Traverse City is well-known for two unique hobbies -- cycling and craft beer . We have a vibrant cycling community here, and our weekly rides routinely end at a local craft brewery where we swap stories about the ride. But if you think we retreat to our couches when the snowﬂakes start to fall, you’d be very much mistaken. In fact, when the temperatures drop, the adventures into the woods take on a more social and leisurely vibe. With the invention of the fat bike, we get to extend our riding (and beer drinking) seasons right through the winter months.
Wine is wonderful in its place, and so is whiskey. From time to time I have even been known to drink a glass of water, despite what W.C. Fields said about it. But on a hot summer day, it is beer and beer alone that satisfies.
Traverse City Beer Week is nearly upon us. Once again, we'll be enjoying this week-long parade of tastings, dinners, games, workshops and lectures -- all devoted to our area’s celebrated craft beer industry and its many microbreweries, brewpubs and craft beer taprooms . Now in its fourth season, it’s scheduled for Nov. 11-17 this year.