You Can Officially Drink Beer on a Party Bike in Calgary
With two (viable) months of summer left in Calgary, Pedal Pub is here to make the most of that limited time! Bounce from brewery to brewery, all while drinking along the way.
By Alex St Cyr on Jun. 28, 2019
Beer drinkers and bikers alike, rejoice!
The AGLC has approved serving and consuming alcohol during “Pedal Pub” Party Bike Tours
Pedal Pub Calgary, a local biking tour that transfers guests between different breweries in the Barley Belt and the Brewery Flats on 15-person group bikes, has now received permission to serve alcohol on their trips. This is the second company to break into the party bike industry in Calgary.
With the two hottest months of the summer still left for Calgarians, this is welcome news for all! Party bikes are a great way for people to explore more of Calgary, try out new breweries and not worry about drinking and driving!
“To see the 65-year-old lady on 12th Street smiling as we ride by, that’s what we get up for,” says Dave Skabar, the co-founder of Pedal Pub Canada West.
According to the Calgary Herald, party bikes were invented in the Netherlands in 1997 and spread from there to American cities like Nashville and Portland, where parties of 15 people tour hotspots on the music-blasting group bikes. Party bikes came to Calgary last year with the launch of Urban Pedal Tours, a company based in Edmonton. Canadian Craft Tours also offers similar bike tours of Calgary breweries. Pedal Pubs bikes are built in Amsterdam by the company which first invented the attention-grabbing group tours.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) approved the liquor service and consumption under a Class B public conveyance licence for companies that operate “large-format” bicycles. Similar Class B public conveyance licences include commercial aircraft, limos and watercraft.
Some of the conditions for Pedal Pub include having a minimum of two staff members present at all times during operation of the party bike. Operators must also meet all municipal conditions and requirements. Minors are not allowed on the group bike when liquor service is provided and all liquor service must be provided by the licensee.
Now, let’s talk about this. We can cruise around Calgary, going from brewery to brewery, all while being served drinks? This sounds like a must-try summer activity. The two feature routes are 17th Avenue/Beltline and all the Inglewood breweries… a.k.a. you should try both, and let us know which one is better. For a group of 15, the cost is $599… so about $40 per person – not bad at all.
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