2016's Black Friday Brewery Events and Tours by City
Day after Thanksgiving brewery tours and Black Friday events
This will be our 10th annual Friendsgiving with longtime friends, Mary and Joe Ostafi of Urban Harvest STL, and our first time hosting in our new home of Hood River, Oregon. For a population of 8,000 people, we are extremely lucky to have 3 fantastic breweries (pFriem, Logsdon and Double Mountain), 2 taprooms (Crush and 64), 1 craft cocktail bar (Camp 1805) and oodles of wineries all within walking and biking distance. And thus, our annual tradition of libation tasting will continue in one of the best craft beverage scenes per capita.
For people who are visiting extended family, the basic premise still applies: You need to get out of the house on Friday after Thanksgiving. You’ve been sitting for entirely too many hours in one day. You’ve been cooped up with a lot of people who were chosen as dinner mates for you by genetics, not by careful selection on your part. So when your gut tells you “it’s time to get out of the house,” your gut is correct. The question is…
What would you like to do on Black Friday? Would you like to buy cheaply-made stuff you don’t need, or would you like to support hard-working local craft brewers? (Hint: one comes with booze and good vibes. The other one comes with closets full of cheap crap and credit card debt.)
We’d like to suggest that you go a-drinkin’, but that you do it in Bikabout style. And honestly, there’s no better way to go drinkin’ than on a bike. It means you pretty much can’t commit vehicular homicide, and that you have a strong incentive to stay sober enough to operate a bicycle. The past two years that we've done this, we all enjoyed the day greatly, and searching the internet on this Thanksgiving a year later, we have discovered that we’re not alone.
Below, we present a list of cities and breweries who have also realized what we’ve realized… Black Friday is a perfect time to reconnect with the local brewmasters in your town. You get to put your dollars into your local economy, to make some new friends, and to be able to now nonchalantly tell your friends who drink beers from those breweries "yeah, it's pretty cool....... I've been there" with that far-away look of smug superiority that all beer nerds covet.
So do a little research, pull out the bikes (or bike share), and have an awesome day! Just remember to drink a lot of water and be kind to yourself and your fellow tasters.
Black Friday by City
Athens - Creature Comforts - brewery tours from 5-8pm
Boise - Payette Black Friday - 12-8pm, Payette Brewing Co, FREE
Boston - Hoppy New Year, Boston!, FREE self-guided bike tour curated by Night Shift brewer, Rob Burns
Boulder - Craft Beer by B-cycle, FREE self-guided bike tour
Charleston - Westbrook - brewery tours from 4-7pm
- Bourbon County Black Friday release, various locations
Cincinnati - Arnold's Black Friday: 12 Beers of Christmas in Cincinatti, 9pm, Arnold's Bar and Grill
Denver - Black Friday, 1-11pm, Put down the shopping bags and join Station 26 Brewing Co. for another bourbon barrel aged imperial stout journey!
Fort Collins - New Belgium, sold out tours that Friday but we highly recommend it!
Long Island - Bourbon County Black Friday, various locations
Madison - Botany, Beer and Bikes, FREE self-guided bike tour featuring a few craft beer gems
- Black Friday Beer release, 8am, Lakefront Brewery. Tours 12-8pm
- Black Friday Beer Fest, 4-7pm, Harley Davidson Museum, $40
- Black Friday Brunch, 11am-3pm, Stubby's
- Black Friday New Beer Release, Third Space
- Black Friday Beer Release, 12pm, Raised Grain
- Downtown Milwaukee Brewery Tour, FREE self-guided bike tour
Minneapolis - Craft Beer Bike Ride, FREE self-guided bike tour
New Orleans - Goose Island Black Friday, Midnight (Thanksgiving night, Black Friday morning), Avenue Pub
Philadelphia - Bourbon County Black Friday, various locations
Phoenix - Bourbon County Black Friday, various locations
Portland - Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Beer Scene by Bike, best travel book ever for a mere $9.99
Raleigh - 10th Annual NC Black Friday Cask Festival, 4-8pm, Lynchwood Brewing
San Diego - Brewery Tours of San Diego, Noon and 4:30pm, $75
Seattle - Lakeside Beer Tour, FREE self-guided bike tour
Vancouver - East Van Brewery Tour, FREE self-guided bike tour