Cruising The South Bay Strand In Style On A Kona Brewing Bike
I am now the proud owner of a brand new Kona Brewing Company bicycle.
She’s a beauty, baby blue and as pretty as a tall glass of Fire Rock Pale Ale sitting on a bar over Waikiki Beach.
With a thick crossbar splashed with the Kona Brewing Company logo, a classic frame over the tires, a basket and even a bell, she’s a premium-style beach cruiser – or Strand Cruiser as we call them here in Southern California – ideally suited for cruising the beachfront bike path in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, and leading guided tours for Beach Cities Bike Tours.
The bike is a handmade Narve cruiser made just for me. Well, just for Kona Brewing Co. (I know this because it says so on the bike.)
She’s as smooth as a Kona Longboard Lager, swiftly moving along The Strand with ease, leaving me to devote most of my attention to soaking up the scene as well as the scenery (mainly, girls in bikinis playing beach volleyball and girls riding their bikes, often to the many Hermosa Beach bars).
And doing it in style.
It’s the second Kona Brewing Company bike that I now own; the original is a red beauty that I’ve proudly been riding the past 3-4 years. Nearly everywhere I’ve been on it, people have made comments like “cool bike,” or “I love Kona beers.”
No doubt, this new Kona bike will also be getting compliments, as well as taking me to the store to buy Kona beers to enjoy on the deck and at house parties.
And to South Bay bars that feature Kona beers. Waterman’s Safe House at the Hermosa Beach Pier has the widest selection while The Deck has the heavy-hitting Castaway IPA, good for when short bike rides are in order for pedaling back home. Kincaid’s on the Redondo Beach Pier has Longboard Lager on draft for just 5 bucks during Happy Hour (3-6 and 9-close daily).
This is, indeed, a bicycle built for beer.
So here’s to cruising along The Strand with the coolest bike in the South Bay Beach Cities.
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