Beer lovers and bike lovers both find plenty to appreciate about the state of Vermont, and now those passions can be combined in a craft beer-themed Trek Bike Tour. Trek has long been respected by professional and amateur cyclists for innovation and performance, and fans of the brand can take Trek Travels cycling vacations all over the world. And what better way to end a long day of cycling than with a local, craft beer?That’s why Vermont is an ideal location for a cycling tour with a craft beer focus. The picturesque countryside and vibrant beer scene are expertly combined in the Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour.The six-day, five-night excursion winds through the gorgeous Vermont countryside, including the famous forests of the Green Mountains. The quaint villages of Middlebury, Waitsfield and Stowe are notable waypoints scattered amid the picturesque farmland. The daily rides range between fourteen and forty-two miles and are tailored to what Trek Travel calls “recreational” riders, those who can handle up to 2,000 foot climbs and consider themselves reasonably active fitness or commuter cyclists.For those who want a bit more (or a bit less) out of their experience, several days feature “short” or “avid” options, allowing cyclists to customize the daily rides.When you’re not pedaling up hills or cruising beside rivers, you’ll be drinking beers from some of the state’s most acclaimed and beloved breweries. Expect to sample Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Lost Nation Brewing, Rock Art Brewery and Otter Creek Brewing along the way. Riders who imbibe any of Lawson’s beers with “Sunshine” in the name (Sip of Sunshine, Double Sunshine or Triple Sunshine) will be highly rewarded for their day’s effort.The nightly accommodations are cozy boutique hotels that reflect the local culture and traditions while still offering modern amenities. Of course, after a hard day of riding and beer drinking, a comfortable bed will probably be the most important feature.There are two options for attending Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour in 2015. The two expeditions conveniently bookend the Vermont Brewers’ Festival held in Burlington on July 17-18. If previous years are any indication, expect tickets to that event to sell out rapidly once they go on sale May 15.The cost to experience Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour is $2299 per person and includes the daily activities, many meals, hotel accommodations, your guide and (of course) access to Vermont beer and Trek bikes and gear.Interested riders can register now at TrekTravel.com. Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking
Faculty and staff are invited to an annual holiday event hosted by President Jack Lightstone.The President’s Annual Holiday Celebration and Faculty and Staff Recognition will be Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Guernsey Market. There will be punch and hors d’oeuvres at 3 p.m. followed by presentations at 3:30 p.m.The event celebrates the holiday season and recognizes those with long-standing service as members of the Brock community. It also recognizes recipients of the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Human Resources Distinguished Service Award for Leadership.