Thursday, July 31, 2014

Get on your bike and learn about Detroit History with Motor City Brew Tours!

Written by  Aimee West
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Do you enjoy craft beer? Do you enjoy getting out and riding your bike around town? Do you enjoy learning about the history of the Detroit area? Then get on your bike, put on your learning is fun hat and join the Motor City Brew Tour bike ride!
With four different history bike tours being offered we decided on the Auto History tour. We start the day meeting up in the parking lot of Traffic Jam and Snug. There were 16 people in the group which made for lively discussion and sharing of auto history when we stopped.

Now I am sure most of you reading this have learned about Henry Ford and even visited the Village and Museum, but this is all the hidden history of Detroit and the automotive industry. The history of small auto companies that were around for brief periods of time. Some of these short lived companies produced great ideas and ingenious engineers that went on to create innovative ideas for the automotive industry that we still use today. It was amazing to learn how many engineers and designers would jump from company to company. Many of these companies were located within blocks of each other and in one instance they even shared a building.

The bike ride is set at a comfortable riding pace with stops along the way. The stops are a mix of re-hydration, listening to more in depth history and also a chance to take in the view. The view varies from crumbling, abandoned buildings to buildings that are still being used 100 years later. We even biked and stopped in the historic Elmwood cemetery where we learned a bit of history about the cemetery and how it relates to the Detroit auto industry. We were also lucky enough to travel past the newly constructed bike path along the Detroit River. What a beautiful view of the harbor and we even saw a sail boat in the distance as we biked past. The tour ended exactly where we started at Traffic Jam and Snug but this time we were greeted with cold pitchers of beer and trays of sandwiches, cheese (made on site) and fresh fruit. Everything was fresh and delicious.

If you have never been to Traffic Jam and Snug they have a wonderful homey feel as soon as you walk in with interesting artifacts sprinkled throughout the building. I stumbled across an old early 1900's printing press that I was excited to find. They also create cheese and fresh cookies on site. The cheese is delicious but I am telling you know don't try the cookies. They are so delicious that you will be at their door before opening time just trying to get a fresh one.

Motor City Brew Tours owner Stephen and his wife Laura work as a well oiled machine. They keep the bike tour light, fun and on track even with 16 different people asking questions and offering information. The amount of knowledge of the Detroit area between the two is staggering. Book your bike trip with them today!

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.