Beer on a bike!

It’s my understanding that some people around here enjoy a beer, now and then. Ottawa area beermakers, Kitchesippi Beer Co., have decided to employ a new, innovative way to get beer to just such people:

The Ottawa brewery will launch what they believe is the first-ever beer bike in Canada this weekend. Kichesippi Beer Co. worked with Tall Tree Cycles to create a rustic-looking bicycle complete with a 50-litre keg, a countertop and a functioning tap for fresh, cold brews.

Tall Tree Cycles, which has a shop on Richmond Road between Richmond and Churchill, used the frame of a Dutch cargo bike. They then added a wooden whiskey barrel behind the front wheel, which has a removable wooden surface for serving on top. The wooden barrel can hold a 20-, 30- or 50-litre keg, surrounded by ice to ensure cold pours.

Behind the seat sits a wooden box, holding six pint glasses, and the carbon dioxide tank, which provides pressure for the tap. Ficner estimates the fully-loaded beer bike weighs about 90 kilograms. Despite its weight, however, the beer bike rides like a regular bicycle, after a bit of a push, of course.

God bless you, Kitchesippi and Tall Tree Cycles.

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.


  1. I always knew there was something special about Canada. This is it.

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