Le Tour de Tempe
I think Baz Luhrmann said it best in 1999 when he said “make sure to wear sunscreen.” For those that have endured Arizona summers, you have undoubtedly experienced the agonizing pain & discomfort from not wearing enough sunscreen. With the heat in full force in the Valley of the Sun, if you plan on being outdoors for any extended period of time, I suggest that you lather on the white stuff with an SPF of at least 35.
One such event that brings together odd fellows Beer & Bicycles is this Sunday’s “Le Tour de Tempe” an annual pub crawl wherein the participants can cover a larger territory being that they are on bikes as opposed to the traditional crawl. Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and starting at the Tavern on Mill at 10:30 am, avid cyclers and beach cruisers alike can pay $10 for a pint of Sierra Nevada, a breakfast burrito, a goodie bag of Sierra Nevada shwag and will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a VIP trip to the Brewery in Chico, CA.
Clocking in at just under 10 miles, this trip should be a blast and stopping at some great places along the way. After leaving the Tavern on Mill, bikers will cruise along Rio Salado Parkway and run into Cadillac Ranch in the Tempe Marketplace. This Rock n’ Roll meets the Wild West bar & restaurant has a mechanical bull & the largest projection screen in the East Valley.
The next stop on the tour 2 miles due south is the old Tempe Tavern. Originally built in 1918 as the White Dairy Barn, it has been a local favorite neighborhood bar with live music and rustic charm.
Staying on Apache Blvd, the tour stops at one of my old college haunts, the Vine Tavern & Eatery. The raucous college bar brings back memories of crazy karaoke Wednesday nights swinging from the rafters and drinking HUGE steins of beer.
Heading even further south, the tour stops at Boulders on Broadway. A bicycle friendly bar & restaurant that focuses on craft beer with over 30 beers on draft and another 70+ in bottles, this place is a perfect place to relax and get a great pizza.
Heading back north to one of my all-time favorite bars not only in Tempe, but in the country – Casey Moore’s Oyster House. Casey’s is a historic Tempe landmark hidden in the neighborhood just southwest of the Mill Avenue district at Ninth & Ash. Two huge patios, a fish pond, great beer, fresh oysters & plenty of bicycle parking make this location difficult to leave.
Casey Moore's Oyster House
Finishing up the tour where it started, the bikers head back to Mill Avenue to The Tavern on Mill, this venerable bar & restaurant offers something for everybody in its huge huge 7,000 square foot space including two large patios, 32 large screen TV’s showing sports and/or music videos. This place is the happening spot on Mill Avenue and will will the perfect place to rest after a long day in the sun. The grand prize trip to the Sierra Nevada Brewery will be given away at this final destination, so if you want the prize, you need to show back here. I don’t make the rules, I just write about them…but trust me on the sunscreen.