I had to pick up my bike from the bar that I left it at a previous night. Somebody had the bright idea to do Fireball shots. Picking up the bike Saturday afternoon, I started my ride north thinking about how you might do a bike booze cruise, and without any plans for the rest of the day… I thought I would go ahead and try it on my own.
Stop #1. Taps. Stout.
– Just outside the area called Shekou, I stopped at a brewpub (i.e. they brew their own beer). And they have brew a good stout! So back on the bike, following the sidewalk. Not far away, past 2 subway stops I made it to:
Stop #2 Frankies. Rogue Hazelnut Ale.
– Its a great American bar. Plenty of tap handles from the US, as well as local beers like Bionic available. They also do some good western food, so I got the Cordon Bleu fries, you know, to tide me over for the long road ahead. 1 pint + 1 plate of fries, I was ready to head out.
I rode a block west, but found the intended bar was closed. The guy next door surprisingly had good English and told me they usually didn’t open till 5pm. It was 5:05pm…
From here, it would be a long dry run. I didn’t know any good bars until I got to a more populated area, and even then, there were only ‘realty’ shop fronts. Not even a 7-11. It was probably another mile of riding to find a convenience store for:
Beer #3. Convenience Store. TsingTao.
– Long warm day, I needed the hydration of a cheap Chinese yellow beer. Turns out the other Paradise store was closed too. It was about 6pm, so now I was starting to wonder if the company is on break for their Mid-Autumn festival. Rode through the busy urban-village and headed to the trifecta of Baishizho:
Beer #4. Bionic Brew. Special K golden ale.
– Bionic Brew has about 6 taps, and some solid IPA’s. I asked for their seasonal Lychee beer, but has to go for the Special K as they were totally out. By this time, I was feeling super full… and tired…. and thought about lying down on their benches for a nap.
Beer #5 &6. Peko. Chocolate Porter.
– Next door to Bionic is Peko. Another bar that brews their own stuff, and also sells other things like Boxing Cat from Shanghai, or in this case, a local brewed Chocolate Porter by Crafthead. So good I decided to have another.
As it was getting dark, it felt a good time to slowly make my way a little further north to get home. Fun was had. Lessons learned if I think about doing it again. Maybe.
** PS… almost forgot, yesterday I got my first Amazon sale for my socks!! Yes, I produce socks while here in China. My site: UncleWigi.com