The Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride is April 28th!

3 Kegs Ready to Go



Grab a bike and a Good Friend for the running of the 8th Annual Keg Ride. The East End Brewing Company is back at it again to raise money for ABOARD and BikePGH this year.

THE RIDE: To help spread the word about what it means to operate an environmentally sustainable brewery (more on that here), for the past seven years, we’ve been delivering the the very first PEDAL PALE ALE kegs of the season to a local tap-spot in a very unique way….BY BICYCLE.

On Saturday morning, April 28th, 2012, a few of us will set off with kegs and 500  GOOD FRIENDS  in tow to a mystery destination some place in Pittsburgh that ordered some beer. The trip will be slow, meandering, and maybe a little surprising – especially the destination.  And of course, the beer will be cold, super-fresh, and especially tasty after the ride!

CAN I BUY YOU A BEER? For everyone that rides along, your first glass is on the brewery.  The more people that ride, the more beer we have to pull, but we’ll worry about that.

WORTHY CAUSES: Like last year, instead of just riding for beer, we’re riding for Charity, raising a bit of cash for a local organization doing great work on tiny budgets… ABOARD and BikePGH

What’s New This Year:

We’re starting at the new home of the East End Brewery.

We’re also limiting the number of riders to 500 and eliminating day-of registration. This ride has been know to grow to gigantic proportions, doubling year after year.  The rides legit now and we’re trying to grow sustainably…..just like the new brewery. So, sign up early before all the spots are gone.

BikePGH is organizing the event this year. So, come out and see all your cycling pals and make new ones.

You get a souvenir EEB Pint Glass. Oh yeah! After enjoying a little Pedal Pale Ale you’ll take the glass home with you.

WANT TO REALLY PARTICIPATE?  PULL A KEG!  Yes, you can have the honor of riding at the front of the pack, and scoring one of the very first glasses of PEDAL PALE ALE served this season.  Of course, you’ll need to work for it – and pay for it too.  But again, it all goes to charity.

For the tidy sum of $250, you can guarantee a slot at the head of the pack.  Just drop an email to seth at, and the first person to make payment – credit card, check, unmarked bills, gold bullion (Seth’s words, not mine.  I’d also take beer.) – gets to pull a keg to our undisclosed location.  No, we still won’t tell you where we’re riding.


  • Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012
  • Time: 9:30-10:30am sign-in, 11am departure, arrival at Desination likely between 12 and 1pm
  • Starting Point: East End Brewing Co. (new location at 6580 Frankstown Ave, Pgh, Pa 15206)
  • Destination: You’ve gotta ride to find out!
  • Distance: 6-10 miles
  • Pace: Gentle.  Remember that part about people pulling a keg?
  • Return trip: Sorry folks, you’re on your own.
  • Registration: REGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT If you have a spot show up between 9:30-10:30am at the brewery. No need to print out a ticket or receipt, your name will be on the list. Just make your way to the registration table to collect your drink coupon. Then mingle and make new friends as we prepare to leave at 11am.  Early Bird = $20, Regular = $25  (Remember, you get to keep the pint glass)
  • Ride is limited to 600 riders. There will be no day-of registration.
Ride Recap
   The East End Brewing Company Rolls Out the Troops

Captain Scott Smith, pictured above, and his local bike pirates have attacked yet another hapless business owner. This is the 8th such attack in as many years. “Yarrr, we brings the beer and eats every crumb ye got!”, bellowed Captain Smith from the deck of his ancient vehicle. Of course, these pirates are not the typical sort. They bring cash to pay for food…..they even bring their own beer, bike parking and pint glasses. And then they leave quietly while the business owner is stuck with a mountain of doubloons and gold pieces to count.

Wait a minute, that was no pirate attack….that was the Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride! The 8th annual Keg Ride was a huge success with 520 riders raising a mountain of funds for ABOARD andBikePGH.

Each year the ride starts at the East End Breweryand meanders slowly through the city to a secret destination. Kevin Sousa’s latest endeavor,Station Street Hot Dogs, provided a great ending to a smooth ride. The ride really rolled along with help from the Flock of Cycles and three amazing Pittsburgh Police Officers.

Big thanks go out the Super Donor Jon Gift. He donated $250 to pull a keg this year. His generosity landed him at the front of the ride with 200 lbs. of precious cargo.

Super Donor Jon with his trusty steed

There are so many great pictures from the event. Flickr users, please add them to our BikePGH group.

Thank you to the photographers for sharing their great pictures: Jon PrattMike Vindler, and Rob de la Cretaz.

THANK YOU to Scott and Julie Smith for another great Keg Ride!

We hope to see everyone again on October 27th for the Reverse Keg Ride.

This is how we roll


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