Oskar Blues burning can beer festival cancelled, G’Knight ride is rollin’

The G’Knight Ride Fundraiser Is Set To Host Over 500 riders For Charity

Burning Can Beer Festival CANcellation.

The 2011 Burning Can Beer Festival scheduled for June 18th by Oskar Blues Brewery was cancelled in early May due to logistical issues.  The Colorado Brewers Guild Fundraiser is scheduled to return in true Oskar Blues fashion in June of 2012.  In place of Burning Can, Oskar Blues has partnered with Bicycle Longmont to support the first ever G’Knight Ride Fundraiser on Saturday, June 18th.

Welcome to the 1st G’Knight Ride!   http://www.gknightride.org/

Born from years of Longmont Bike Night rides with thousands of riders and a desire to showcase the area’s bicycling-friendly community, Bicycle Longmont is proud to present the G’Knight Ride!  Bikes, Blues, and Brews – the perfect recipe for a great summer evening.

The G’Knight Ride is a first year community cycling event and will be held in the neighborhood of Prospect New Town (on the south side of Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont Colorado) on June 18, 2011.  Enjoy either the 3 or 10 mile marshaled, controlled routes, featuring great rest stops, ride support, delicious food and beverages, live music, and much more!    The G’Knight Ride is a celebration of cycling, and is meant for cyclists of all ages, sizes, and abilities.  The Ride is a great excuse to dust off that old 10-speed, mountain bike, or cruiser and hop on with 500 other riders for a great evening tour.

Events include a kids festival, two ride routes (3 and 10 miles), an Expo pavilion, food from great food trucks and Prospect New Town restaurants, live music, and a beer garden brought to you by Oskar Blues Brewery.

Proceeds Support the Kids Holiday Bike Program

At Bicycle Longmont, Santa’s Elves will repair used bikes and get them to kids whose families have a tough time during the holiday season. In some cases, parts from 2 or 3 bikes may be used to create 1 safe and rideable bike. Last year we were able to repair and hand out 439 bikes to kids in need.  Volunteer repair work on the bikes continues until the bikes are given out at the YMCA. The bike repair is taking place in the warehouse at Sun Construction, 1232 Boston Ave. in Longmont.

G’Knight – what’s in the name anyway?

G’Knight means a good night – any evening we can go out and ride with others who love to spend time on their bikes.  So, good night – g’night, makes sense, but what about the “K”?

G’Knight is actually short for Gordon Knight, a hero and master of the brew.  After receiving his Purple Heart as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, Gordon became a professional helicopter pilot, often as a firefighter.  In the late 1980s, he moved from amateur to professional brewer, coming to Boulder in 1988.  He started 5 Front Range Colorado Breweries and although he won GABF gold medals with more breweries than anyone ever, he shared his passion for beer with flying.  In 2002 he went down in his helicopter while putting out hot spots in a fire just outside of Oskar Blues Brewery’s hometown of Lyons, CO.  He was 52.  For more details about Gordon Knight please visit  www.N3978Y.com

A great man, a great beer, a great cause, a great evening.  G’Knight!


About Oskar Blues

Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer.   For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com


About Bicycle Longmont

Bicycle Longmont is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, comprised solely of volunteers, dedicated to making bicycling safer and more enjoyable in Longmont and surrounding areas. We accomplish this through advocacy, education and encouragement.   Bicycle Longmont is a 100% affiliate of the League of American Bicyclists. All Bicycle Longmont members become LAB members with all LAB benefits.



About PJ Hoberman

PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?