Friday, May 20, 2022

Beer Friday. Banded Peak Brewing, Ride On Western Lager

 Welcome to the first Covid positive edition of Beer Friday. It has now been a full week of being infected with that gross bullshit and the last two days I was finally up and moving around. Yes it knocked me on my ass quite hard but me and Mrs Lonebiker pulled through. Yes, my wife had it too and for the first time as a couple we got sick at the same time and pretty much every day it was the same symptom after symptom. 

It was kind of weird. 

So I do not know what will happen for this bike week, a ride out in the valley would be over the top right now after this last week but it is hard to say if anything will happen. Ideally an easy bike ride sometime this weekend should be in the cards but common sense could kill that. 

The plan was to get an Edmonton and Calgary beer and do a Battle of Alberta beer review in honour of the great playoff series happening but covid kinda rained on that parade. The runner for the review team luckily picked up a beer with no recognizable traits from Edmonton or Calgary. So we have Ride On Western Lager from Calgary's Banded Peak Brewing... 


The can says its from the Calgary Stampede last year so you most likely won't be able to find this so let's do a review because we are batshit crazy insane. 

We poured this lager into a primo mug and watched the delicious golden liquid make its appearance to the test team. "Why are we reviewing Calgary stampede beer when this playoff series is happening" I heard some snot nosed intern remark right after the pour. 

I did not lose my sense of taste in case you were wondering, my sense of smell however is a bit of a challenge due to heavy amounts of well... You will just get grossed out. I id get a case of a common Bud or Molson Canadian type of smell which made sense given what this beer is. It tasted fine, again for what it is. This is the most common type of beer made and drank in North America and Banded Peak nailed their rendition. 

This has everything a good lager needs, its refreshing, its crisp. It did have a weird phlegmy aftertaste but do I just blame this on the covid? 

Fuck me, what am I doing? No rating for this one to be fair. See you early in the next week for another review if no rides are happening. 

Sorry about this Banded Peak! We understand with no rating and the possibility of a good one you may have lost billions of dollars in revenue from this blog. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Happy Monday?

A positive covid test may have me off the bike this next set off, damn.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Happy Wednesday

 Lame cause of lack of content, terribly sorry. 

We are off for another week of nights...

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Beer Friday. Lobkowicz, Baron

 Well damnit! I sure am happy we had a chance to sneak in a beer review as it has been a busy set off with no open days for rides most likely not until Monday. Waking up at around eleven or twelve every day is the norm coming off nights which helps cut into the day and destroy it as well. 

Oh I see you reading this being all 'judgy, judgy' thinking "why doesn't he just force himself to wake up earlier. 

I really wish it was that easy. With another week of nights coming I decided to just stay a piece of shit for my week off and not try and set back to days which has become routine around this time of the week resulting in more extreme tiredness. 

This brewery opened in1466.... Say what? Yes I said 1466, how badass is that? The brewery was purchased by the Lobkowicz family in 1474 when the brewery was a young eight years old. The brewery ran from that day on and was interrupted by those knucklehead nazis during the war. 

This was a very nice and easy one to pour. A respectable one and a half fingered head stood guard for a few moments then soon dissipated into a slight ring around the glass during the sips giving it a slight touch of class. 

Why I kinda felt I should have been wearing a white glove during this review. 

For a dark beer this one is very easy and tame. A 5.2% alcohol percentage keeps things reasonable and this one is a delight to drink. A slight toffee taste with caramel come at you suggesting this would be better enjoyed in the Fall? Or am I crazy? It is a bit heavier feeling is all.. I get hints of dark fruit too. A sweet smelling beer that is quite great. 

This is a great beer and is backed by hundreds of years of tradition. Go find some.

This beer gets 4 suds out of 5.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Wet Spins

An end to the days off set wet roll through bike lanes and river valley. 

Yes it is the last day and I am still a bag of shit primarily because I woke up incredibly early this morning to shock my senses into getting used to daytime life again, hence the fatigue only to find out I am heading out of town tomorrow and will most likely be on nights again. 

No GPS recorded this so did it happen? 

Of course it did kids.

The ride started near the Ronald McDonald house and I bike lane it around the area and soon found Saskatchewan drive where I dropped in eventually and took the paved alongside Gnome and West Coast trails knowing they would be too wet *pushes away from computer, awaits a pat on the back. 

I rode Mill Creek to Whyte and bike laned it back to the Jeep. A very uneventful ride but it was still quite great. Some moments of outdoor euphoria came out in the trees in the cold wet conditions. 

Monday, April 25, 2022


 Another shit night recovery week and I finally got out for a roll around town with a dip into the valley and this was the best moment so far on this week off. Aside from doing family things of course!

Yes, family things... 

The ride started at Mill Creek and I avoided the valley and rode streets and eventually ended up on Edmonton's 83 Ave infamous bike lane. Is it infamous? I really have no idea. I do know the car folks hate it with an upmost passionate fury.

Another roll through the university and I was soon heading downhill towards Groat bridge where a crossing happened and I took the paved trails to the Tawatinâ where I crossed and Mill Creeked it home.  A very uneventful ride and yes I avoided anything challenging as I felt old and decrepit the whole ride. 

This could be the one and only ride for this set off, tomorrow is a wash as adulting will sadly be the main focus. So fingers crossed for Wednesday. 

Beer Friday. Banded Peak Brewing, Ride On Western Lager

 Welcome to the first Covid positive edition of Beer Friday. It has now been a full week of being infected with that gross bullshit and the ...