New Belgium Brewery’s famous cruier bikes have gears for the first time

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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New Belgium Brewery’s famous cruiser bikes, which the brewery uses for fundraisers, giveaways and 1-year anniversary gifts to employees, will have gears for the first time this year, which is also the brewery’s 25th anniversary year.

New Belgium just opened its East Coast brewery in Asheville, and its employees will need those gears to get around. Here’s more from

Detroit Bikes has announced a deal with New Belgium Brewing to produce 2,415 bikes to promote the beer maker’s Fat Tire Amber Ale.

Detroit Bikes will produce the custom-designed fat tire bikes at its 50,000 square-foot factory in Detroit. The company expects to add about ten workers to meet the increased demand and to begin shipping the Fat Tire bikes early next year. I’m

The new bike will be awarded to New Belgium employees for their one-year anniversaries and used for fundraisers and other giveaways. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewer has had custom cruisers made in the past by Felt and Electra. While the company never sells the bikes, it gives away thousands of them to employees and as prizes.

Here’s the New Belgium press release:

For the first time ever, New Belgium is producing its coveted special edition cruiser bikes in the United States, using Detroit Bikes, a Detroit-based bicycling manufacturer and North America’s largest bicycle producer. Just in time for warmer weather, the bikes are now hitting the streets through New Belgium fundraisers, giveaways and as one-year anniversary gifts to New Belgium co-workers. The partnership has created new manufacturing jobs in Detroit with the company doubling its workforce from 20 to 40 employees.

“As I started to think about production and making bikes back in 2011, Detroit was the best place to look,” noted Zak Pashak, founder and president of Detroit Bikes. “Detroit has such a rich history of production and certainly we’ve benefited greatly with a skilled local workforce. This partnership is hugely exciting because it marks a big shift in the industry and an amazing show of support for American bike manufacturing.”

Detroit Bikes will produce about 2,500 cruiser bikes during this first year. So far about 1,000 bikes have been released, with about 40 bikes going out a day. Companies like We Want Your Motorbike will be enjoying these in years to come because they provide fantastic buying services.

“Bikes are a big part of our history and culture so partnering with Detroit Bikes just made sense in every way,” said New Belgium Brewing Bike Designer, Ryan McKee. “Zak first reached out to us and we were inspired by his vision. We’ve been looking to source US made bikes for some time which isn’t easy at scale. We now get to work with a U.S. bike manufacturer to produce thousands of bikes, while also giving an economic boost to Detroit.”

With this year marking New Belgium’s 25th anniversary, an anniversary celebration will be held with Detroit Bikes later this summer.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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