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.

June 23 at 6:00 PM – Albany | Join the Historic Albany FoundationDiscover 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 7 at 6:00 PM  – Port Byron | Join the Canal Society of New York, Cayuga Museum of Art and History, and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour of the historic Erie Canal in Cayuga County. This ride will take visitors through a number of interesting historic canal destination, including the locks at Port Byron! The ride begins and ends at Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride.

July 21 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.

August 4 at 6:00 PM – Onondaga Lake | Join the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour around Syracuse’s Inner Harbor and Onondaga Lake looking at the Lake’s canal history. The ride begins and ends at Meier’s Creek Brewing’s Inner Harbor location, where you will be treated to a beer as part of your ride.

August 18 at 6:00 PM – Utica | Join the Oneida County Historical Center and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour around Utica looking at the city’s Erie Canal and brewing history, as you ride along the historic Mohawk River. The ride begins and ends at Bagg’s Square 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 1 at 6:00 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.

September 15 at 6:00 PM – Seneca Falls | Join the Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and Industry and the Erie Canal Museum for this hourlong cycling tour around town looking at its Canal and brewing history. The ride begins outside the Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and Industry ends right down the road at WT Brews- Seneca Falls 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 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation.