The 2019 Methow Valley Brewfest and Singletrack Celebration converge on the valley this weekend, offering mountain biking, craft brews and live music.
On Saturday (June 22) the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Methow Chapter, in conjunction with Methow Cycle & Sport, will provide shuttle service for bike riders from the Chickadee Trailhead at Sun Mountain to Thompson Pass, where they can ride the Wild Turkey, Pete’s Dragon or Woodpecker trails and descend back to the trailhead.
Cost is $30 and riders can have as many shuttle rides as they want to Thompson Pass from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evergreen members receive a $5 discount on shuttle rides. The shuttle is limited to 50 riders so register early. There will be a barbecue and drinks at the Chickadee Trailhead as well.
Women’s skills camp
Methow Cycle & Sport is also co-hosting a Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Camp as part of the Singletrack Celebration, on Saturday and Sunday (June 22–23).
The bike skills camp will be led by certified mountain bike instructors Angi Weston and Shanna Powell, and is for women who want to take their skills to the next level. Cost is $325 ($300 for Evergreen members) and includes morning skills teaching sessions each day, lunch, afternoon rides with on-trail coaching, and entry to the Methow Valley Brewfest Saturday night. For more information and to register, go to evergreenmtb.org or call 996-3645.
On Friday (June 21), registration packet pick-up and check-in will be available at the Winthrop Barn for the Women’s Skills Camp, Singletrack Celebration shuttle and Brewfest participants.
Mountain bike demos
Methow Cycle & Sport will also offer free demonstrations of Santa Cruz mountain bikes on Saturday and Sunday (June 22-23), starting at the Chickadee Mountain Trailhead at Sun Mountain from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. For information, call 996-3645.
Brewfest in Winthrop
On Saturday afternoon, the Brewfest, staged in conjunction with Old Schoolhouse Brewery, launches at 4 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn, offering beers and ciders from more than a dozen establishments including Icicle, Skookum, Single Hill, Boundary Bay, Kulshan, Trickster’s, 6-Point Cider and more. The event continues until 8 p.m. Cost is $25.
At 7 p.m., the Marshall Law Band will appear in a free concert in Mack Lloyd Park on the recently rebuilt stage. The event is for all ages. There will also be a beer garden for adults only.
To get a head start on Brewfest, visit the Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taphouse on the TwispWorks campus for “Brewers’ Night,” free and open to the public, on Friday (June 21) from 6–9 p.m. Local band The Full Uplift will perform.
An all-access pass for both the singletrack shuttles and Brewfest costs $50 ($40 for Evergreen members). Both events are fundraisers for the Methow Valley Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and all proceeds support the Methow chapter’s mission to improve mountain biking and trails in the valley.