GREAT BEND - Bike Brew Q is holding its sixth annual event in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on July 24 at the Great Bend Expo Complex. The event features three staples of summer: cycling, barbecue, and craft beer. Tickets for each event are sold separately so attendees only pay for the events they wish to participate in and are on sale now at bikebrewq.com. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event. The event is an official, sanctioned third-party fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds going to the CFF.
Craft Beer Expo and Barbecue Event
The Craft Brew Expo portion of Bike Brew Q will be from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a free, newly designed 20-ounce glass upon exit from the expo. VIP tickets are $50 and include a VIP Glass with gold rim, free food and other more.
Beer will be served by some of the top craft breweries in the region including, Free State Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewing Company, Wichita Brewing Company, LB Brewing Company, Three Rings Brewery, Third Place Brewing, Augustino Brewing, Sandhills Brewing, Dry Lake Brewery, Fields & Ivy Brewery, Roughtail Brewing, Toppling Goliath Brewing, Center Pivot Brewery, 15-24 Brew House, Boulevard Brewing Co., Crane Brewing, Walnut River Brewery and more. Barbecue and taco trucks will begin serving at 11 a.m. Attendees will purchase food directly from the vendors.
Craft Brew Expo Director Joe Vinduska said there’s something for everyone at the Expo and is excited to return to an in-person event.
“There are so many awesome beers and breweries out there and you just have to get out of your comfort zone,” he said. “I used to drink domestic beers exclusively, and I still love a good, ice-cold domestic, but my friends kind of pushed me into trying craft beer several years ago and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. Sampling events are great when you’re just getting into craft beer too because you can try so many styles and find out what you really like. We’re so excited to return to an in-person event & are ready to enjoy the amazing day that this event produces every year.”
Registration for the cycling event will begin at 6:30 a.m. The rides will start at 7:30 a.m. Riders will be able to choose from three different rides: a 20-mile road ride, a 40-mile road ride and a 62-mile (Metric Century) road ride and Mountain Bike Race held at Lake Barton. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time at bikebrewq.com/tickets or on site the day of.
More about the event
The event was founded by Ryan Fairchild of Great Bend as a way to raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a disease his cousin, brother-in-law, and wife suffer from.
“Cystic fibrosis isn’t a disease that gets a lot of attention or awareness and we have set out to change that,” he said. “Having raised over $50,000 for research with our past events, we feel we have done so. The secondary mission of Bike Brew Q is to bring a new element to summers in Central Kansas. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than riding a bike, drinking craft beer, eating food from a food truck and supporting a great cause in doing so”
There are numerous ways to help with the event both monetary and otherwise. Sponsorship opportunities include monetary donations as low as $100 and in-kind product donations.
For more information, contact Fairchild at [email protected].