Badger Brewery Trail

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I’ve been a loyal reader of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s blog since Dave Schlabowske took over as communication director. As a bike advocate, Dave has the unique ability to tell stories, use statistics and explain complicated legislation in easy-to-understand terms to demonstrate why bicycle transportation matters.

He can also show “the synergy between biking and beer.”

In the latest Bike Fed magazine, Dave provides photos and tour guide services for John Greenfield’s article on a proposed intrastate bike trail system in Wisconsin. And it just so happens that brewery milestones dot the way.

“We’re not sure exactly what the symbiotic relationship is between bicycling and beer, but we knew there was no way we’d miss the chance to refuel at as many of the breweries as possible,” Greenfield explained. “We think we can safely dub this route the Badger Brewery Trail.”

The duo pedaled from the historic Potosi Brewery on the west side of the state to the Milwaukee Brewing Company on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along the way they stopped at breweries like New Glarus and pointed out where tails like the Glacial Drumlin could be connected in the future.

I recommend checking out the online version of the article, which is also chock full of Dave’s bike and beer photography. Warning: It will make you yearn for autumn biking and beers.



Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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