Beers, Bikes, and Barges

Experience Erie Canal history by bike, then enjoy a pint in this statewide summer series along New York’s Canals!
On Thursday nights throughout the summer an hour long guided bike tour will take guests along the new Empire State Trail while also highlighting that regions’ unique Canal history. Following the tour, join your fellow cyclists and brewery founders for a complimentary drink at our participating brewery. Participate for one night at your favorite local spot or try to complete the entire statewide circuit.
Please register in advance to participate by clicking here. Registration is $20 per ride. Visit all 7 participating breweries in 2021 to receive a prize!

June 24 at 6:00 PM – Albany | 6/21/21 Join the Historic Albany Foundation, Discover Albany, the Albany Ale Project, and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour through Albany looking at the city’s Erie Canal and brewing history. See sites like the location of the enormous John Taylor and Sons Brewery and Lock #1 on the Old Erie. The ride begins and ends at C.H. Evans Brewing Company, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

July 15 at 6:00 PM (MOVED TO RAIN DATE) – Syracuse | 7/13/21 Join the Erie Canal Museum and Talking Cursive Brewing Company for this hour long cycling tour through Syracuse looking at the its unique brewing and Canal history, including Greenway’s Brewing, which once occupied the same site as Talking Cursive today! The ride begins at the Erie Canal Museum and ends at Talking Cursive, right down the street, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

July 26 at 6:00 PM – Buffalo | Join Slow Roll Buffalo and the Erie Canal Museum for this joint cycling tour through Buffalo looking at the city’s Erie Canal history, taking you from Canalside to Big Ditch Brewery. At Big Ditch you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history by the Buffalo Maritime Center‘s John Montague. Admission also includes a commemorative t-shirt. This ride is part of the Erie Canal Museum’s larger statewide cycling series Beers, Bikes, and Barges, which aims to educate people about the Erie Canal’s diverse history while also supporting local breweries, as well as Slow Roll Buffalo’s monthly Ticket to Roll series highlighting different aspects of Buffalo. Due to the commemorative t-shirt, this ride is $25Click here to purchase tickets on the Slow Roll website.

August 5 at 6:00 PM – Geneva | Join the Erie Canal Museum, Finger Lakes Boating Museum’s Art Cohn, and Twisted Rail Brewing Company for this hour long cycling tour along the north end of Seneca Lake looking at the area’s unique Canal history, including the current efforts by Art and his underwater surveying team to map sunken canal boats at the bottom of the Lake! The ride begins and ends at Twisted Rail where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

August 19 at 6:00 PM – Pittsford | Join  the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour around town looking at it’s Erie Canal and brewing history. Stops will include both Lock 32 Brewing Company and the real Lock 32 on the New York Barge Canal! The ride begins and ends at Lock 32 Brewing Company, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

September 2 at 6:00 PM – Schenectady | Join the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour through Schenectady looking at the city’s Erie Canal and brewing history, as you ride along the historic Mohawk River. The ride begins and ends at Druthers Brewing Company, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

September 16 at 6:00 PM – Canastota | Join the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour around town looking at its Erie Canal and brewing history. You’ll enjoy this ride along the historic Old Erie Canal State Historic Site and the newly completed Canastota Rail Trail! The ride begins and ends at Erie Canal Brewing Company, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.

October 7 at 5:30 PM – Syracuse | Join the Erie Canal Museum and Talking Cursive Brewing Company for the 2nd installment of this hour-long cycling tour through Syracuse looking at its unique brewing and Canal history, including Greenway’s Brewing, which once occupied the same site as Talking Cursive Brewing Company today! The ride begins at the Erie Canal Museum and ends at Talking Cursive, right down the street, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride as well as a brief history of the brewery itself.


This project is dependent upon the generous support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation, along with support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as a part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.