So the Tour de France has rolled around for another year, and not soon enough. This means late nights, obligatory sleep deprivation and the soothing voice of Phil Liggett to get you through the early mornings.
I thought Van Dieman Brewing would jump on board and provide a perspective of this years race and the link to beer and cycling. Goodluck to Tassie pair Matt Goss & Richie Porte who get a gig in this years race. Wes Sulzberger and Cameron Wurf stiff to miss out.
Stage: Passage du Gois > Mont des Alouettes: 191 km
This years journey starts in La Barre-de Monts on the western coast. It sees the riders traverse relatively flat roads towards the south, before heading northeast towards Les Herbiers through more rolling countryside. The finishing line will be based at Mont des Alouettes whose summit stands at 232 metres.
Beer for the stage: You cant go past New Belgium Fat Tyre Amber Ale. A great session and cross-over to craft beer, if you can get your hands on it. Light, bright amber in color, creamy white lace head with a sweet grainy / biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy on the palate, with an even biscuit finish.
Bière locale: La Brasserie Mélusine based only 5km from the stage finish, they produce a range of hand crafted beers from a White Ale through to a Brown beer, flavored with anise and alchemille, a perennial ground cover.
Get your sleep over the next few days, as for the 3 weeks ahead its going to be a sensational journey. Will Contador reign again? Can Andy steep up to the plate? Or will Cadel (hopefully with some team support) pull through this year? Either way it'll be a cracker.