Known for riding off the front of group rides only to be caught in the first mile, CJ got back on a road bike and realized he must win the Donut Derby at least once in his life. Regularly pledging he's "not a climber," he can be found as a regular attendee of Trexlertown's Thursday Night Training Criterium or sitting on the couch watching Paris-Roubaix reruns. CJ has been a constant rider of the Hell of Hunterdon in New Jersey and races the Tour of the Battenkill before going into seasonal hiding on cross-country ski trails.

Review: New Trail Brewing Company No Brakes Hazy Double IPA

Review: New Trail Brewing Company No Brakes Hazy Double IPA

In the long shadows of an early summer evening memorable senses return in the smells of barbeque, sounds of biplanes overhead, and the feels of a cool summer night with no humidity. After a long day of chores and rides, sitting around a Solo Bonfire and imbibing in all things scrumptious, it is imperative to have the right accouterment to the occasion. Considering we are a cycling website it helps when the label features a cyclist on it. Even better is the strategic placement of a velodrome several miles to the north and west of our offices, a place where bikes race without brakes. 

 

“If you brake, you don’t win.”
— Mario Cippolini

The directions from our office to the velodrome are rather simple. Head north and west from our front door. Should you overshoot the facility by about two hours, one could find oneself at the front door of New Trail Brewing Company a craft beer facility in Williamsport, PA, producing tasty creations. With IPAs continuously dominating the craft beer scene, New Trail has made it their call sign to deliver great IPAs. Progressively, in the past few years, the IPA scene has evolved to include double, citrus, and the sought after hazy IPA. New Trail Brewing Company has produced tasty products that makes overshooting the velodrome worth it. Grab a couple four-packs for the return trip to spectate the track action.

 

The Trexlertown velodrome has a full schedule for the 2019 season. Many southern hemisphere riders have made the return trip in search of the endless summer – cycling edition. To sip on cans of No Brakes Hazy Double IPA while spending a summer evening at the Concrete Crater is a great way to pass the long fresh summer evenings. Exciting events such as Kierin Cup and Tandemonium! are two events on the schedule to convince us to let out of the office early Friday with some New Trail Brewing. 

 

The haze is thick on this one.

The haze is thick on this one.

Clearly there is a mountain biker on the New Trail Brewing Company label but that can be overlooked. The title alone harkens thoughts to track races and sitting in the stands – or along the boards for that matter – watching a summer night descend on a contrasting bright track. We can cheers to the proper cycling season where a solstice ride could take us as far as possible. When we return a cooler of No Brakes Hazy Double IPA could be the perfect celebratory libation. At 8% ABV this is no drink to slam as a refresher. This is one to be savored while reliving an epic summer ride.

 

The creakybottombracket.com clubhouse is gearing up for summer; especially for the post ride cool down. There are hundreds of hazy IPAs on the shelves of your local distributor. We think New Trail Brewing No Brakes is the way to go to round out the group ride, the far ride, or the fast race. That is a special place to reside in the debriefing of great company. Consider this hazy double IPA the perfect complement to that moment of long shadows and lazy campfire flames. The sting of summer sun and a tired bike rider round it out perfectly.

Rides We Like: The Solstice Distance Challenge

Rides We Like: The Solstice Distance Challenge

Events: Rock-N-Road Gravel Series Lehigh Valley

Events: Rock-N-Road Gravel Series Lehigh Valley