Bikes, Brews and Views
Friday, July 19
Noon to 6 p.m. – Lifts open
6:30 p.m. – Gates open in ski village
7:30 p.m. – Melissa Reaves concert
8:30 p.m. – Acoustic Syndicate concert
Saturday, July 20
9 a.m. – Lifts open
9 a.m. – Disc golf tourney
1 p.m. – Oskar Blues Brewery Hash Run
1:30 p.m. – Dual slalom races (Monster Energy Series)
3 p.m. – Beer festival opens
3 p.m. – Live music: Brushfire Stankgrass
4 p.m. – Live music: The Broadcast
5 p.m. – Live music: Zach Deputy
6 p.m. – Lifts close
6:45 p.m. – Beer festival last call
7 p.m. – Beer festival closes
7:30 p.m. – Official after-party at Beech Tree
Sunday, July 21
9 a.m. – Lifts open
9 a.m. – Downhill race practice
11:45 a.m. – Downhill races (Monster Energy Series)
6 p.m. – Lifts close
During the winter months, Beech Mountain is a winter
Families and outdoor adventurists flock there annually for powdery fun on Beech Mountain Resort’s resort’s well-manicured ski slopes and terrain.
In the summertime, Beech takes on a different appearance.
Mountain bikes, foot races and other adrenaline-pumping activities dominate the landscape when warmer air rises in the southern Appalachians.
There are also dashes of good music, beer and panoramic views.
One event that pays homage to a little bit of everything Beech offers is the annual Bikes, Brews & Views outdoor extravaganza. The midsummer weekend bash runs from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, at Beech Mountain Resort.
According to Craig Distl, a public relations representative for Beech Mountain, the festival celebrates the growing mountain biking scene at Beech Mountain Resort, featuring live music, cycling, beer tasting, scenic views and a 5K hash run.
What exactly is a hash run?
A hash run combines running with drinking. So, participants get to enjoy their favorite frosty beverage, while burning off some calories.
The run begins at the base of the ski slopes where runners board a lift for a ride to the top. At that point, runners face a “beer stop,” according to a news release.
After the fill up, runners descend the mountain before encountering more beer stops.
Entry free for the 5K is $40. The fee includes the run, beers along the way, prizes in various categories and a Beech Mountain Resort Mason jar. Additionally, runners receive admission to the Friday concert, featuring Acoustic Syndicate and Melissa Reaves.
“This also runs in conjunction with the grand opening of our bike park and disc golf course,” said Talia Freeman, marketing director at the resort.
If guzzling suds and an exhilarating romp down the mountain doesn’t bode well for your alcohol and cardio endurance, check out the disc golf tournament that takes place Saturday morning on the resort’s new 18-hole course.
“Bikes, Brews & Views serves as the official grand opening of Beech Mountain Resort’s mountain biking park, lift access system and disc golf course,” Freeman said. “We’ve packed a ton of fun into three days. It will be our biggest weekend of summer.”
That weekend features a mountain biking race series, sponsored by Monster Energy. The series includes a dual slalom July 20 and a downhill race July 21, each sanctioned by USA Cycling.
The Beech Mountain blast will also be an opportunity for connoisseurs and beer tasters to sample selections from more than 25 different breweries, including Aviator, Oskar Blues, RJ Rockers, New Belgium, Cottonwood, Green Man, Boone Brewing, Foothills, Natty Greene, Sierra Nevada, French Broad, Goose Island and more.
“We will be hosting the Mile High People’s Choice Award, in which the patrons of the beer festival will choose their favorite brewery,” said Amy Morrison of the Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority. “The brewery with the most votes will be featured during the 2013-14 ski season at Beech Mountain Resort.”
To complement the wide variety of craft beverages, Brushfire Stankgrass, The Broadcast and Zach Deputy round out live performances in addition to Acoustic Syndicate and Melissa Reaves.
Saturday’s schedule of events concludes with an official after-party at the Beech Tree Bar & Grille. On Sunday, lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
Tickets for Friday evening’s concert are $8, while tickets for Saturday’s beer festival are $25.
Children ages 12 and younger are admitted Friday and Saturday at no charge. A weekend pass is available for $30 and provides admission to all events, plus free parking.
For more information, visit http://www.beechmtn.com.