Breweries partner on Gran Fondo beer


B.O.B.’s Brewery brewmaster John Svoboda, right, hoists a bike outside Central District Cyclery in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

A pair of breweries have teamed up to celebrate a cycling event.

B.O.B.’s Brewery in Grand Rapids and New Holland Brewing Co. brewed up a special beer for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Gran Fondo.

Special beer

The breweries made the Quad Burner, a Belgian-style saison.

The Quad Burner is made with 100 percent Michigan hops and a yeast strain native to the Mitten State.

B.O.B.'s Brewery said this week that Quad Burner is “a subtle, gentle, very drinkable beer with a respectable alcohol kick of 7.1 percent and a spicy hop finish."

The brewery said the beer can help cyclists "cool down those burning quads.”

Release event

The Quad Burner will be released this Saturday at B.O.B.'s Brewery at 5 p.m.

Pints of the beer will be on sale for $3 all night, accompanied by local food.

There will be live music from 6-9 p.m.

Gran Fondo

The cycling event is a 25-mile route around Grand Rapids on June 27. Various ride lengths are available, from a 12-mile route to 80-mile rides.

The event is a fundraiser to support skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. A minimum of $50 is required to ride.

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