Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mud, Sweat, And Beers Is Coming May 2nd To Mount Holiday

Written by  Jennifer Hamilton
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Beer tastes better when it’s earned. Physical activities where you are forced to exert yourself in a strenuous manner seem well worth it with a tasty reward at the end. Clearly, I am leading you all in the direction of a Northern Michigan craft beer celebration unlike any other. Right Brain Brewery is once again sponsoring, ‘Mud, Sweat, and Beers’ on May 2, 2015 and will undoubtedly be a complete and delightful mess.
Mount Holiday will be graciously hosting this bicycle extravaganza again, so prepare yourself for some wild hills on the courses. Beginners, professionals, and every expertise level in between are welcome, as there are course lengths to suit everyone’s need. The “Root Beer” ¼-mile course is for the kids, of course, and there is also a “Ginger Ale” 2-mile course for those that are mostly there for the beer. Athleticism kicks in for the 12-mile “Pale Ale” course and the 22- mile “Stout” course.

All the races start and end at Mount Holiday. The two longer routes travel down various portions of the VASA Trail. Between the VASA Trail and the finish in the “FitBit Mud Pit,” be prepared to get sloppy. There is alternate finish at a “Chicken Loop” for riders who don’t want their tires to get too wet or muddy, but we all know that is actually for the domestic beer drinkers of the group.

We’ve covered the mud portion of the race, and the sweat factor is clearly a given. It’s time to get down to the important aspect: beer. Right Brain Brewery will be serving up Smooth Operator, Northern Hawk Owl, Will Power, and CEO Stout in cans and also be pouring drafts of Dead Kettle. If you aren’t feeling too athletic, this is a great spectator event as well. Beer drinking is still allowed for those who don’t participate, it just won’t taste as good. Be sure to stop by Right Brain Brewery that night for a ginormous after-party as well. A portion of the proceeds from the after-party’s beer sales will go to benefit our beloved TART Trails. For more information about Mud, Sweat, and Beers, visit Mount Holiday’s or Right Brain’s websites.

Photo credited: Mount Holiday/Mud, Sweat, and Beers

Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton has lived in various cities around the great state of Michigan and presently resides in Traverse City. When not drinking, examining, and researching the great craft beers offered in this region, Jennifer can be found trying to balance her marathon training schedule, day job, MSW course load, and three rambunctious dogs.  In Jennifer's professional opinion, beer is the glue that holds a busy schedule together; she spends a lot of time testing said theory.