RSVP’d for AoB’s BD?

CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on BikesWe’re grateful for this coverage in the Asheville Citizen-Times! See you all for Beer and Bites for Bikes, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, 20 Wall St in Asheville.

“Asheville on Bikes has really grown over that last eight years. We play a critical role in transforming our city’s transportation options, provide after school urban bicycle education, and continue to host a variety of outreach events designed to encourage and inspire participation in urban cycling,” says, Asheville on Bikes director Mike Sule.

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to anyone interested in the plight and progress of a biking community.

“Asheville on Bikes has really grown over that last eight years. We play a critical role in transforming our city’s transportation options, provide after school urban bicycle education, and continue to host a variety of outreach events designed to encourage and inspire participation in urban cycling,” says, Asheville on Bikes director Mike Sule.

Sule, who will present a State of the Bike address at 7 p.m., is eager to give attendees an organizational progress report. “We’ve been hard at work over the last year honing and developing the organization,” he says. “It’s time to celebrate our accomplishments, honor our volunteers and share our strategic direction with the community.”

Ever an ally of the two-wheeling population, New Belgium Brewing Co. will provide a selection of craft beverages for the evening. While attending the event is free, $10 buys guests one of four such brews along with a small food plate prepared by The Market Place owner and executive chef William Dissen. He has planned the following beer and bites pairings for the event:

La Folie (sour brown ale) — crispy pork belly, local sorghum, acorn squash, bread-and-butter pickles

Ranger (India pale ale) — corn fritters, spicy tomato relish, coriander yogurt

Snapshot (wheat beer) — heirloom farro salad, roasted cauliflower, arugula, confit shallot vinaigrette, sunny quail egg

Abbey (dubbel) — Abbey-glazed Hickory Nut Gap beef short rib, jalapeño-cheddar biscuit, green apple and buttermilk blue slaw

“It’s an exciting opportunity for The Market Place to collaborate with Asheville on Bikes and New Belgium Brewing for the Beer & Bites for Bikes,” says the local chef. “We are all interested in the organic growth and development of Asheville, and multi-modal transportation infrastructure is key in the evolution of our city.” Asheville on Bikes will receive $1 from each sale of Dissen’s pairings.

Since no party is official without tunes, local performer DJ Molly Parti will kick off the festivities with a 6 p.m. set. Organizers are encouraging attendees to RSVP here.

Beer and Bites for Bikes, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, The Market Place, 20 Wall St.

Original article here.http://mountainx.com/arts/asheville-on-bikes-throws-8th-birthday-party-beer-and-bites-for-bikes/

Clips is here!

A fundraisin’ good time is upon us again! New Belgium cruiser bike 2013

Join us this Friday, September 6, on the green at Pack Square Park for an evening of handmade film, innovative beer, fun, games, and the stellar good company of your bike-riding Asheville friends.

Not sure how to Clips? Follow these ten easy steps to ensure an evening of adventure, pleasure, and intrigue:

  1. Around 7pm, arrive at Pack Square Park by bike. Park your bike in the AoB Bike Corral (*new location this year: in the turnaround directly in front of City Hall), already feeling like a rock star. High-five a random person.
  2. If you’re of the beer-drinking age and persuasion, present your ID; get wristband and beer tokens.
  3. Present tokens to beer tenders in the tents, or hail a lovely beer gypsy and select some brews. (Repeat step #3 as often as you responsibly can throughout the evening.)
  4. Buy a raffle ticket or ten. Picture yourself pedalling away on that sweet cruiser there in the photo. (You look good!)
  5. Visit the fun & games area. Get edumacated in the Beer School, try your taste buds at the Mystery Beer Taste Test, or sample some other diversions.
  6. Remember #3, right? Just checking….
  7. Check out the merch area. Try to decide between a sweet Asheville On Bikes t-shirt and a sweet New Belgium t-shirt. Admit defeat and buy one of each (plus one for your mom, one for your cousin Larry, and two for that cute beer gypsy you were just talking to).
  8. Find a comfy spot on the green. Enjoy the last few late-summer fireflies, then take in some fantastic short films.
  9. Deliberate long and hard. Finally decide on your favorite Lips of Faith brew, and savor just another taste of it.
  10. Collect your bike from the bike corral, tossing a buck into the donation jar as you pass. Revel in the simple joys of a starlit ride home, the music of katydids, and the warm feeling that every dollar you spent tonight benefited Asheville On Bikes. You rock so hard.
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Not enough for you, thrill seeker? Want to squeeze even more satisfaction out of your night? Email Rachel (rachel@ashevilleonbikes.com) and sign on to be part of the magic. We still need a few good beer tenders–are you volunteer enough to be on the front lines of Clips? You’ll get free food and swag, and you might just walk away from it with a strange compulsion to volunteer for bike-related events. There are worse things.
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Double your raffle odds: There are TWO New Belgium cruisers–did you know? We’ll raffle off one on Friday night, but you can get a jump-start the night before. Pack’s Tavern will host a New Belgium tap takeover and raffle on Thursday, September 5. All proceeds benefit AoB.