Bike for Beer

Back in the day before I had any interest in fitness (yes, there was such a time!) my husband and his friends used to “bike for beer” and visit brew pubs off the Washington & Old Dominion trail. Since I started riding with my husband, we noticed a sign for West Ox Brewery near mile marker 25, but never stopped there until last weekend. 

Old Ox Brewery

My husband might be carrying a 6-pack back home …. 

We usually start our ride in Vienna, about 12 miles away, so while stopping for a beer usually sounds good, it doesn’t usually sound like a good idea. But last weekend I wanted a change of scenery, so we ended up starting our ride near mile marker 25, and riding out past Leesburg.

It was a lovely route with bucolic scenery.

We stopped to look at Luck Stone Quarry 

This was our turn-around point, somewhere between Leesburg and Purcellville.

When we got back to Old Ox Brewery we were surprised at how nice it was. They welcome cyclists with a bike rack, clean bathrooms, and a self-service water cooler.

We shared a flight of beer–I think we earned it with this elevation profile!
–and then cruised the last mile back to our car.

Dulles-Leesburg Bike For Beer

I really want to make it to the end of the Washington Old Dominion trail, so I’m sure we’ll be doing this ride again.

Have you found a fun place to stop on a long run or ride?

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25 Responses to Bike for Beer

  1. Carla says:

    Long walks + Oakland + my fave snack shop stop = HEAVENLY.
    Here theres just ambling to nothing so I dont amble.
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  2. I have a friend who lives out there and love to meet her for a ride. So much less crowded. When are we going biking together?
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  3. What beautiful scenery! I think my hubby would ride if I used the bike for beer trick! Happy Monday!
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  4. HoHo Runs says:

    Beautiful scenery. What a great idea. And that was no easy ride! The beer was definitely earned.
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  5. I lived in Clifton VA. for four years and some of my family was from Leesburg, so I am very familiar with the area ( my in laws still live in Frederick MD) Anyway, I am very fond of the W&OD and was right with you as you told the story of biking through the area. Biking for beer sounds laid back and FUN! That area is full of sights, history and fabulous restaurants. I miss running back there!
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  6. What a beautiful ride! And love the idea of biking for beer…or wine 🙂
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  7. Beautiful ride…and that’s some elevation profile! I’d say those beers were well-earned!
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  8. Oooh! Sounds like a perfect ride. Does Erica (MCMmama) know about this? This brewery looks like it was fantastic! How was the beer?
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  9. GiGi Eats says:

    BUI! LOL!!!! I am arresting you for a BUI!
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  10. Kristen says:

    This ride sounds awesome! I feel like beer mid-excersise is not my fav idea, but it sounds perfect on this trip!
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  11. Elizabeth says:

    That sounds so fun, and sounds like the perfect end to that ride. I can totally understand not wanting to do it previously though, definitely not the best idea probably!
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  12. What a beautiful backdrop to your ride! Biking and beer sounds like a good combination to me! I really need to get a new bike so I can go on some long rides and not have to pick up a rental!
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  13. steena says:

    That’s so cool that they have an official looking sign! Great marketing crew they have. Love bike friendly places like that! The pictures you took look lovely too!

  14. Wow, what a beautiful ride and fun change of scenery.
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  15. Jennifer says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ll have to keep it in mind for the future.
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  17. Pauli says:

    Love this ride. My friends and I ride to Purcellville weekly. When you make it there try to stop at Catoctin Creek Distilling Company just a block from the W&OD.

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